Christmas in Paris

Experience Christmas in Paris French-style

Christmas in Paris is a marvellous time of year!

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Christmas in Paris – such a beautiful time of year – the lights on the boulevards, the gorgeous windows and displays in the stores, the snow (if we’re lucky!), the happy faces in the streets.  If you’re lucky enough to spend Christmas in the City of Light and Love, here are a few things I enjoy which you might enjoy too.

Christmas in Paris – ooh la la!

Christmas in Paris - enjoy the Christmas holiday season in one of Europe's top cities - Paris
Christmas in Paris - enjoy the Christmas holiday season in one of Europe's top cities - Paris

What’s open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day in Paris?

You’ll be surprised at how many things are open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day – click to find out more! This list should give you lots of options to find things to do and eat on these special days. Here are some Museums and places of interest you can visit on Christmas Day:

Christmas in Paris - have a photo taken with Santa

Photo with Santa before Christmas!

“Photo avec Pere Noel”

Whether you’re a big kid or a little kid, the ‘photo with Santa’ is a must leading up to Christmas.

Check out the major stores like Printemps and Galleries Lafayette


Spend Christmas in Paris and see one of the amazing shows, like the Lido and Moulin Rouge

Shows in Paris over Christmas

There are some great shows on in Paris, so rug up, and head out for a fabulous evening of entertainment! Here are just a couple of choices:


Christmas in Paris starts with a Christmas tree

December in Paris

See what’s on in December in Paris – Christmas Trees Exhibition : Sapins de Noël Fashion, The Big Wheel : La Grande Roule, end of year animations, Russian Christmas Circus – Cirque de Noël russe.

  • The Christmas markets are closed on Christmas Day and many close before the 31st of December
  • add to your list  the Eiffel Tower – a must see!
  • don’t forget the cinemas – take in a movie or two over Christmas in Paris
  • for a bit of history, pop over to the Parisian cemeteries (Père Lachaise, Montparnasse, Montmartre, Passy, etc.).
  • don’t forget to visit the Grande Roue Ferris wheel
  • how about a spot of ice skating at the two ice rinks (from December 17th, at Hôtel de Ville and Montparnasse)
  • you must visit the free merry-go-rounds
  • that should keep you busy :-)
Christmas in Paris - Paris restaurants open on Christmas Day

Paris restaurants open on Christmas Day

If you’re looking for a restaurant, these tips might help.

Christmas in Paris - Christmas lights in Paris!

Christmas Lights in Paris

The stores windows, the boulevardes … the Christmas lights in Paris are so beautiful and romantic. Also links for Christmas Mass, annual sacred music festival held in churches and other venues in the suburbs of Paris.

Christmas in Paris - shopping at the Paris Christmas markets

Paris Christmas Markets

I love the Christmas markets – you could find the perfect unusual gift!

Christmas in Paris at Disneyland

Christmas in Disneyland Paris

All the fun of Disneyland in Paris – great rides, fun filled day (new window will open).

Christmas in Paris - visit Par Asterix for great rides and Christmas discount

Parc Asterix

Get Christmas discount of 10% on rides over Christmas for adventures at Parc Asterix. (new window will open)

Christmas in Paris - visit the Eiffel Tower, take a tour of Paris

All Paris Tours

Visit our Tours and Adventure search engine to find something you’d love to do in Paris (new window will open).

Christmas in Paris - shopping in the markets or stores, great gifts and ideas

Paris Christmas Shopping

Here are some great shopping tours I found for men, women and teenagers.

If you’re lucky enough to spend Christmas in Paris, I wish you all the very best for Noel and may your New Year be filled with love and adventure!