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Christmas in Paris: A photo essay

December 8, 2013

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. I will need more than a thousand words to describe how it feels to stroll down the Champs-Élysées on Christmas Eve or what a joyful experience it is to get lost in colorful Christmas markets (Christkindlmarkt) which have seemingly popped up everywhere in Paris. Or how magical the Eiffel Tower looks with a thousand different shades of brilliant lights twinkling and dancing on it. For now, here are some captivating photos of Paris in the wintertime. Christmas makes the City of Light shine brighter than usual.

Sweets Pastries and more at a Christmas Market in Paris

Glorious food, everywhere you look! Pastries and sweets, savories and more! A variety of traditional delicacies specially made for Christmas are displayed beautifully in stores that pop up everywhere in Paris for the festive season.

Eiffel Tower lights

The magnificent Eiffel Tower lit up at night. During Christmas week there are special light and music shows where the lights on the Eiffel Tower dance to a hundred different tunes.

Fancy a hot crisp crepe from the Christmas Markets in Paris?

Walking along the Champs-Élysées, you will see hundreds of shops setup alongside the main promenade. These Christmas markets offer everything from crepes to vin chaud (hot wine) to souvenirs and pretty ornaments for your Christmas tree.

Christmas Lights along Champs Elysees

The light decorations on the Champs-Élysées promenade are beyond stunning. You are bound to have an “Alice in Wonderland moment” when wandering around these brilliant luminous creations!


View of the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées lit up for Christmas. A magnificent and enduring sight when celebrating the festive season in Paris in the wintertime.

Eiffel Tower lights for Christmas

The iconic Eiffel Tower lights up with a thousand sparkly diamond-like lights specially for Christmas in Paris. There is a nightly show where the lights twinkle and dance to music and hundreds of people gather all along Champ de Mars to get a glimpse of the magical performance.

Roasted Chestnuts in Paris

Anywhere you go in Paris in winter, you will not escape the tempting aroma of roasted chestnuts! Street vendors setup carts or stalls and get busy roasting fresh chestnuts that just beg to be eaten. Warm, toasty and crunchy, these delicious morsels literally melt in the mouth! They are the perfect accompaniment for a glass of mulled vin chaud (hot wine) as you stroll along the Champs-Élysées.

Place de la Concorde

One of my favorite things to do in Paris during Christmas is to walk from one end of the Champs-Élysées to the other! It’s a glorious stroll from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, where the Obelisk of Luxor stands tall and magnificent.

Christmas Market Russian dolls display

Russian matryoshka dolls present a dazzling display in one of the many Christmas Markets that line the Champs-Élysées.

Eiffel Tower lit up at night

An illuminated Eiffel Tower – akin to Paris’s very own Christmas tree! Nightly shows of light and music delight gathered revelers.

Christmas ornaments display

Christmas ornaments galore! Red is the color of the season!

Christmas in Paris is truly a season to be savored with all your senses. The City of Light takes on a warm radiance during the festive season. The aroma of roasting chestnuts is hard to ignore as people clutch their glasses of vin chaud (hot wine) to warm their cold hands. Families, couples, friends are all out and about, shopping for Christmas presents, catching up with each other, spending time with those they love. Sweet smiles are aplenty as are the sweet crepe shops all along Paris’s most magnificent promenade – the Champs-Élysées. If you happen to be in Paris for Christmas, you will be bringing back memories that last a lifetime.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

~ Trupti

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