Experience the seasonal delights of the City of Lights
The holiday season or La Saison Des Fêtes is really great in Paris. The festive aromas, happy sounds and shimmering lights – it is the perfect backdrop for a romantic festive break or a magical family vacation.
There are so many delightful events to choose from. And to get you in the mood, we have summarized our five favorites.
Skating at the Eiffel Tower
For a unique ice skating experience, visit the city's most famous landmark and glide on the highest ice rink in Paris. There are many photo opportunities on the first level of the Eiffel Tower to capture these incredible views, as well as ice hockey sessions for beginners.
Then fill up with hearty French dishes and a warming Vin Chaud from the many Christmas markets nearby.
Shopping on Rue des Martyrs
Leave the tourist path and stroll through the authentic Parisian district of Rue des Martyrs in Montmartre. The lively street is even more magical this time of year, especially when it comes to food.
Loaded with fresh seasonal products, there are plenty of tempting treats. Roasted chestnuts, Foie Gras, fresh oysters, pastries and chocolates are very popular this time of year.
Admiring the decorations
The illuminated cheers of Paris during the holidays can be seen throughout the capital. From the fairy-like forest of sparkling trees that line the Champs-Elysées to the bright decorations on the boulevards. It is no wonder that the French capital is known as the City of Lights.
Don't miss the quirky shop windows in the three main department stores: Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Bon Marché.
It is a tradition that children dress up and compare the displays. And there are thoughtful steps for the little ones to make sure they have a good view.
Treat yourself to Chocolat Chaud
After a cool day with a view of the sights, a hot Parisian chocolate is a perfect warming holiday drink. They are so rich and forgiving that they are a far cry from the milky cocoa that we know in the UK at bedtime.
You have a large selection of the best chocolatiers in Paris. We love the specialty "African" in Angelina, a famous Parisian teahouse that is home to the capital's most decadent desserts. The hot chocolate is so velvety and thick that you need a spoon to consume it.
Singing in a traditional concert
If you want something traditional, visit one of the city's many churches. There are many vigils and fairs you can attend.
Die The Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Madeleine Church celebrate prestigious festivities on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, making you feel sparkling inside.
But if singing is not your thing, it is worth visiting for the amazing architecture alone.