In Paris, the Festive Season always begins a month earlier; thousands of Christmas illuminations come to life as soon as November approaches, delighting people for a whole month and a half.
From Boulevard Haussmann’s department stores to the edge of Champs-Elysées, you’ll stroll into the core of an incandescent world, which makes Paris at night simply magical.
First, you’ll admire the 2019 show window display arrangements of Parisian department stores– the ones where Parisians rushed at Christmas even before WWI; a century old tradition! You’ll be amazed by thematic scenes and amusing automatons, displayed along the boulevard by two Parisian brands.
We will start at the Galeries Lafayette, which houses the biggest indoor Christmas tree in Paris. Under its impressive Art Deco dome, a 50-foot tall Christmas tree looks down upon you. Depending on the year, it could be blue, red, or green, furnished with baubles, garlands, flowers, or simply made out of paper. Sometimes, it is hung upside down. You will discover the 2019 version of the most luxurious Christmas tree in Paris.
The very best way to fully enjoy Paris’s Christmas illuminations
On your way to Place de la Madeleine, you’ll walk streets and avenues turned into paradisiac alleyways, under colorful and sparkling canopies. Near La Madeleine Church lies a neighborhood with an old-style carousel and Fauchon, one of the most luxurious Parisian caterers. For 130 years, its window cases have provided another kind of marvels.
You will walk down Rue Royale, before going inside the Tuileries Christmas Market. There you’ll warm up with a typical Christmas beverage – mulled wine or spiced hot chocolate, while enjoying the festive ambiance.
From Concorde Square, you will be able to see the marvelous Seine River and the Champs-Elysees splendidly illuminated.
Paris is called the City of Lights. Come find out why!
And if you would like to make this a private tour with your family, please take a look at our Christmas Market and Illuminations Family Walking Tour