Whether you are a frequent European traveler or travel to the continent occasionally, Paris is always a good idea. especially over the winter holidays, when the French capital is covered in lights and decorations, treating residents & tourists alike to the parfume of vin chaud, raclette and Christmas pastries, to magical window displays and to the sound of Christmas carols in the streets.
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With the most festive time of the year approaching, its our pleasure to highlight the must-do’s of the French capital. Here’s MR Agency Real Estate’s ultimate guide of things to do and see during your end-of-the-year holiday in the most charming city on the planet.
In the heart of one of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods, high-fashion address Avenue Montaigne dazzles during Christmas time with its gold-decorated trees and sparkling fences, offering a superb scenery for a romantic promenade.
Take your time to peacefully walk down one of the most renowned & refined streets in the world and admire the lavish window decor sets in place by Dior, Chanel, Maison Margiela, and more….
Finally, arrive at Place de l’Alma, you will find an incomparable view of a lit Eiffel Tower and the Seine.
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Parisian department stores always like to go big to celebrate Christmas time and the arrival of the New Year, and this year is no exception.
Take a walk through the 2nd arrondissement and let your eyes wonder under a cascade of gold starts in front of the Galeries Lafayette, and then venture into their colorful, crazy winter wonderland full of lights, music and an eccentric immersive experience for the whole family.
Not far from there, at LVMH’s luxury department store La Samaritaine, overlooking the seine and accessible via Rue de Rivoli, you’ll discover a jolly celebration of the world of dance, installed in collaboration with the Centre National de la Danse. Through an irresistibly delightful display of romantic ballet customs directly from the Opéra de Paris, colorful 70s disco suits and elegantly decorated tango dresses, La Samaritaine honors Paris’ diverse dance scene through the decades with installations and animations that will charm the whole family.
If you find yourself wandering through Saint Germain’s galleries and boutiques, you cannot miss out on Le Bon Marché’s Christmas decorations, inspired by a snow globe factory. An irresistible occasion, especially for the youngest, to take a fantastic trip through an eye-catching, deep-colored installation that will transport you into the heart of Santa’s village.
No Christmas holiday is complete without the right amount of sugar, and luxury bakery Pierre Hermé on the Champs Élysées might just provide the ideal spot for a royal afternoon break after a busy day of sight-seeing.
Sitting in an exquisitely decorated tea room in the heart of the most famous street on the planet, you will have the opportunity to taste the traditionally log-shaped Buche de Noël, re-interpreted by the maison in collaboration with artist Octave Marsal, who decorated the typical French Christmas pastry with a representation of Paris’ Pont Neuf.
If you’re already familiar with the Buche de Noël and you’re looking for its most fashionable interpretation yet, you’ll find it at 5 rue de la Paix, right across Place Vendôme and its elegant Christmas trees. There, at Park Hyatt’s Café Jeanne, Pâtissière Naraé Kim paid homage to iconic Parisian couturière Jeanne Lanvin with a Buche de Noel shaped like a white orchid.
Take your time to sit down at the hotel’s café to enjoy a relaxing moment with your loved ones and open your palate to the delicious taste of high-fashion Christmas in France.
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The captivating spectacle of the typical French roofs with their colored chimneys and the iconic monuments all blending together in a snowball-like atmosphere is the perfect way to end a well spent day browsing around the Christmas markets in the garden by the worldwide known Musée du Louvre.
Treat yourself to a ride on the giant Ferris wheel in the Jardin des Tuileries for an unforgettable moment to admire the City of Lights from a privileged angle and with a rare tranquility.
Could you imagine a better way to spend a winter afternoon than in the courtyard of one of the most magnificent buildings in the world, ice skating with your partner or children? We honestly couldn’t.
Like every year, five-star hôtel Plaza Athénée has brought the frosty atmosphere of alpine chalets directly to Avenue Montaigne, building a cozy winter world in its courtyard. Strolling through the lavish decorations and Christmas trees, you’ll leave the city to be transported into an idyllic Christmas world, where you’ll be able to spend a magical hour skating in the hotel’s dazzling ice rink or enjoy a hot chocolate (or, why not, a glass of champagne) at the café by the installation.
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