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Where To See The Best Christmas Light Displays in Paris

December 05, 2021
2021-12-05
They don't call Paris the 'City of Lights' for nothing! Every night, the moment the sun goes down, the French capital lights up as if someone turned on the lights. The city becomes a twinkling utopia come nightfall, from the sparkling Eiffel Tower to the seductive glow of the Moulin Rouge cabaret. What more during the holiday season? At a time where everything looks festive, certain parts of Paris brighten up even more to welcome Christmas. They're enchanting in their own right, twinkling enough to rival even the city's most iconic sights. And if you want to see them yourself, here's where you need to go.

Where To See The Best Christmas Light Displays in Paris


Avenue de Champs-Élysées

The world-famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées is already one of the most beautiful areas in Paris. A grand avenue that leads up to the stunning Arc de Triomphe. It's no wonder that this district is among the most coveted and upscale too! And come Christmas, the place brightens up like no other. The trees that line the avenue all twinkle come nightfall; as if they were pixies beckoning you to stroll down this magical path. With either red, silver, or yellow lights all lined up perfectly, you won't help but marvel at the spectacle of it all.
Where To See The Best Christmas Light Displays in Paris
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Avenue Montaigne

Avenue Montaigne is all about luxury. Best known as the location of Christian Dior's ateliers, one of the most influential haute couture houses of Paris, the area is also filled with other designer boutiques, flagship stores, and the like. So it's only natural that come Christmas time, the season for shopping, this place lights up to welcome every and all shoppers. 30 Avenue Montaigne, the Dior headquarters, is the centerpiece of such attractions. Not only do glowing golden lights line the beautiful building, but an opulent sparkling chandelier with a star on top signals the coming of Christmas in the area. It's truly quite a sight to see!
Where To See The Best Christmas Light Displays in Paris
Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Frédéric BISSON


Place Vendôme

Out of all the plazas in Paris, Place Vendôme is undoubtedly one of the most famous. It has appeared in movies, documentaries, postcards, and the like. Located by the Ritz Paris hotel in the 1st arrondissement, the place is a definite must-see for those visiting Paris for the first time, even more so during the holiday season! At Christmastime, two gigantic Christmas trees join the Colonne Vendôme at the center of the plaza. Brightening up the space with their twinkling lights, you can feel the holiday spirit sprinkled all over the famous spot.
Where To See The Best Christmas Light Displays in Paris
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Paris Department Stores

Don't think that the streets of Paris are the only spots that light up during the holiday season. Others that you simply must see in person are the city's luxury department stores. The likes of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Haussman are known for their holiday decorations, both inside and out. For the former, gigantic Christmas trees and festive decorations add to the already opulent aesthetic of these Belle Époque structures. While for the latter, their window displays will catch your attention even from a mile away!
Where To See The Best Christmas Light Displays in Paris
Source: Wikimedia Commons


Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes may not be among Paris's most popular parks but during the holiday season, this is the place to be! Unlike in other parks, where they simply hang fairy lights on the trees and call it a day, Jardin des Plantes actually holds a 'Festival of Lights every Christmas. This year's edition already started last November and will go on up until the end of January 2022. Here, beyond your typical Christmas light decorations, artists go above and beyond to make lighted works of art for all the world to see. Head on over to the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement now to see the festival and all its splendor!
Where To See The Best Christmas Light Displays in Paris
Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Walter from Florida


Disneyland Paris

Though not exactly the kind of 'Christmas lights in Paris' attraction you were hoping for, this list can't end without mentioning the city's most famous theme park, Disneyland Paris! Every year, the 'happiest place on Earth' fills up with the holiday spirit starting in November. The 'Enchanted Christmas' in Disneyland Paris is an experience you won't forget. Not only will you get to bask in the glow of all the theme park's holiday lights and decorations, but the Christmas parade during this season will also spark joy in your heart. This is another place in Paris you'll want to see for yourself during Christmastime!
Where To See The Best Christmas Light Displays in Paris
Source: Wikimedia Commons

If you thought Paris deserved the title, the 'City of Lights,' now, wait until you get here during the Christmas season. The French capital light up like any other once December comes around! To say that the city looks magical during this time of the year is an understatement!

Your own Christmas decorations in your luxury home in Paris will also be memorable sights to see in the 'City of Lights' during the holiday season!




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