December is in full swing, so what could be more amazing than strolling through the city, enjoying the lavishly decorated Christmas trees, the lights and Christmas markets. Here are a few of the best places to feel the Parisian Christmas vibes.
Let’s start with the department stores, which are, like every year, have the most elaborate Christmas lights and decorations. Walk through the beautiful shop windows of Galeries Lafayette, photograph the huge Christmas tree in the middle of the store with its ‘save the bee’ theme. And don’t forget to go to the rooftop for the view and the ice rink!
Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Opening hours: every day from 9.30 am to 8.30 pm.
Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche
Le Bon Marché decorations are always very stylish and fit so well with the architecture of the building. It is less crowded than the department stores on the Haussmann boulevards, so you have plenty of time to photograph the floating Christmas trees.
Address: 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris
Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday from 10 am to 8 pm, Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am to 8.45 pm. Sunday from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm.
The Place Vendôme is every year a feast for the eyes. The huge Christmas trees make the square even more beautiful and all the shops and hotels around the square eagerly participate in the decorations. This year the Ritz has placed a chalet on the square where you can buy creamy, hot chocolate, Christmas gingerbread, cakes and apfelstrudel, especially made by the best pastry chef of the world, François Perret. How great is that?!
Address: Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris
Ritz chalet openings hours: until 5 January 2020 from 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
The galeries in the 2nd arrondissement are also worth a visit. These beautiful passages are decorated with so many lights, you will feel like a princess to walk through it. Begin your walk at the Vivienne Galerie, by far the nicest one!
Address: 4, rue des Petits Champs, 75002 Paris
Opening hours: daily from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm.
Le Village Royal
Le Village Royal has exchanged its umbrella sky for two huge Christmas teddy bears. I’m sure you’ve never seen something that cute. Besides the bears, the passage is full of illuminated red hearts. So lovely!
Address: 25 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm.
Of course, Montmartre has dress itself again in the Christmas spirit. The Place du Tertre is decorated with lights, which makes the square even more nostalgic. At Abbesses you can find chalets where they sell vin chaud, chocolate, and other delicacies. You can find the chalets also around the Sacré-Coeur.
Address: various places. Metro Abbesses or Anvers.
Put the following places on your list too: the Champs-Elysées, like every year, beautifully lit. The Christmas market in the Tuileries gardens and by the Eiffel Tower and if you like skating, don’t forget to stop by the ice rink in the Grand Palais.
I wish you a magical Christmas!