This post was most recently updated on December 5th, 2021
It's the most wonderful time of the year and you're in Paris darling!
Paris seems to become even more magical around mid-November. There’s a change in the air that shifts towards something that stirs inside. The Christmas season is my favorite season because it seems to last for several months. What’s even more magical is spending Christmas in Paris. If you’re lucky and you’re here during this season, here are some places and things you should check out!
Marchés de Noël // Christmas Markets
These are simply my favorite events that I look forward to every year, the Christmas markets. I missed out on some of my favorites last year so I’m very excited about going to all of these this year ! Here’s where I will be going to this year :
Date: November 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Location: Jardin des Tuileries
Metro: Tuileries, Line 1.
Date: November 26, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Location: Place des Abbesses, Paris 18e
Metro: Abbesses, Line 12.
Date: December 10, 2021 to December 26, 2021.
Location: Square René Viviani, Paris 4e
Metro: Saint-Michel Notre Dame, Line 4, RER B and C.
Date: November 20, 2021 to December 26, 2021.
Location: Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris 6e
Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Line 4.
Date: November 25, 2021 to December 29, 2021.
Location:Parvis de la Défense, 92
Metro: La Défense, Line 1, RER 1, Train L and U, Tram T2.
Date: December 2021 to January 2022
Location: Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Paris 4e
Metro: Hôtel de Ville, Line 1, Line 11.
Date: December 2021 to January 2022
Location: Quai Branly, Paris 7e
Metro: Alma-Marceau, Line 9. Pont de l’Alma, RER C. Éole Militaire, Line 8.
This website has a current listing of all the marchés de Noël that are happening around Paris. They also have a listing of all the marchés for France, Switzerland and Belgium!
Les Illuminations // Christmas Lights
Paris really puts on her sparkle when it comes to lights and illuminations. Usually around the beginning of November, you’ll start to see the city putting up Christmas lights and stringing them across the streets. Back home in Ohio, I loved when my family would pile into our car and drive around at night and look at people’s Christmas lights on their houses. Here’s where you can see some fabulous Christmas lights in and around Paris.
The Galeries Lafayette always has a breath-taking Christmas display between the windows on the outside of the department store and what’s displayed underneath the iconic cupola. This is always at the top of my list to get me in the Christmas spirit.
Address: 40 Bd Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Metro: Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette, Line 7, 9.
Another iconic Parisian department store that pulls out all the stops for their Christmas window displays.
Address: 64 Bd Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Metro: Havre-Caumartin, Line 3, 9. Haussman Saint-Lazare, RER E.
This is a must-see. The historic elevators that criss-cross and take you to different levels put you in the middle of a Winter Wonderland foray.
Address: 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris
Metro: Sèvres-Babylone, Line 1à, 12.
This is the first Christmas that La Samaritaine will be decking her halls in all the seasonal glory. After over a decade of renovations and a global pandemic, she has opened her doors this past summer and just in time! I cannot wait to see how they decorate this landmark store for the 2021-2022 holiday season.
Address: 9 Rue de la Monnaie, 75001 Paris
Metro: Pont Neuf, Line 7.
This year’s theme is Switzerland and all her white, snowey, mountain glory. Each year, the BHV presents a theme through her window displays that also flow throughout the department store. There can also be activities included for little (and big) ones. This year includes a nod to the Chatlet des Marmottes with fondue and cheese tasting !
Address: 52 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville, Line 1, 11.
The classic Christmas trees that pop up every year in the square are the perfect photo opportunity. The twinkle of the white lights and the colors of the doors that look onto the square evoke a magical space. If you catch the square at the right moment, you feel this awakening Christmas spirit fill up the place.
Address: Pl. Vendôme, 75001 Paris
Metro: Pyramides, Line 7, 14.
Walking the length of the rue Montorgueil, you feel the Christmas spirit spilling out of the store windows and doorways. The business owners along the street add to the charm and magic that is Christmas. Make sure to walk all the way down to the steps of the Saint Eustach Church to take in all the sights and lights. Allow time to do a little Christmas shopping while you’re strolling along.
Address: Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris
Metro: Sentier, Line 3.
Every year, the trees that line the Champs-Elysées are draped in a Christmas glow and light up the entire boulevard. Despite all the cars and traffic, Christmas is still in the air and the sight is one that you will not forget. I highly recommend starting at the end of the Tuileries garden by the Place de la Concorde and making your way up along the Champs Elysées. The square around the obelisk is decorated and the obelisk itself is lit up.
Address: 75008 Paris
Metro: Tuileries, Place de la Concorde exit, Line 1.
The Jardin des Plantes offers a paid discovery to their Christmas illuminations down a pathway through the ages starting with the beginning of the world. With over 100 lighted displays, you’re sure to be impressed and learn something along the way.
Date: November 29, 2021 to January 30, 2022. From 6 PM till 11 PM.
Price: 12€ – 15€. Buy your tickets here.
Address: Entrée unique côté Seine : 2 place Valhubert – 75005 Paris
This year, the Lumières en Seine has returned to the Parc de Saint Cloud, just on the outskirts of Paris, past La Défense. Embark on a journey through the historical domaine de Saint Cloud as you discover illuminations, sculptures, light projections and much more. Entrance is through the gate Clémenceau. Book tickets early for your chance to see this spectacular event.
Date: November 19, 2021 to January 9, 2022.
Price: 18€ – 22€. Tickets can be purchased here.
Address: Clemenceau Grill, 92210 Saint Cloud
Metro: Please visit here for the best route for you to get there.
Tucked behind the Gare de Lyon train station lies Bercy Village that always puts on a show-stopping display of Christmas. This year, the Umbrella Sky by Patricia Cunha is front and center. Not only will you be able to see all the Christmas decorations and displays, but this open-air shopping mall will allow you to get your shopping done at the same time. Don’t forget to pose by the giant Christmas tree for the prefect photo-op.
Date : November 18, 2021 to January 16, 2022.
Address: Cr Saint-Emilion, 75012 Paris
Metro: Cour Saint-Émilion, Line 14.
Not far off the Place Vendôme, lies this street that houses all the high-end stores (Chanel, Dior, Longchamp, Christian Louboutin, Lowe) as well as their famous Christmas decoraitons that adorn their façades. On the corner of Rue Cambron and Rue Saint Honoré, across from Dior, you’ll find the charming hot air balloon in front of the church Notre Dame de l’Assomption. You can get your photo taken here day or night.
Address: 75008 Paris
Metro: Pyramides, Line 1, 14.
Tucked away off the Champs Elysées is this magical street where the trees welcome you with their soft white glow. If anything, it’s just for the trees that are covered in (what seems like) millions of tiny sparkles, as if the stars came down from the sky and wrapped themselves around the trees. Start at either end and stroll down for maximum awe.
Address: 75008 Paris
Metro: Alma-Marceau, Line 9. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Line 1, 9.