Christmas shopping in Paris 2015
You know that the holidays have arrived in Paris when little wooden chalets start popping up around the city. These Christmas markets – created in the tradition of those found in the North-eastern region of Alsace – bring a warm and magical Christmassy atmosphere to Paris.
So what could be more magical than spending Christmas in Paris? A Christmas shopping trip can provide you the ideal excuse to travel to France. Paris will absolutely make your shopping trip unforgettable! Shops glow with colourful Christmas displays, patisserie shelves are filled with seasonal delights, restaurants create special Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day menus that are filled with seasonal ingredients such as fresh oysters from Brittany, foie gras, truffles, chestnuts and champagne.
The 150,000 Christmas lights that decorate the Champs Elysee are well known, but only the tip of the iceberg. The streets and large department stores such as Galleries Lafayette compete with each other to produce the most impressive Christmas decorations and Christmas windows. Also Christmas concerts are performed throughout the city at some very famous venues such as: La Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, Palais Garnier and La Madeleine.
Les Marches de Noel
The Christmas markets are definitely one thing that you cannot miss out on when you are in Paris. From a 12,000-square-metre mega Christmas market on the outskirts of Paris to a small jumble sale-like event in Montmartre, and a Japanese craft fair near the Louvre, there should be something for everyone. These markets are made up of wooden chalets which create a warm and magical atmosphere and is the perfect place to find regional specialties from Alsace like pain d’epices (spice bread), mulled wine, gourmet treats from other regions and traditional Christmas decorations, festive object and cosy handy-made knits. This is the place where you will find your Christmas decorations if you haven’t decorated your Christmas tree, house or garden yet. Still looking for that one original Christmas present or do you want to cook something out of the ordinary? Strolling along the wooden chalets will definitely give you some great ideas.
The main Christmas markets in Paris are located at....
• Champs Elysees, Christmas Village (14 November 2015 until 4 January 2016)
• Saint Germain des Pres, Latin quarter (14 November 2015 until 4 January 2016)
• St. Sulpice, 6th Arrondissement – Latin quarter (1 December until 24 December 2015)
• Trocadero Gardens, 16th Arrondissement (13 December 2015 until 4 January 2016)
• Place des abbesses, Marais, 3rd Arrondissement (Late November until 1 January 2016)and also at....
• Montparnasse, the Gare l’Est, the Gare Saint-Lazare, and the Place de la Nation.
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