Enjoy the wonderful experience of preparing for Christmas in Paris!
Published on 9 November 2015, dans Fashion and Shopping
Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us. The magic of this season of peace on earth and goodwill to all is crystallised in Paris. Decked out in her splendid finery, the capital is a Yuletide song of sumptuous illuminations and shop windows turned into enchanted grottoes that will take your breath away. Here in the world’s shopping capital, gift buying is a pleasure, so why not treat yourself to a shopping spree that will make preparing for Christmas a piece of cake? (Christmas cake, of course!) And to make the experience even better, we offer a warm welcome at the Hotel Université!
The Christmas lights of Paris
Every year our city puts on a wonderful show that lifts the spirits of Parisians and visitors from around the world during the winter months. The avenues of the City of Light erupt into a blaze of Christmas illuminations evoking an enchanted wonderland. The Champs-Elysées, Avenue Montaigne, Place Vendôme and districts such as Montmartre and Bercy Village sparkle like fairy dust.
Christmas markets in Paris
In recent years, the traditional Christmas markets of the Alsace region have become an essential element of Parisian festivities at year’s end. They’re now found all over the capital, including the Place St. Germain des Pres, Place de la Nation, Place du Trocadero and the Avenue des Champs-Elysées. In a warm and welcoming atmosphere, visitors stroll amidst the picturesque wooden chalets and choose from a huge selection of original gifts. Here you can also find Christmas decorations, party items and local artisan products to make your family celebration complete.
The Parisian department stores at Christmas
Whether it’s Printemps Haussmann, Galeries Lafayette, BHV or Bon Marché, the window displays and interiors of the department stores of Paris are decorated in a spectacular and original way, with different themes each year. Puppets, robots, Christmas trees and gift packages are all part of the enchanting universes created by imaginative designers, making Christmas shopping an extraordinary pleasure. This year Printemps is celebrating its 150th anniversary and so will make its Christmas displays more spectacular than ever to mark this extra-special occasion. Meanwhile, another unmissable Parisian shopping venue, the Beaugrenelle Commercial Centre, welcomes visitors with all the appropriate pomp for the time of year.
• Shopping in Paris
• Department store Galeries Lafayette
• Department store Printemps
• Department store Bon Marché
• Department store Beaugrenelle
• Shopping Centre at Bercy village
• Christmas market at Champs Elysées, Paris 8th - november 15th to january 4th 2016 - Metro line 1, 2 ou 6, station Charles De Gaulle Etoile or RER line A, station Charles De Gaulle - Etoile
• Christmas village at Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Paris 6st - december 2015 - Metro line 4, station Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Picture copyright holder : Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont
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