Christmas In Paris
Festive Fun in Paris: Four Must-Do Activities
There’s no doubt about it; Paris is beautiful any time of year, but there is something especially magical about Paris during the festive season.
Make someone’s Christmas really special by booking your own unforgettable French experience. Read on to find out what you and a loved one can get up to.
Before You Start
Before you get carried away with booking trips and shows, remember to take out European travel insurance well in advance of your trip. You wouldn’t dream of going on holiday without your tickets or passports, yet thousands of people take the huge risk of travelling without adequate holiday insurance every year. Make sure you’re not one of them, because accidents do happen, and if you find yourself being treated in a hospital, you may have to pay.
No trip to Paris would be complete without a night out to the internationally acclaimed cabaret, Moulin Rouge. Yes, you may have seen the film, but nothing compares to the vivid energy, luxurious colours and powerful soundtrack, which you can only truly experience in a theatre.
Make sure you reserve some of your Christmas spending money for the spectacular Parisian Christmas Markets. The Christmas Market at La Defense is the largest in the area, with over three hundred and fifty wooden chalets, selling everything from Christmas cards, wooden toys, sweet treats, handmade clothes and jewellery.
If you’re looking to spruce up your Christmas decorations back at home, why not check out the Marché de Noël Alsace? This year’s themed market is geared around Christmas trees, so you should be able to pick up some unusual Christmas tree accessories, including scented pines, handmade ceramics and colourful baubles. You will also be able to indulge in some of Paris’ finest Christmas food, including wine, gingerbread, cakes and sausages.
Chocolate in Paris
Paris is home to some of the best chocolate shops in Europe. Check out two of our festive favourites below:
Chloé Chocolate: Chloé Doutre-Roussel was a food taster at London’s Fortnum and Mason before opening up her own chocolate showroom in Paris. You can book yourself on to a chocolate tour of the city, or cuddle up with your loved one indoors and indulge in a chocolate taster session.
Berthillon: Paris is home to some excellent alternative chocolate shops, including Berthillon, which is a popular ice cream shop. However, during the winter it is transformed into a quirky chocolate lover’s dream. Indulge in an ‘affogato’, which although is not strictly a hot chocolate, it is an equally indulgent treat. Vanilla ice cream is offered in a white porcelain mug, before being poured over with hot espresso. Simply delicious!
How could we talk about Christmas in Paris without mentioning the iconic Eiffel Tower? Many visitors recommend visiting the Tower during the day and night, to take in France’s capital in two totally unique ways. Choose to take the lift or, if you’re feeling fit, take the stairs. There is a reasonably priced bar on the way to the top of the Tower, so you can sip a drink whilst enjoying the spectacular views.
Regardless of the time of year, you can normally expect queues at the Eiffel Tower. Save yourself time and money by booking online and printing tickets before you go.
Whatever you get up to, you’re sure to enjoy your time in Paris. It really is one of the best cities to visit in Europe. Thanks to the great selection of shops and critically acclaimed cultural attractions, there really is something for everyone. Just make sure you plan everything in advance, so you don’t miss out on any essentials. Don’t forget to check out the ‘affogato’ either, it’s certainly worth it!
Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.