Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world (yes, I’m also French so I admit to being a little biased :)) but during the Holidays it’s even more magical. The city puts on its festive attire to please both the blasé Parisians and the many tourists who flock to the city of light and love.
I think night time touring is the way to go as that’s when you get the most from the lights and decorations.
Bundle up, get warm, here are my recommendations for the best night cityscapes to admire :
Avenue des Champs Elysées
On the way down you can do window shopping or actual shopping of course – don’t forget to drop by the Sephora Flagship store which gets as many visitors as the Eiffel Tower itself!
Christmas Open Air Markets
Along the way towards Concorde are the Christmas markets where you can browse for presents or souvenirs. You can enjoy warm spiced wine ‘Vin Chaud’ in French if you wish.
Don’t worry even if it rains, the bad weather will only enhance your Parisian experience. Rain will make everything glisten and even more attractive !
Stop to warm up if you need to with a La Durée home made hot chocolate and some macarons the famous French cookies.
Place de la Concorde
Measuring 8.64 hectares (21.3 acres) in area, Place de la Concorde is the largest square in the French capital.
There is always a giant Ferris Wheel every holiday season. You can go for a romantic ride and enjoy beautiful city views from the top of the wheel. Or you can just admire its lights at night time.
The center of the Place is occupied by a giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II, as can be seen in the picture above. It is one of two the Egyptian government gave to the French in the 19th century.
The Eiffel Tower
Of course you can’t come to Paris and not go see the Eiffel Tower illuminated for Xmas. Be sure to drop by at the top of the hour, because that’s when the light show really starts. It goes on for a minute at the top of every hour.
Tour Montparnasse – Ciel de Paris Restaurant
If you can’t make it to the Eiffel tower, you can always admire it from afar and more specifically from the top of the Montparnasse tower (in the 14th arrondissement). The best way to do this is have dinner at the rooftop restaurant the Ciel de Paris or the Sky of Paris.
Boulveard Haussman – Grands Magasins : Galaries Lafayette & Printemps
Every year going to the luxury department stores on the famous Boulevard Haussman (8th arrondissement) is the place to be whether for some Xmas shopping or simply to admire the great window decorations for the holidays.
I personally love going into the Galeries Lafayette department store which has the most beautiful dome. It is a historic landmark and sports a humongous Xmas tree that is worth checking out.
Let me know what you like to do in Paris for the holidays.
Happy Holidays to all !
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