Art & Culture

Christmas illumination in Paris

Christmas illuminations in Paris start this week. Enjoy the atmosphere of a fairy tale this weekend already! As usual, at the end of November the Christmas illumination is installed in Paris. Showcases in major stores are set for holidays.

Of course, Christmas illuminations in Paris are primarily illuminations on the Champs Elysees. Generally the Champs Elysees at Christmas time is a paradise for tourists and children. At the beginning of the street near the Place de la Concorde le Marché de Noel is open, and near the Arc de Triomphe 200 plane trees are decorated with garlands. This year the illumination is made in four colors: blue, purple, white and orange.

Another MUST DO place at Christmas time is the storefront of the Printemps. This year the showcases’ inhabitants have become bear cubs who can dance, sew dresses and give presents! Each year the original installation in the storefront of the Printemps attracts the attention of thousands of kids and their parents who come to buy some gifts for friends and relatives. The end of a year is a hot time for sellers: during one month they earn 20 % of the annual profit.

The Galeries Lafayette have also prepared a surprise for their customers. The shop switches up street lights, which work only during Christmas days. The Galaries Lafayette’s showcases, as well as Printemps’s ones, are decorated with fabulous installations.

Another fascinating Christmas entertainment is the Ferris wheel – Grande Roue de Paris on the Place de la Concorde only during the New Year holidays. You will not regret the magnificent view over Paris from above. And late at night, when there are almost no visitors, if the keeper is in a good mood, he’ll give you an extra ride for free.

Of course, the whole town is changed for Christmas. The odour of hot wine and roasted chestnuts invite passers-by to numerous cafes.

If you really want to enjoy the fabulousness and quiet of Christmas Night you’d better visit the city before it is flooded with numerous tourists on the Christmas and New Year’s Eve.