Paris – Decked out in all its finery, Paris is embracing the Christmas atmosphere – roads and monuments all lit up, amazing animated displays in department store windows. The city will be providing entertainment for the young and old alike, with a wide range of wonderful and festive activities: Christmas markets, nativity scenes, ice-skating, merry-go-rounds, a rich and varied program of shows, theatre, and concerts; not forgetting the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve parties in many Parisian restaurants.
Originating in Germany and the Alsace region, Christmas markets spread to other parts especially in the 1990s. Gradually, they have become an essential festive attraction in many towns and cities. In Paris, Christmas markets are the opportunity to shop for Christmas. In the various wooden chalets, you will find something to decorate your tree with or decorations for your Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve table. And especially, you will find regional products (to taste) and art and crafts objects (for presents).
Champs-Elysées Christmas market
From November 16, 2012 to January 6 2013
Open from 10 am to 11 pm (and from 10 am to 12pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Along with the stunning illuminations on the world’s most beautiful avenue, no less than 160 authentic (made in the Vosges) chalets line the Champs-Elysées between the Rond-point and Place de la Concorde. An ideal place to stop off at to do some shopping or enjoy some mulled wine and taste regional products: foie gras, ham, champagne, etc. And why not have a ride on the big wheel to get a breathtaking view of the Champs-Elysées and the Christmas illuminations?
La Défense Christmas market
From November 21, 2012 to December 29, 2012
Open every day from 10 am to 8pm (from 10 am to 9pm on Saturdays)
For the 18th consecutive year, the Parvis de la Défense will play host to one of the biggest Christmas markets in the Ile-de-France region. More than 350 chalets will offer trinkets, craft products and thousands of other little objects to give as gifts during the seasonal celebrations. Chalets with local products are the star attractions of the Christmas market: hams from Corsica, cheese from the Alps, French chocolate … Everything to titillate the taste buds!
Other Parisian Christmas markets :
From the end of November onwards there is something different about the French capital. Lots of activity in shops, fine food stores showcasing luxury produce, excited children rushing to look at toys displayed in shop windows … And above all, the capital lives up to its name as the ‘City of Light’ shimmering with thousands of lights. For these are the end of year festive celebrations that have everyone spellbound.
Christmas lights, avenue des Champs-Elysées
From November 21 2012 to January 9 2013
New on the Champs-Elysées. After the success of ‘Snowfall’ (strings of light, simulating drops of light falling from the trees), which have illuminated the world’s most beautiful avenue for four Christmases, come ‘Tree rings’. As the Christmas illuminations on the Champs-Elysées are famous throughout the world, the members of the committee in charge of the conception of the lights has pulled out all the stops! The tree rings are luminous rings positioned around the avenue’s 200 trees. These installations will create a unique play of light with the aid of some 100 or so mirrors dotted around the branches of the trees. Reflections, waves of colour, synchronization of lights … The spectacle will measure up to the avenue’s reputation. This year, Diane Kruger will mark the start of the official ceremony of the illuminations of the Champs-Elysées.
Christmas light, place Vendôme
From November 22 2012 to January 15 2013
Place Vendôme, rue de la Paix, rue de Castiglione, rue Saint-Honoré and rue des Capucines, these are beautiful places in the French capital to soak in the Christmas spirit. Waterfalls of light, showers of stars, enormous chandeliers, the Christmas lights embellish the prestigious character of the district. An invitation to dream, to journey into a certain idealized world of Paris.
It has become a seasonal tradition at department stores like Galeries Lafayette or Printemps to put up a Christmas windows display. At Christmas time, the store windows are more than a showcase for leading Christmas products. They become veritable works of art, beloved by the public, and ever more inventive and surprising.
Windows displays at Galeries Lafayette – Christmas of the Century
From November 6 2012 to January 6 2013
Galeries Lafayette presents the ‘Christmas of the Century’ to celebrate in style the one hundredth anniversary of the store’s famous Cupola.
Louis Vuitton decorates several window displays on the theme ‘The Ball of the Century’, taking his inspiration from the architecture of the store’s art nouveau dome. The Disney princesses — Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty … also bring a special magic to the window scenes of the Haussmann store.
As is the tradition, under the cupola stands a majestic 21-metre-high Christmas tree, laden with 120 Swarovski crystal ornaments and raised up by a dazzling light, 9-metres in diameter, adorned with 5,000 multifaceted Swarovski crystal stars. The facade of Galeries Lafayette is cloaked in new lightening by artist-sculptor Yann Kersalé ‘Chrysalide’. This work of art will change in the course of the seasons and is rounded off by a permanent installation on the cupola of the department store.
Christmas windows, at Printemps department store – Parisian Inspirations by Dior
From November 9 2012 to January 15 2013
For Christmas, the Printemps department store has chosen to pay tribute to the House of Christian Dior, emblematic of Paris fashion, Paris couture, designer Paris and the Parisian woman. Designed as a progressive unveiling of the hidden treasures and hidden aspects of Paris. ‘Parisian inspirations by Dior’ is based on 4 symbolic places: a Private Mansion House, a Ball at the Opera House, a Winter Garden and a Party.
The facades are decorated in luminous curled shapes echoing the ornamental design of formal French-style gardens, and hot air balloons symbolize an imminent departure.
The Printemps window displays are an invitation to journey into the heart of a snow-white Paris. Each window scene portrays an emblematic place in the capital: the ‘Winter Garden’, the ‘Café de la gare’, the ‘Opera House’ and ‘Avenue Montaigne’, etc.
For the 4 animated window displays, ‘the Eiffel Tower Ice-skating Rink’, ‘the Rooftops, the Balloons’, ‘the Fun-fair’, the Ball’, 74 dolls will faithfully model iconic outfits of the couturier Christian Dior.
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