Christmas : lights, window displays and markets in Paris Region
During the festive season, the department shop windows come alive, the streets and parks are lit up and the Christmas markets flourish. When night falls, it’s the perfect time for exploring the City of Light and its surrounding area, all looking more incredibly beautiful than ever with gigantic Christmas trees, strings of lights and magical decorations. Discover the 2022 festivities programme.
The magic of department store Christmas windows
Christmas in Paris is not really Christmas without a trip to admire the windows of the Parisian department stores. Faced with the animated scenes, parents fall back into childhood while their children dream of enchanted worlds before enjoying the many activities on offer inside the shops.
The Christmas circus at Printemps Haussmann
For the end of the year celebrations, Father Christmas becomes Mr. Loyal and takes his troupe on an extravagant tour to offer young and old the most unexpected of shows. The artist Olaf Hajek transforms the windows of Printemps Haussmann into an extraordinary Christmas circus. As if by magic, the domes of light are transformed into giant tents and the aisles into a starry ring. Clowns, orchestras, tightrope walkers, stilt walkers, illusionists and cannonballers invade the floors, counters and shop windows. The games, acts and surprises follow one another in a joyful whirlwind.
Planet of Fir Trees at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann
All along the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann is getting back in touch with literature by inviting novelist Claire Castillon to imagine an original tale: Planet Christmas. Illustrated by Florent Chavouet, Planet Christmas tells the story of Nordmann, an inhabitant of Elato, the planet of the wild trees, who is sent to Earth to save Annie’s Christmas. The magical fairy-tale comes to life throughout the shop, from the windows on boulevard Haussmann to the top floor. An unexpected encounter where Christmas shines like nowhere else, under a glass dome known all over the world!
Dance under the stars at the Samaritaine
To bring the magic of the end of the year 2022 to life, the Samaritaine is putting on a show and transforming itself into a dance floor where a giant Christmas tree is enthroned. Dance in all its forms is highlighted. Pointes and tutus take over the main entrance and embark young and old for a magical ballet. On the ground floor, it’s disco night! Get out your sequined clothes and dance under the disco ball. As for the beauty area, it becomes retro and glamorous and invites you to sway to the rhythm of rock ‘n’ roll. And the highlight of the show takes place on the fifth floor, where you can dance to the voguing of the 80s. To wait patiently for Christmas Day, La Samaritaine opens a box in its giant Advent calendar every morning in December, revealing its share of surprises and gifts.
A journey through time at the Bon Marché Rive Gauche
The Bon Marché Rive Gauche has been celebrating Christmas for 170 years and the magic is still intact. Windows and displays will amaze young and old alike. As every year, the four majestic Christmas trees are adorned with garlands and subjects in four different styles: crazy, traditional chic, snowy and enchanted. For 2022, Christmas baubles are in the spotlight. With the help the little Jolijou elves the windows are transformed into a bauble factory. Discover the backstage of this enchanted machinery!
Cultural visits, art exhibitions, concerts, gourmet workshops… For more than a century, events have punctuated the life of Le Bon Marché. And to celebrate its 170th anniversary, the shop is offering a unique interactive experience with Au Bonheur des Dames, an immersive play adapted from the famous novel by Emile Zola.
Christmas in Provence at the BHV Marais
This year, no need to travel miles to fall under the spell of Provence and its Mediterranean sun! At the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville, in the Marais district, Provence is in the spotlight for a Christmas that combines tradition and enchantment. Take advantage of the richness of this know-how to offer original, authentic and made-in-France gifts.
The magic of Christmas lights
In the streets of Paris
To celebrate the festive season in style, Paris is decorating its most beautiful attractions, adding enchantment to your evening strolls. Don’t miss the Champs-Elysées avenue, whose 400 trees are illuminated from 20 November 2022 to 2 January 2023, from 5pm to 11.45pm and all night long on 24 and 31 December. The magic continues along the very chic Avenue Montaigne and Place Vendôme, the historic district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés… or further east, at Bercy Village where hot-air balloons illuminated in warm white take flight like lanterns. At nightfall, the glittering trees and starry sky promise an unforgettable evening.
There are a thousand and one ways to explore the City of Light transformed by its Christmas lights. These include a Christmas lights tour by double-decker bus, an evening dinner cruise, or a trip in a 2CV or sidecar by night. You can find some of our suggestions below:
Disneyland®Paris and the surrounding area
At this time of year when everyone rediscovers the child within them, Disneyland®Paris draws young and old alike into an enchanted Christmas in the land of Disney heroes – who have donned their Christmas costumes! Bedecked in sparkling decorations and dominated by its towering Christmas tree, the park transports you, more than ever before, to another world. To end the year on a high note, don’t miss the New Year’s Eve event, which offers attractions open in the evening, surprises and a firework display!
For several years now, during the festive season, Paris Region has been covered with lighted itineraries that offer extraordinary immersive walks. Discover these enchanting and illuminated walks for your 2022 festive season.
North of the capital, the artists of the Théâtre Les Poussières are enchanting the Parc de La Villette from 15 December to 2 January 2023 with grandiose light installations for a marvellous, poetic and free stroll. The lantern parade launches this festival of lights and transports you into a world of fantasy.
In the west of Paris, the Saint-Cloud National Estate is the setting for Lumières en Seine, an enchanting two-kilometre-long trail. Between illuminated decorations, musical events and illuminated water displays, the estate is being transformed until 8 January 2023.
Until January 15, 2023, in the heart of Paris, at nightfall, the Jardin des Plantes is filled with small luminous creatures that become gigantic for the occasion. Mini-Mondes explores the world of the infinitely small and offers you an original and poetic journey into the world of these itchy little creatures that live among us.
Until the 5th of March, the estate of the Château de Thoiry lights up at nightfall during its Wild Lights, these unique fabric-covered lanterns that are entirely handmade. Stroll through the park and gardens where more than 2,000 animals, characters and other dreamlike scenes await you. A magical outing for the whole family!
From 24 November 2022 to 2 January 2023, the Parc Floral de Paris will be offering you a sparkling holiday experience from nightfall. Light and soun works will take you on an enchanted stroll for an immersive and magical Christmas experience.
Christmas Markets in the Paris Region
To prepare for Christmas, head for the many themed markets that flourish in Paris and the surrounding area. Once there, follow their alleyways between chalets and stalls to track down original gifts and decorations for embellishing your tree. It is also the ideal place to feast on sweet and savoury treats accompanied by a lovely cup of mulled wine. From the La Défense district to the third places of Paris and from Fontainebleau to Vincennes, there is bound to be a market not far from you!
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- Copyright image: Printemps Illuminations _Vitrines Noël 2022