Things you have to do in Paris this winter!

Paris gets more vibrant as the weather gets chilly. These experiences will chase away your autumn blues and get you in the festive spirit before December hits.

Enjoy the festive atmosphere in Paris

Eat the bûche de noël (a yule log- the dessert that is on all Parisians tables on Christmas dinner). Go ice-skating at the various courts set up across the city, including the Eiffel Tower. The winter time comes with more perks- the Christmas markets! Consider picking up Christmas gifts for your loved ones, while savouring traditional sweets, crêpes and mulled wine yourself. Ring in the New Year by partying till the wee hours of morning at Wanderlust, that has a magnificent view over the Seine river. Or dance to the greatest hits of the past 20 years in the middle of giant aquariums at L'Aquarium le Club. The Pigalle, Latin Quarter, Oberkampf or the Marais are all districts known for their active bar scenes and various nightclubs. Sway to the tunes of R&B Reggaeton, hip-hop, Rap and funk or make heads turn with your Latin dancing skills at Favela chic.

Explore the off-the-beaten path

If indoor activities are more your thing, then head straight to Paris’ secret covered passages. Take a tour of the Passage Jouffroy, Passage Verdeau, Passage des Panoramas, Galerie Vivienne, to name a few, and marvel at their beautiful glass ceilings. These charming passages are not known to everyone; which is what makes a stroll here so exciting!

Delve deep into history (20 meters to be precise) by going underground – a visit to the Parisian catacombs is certainly not for the faint-hearted! Open to the public since 1809, the Catacombs have aroused curiosity and are a thrilling way to experience Parisian winters indoors.

Delve into the history of chic French fashion

Paris Fashion Week maybe over, but the city doesn’t quit her full-time role as the fashion capital of the world. For anyone serious about fashion, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum is THE place to be. Admire some of the designer's most famous dresses on display and the best part? You can take a peek at his materials, and his sketches in his workroom; left as if he were still there. Get your dose of cutting-edge fashion and design at gigantic Cité de la Mode et du Design. Or watch out for fascinating exhibitions at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (External link) , that is known to house a vast collection of everything from furniture to fashion; jewellery to toys; glassware to graphic design- all things that have surrounded us from centuries.

And nail that effortless Parisian look with La Vallée Village

You've toured the best fashion museums and now it's time to put that knowledge to test. Nobody does retail therapy better than La Vallée Village (External link) , so spending an entire day here is a given! Home to more than 110 luxury and lifestyle boutiques, La Vallée Village- a Member of the Bicester Village Shopping Collection, will treat you to an unforgettable shopping experience from the onset. All the French brands that you covet are present at the Village, making it easy for you to glide from one store to another.

How does one get there, you ask? Well, like everything else, this is super easy too! All you have to do is board their shuttle express and within 40 minutes, you'll arrive at this shopping destination. Head to the Welcome Center for your complimentary WiFi and have your gourmet breakfast at Pret A Manger (choose from vegetarian and vegan options, if that’s your preference). Whether it’s the PAULE KA sequin heeled boots that catch your eye or the Giuseppe Zanotti Loafers, one thing’s for sure, you can enjoy 12% of tax-free on the already reduced prices at La Vallée Village. (If you’re a non-resident of the EU and traveling in France for less than six months.) Just don’t forget to collect your refund in cash at the Tax-Free Lounge before you leave. La Vallée Village understands that shopping can be tiring, so their hands-free shopping service ensures that you do all the shopping, while they do the carrying!

There is so much more than just shopping at La Vallée Village!

Stop for lunch at Menu Palais, unwinding over a buttery asparagus and a glass of wine at the terrace. In the mood for something sweet? How about a delicate Pierre Hermé macaron? Or a rose-sculpted Amorino gelato? Don’t worry. You’ll walk off all those calories while shopping.
If you’d like to take a break, you can always relax at the VIP lounge and use that time to redeem all the air miles you’ll earn from your purchases. There’s also an exclusive shopping invitation (External link) waiting for you here! Tempted? There’s more!

• 31st October – 11th November 2019 – Exclusive sales with up to 60% off on a number of brands with the Village scheduled to be open till late night on 1st November until 10 PM
• 29 November – 2nd December 2019 - Black Friday sale with up to 60% off, with the Village scheduled to be open till late night on 29th November until 10 PM
• 26th to 31st December 2019 – Private sales with up to 60% off, with the Village scheduled to be open till late night on 26th December until 10 PM
• Exceptionally open on 1st January 2020 (noon to 8 PM) to start sales until 26th January 2020 with up to 70% off, one week ahead of national sales
• The Village will be closed on 25th December 2019

La Vallée Village in Christmas

From 14 November to 24 December, La Vallée Village will be transformed into a dream-like Christmas Village: Bathed in golden light, the Village is brought to life with sumptuous decorations and a forest of Christmas trees. Elsewhere, sound projections and colourful reflections fill the Village, providing a captivating festive experience. The boutique windows will be decorated by artist Yannis Varoutsikos, bringing an artistic twist to the festivities. Expect dazzling graphic designs that reveal unexpected gifts and shimmering seasonal looks.

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