The end of the year is your chance to visit museums and trade exhibits in Paris, but it is particularly about taking part in Christmas festivities. With the approach of the winter season, the City of Lights turns into an off-season destination, but presenting also the ideal time to go to fairs, museums, and exhibits, and enjoy events held in the city.
The main highlights of the season are the festivities that totally transform Paris city. Christmas lights, store window displays, holiday markets, and ice rinks provide an alluring atmosphere that you will want to experience during your Paris city tours.
Christmas in Paris
The capital city of France gets decked out in festive lights and hosts seasonal events to make a year’s end an extremely special time. In fact, you do not have to wait until December month to experience the holiday magic – the city gets into Christmas mood from November mid onwards. On November 21 each year, lights are turned on for the festive illuminations along the Champs-Elysées avenue.
Shopping enthusiasts should ensure to visit markets that pop up throughout the French capital over the Christmas season. You can also find them in Les Halles, Notre Dame, Saint Germain des Prés and La Défense. Make it a point to grab some local produce and presents from an extensive selection of handmade items on display.
The alluring window displays at department stores in Paris are very popular with kids and adults. They can be seen at Printemps Haussmann, BHV MARAIS, Galeries Lafayette, and Bon Marché. Besides, you can also go to the Champs-Elysées avenue on December 31 to catch a stunning light show.
Food Festivals and Exhibits
Paris is also a gastronomical destination for food lovers, with many events taking place in the lead up to December 25. Consider taking part in the Amoureusement Soupe along Place des Abbesses, do your health a favor with gluten-free food, and treat yourselves at Noël Gourmand.
This is also an ideal time to taste vintage wine. So if you love wine, make it a point to take part in the event titled Grand Tasting to be held at Carrousel du Louvre on December 01 and 02.
Apart from that, numerous exciting exhibits will also be held in Paris at this time. For one, the Grand Palais will host an exhibit from November 23, 2018, to February 14, 2018. It will examine Michael Jackson’s influence on other creative artists over the previous three decades and will mark his 10th death anniversary.