The City of Light dazzles with festive holiday illuminations, choirs, concerts and Christmas markets. The trees that line the Champs-Elysées are among the many trees in Paris that get covered with strings of lights and the Eiffel Tower becomes the focal point of the nighttime skyline with its shimmering lights. At the Notre Dame Cathedral you will find Paris’ Christmas tree.
Christmas in Paris
Another tradition in Paris are the temporary ice skating rinks that get set up around the city. The locations each year may vary, but there are often rinks put up in the square near the Paris City Hall, also known as the Hotel de Ville, and near Montparnasse. They tend to go up in mid-December and stay open through March.
Paris has several Christmas markets. Some of the more popular markets in Paris are near Saint-Sulpice church, on the Place Saint-Germain-des-Pres, under the Grand Arch in La Defense, and on the Champs-Elysées. Along with the stunning illuminations no less than 160 authentic chalets line the Champs-Elysées between the Rond-point and Place de la Concorde.
Be aware of the fact that many of the shops, restaurants, museums, and other attractions in Paris are bound to be closed on December 25.