The most beautiful places to celebrate the holidays in Paris

Winter is back, bringing with it the 2022 festive holiday season. As of 16th November, Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann moves into holiday mode and shares with you all its favourites so that you don’t miss one iota of the Paris holiday (high)lights.

Paris, the City of Lights, doesn’t do anything by halves! Throughout the capital, holiday lights, department store display windows and Christmas markets spark the wonder of young and old alike. 

An inescapable haven for elves searching for gift ideas, Boulevard Haussmann and Rue Caumartin will feature even more lights this year thanks to the Haussmann Paris Committee. A total of 1725 strings of lights will bring a twinkle to thousands of eyes every day as night falls during the holiday season.

With a view to its carbon footprint, the store will not illuminate its display windows and illuminations during the daytime this year, but will return them to magnificent splendour between 5pm and 8pm.

The Eiffel Tower scintillates with light

Every evening, the Eiffel Tower will sparkle with lights until 11.45pm. As soon as night falls, 20,000 light bulbs will burst into light on the Iron Lady to the delight of all visitors. For the first five minutes of every hour, the Tower will glimmer dazzlingly. From its first level, you have one of the most beautiful panoramas in all of Paris.

The Galeries Lafayette Department Store

A Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann tradition since 1976, the department store dresses its façade for the holidays with themed window displays to the wonder of both young and old. Inside the store, the Dome majestically hosts its iconic Christmas tree for the year, which shimmers every 30 minutes with a sound and light show. On the rooftop, you can enjoy a 360° panorama over the Paris rooftops, along with all the holiday illuminations.

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Come and discover this year’s theme of the Christmas Tree Planet, a tale of Annie and Nordmann, a fir tree from the planet Elato, which has come to save the little girl’s Christmas.

In-store entertainment activities

From 17th November to 23rd December, come and enjoy the Christmas Tree Planet immersive experience on the Coupole’s 4th floor. Experience a unique timeless moment with interactive screens that adapt to your every movement.

Starting on 3rd December, the little ones will find Santa Claus’ workshop on the 5th floor.

Come to Le Gourmet to sample exclusive, delectable dishes created by leading Paris pastry chefs. Little gourmet chalets surround the store to the delight of discerning taste buds!

The Paris illuminations

Paris sparkles with thousands of lights! The City of Light lives up to its name, particularly on its most magnificent avenue, the Champs-Elysées. Stroll along the 2 kilometres that separate Place Vendôme from the Christmas market at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe between 20th November and 2nd January 2023 from 5pm to 11.45pm and all night long on 24th and 31st December.

Going out in Paris

Admire the enchanting colours on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré beginning on 17th November as well as those on Boulevard Montaigne from 19th November 2022 to 2nd January 2023, not forgetting those in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.

For the children

For a family stroll, we suggest the Festival of Lanterns at the Jardin des Plantes , dedicated to the littlest creatures living in this world and transforming them into larger than life illuminated statues: Mini-Mondes en voie d’illumination [The World of Minuscule in Large!] from 14th November to 15th January 2023.

New Year’s firework display

Come and celebrate the New Year on 31st December, on the most beautiful avenue in the world. Launched from the Arc de Triomphe, the fireworks start at the stroke of midnight to offer a fabulous sound and light show.

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The Christmas markets

Imported from Alsace and Germany, Christmas markets have always provided cosy, welcoming venues during the holiday period. 

As early as mid-November, you will find everything you need to decorate your Christmas tree. Foodies will find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where they can feast on regional specialities and mulled wine. Stroll through the market to find last-minute presents to put under the tree.

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In one of the capital’s most beautiful parks, the Christmas market at the Tuileries Gardens will open its doors from 19th Novemberto 8th January 2023. On the agenda: gourmet tastings, an ice-skating rink, an amusement park and… Santa Claus.

The Christmas Market at the Champ-de-Mars will take place from 16th November to 2nd January 2023 and offers a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower.

You will discover the Christmas village of Montmartre from 10th to 31st December, perched all around the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

Christmas at Versailles

For the end-of-year holidays, the Château de Versailles boasts fabulous Christmas decorations while its rooms and parks shimmer as they become a backdrop for special events and shows to delight all ages.

The King’s Tour, a Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann favourite

As night falls, slip into the Baroque ambiance of an exceptional visit and show at the Château de Versailles. The holiday magic of the King’s court will unveil all its secrets to you. A show not to be missed from 10th December 2022 to 1st January 2023.

Disney

For it’s 30th anniversary, Disneyland Paris is staging an Enchanted Christmas from 12th November to 8th January 2023 for the most enchanting holiday season ever!

Disneyland Paris

The evening show, a Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann favourite

Come to the Central Plaza and admire the fabulous parade of Mickey and his friends. As soon as night falls, you will be bedazzled by the park’s illuminations and Christmas tree.

Disney firework display on 31st December

To ring in the New Year, Disneyland Paris will present an unforgettable evening from 8.30pm to 2am.

Mickey, Minnie and all their friends will be dressed in their finest to offer you an evening of amazement, topped by an exceptional firework display complete with a sound and lights show.

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