Things to do in Paris This Christmas

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If you think that on the 24th of December Parisians stay in their “homes, sweet homes“, you’ve got the wrong idea. The City of Lights celebrates Christmas, and celebrates it well! The Christmas spirit is all over the place. Paris is even more magical, with plenty of Christmas decorations. The stores are full of people buying the “last-minute” presents. Paris is filled with love and sweetness. Here are the main things to do in Paris this Christmas!

1- Roam around Paris streets

Paris streets

One of the things to do in Paris this Christmas is to roam around the streets. Warm your heart with the Christmas spirit. Love is all around the place. It’s quite a unique atmosphere! Streets are filled with Christmas lights and decorations. They are full of people doing their “petites emplettes” (purchases, in English), and making final preparations for the Christmas dinner. You will be amazed by the ambiance of the Christmas period.

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2- Attractions for families

Attractions for families

First, do not keep your children at home while in Paris on Christmas Day! There are so many things to do for families, starting with the many free carousels installed all around the city. I personally advise you to visit the one on the Trocadéro Square (more activities in that area), which has a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower. Plus, it is close to the Christmas market of the Eiffel Tower.

3- Visit the Christmas markets

Christmas markets

Speaking of lights, enjoying your time in Paris on Christmas Day obviously means walking around the city and exploring its Christmas markets. There is one close to the Eiffel Tower, which so cute and heart-warming. Make sure you taste the hot wine and the crepes, that taste so good on a cold day! Speaking of Christmas markets, I also advise you to visit Paris Flea Market of Saint Ouen, which is redecorated in a Christmas atmosphere during the holidays!

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4- Have fun in an ice skating rinks

ice skating rinks

And eventually, you can end up in front of the beautiful building of the Hotel de Ville, which is the Paris City Hall, where you will ice-skate and spend a wonderful time with your family! At Hotel de Ville, the entrance is free. You only have to rent the ice skates for six euros. It’s a fun way to spend some time in Paris and to exercise before all the Christmas delicacies you’ll eat!

5- Buy a “bûche de noël

bûche de noël

Next on the list of things to do in Paris this Christmas is to buy a “bûche de noël“! This dessert is on all Parisians tables on Christmas dinner. There’s quite a competition between all the bakers, that have to make the most tasteful and the prettiest and cutest presentation. If you want to know where to get the best bûche de noël, go to Rue Montorgueil. There are plenty of bakeries and pastries shops. It’s the best street to get this typical dessert for Christmas!

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6- Fancy Paris on Christmas Day

Fancy Paris

Paris is indeed a luxurious city and at Christmas time, luxury is all over the place more than ever! You will not be able to miss the window displays of the Grands Magasins such as Galeries Lafayettes, on the Right Bank, or Bon Marché, on the Left Bank. Designers present fairy-tale stories in showcases where young and old are touched by magic.

7- Have a luxurious dinner

luxurious dinner

If you have seen enough, you can choose to have a Christmas Dinner in Paris. There are many fancy restaurants in Paris, but the one I would advise you is the Fouquet’s, a traditional French restaurant, where the Christmas Menu includes foie gras, lobster, and Christmas Log for dessert. However try to book in advance…

The Lido and the Moulin Rouge also organize special dinners and spectacular shows for Christmas Eve, but in that case be ready to spend more than 200 euros for each person!

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8- Religious Christmas

Religious Christmas

Finally, if you want to religiously celebrate Christmas in Paris, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica of Montmartre and the Church of Saint Eustache feature exceptional choirs and concerts on Christmas Eve for the midnight mass. Every year, beautiful scenes of nativity are presented!

Where to Stay in Paris

There’s a massive choice, and prices are generally reasonable considering this is a capital city. We’d advise picking somewhere within easy walking distance of a metro so that you can easily get around all the sights in this itinerary.

Our favourite way to find the best deals on accommodation is to book directly on the hotel website. usually have the best rate available thanks to our collaborators that feeds us with Exclusive and live Promo and deals.

  • Le Lapin Blanc, a Hotel just a 5-minute walk from Cluny-La Sorbonne Metro station. he best rate available online. You can modify or cancel your booking without fee until 2 days at noon before your arrival. Get a discount of 10% using promocode WEBACK2019 .
  • Des Duc Hotels, a few steps from Chatelet, the Louvre and Notre Dame. Get a discount of 10% using code WEBACK.
  • Concortel paris hotel, Reserve directly on website and get 15% reduction compared to other tariffs available online. free breakfast during week-end stays reserved via Hotel Website.
  • Hotel sant honore, Just a short walk from the Champs Elysées and the Madeleine, the hotel Saint Honore is ideally situated for direct access to the Paris airports (CDG, Orly) and the 4 main train stations. BEST RATE GUARANTEE Get 25% off for your 3 nights stay !

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