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What are the best spots to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in Paris?

Updated: Mar 25

Paris is always a fun city, in any season. But during the Christmas period, this city becomes even more romantic and magical. Which spots should you definitely visit to experience the Christmas atmosphere?

Galeries Lafayette Paris

Admire the iconic Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayette

Preferably visit the concept store on Avenue Haussmann. This year, Galeries Lafayette is unveiling an interactive and immersive experience that takes us into the universe of planet Saping. A Glass Walk has also been provided up to the majestic Christmas tree.

The show will run until 23 December 2022. Admission: free.

Unfortunately, this show was exceptionally closed during our visit.

Visit La Samaritaine

This, perhaps slightly lesser-known department store, is definitely worth a visit. The interior in this old Art Nouveau building is impressive. You'll find a giant advent calendar in the central stairwell and the Christmas decorations are stunning. La Samaritaine was inaugurated in 1910 and was a very successful department store for a long time. By 2005, however, it had fallen into such poor condition that it had to be closed. Since 2021 (after 16 years), it has been fully restored and reopened to the public. You'll find mostly luxury boutiques.

Marvel at the Christmas decorations in these places

Louis Vuitton Christmas decorations Paris

Place du Vendôme: brilliant Christmas decorations on the display cases of luxury shops like this one by Louis Vuitton. For more Christmas lights, also visit the Champs-Elysées. Prefer to explore a quieter neighbourhood? Avenue Montaigne is also very popular if you want to watch lights. Moreover, take a stroll along Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Bercy Village, Rue Vieille du Temple.

Go stroll around a Christmas market

We chose the Jardin des Tuileries. This is by far the biggest and most famous Christmas market in Paris. You can ice skate, drink mulled wine and taste roasted chestnuts. Even more skating fun? You can also skate at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, on the roof of the Grande Arche and Tour de Montparnasse.

Enjoy the atmosphere in Montmarte and Sacré Coeur

Sacré-Coeur Montmartre Paris

This already cosy district becomes even more magical thanks to the Christmas decorations.

Among other things, you will find the city's highest Christmas market. At the Sacré-Coeur, of course, you also have a fantastic view over the city.

Tip: Where to stay? 25hours Terminus Nord

This trendy hotel right opposite the 'Gare du Nord' is an absolute must. The décor is particularly colourful and via the ubiquitous art objects, locals are also integrated into the concept of this hotel. Book a room with a balcony and enjoy the beautiful views of the Gare du Nord or Sacré Coeur. The restaurant Neni is also highly recommended, where you will find the most delicious dishes (a mix of Persian, Arabic, French and Russian cuisine). You also start your day here with a delicious breakfast. In front of the hotel you will also find the metro which takes you straight to all the places to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in Paris.

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