Christmas is a beautiful time in Paris, France. The city is bright with festive lights making it the perfect place to spend a memorable holiday vacation. There are many activities that are fun for the whole family to enjoy during the winter season. Here are a few ideas to make your holiday season special.
Special Holiday Dinner
Sit down to enjoy a delicious dinner that only Paris can offer you. Throughout the city, you will be able to find cute little restaurants with quaint holiday decorations, or extravagant, luxurious meals at 5-star restaurants. No matter what you are looking for, Christmas in Paris, France is unbeatable. Try a famously French hot dish like Raclette, French Onion Soup, or Beef Bourguignon to combat the brisk cold outside.
Window Shopping in Paris
No matter what time of year it is, shopping in Paris is a must. This experience is only enhanced in the winter season. Walking by the various department stores is the perfect way to find a present for that someone special (yourself) while in Paris. Around the holidays, everything is more magical. One of the best Parisian holiday traditions includes walking by store-fronts and getting to admire the creative and beautiful window displays that captivate the city. So now, you can both look at delightful displays and get into the holiday spirit while shopping till you drop.
One of the most famous streets in Paris is the Champs-Élysées. Another great place to find presents, the Champs-Élysées is lined with stores and restaurants. However, during the winter season, this boulevard is regarded as the center of Paris’ holiday magic. The street is lined with trees wrapped in lights. It is definitely a must see on your Christmas trip to Paris.
Although Germany is famous for their spectacular Christmas Markets, Paris’ are nothing to scoff at. Throughout the city, you will be able to find beautifully lit Christmas markets that make you feel nice and cozy in the chilling weather. The aroma of roasted chestnuts and hot ciders will surround you in a warm embrace as the candlelight welcomes you into the season.
Ice skating is a worldwide holiday favorite. Whether you’re amazing and can show off to all of your friends or you need to hold on to your loved ones before ultimately bringing them down with you (oops), ice skating is a great tradition to stay active in the cold months. There are plenty of sites to ice skate in Paris which will be fun for the whole family, but for an especially romantic holiday experience, you can ice skate on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower and look over the beautiful city of lights from above.
No matter your religious beliefs, Notre Dame is the perfect place to spend Christmas Eve. You don’t need to be a practicing Catholic to appreciate the overwhelming beauty of this amazing cathedral during the holiday season. Attend a Christmas Eve mass to hear the enchanting Gregorian chants for a magical holiday experience. Be sure to get to the Cathedral as early as possible as it is one of the most crowded times of the year to visit.