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Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysées

Christmas Lights on the Champs Elysees

Christmas fun at the holiday market on the Champs-Elysées!

Every year the Champs-Elysées is transformed into a winter wonderland of holiday fun with the famous Christmas lights, tons of little wooden chalets selling traditional foods, sweets and all kinds of gifts and even a little amusement park with roller coaster and rides for kids. The air is full of a heady mix of mulled wine, roasting chestnuts, sweet cotton candy and crepes and every type of food you can imagine. I went on the first Saturday evening after the lights were switched on and the Christmas Market opened, and the atmosphere was festive and the streets packed!

Christmas Market Champs Elysees Lights Rond Point

Whimsical Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysées

There were crowds of people taking photos of the fun lights up and down the Champs-Elysées and around Rond Point. The Christmas Market is set up along both sides of the Champs-Elysées between Rond Point and the Place de la Concorde, but the atmosphere is festive all along the Champs-Elysées up to the Arc de Triomphe.

Christmas Market Champs Elysees Roasted Chestnuts

The delicious scent of roasting chestnuts along the Champs-Elysées

The scent of roasting chestnuts always reminds me of winter in Paris, and there were several little vendors set up roasting chestnuts along the Champs-Elysées. The chalets sell a fun mix of traditional holiday foods, decorations and gifts. This Christmas one was festive!

Christmas Market Champs Elysees Traditional Gifts

Charming chalet selling traditional Christmas foods and presents

When it’s time to warm up just stop at one of the chalets for a vin chaud, or hot mulled wine. While I was distracted taking photos my husband bought a cup to surprise me … yum!

Christmas Market Champs Elysees Vin Chaud

Warm up with a cup of mulled wine at the Champs-Elysées Christmas Market

The circular lights along the Champs-Elysées slowly change colors from a cool blue-white to yellow and red. We hardly noticed them changing, but would look up and occasionally notice the street had a completely different hue!

Christmas Market Champs Elysees Tree Lights

Christmas lights along the Champs-Elysées in Paris

The chalets selling crepes were very popular at the Champs-Elysées Christmas Market, but I had another plan in mind for something sweet.

Christmas Market Champs Elysees Crepes

Enjoy a crepe at the Champs-Elysées Christmas Market

There were chalets selling toys, handcrafted items, soaps from Marseille and this lovely stall filled to the brim with lavender products of all kind. The scent was divine!

Christmas Market Champs Elysees Lavender

Divinely scented chalet selling lavender products from France!

We dashed across the Champs-Elysées and in the middle of the road I stopped to try to capture a photo of the lights looking toward the big ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde. The traffic was crazy!

Champs Elysees Christmas Lights 2012

Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysées looking toward the ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde

For something sweet we stopped in the beautiful Ladurée shop on the Champs-Elysées. Why have a crepe when you can have macarons from Ladurée? (Or, enjoy both … it’s Christmas in Paris after all!)

Laduree for Christmas on the Champs Elysees

Stopping in Ladurée on the Champs-Elysées for something sweet

The Christmas lights at Ladurée are so pretty this year! The line was a bit long at the take away counter, but it was worth the wait to get a box of their famous macarons to enjoy at home. Inspired by the roasted chestnuts on the Champs-Elysées, we tried the marron (chestnut) macaron. It was lovely! In the window at Ladurée we spotted a Christmas tree made out of macarons … who could ask for anything more?

Christmas Market Champs Elysees Laduree WIndows

A Christmas tree made of macarons – perfect!

If you’re thinking to visit Paris during the holidays, this is just one of the fun things you can do during Christmas in Paris. The Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysées will be open until January 6th, 2013. The lights and the festive atmosphere are magical against the backdrop of Paris!

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