The “City of Light”, Paris nickname, takes on its full meaning when the end-of-year holidays are approaching, as the streets and the city’s iconic sites are illuminated and the windows of department stores adorned with Christmas decorations.
Passer les fêtes fin d’année à Paris, Ville Lumière
Holiday period : spending Christmas in Paris
Spending Christmas in Paris is something that should be done once in a lifetime! The city is imbued with a festive and magical atmosphere thanks to decorations including garlands, and the appearance of many markets, open-air rinks, merry-go-rounds and Christmas cribs. The Champs-Élysées, the Montparnasse and La Défense quarters are among the places where these events happen!
Spending family Christmas holidays in Paris is an excellent idea, especially if you go to Disneyland where parades of mythical Disney characters amaze children and adults. To enjoy Christmas shows, storytelling sessions and workshops dedicated to children, go to the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Château de Breteuil. Reserve your hotel in Paris at the Best Western located in the 6th district.
It is a perfect place to enjoy the lights of the city at night, as you can easily get to the Big Wheel of Concorde, the Christmas Village on the Champs-Élysées, Place Vendôme, the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Opera and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. But Christmas in Paris is also means winter sales! This is an opportunity to admire department stores decorations (the Galeries Lafayette, the Bon marché, the BHV, the Printemps, the Citadium…) and benefit from good deals.
Spending New Year’s Eve in Paris
If you wish to spend an original and successful New Year’s Eve, Paris is the place to go! The ideal would be to find a place in a restaurant offering a beautiful view of the lights of the city; the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower are the privileged places! Thousands of people are there clock striking twelve while enjoying most of the time a huge video show.
Admiring the fireworks illuminating the Eiffel Tower is one of the privileges of a New Year’s Eve in Paris. This magical moment will remain on your mind forever and will make you feel joy every time you think of it! Sipping some champagne with friends or family after this wonderful show would be perfect!
Moreover, some people might like to spend the evening at the legendary Moulin Rouge and enjoy its magical performances, or in a theater at the Casino de Paris, the Grand Point Virgule or the Gaité Montparnasse theatre. For young people, Paris counts a great number of nightclubs, including that of the Montparnasse Tower.