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What to do in Paris for Christmas

If there is an imperial, seductive, and sophisticated city, this is Paris. The same one that makes us dream of its imposing landscapes. Paris has special magic like no other city, but Christmas, in particular, is something to admire.

Like many European cities, Paris delights us with its incredible Christmas decorations, both in the streets and in stores. As well as the kings of the European Christmas, its beautiful markets, where to enjoy an exquisite vin chaud (hot wine), delights like crepe, churros with hot chocolate, and some souvenir shopping, are already a tradition.

Come with me, and I’m going to show you what to do and what places to visit in the beautiful city of light during the Christmas season.

Start your day with a hot chocolate in a Cafe or a Boulangerie.

Once you start your day in Paris, you should do it like a real Parisian, looking for a cafe or boulangerie nearest and drink an exquisite hot chocolate, coffee or tea, with a delicious Croissant as you can only find in France.

This time of day, inspired by the magic of typical Parisian cafes, is the ideal to organize your Christmas route of the day.

Some Cafes recommendations:

Jardin des Tuileries’ Market.

The Tuilerie Christmas Market is one of the most famous and most important in Paris. Not only for its strategic location but also for everything it offers. This place is an entertainment space for adults and children. There you can find an ice skating rink, stations with hot drinks such as vin chaud, small theme park, street food, souvenir shops, and accessories, in addition to admiring every detail of the decoration of this beautiful Christmas town.

Galleries Lafayette.

Every year Galleries Lafayette surprises us with its spectacular Christmas decorations. From its large animated windows to its interior with its famous hanging tree that leaves us breathless. Every detail in this gallery is well coordinated so that Christmas is not something simple.

Something important about this place that you can do all year round is to go up to its terrace and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Paris.

Saint-German-Des-Prés Market

In Saint-Germain-des Prés’ neighborhood, we can find one of the most charming Christmas markets. Its craft shops, souvenir shops, and food stalls are located in wooden cabins that give the appearance of a beautiful and luxurious Christmas town.

Les champs Elysee

The Champs-Élysées’ Avenue is the most historic and most important in Paris, so it cannot go unnoticed during the Christmas season.

Usually, this avenue is busy to visit and admire the famous luxury boutiques, but at Christmas, the lights that hang throughout its row of trees give it a special touch.

It is a place that undoubtedly, you cannot miss at any time.

Place Vendome and the facades of the luxury Boutiques.

The Place Vendome like, the Champs Elysee, is an exclusive place for the luxury boutiques around it. At Christmas, this square becomes pure magic, with its large Christmas trees, the lights, and the exquisite and refined decorations of stores such as Louis Vuitton, Channel, Dior, among others.

Get lost in Montmartre.

The most artistic and bohemian neighborhood in Paris is always fascinating when you visit it. In this place, no matter what season you go, you will receive that feeling of being in a privileged location. Losing yourself among its streets, cafes, squares, and shops is an opportunity that you cannot miss.

View of the city from the Eiffel Tower at night.

A classic of Paris is to admire the beautiful view from the Eiffel Tower, which, as you may know at Christmas, becomes even more fantastic, because although Paris is the city of light, for this time it has an extra of it. In addition to the outstanding monuments of the city, you can see the decorated and illuminated streets. 


Hi! I'm Yareli, Dominican travel and food writer living in the beautiful and welcoming Tuscany region of Italy. I am passionate about tourism and travel, so I always look for new places to learn about its stories, culture and, above all, its gastronomy.