The spirit of Christmas leaves no city untouched. Paris has a certain magic fluttering through the city with the northern winds. May it be the joyful window displays at Galleries Lafayette, or when you’re twirling around on the ice rink, resting on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower; there is just something about Paris in the holiday season.
If you happen to be in the city of lights during the holiday season, this year or next, we have gathered a few must see stops along your meandering.
Marché de Noel
Almost every district has their own Christmas market, but we have rounded together a short list of the crème de la crème for you.
Champs l’Eysées- This is definitely by far the largest Christmas Market in Paris. There is over 2 kilometers of chalets with everything your heart could desire. Take a walk from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs l’Eysées and through the market. Grab a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate to keep warm while meandering through the market.
St Germain des Prés- Near the neighborhood church, this market is much smaller, with around 30 artisan booths, but the
La Defense- Located in the financial district of Paris (accessible on line 1 of the metro) you can get away from the touristy center to stroll through a typically less crowded market, with a range of different stands, selling artisan crafts to aged saucissons, both of which would make excellent holiday gifts. Go around lunch time and order a plate of tartiflette, a traditional winter dish of potatoes, grilled onions, ham and melted cheese.
Where ever you may be, ice skating is a timeless winter outing and thankfully, Paris does not disappoint. The city of Paris has installed temporary ice rinks near many of the cities historical attractions. Instead of skating inside of a rink, why not skate somewhere historical? Take a peek at our list below for our recommended skating locations.
With a surface of 190m2, this ice rink is located on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Yes, you can go ice skating on the Eiffel Tower! The ice rinks hours are as followed:
- Dates- 15th of December- 19th of January
- Hours- Every day from 10h30-22h30
- Price- Via elevators: Adults 11 euros -Youth 12/24 years 8.5 euros –Children 4-11
- Price-via stairs: Adults 7 euros – Youth 12/24 years 5 euros – Children 4-11 years 3 euros
- Free for children younger than the age of 4 years.
-Le Grand Palais
Built for the World Exposition of 1900, this historical monument is transformed into a giant ice rink of 2700m2 for the end of the year holiday season. The ice rink is equipped with a lightshow, DJ and dancefloor.
- Dates- 14th of December-02nd of January
- Hours- Every day from 10h00-13h00, 14h00-20h00 and 21h00-2h00
- 10h00 – 13h00 : 15 € pour les adultes ; 12 € pour les enfants
14h00 – 20h00 : 20 € pour les adultes ; 12 € pour les enfants
21h00 – 02h00 : 27 € pour les adultes
-Champs Elysées Christmas Market
With an ice rink of 1600m2 located in the Christmas Market on the Champs l’Elysées, you can finish off your day of shopping with a few twirls around the ice.
- Dates- 13th of December- 8th of January
- Hours- Everyday 10h30-midnight and open late (until 1h00) on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Price- 10€ adulte – 8€ enfants jusqu’à 12 ans
As Christmas dinner can be something one might be sad to miss while abroad, we have gathered a few spots that may ward off any homesickness you may fall under this coming holiday season.
River Cruise Christmas Dinner – 24 December
Cruise along the seine whilst having a romantic dinner and watch the city lights shine along the shore. There are multiple menu options for every crowd. Menus include a glass of champagne, appetizers, starter, entrée, cheese course, dessert, soft drinks and wine.
Prices : Service Elégance 145€, Service Privilège 180€ et Service Premier 220€
Boarding at 19h30, departure at 20h30, return at midnight.
More information at the following link- http://www.bateaux-mouches.fr/en/cruise
Christmas Dinner at the Paris Opera
What is more French than attending a ballet followed by dinner in the Opera House restaurant? Don your finest, head off to the opera for a night you’ll surely remember! The restaurant is open from noon until midnight, with dinner services before 20h or after 22h with a special Christmas menu.
For more information, click on the following link- http://www.opera-restaurant.fr/en/eve-dinners/christmas-eve
Christmas Eve at the Moulin Rouge
Unfortunately neither Ewan McGregor nor Nicole Kidman will be there to serenade you, but the Moulin Rouge definitely has a show in store for you. One of the most popular shows in Paris, the Moulin Rouge pulls spectators from all over the world. Dinner includes a Kir Royal – a champagne cocktail, a few appetizers, a starter and an entrée of your choice with dessert and half a bottle of champagne per dinner as well as a souvenir of Moulin Rouge per couple.
For more information, click on the following link- http://www.moulinrouge.fr/?lang=en
Even if you aren’t in Paris with us this year, I hope we have given you some ideas for your upcoming Paris vacation. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite things to do for the holiday season in Paris. Wherever you may be in the world this holiday season, the team here at A La Carte Paris sends you our holiday greetings and wish you all the best for the year of 2017.