Paris takes on a dreamy hue in winters and it is always a pleasure to visit during the festive season. The decorations light up the streets and everybody is uplifted by celebrations all around. There are innumerable places in Paris that could blow you away with the adornments and their magnitude. Below are some of the best suggestions for your Paris sightseeing tours.
Admire the Christmas Lights
The Christmas feel sets in from the mid-November. Decorations start lighting up the streets and buildings. Trees are covered in tiny lights and pavements are covered by decorative ceilings. For the most stunning visuals, you need to visit the Champs Elysees. Every year, a famous artist creates themed artworks and illuminations in the place. This is usually a major crowd-puller.
Rue Faubourg-St-Honoré is yet another street where the adornments are worth seeing for yourself. Besides, you can also enroll for a sightseeing bus tour through the most attractive places in Paris.
Visit the Christmas Markets
Christmas markets are a tradition nowadays in every European city and Paris is no exception. The biggest market, located in La Defense, is a treat for those who love to shop. You will find a wide range of Christmas-related products in the market. There are many hand-made delights as well such as Eiffel Tower-shaped biscuits, handmade tree decorations, and wooden gifts.
Besides, there is the ‘Starry Christmas’ market in Les Halles, Square René Viviani near Notre Dame Cathedral, and markets in the Tuileries gardens. Apart from these, you can find themed markets all around the city as well.
Visit the Fairs
Take a ride to the vintage settings at the fairgrounds in Musée Des Arts Forains. This mainly consists of fairground rides and stalls that could be traced back to the 1850’s. Visitors are allowed with the presence of a Paris tour guide. Note that the place holds the Festival du Merveilleux and has the participation of numerous magicians, artists, puppeteers, storytellers, and dancers. There are fixed entry charges for everyone. Overall, it is a great place to have fun with your loved ones during your Paris sightseeing tours.
Go Ice Skating
Christmas season is the best time to try your hand in ice-skating in one of the numerous outdoor ice rinks of Paris. The rink outside the Hôtel de Ville is free to all, and thus, always crowded. You can rent the skates for €6 but you have to carry along your own pair of socks and gloves. There is also an option of skating right beside the Eiffel Tower.