We love Christmas here at French Connections – especially Christmas in France. It’s a time for delicious food, wonderful wines, and bubbles galore!
It doesn’t matter where you go in France, there are marvelous markets, twinkling lights and festive fayre to enjoy and in Paris, the City of Light turns into the City of Fairy Lights – a magical place of razzmatazz and tradition.
Here are ten things to do in Paris at Christmas to really experience the city’s seasonal delights
1 Take a ride on the giant Ferris Wheel known as the Grand Roue de Paris. The views over Paris from its location in the Tuileries Gardens will take your breath away.
2. After your ride, head to Angelina’s Tea Room in rue de Rivoli for one of their famous hot chocolate drinks to warm up in style.
3. Enjoy a spot of shopping on the Champs-Elysées, the world’s most famous avenue. Pricey sure, but those window displays are beautiful. Head to the main department stores of Galleries Lafayette, Printemps and Le Bon Marché for fashion, gifts and to enjoy the magical displays.
4. You can’t come to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower, the Iron Lady as she is known, sparkles after dark on the hour for a few minutes – it really is a spectacular sight.
5. Keep warm in a museum – there are hundreds to choose from, will it be the world’s most visited Museum, the Louvre, or somewhere more intimate like the Museum of Romantic Life?
6. Take a boat ride on the Seine. See the city from the river for a totally different and magnificent view of the many of the most iconic landmarks of Paris. Les Vedettes de Paris, the boat ride company at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, offers a free ride and glass of Champagne if it’s your birthday (take your passport as proof).
7. Note Dame Cathedral is stunning at any time of the year but with the giant Christmas tree in front it's very special and a reminder of the traditions of Christmas.
8. Enjoy a cocktail! We love Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Hotel for sheer pizazz – it’s oh so special.
9. Head to Montmartre to see the pretty cobbled streets decked out in lights and decorations and to enjoy a meal in one of the many quirky bistros in the area.
10. Take in a Christmas market – there are more than a dozen in the city (find out more details at parisinfo.com – the official tourist website of Paris).
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