Note: The tour operates from December 14th to December 30th.
During the festive season, the Notre-Dame neighborhood is highlighted with astonishing decorations. In this picturesque Notre Dame & Christmas market tour, you will learn about the cathedral’s construction, see the most eye-catching illuminations and browse a charming Christmas market while tasting typical French Christmas products.
Meet up with your Welcomer in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The first thing you will notice is its outstanding façade. It is filled with sculptures illustrating acts of the Bible that your Welcomer will tell you all about.
Once inside the cathedral, the stained-glass rose windows will blow you away. Your Welcomer will explain their value and why they are the church’s jewels! The divine crib of the Christ Child is in Notre-Dame’s choir. From December to January, the full history of Jesus Christ can be found, from the Holy Night to the Visit of the Three Kings.
It’s time to walk along the Seine river to reach the Tuileries garden; one of the most charming gardens of the French capital. A traditional Christmas market will be held in the garden where you’ll go through local arts and crafts stalls and sample a few specialties that French families serve on Christmas table. You will also enjoy a hot chocolate, flavored with spices, or maybe a mulled cinnamon wine, a must-taste for the period of the year.
After your tour, you will be able to stay and wander around. And why not go to the nearby Concorde square and Champs-Elysees to admire the stunning Christmas illuminations?