Enjoy Christmas in Paris!

Enjoy Christmas in Paris!

Paris is a beautiful city any time of year, but at Christmas time it can be magical. A trip to Paris can be a romantic holiday for couples or a fun family vacation. Here are some of the things you can see and do during Christmas in Paris.

Light Displays

Christmas Lights Tour Paris

At Christmas time, visit the Champs-Elysées. From the Place de l’Etoile to the Arc de Triomphe, lights are strung along with trees for a distance of two kilometers. The lights usually begin around the end of November and end in early January.

The department stores in Paris also have wonderful light displays. Check out the district near the Opera Garnier and gaze at the beautifully lit display windows.

During the Christmas season, the lights of the City of Light shine brighter than ever before. A double-decker bus is a great way to experience this magical holiday atmosphere. In addition to the Opéra, you’ll also hear information about the Place Vendôme, Champs Elysées, and the Eiffel Tower as you drive by them on your audio tour.

Notre Dame Cathedral

This historic cathedral also has a gorgeous light display each year. An enormous tree is decorated and lit up for the public to view. In addition, Notre Dame has a beautiful, peaceful Christmas Eve service that is worth attending.

(As of November 2021, works on the restoration of Notre Dame after a terrible fire that almost fully destroyed it in 2019 are still ongoing. We are not sure about lights and Christmas Eve service as of now.)

More about Notre Dame.

Ice Skating

Winter sports are becoming popular in Paris. On the floor of the Eiffel Tower, there is an open-air skating rink that is open only during that time of year. There are various rinks throughout Paris during the holidays as well. (The Eiffel Tower rink does tend to be crowded, despite Christmas being the “off” season for tourists.) There are even areas where children can go sledding.

Disneyland

The Parisian Disneyland is fully decked out for Christmas celebrations. Fun and festive events are scheduled throughout the Christmas season, from late November to early January. There are parades and Christmas markets at Disneyland, Paris, too.

Paris Christmas illuminations + ferris wheel ride & Holiday market private Tour

Christmas Markets

These quaint villages are not just in Disneyland, Paris. These markets have become a holiday tradition from the Northern Alsace region. They consist of wooden booths arranged like a miniature village. Delicious treats are served from these booths, such as gingerbread and spiced wine. You can also buy gifts and decorations at these markets.

Museums

Paris is known for its beautiful museums, particularly art museums. Christmas is an “off” season for travel, so there are few crowds to contend with. This makes it an excellent time to visit the Louvre and other beautiful museums.

Here is more info about top museums in Paris to visit.

Dining

Although crowds of tourists are lower during winter, expect restaurants to be fully booked or closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Make reservations well ahead, or consider celebrating your Christmas Dinner on a day that is not the 24th or 25th of December.

Few places capture the nostalgia and peace of Christmas like Paris. It combines the slow pace of a small town with the glitz and beauty of a big city holiday.

Here is more info about top restaurants in Paris.

Top attractions in Paris

Here are some top attractions in Paris you could visit and enjoy. There are, of course, dozens of attractions and landmarks in Paris worth visiting and learning about the history of this amazing city.

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Arc de Triomphe

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Eiffel Tower at night

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Palace of Versailles

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame de Paris (‘Our Lady of Paris’) or Notre Dame Cathedral, is a medieval Catholic cathedral, located on the Île de la Cité, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

Champs-Élysées

Champs-Élysées

Wide, centrally located avenue in Paris, almost 2 kilometers long, Champs-Élysées​ is stretched between Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde.

Paris and France travel guides

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Top hotels in Paris

Paris has dozens of hotels of various star ratings, together with other lodging solutions, such as guest houses, hostels, and Airbnb. Bellow are some top hotel recommendations from our website. For a general hotel search, check the form at the bottom of this page or our hotel booking page.

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Cheap flights and hotels discounts for Paris

The peak season for flights to Paris is March, October and December. The low season for purchasing tickets is May, June and July.

Paris is served by these airports: Beauvais-Tille Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Chalons Vatry Airport and Paris Orly Airport. Direct flights to Paris are offered by 118 airlines.

Most flights are with Air France. Direct flights from Paris, United States are airlines: American Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Aeromexico and Norwegian Air Shuttlefrom New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami and Dallas.

Paris and France attractions and landmarks

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Last Updated on November 6, 2021 by Tours Editor @ gotravelyourself.com

Last Updated on November 6, 2021 by Tours Editor @ gotravelyourself.com

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  1. Rob Alter

    My family had a great time in Paris. We had a wonderful time there and enjoyed the culture of the region. The nightlife was fantastic, and the city’s elegance is indescribable. We are in love with the place and explore so many places like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, Cruise on the Seine, etc. After reading your blog I would like to revisit there.

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