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Best Things to do in Paris at Christmas – Paris Christmas Guide

We let you know the Things to do in Paris at Christmas, It’s an extra dose of magic to a trip to Paris in winter when the City of Lights is lit up, even more, brighter by thousands of twinkling bulbs. Each Paris’s districts have something festive going on, from window shopping at grand magasins and browsing the Christmas markets with a glass of vin chaud, to taking a spin on an outdoor ice rink and exploring the vintage funfair. So dig out your scarf and gloves and join us for 7 of the best things to do in Paris at Christmas.

7 Things to do in Paris at Christmas




1. Admire the Christmas Lights

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From mid-November, Paris gets adorn in her Christmas finery. Trees are wrapped with twinkling lights and colorful decorations are strung across the streets. Most of the areas of Paris get an extra dose of sparkle for the festive season, but for the most over-the-top display head to the Champs Elysées.

This year’s display is called ‘Scintillance’ which has been created by lighting designers Blachère Illuminations. It will runs from 22 November 2018 to 8 January 2019. Boulevard Haussmann has gone high-tech with lights that you can change the colors and patterns by using a smartphone app (from 1 December).

2. Go Window Shopping

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Each year’s decorations have a different theme, from Hollywood glamour to Beauty and the Beast, they also feature lights, animations, music, and lots of snow and sparkle. The planning for next year starts as soon as previous year’s decorations get taken down, and there are big celebrity opening nights each year when the new displays are disclosed.

You can find some of the best festive window displays at Galeries Lafayette, where there’s a giant tree underneath the building’s central dome and Le Printemps (both Boulevard Haussmann, nearest Metro: Chaussée d’Antin), Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche (24 Rue de Sèvres, Métro: Sèvres-Babylone) and BHV Marais (52 Rue de Rivoli, Métro: Hôtel de Ville).

3. Visit The Christmas Markets

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Since it started in Germany, Christmas markets have spread across Europe and beyond to become an annual festive tradition, and you can find them in most cities including Paris. Fill up on festive treats as you wander around wooden chalets, selling everything from handmade tree decorations and wooden gifts to cheese from across France and Eiffel Tower-shaped biscuits.




Paris’ biggest Christmas market is in La Défense, with over 300 crafts and food stalls spread over 10,000 square meters. There’s also the ‘Starry Christmas’ market in Place Joachim-du-Bellay in Les Halles, and markets in the Tuileries gardens, Square René Viviani near Notre Dame Cathedral and at the Champs de Mars. There are few specialist markets too, from vegan to Nordic and Japanese-themed.

4. Go Ice Skating

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It is the best Things to do in Paris at Christmas, Try out your skating skills with a spin around one of Paris’ outdoor ice rinks. There’s usually a big rink outside the Hôtel de Ville,  entry is free de cost but it can get very busy so be prepared to queue. It costs about €6 to hire skates but you need to bring your own gloves and thick socks. You can also ice skate beneath the Eiffel Tower at the Champs de Mars Christmas market.

Read Also: Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Paris 2018

6. Join In a Christmas Church Service

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If you’re spending Christmas in Paris, there are services believed in churches across the city. At Notre Dame, there’s an international mass at 8 pm and midnight mass. Or at Sacre Coeur Basilica there’s an organ concert, sung vigil and midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Also, there are English-language services at the American Cathedral in Paris.



7. Have an Enchanted Christmas at  Disneyland Paris

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Celebrate ‘A Very Merry Chris Mouse’ at Disneyland Paris outside of the city. Disney’s festive season last from 10 November 2018 to 6 January 2019 with Christmas shows, parades, markets, light shows and streets dripping in decorations. Ticket costs £47 on weekdays or £70 at weekends.

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