Tis The Season: A Magical Christmas In Paris

Photo: Hannah Wilson

Spending winter in Paris? If so, read our insider guide for the festive season. All of our Paris Perfect apartments are centrally located, to help you get the very best from your vacation. From mid-November the first flakes of festivity begin to fall, as a flurry of traditional Christmas markets open across the capital. There are a wealth of markets in the city, but we frequent our favorite spots.

At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, and on the doorstep of some of our most prestigious properties, the Champ de Mars Christmas market offers an array of festive gift ideas. Visitors from our nearby apartments can sip on seasonal vin chaud while browsing decorations and stocking fillers alongside a glut of gourmet foods.

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Anyone wishing to catch a glimpse of Père Noël should book one of our coveted apartments on Place Dauphine. Located on Île de la Cité, the marvelous market here hosts more than 50 craftspeople. It offers a unique selection of arts, jewellery and clothing from mid-December each year. The Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame and Christmas Market Tour is an excellent way to see the top sights before perusing the markets with a hot chocolate. Browse the charming Christmas stands to find unique holiday gifts.

And, if all this talk of artisanal crafts and produce has inspired you, why not get stuck in with our Christmas Baking Classes? These fun private sessions provide treasured family moments and sweet treats – to make the holiday season extra special.

Photo: Hannah Wilson

Are you looking to venture outside of Paris to lose yourself in the luxury and splendor of Versailles? Receive the royal treatment on the Versailles Palace and Christmas Market Tour with skip-the-line access. This guided tour of the palace is followed by a festive food tasting at the local Christmas market.

Ice skating is a definite must during winter in Paris, whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned pro. Visit the outdoor rink at Hôtel de Ville, where lights twinkle and an old-fashioned carousel evokes an old-timey nostalgia. The atmosphere is so festive you’ll want to bottle and preserve it year-round. Immortalise these memories with our Paris From Behind the Christmas Lens experience: learn how to capture professional shots and festive family portraits with our photographer.

Photo: David C. Phillips

Now that you have a few expert photography skills under your belt, get some practice on our magical Paris Christmas Sightseeing Tour and discover the City of Light as you’ve never seen it before: triumphal arches, world-famous avenues and historic monuments – all glittering in timeless festive grandeur.

Christmas tree suspended from the dome of Galeries Lafayette (Photo: Hannah Williams)

Magical Christmas window displays always draw in the crowds, enchanting children and adults alike. Printemps, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche and BHV Marais compete every year with theatrical animations and snowy alpine scenes. However, Galeries Lafayette tops them all with a dramatic towering Christmas tree, beneath its beautiful stained-glass dome.

Explore Passage des Panoramas in Paris (Photo:Paris Tourist Office/Marc Bertrand)

For a glimpse into hidden Paris away from the tourist sites, try our  Christmas Windows of the Covered Passages itinerary. It explores the intricate treasures of the 19th Century Covered Passages and Palais Royal.

Looking to celebrate the end of 2017 in style? Reserve a private Christmas and New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise to experience fine dining – and champagne – on the scenic Seine.

Photo: Lido

Alternatively, book tickets for the Lido Christmas and New Year’s Eve Cabaret for a more salacious celebration with feathers, frills and chandeliers. If you can face crowds and daylight the morning after, don’t miss the Grande Parade on the Champs-Elysées. This jubilant all-day event features a carnival procession and brass bands to welcome in the New Year.

BOOK A WINTER STAY AND SAVE UP TO 30%

Currently, you can get savings up to 30% off some of our most popular Paris vacation rentals until December 18, 2017! Book now to secure one of our beautiful apartments for the holiday season, or get in touch to let us know how we can make your Christmas or New Year truly magical.

Our friendly reservations team are on hand to help you select one of our luxurious family vacation rentals.  Let us be your concierge and make table reservations. We can also help with shopping, itineraries, tours and customized private experiences. Email us today.

Read some of our previous Christmas blog posts to get you in the Christmas spirit. Interested in creating your own traditional French holiday feast? Are you curious about our favorite Parisian Christmas markets or where to view the best holiday windows in Paris? Start creating your own heartwarming holiday traditions in Paris during this festive period.

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