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Things to do in Paris in December

Despite Paris being a hub for tourists in the summer months, the city has a lot to offer throughout the year, especially in December when Christmas is near. Although the weather is colder, Paris still buzzes with activities and excitement during the winter months, and these are just a few examples.

This article will help you to discover and explore all that Paris has to offer during Christmas time. Although a classic destination for summer vacations, there are a wide variety of things to do in Paris in December in order to embrace the holiday season while on holiday.

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Christmas Markets

The Christmas Markets throughout Paris will be sure to out you in the holiday spirit. These Christmas markets are covered in string lights and warm heaters, not to mention the lines of vendors selling a variety of different foods and mementos. There are many Christmas markets located throughout Paris during December, some of the most popular being the markets at the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame, where you can stroll down city streets sipping hot wine and admiring the various pop-ups.

 

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Hot Chocolate

Have French Hot Chocolate (and also French hot wine) is a necessity when in Paris during the winter months. If you have not already tried it, French,  hot chocolate is a little bit different from the classic Christmas morning drink in the United States. During the winter, especially in the holiday season in December, hot chocolate is a classic delicacy. You will be able to stroll through markets and down streets while staying warm and embracing the Christmas vibes when sipping hot chocolate along the way.

 

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Champs Élysées

The Champs Élysées is the most famous street in Paris, if not the world. This street is always a great visit, and well worth your time because of the beautiful restaurants and trees that face into the street. This street, however, is even more beautiful in the winter. Each tree branch is colorfully decorated with Christmas lights making the stroll you will take along the sidewalk a feel-good, enjoyable experience.

 

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Ice Skating

Ice skating is known as a winter activity in many places, and the same goes for Paris. Ice skating is a great afternoon activity after a morning visiting museums, and surprisingly not an expensive one! Usually, admission is free, meaning you only have to pay for skate rentals which will not be more that ten euros. Whether seeking a fun activity with your kids, or a romantic date night with a loved one, ice skating is a great option to get outdoors and be active in the cold weather!

 

Walk Around and Enjoy

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While jumping from activity to activity, museum to museum, and restaurant to restaurant while on your visit to Paris, you will also be getting the chance to experience the true Parisian vibe of Christmas in the city. You will be able to embrace the winter aesthetic and Christmas cheer by strolling by hot chocolate stands, stumbling upon Christmas markets, and letting the snow fall around you while a busker plays the accordion nearby. While on vacation, is important to take a step back from the constant hustle from one tourist sight to another. Paris, especially during Christmas time, offers many opportunities for sitting back and relaxing, for example sipping café or people watching outside a restaurant.

Christmas time in Paris is truly a magical experience. It is important to take advantage of all the Paris has to offer, especially during Christmas time when you will be able to stroll down street lit up by lights and feel the warm steam of hot chocolate. We hope that you got some good ideas from the article and that you take advantage of these activities during your next visit to Pairs in December!

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Things to Do in Paris for Teens

Traveling with a family can be difficult, especially when traveling with teenagers who are interests that contrast those of their parents. Thankfully, there are always great options for teens if you know where to look. Paris is a city filled with young people, and has a variety of activities for the younger generation to participate in and enjoy.

In this article, we will help you to find the best things to do in Paris for teens to ensure a fun and interesting vacation. No more dragging your children to day long excursions that they find dull and lack-luster, these places and activities will be enjoyed by the whole family.

Disneyland

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Disneyland is an easy forty-minute drive outside of the city, and is also easily accessed by public transportation via the RER, which takes the same amount of time. Disneyland Paris is a great opportunity you and your family to have a full day of activates while still ensure that the teens are enjoying themselves. At Disney, you will have a variety of options available to you, whether that is trying out one of the fifty attractions that they have to offer, exploring the small Disney villages, conversing with your favorite characters, or see what the days activities are involving all of your favorite Disney movies. No matter what you decide to do at Disneyland Paris, you are ensured to have a great time with your family, and your kids will thank you for such a fun-packed day while on holiday.

Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company is an iconic, historical book store located along the Seine across from the Notre Dame, easily accessible via public transportation. Even before you walk into Shakespeare and Company you will see and feel a shift away from the modern hustle and bustle that is Paris. Outside the store there are shelves of old and used books, and if you get lucky there will be a busker or someone writing poems for people passing by. When you walk into the store you will need to take a moment to embrace the number of books stacked and placed in every nook and cranny of the shop. Teens will definitely love the retro, buzzing vibe of the store, and could be captivated for hours roaming from genre to genre, and maybe even finding the store’s cat, playing the upstairs piano, or simply sitting down and reading.

Bike Rides

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Biking around Paris is an excellent way to get around and explore during warm weather, not to mention the workout! Taking teens biking to the sights that you want to see, or even signing up for a bike tour, is a great way to make each visit feel like a rewarded destination. With biking, your children will appreciate the beautiful city that they are in by riding through it, instead of driving from one place to another without and excitement along the way. Again, a packed day or tourists sights can often be exhausting, and teens tend to lose interest after the third or fourth museum in a row (can you blame them?), but in biking around the city as a means of exploration, teens will feel rejuvenated and motivated with their endorphins in play.

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Shopping

Paris is the fashion capitol of the world, so when you visit, you are almost expected to do a little shopping. Taking teenagers shopping in Paris is a great way for them to get a change of pace from site seeing and tourist destinations. Take you kids to Montaigne to explore the most luxurious brand names such as Channel and Gucci, or walk the streets of Le Marias, where you will find small boutiques and some great cafes to stop at along the way.You could explore the beautiful and boujee, Bon Marche in Saint Germain on the Rive Gauche, which is a luxurious experience that your teen children will be sure to be in awe of and enjoy. No matter where you decide to go or what style you decide to shop for, there is always shopping to be done in Paris, and your teenagers will love to be a part of the fashion forward part of the city.

The Catacombs

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Exploring the Catacombs is a great activity to get teens excited about sight-seeing. The Catacombs offer a spooky experience your teens will be sure to be intrigued by, but beware, for in the Catacombs are a multitude of human skulls, the sight of which will give you chills. This excursion would be a great way to make your teens feel invested and interested in the sight-seeing that the family partakes in, just make sure that your children are prepared for what they are about to experience.

Although there are many museums and tour to go on while in Paris that migt nor always be of interest to your children, there are still a variety of activities that your teens will emjoy around the city. We hope that you found this article helpful, and that you take advantage of these sugestions during your next visit to Paris, France with your teenagers!

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