As Christmas approaches, Paris puts on its illuminated finery and becomes a sparkling dreamland of wonder and beauty. Why not spend an unforgettable Christmas in Paris enjoying the many and various activities that the city offers? Read on as the Hotel Volney Opera recommends some you must not miss during your winter break in the capital.
Christmas markets; an essential tradition
One of the most eagerly awaited aspects of the festive season in Paris is Christmas markets, and these have already popped up in key locations throughout the capital, their quaint and picturesque wooden chalets lining the illuminated streets and squares. All that’s needed is for you to come along and browse, taste and buy. Their convivial, welcoming ambiance is a sheer delight that will take you back to the wide-eyed wonder of childhood. The Christmas markets are an opportunity to purchase local produce and handicrafts, as well as decorative objects for your home, table and tree... Find original and unique gifts to thrill those you love, and Yuletide ornaments to add the perfect festive finishing touches to your home!
Ice rinks and other fun activities; the joy of being with your family
Many festive season activities are already taking place throughout Paris. Make the most of the brisk winter chill by strapping on some skates and taking to the ice with your family. You have plenty of choice, as numerous temporary skating rinks have been set up and will be around until mid-January. Try the huge one in the Grand Palais, the Jardin des Tuileries or on the rooftop terraces of the department stores.
Don’t forget to take a stroll along the Boulevard Haussmann to admire the enchanting and imaginative Christmas window displays of the department stores. A final recommendation; don’t miss the Festival du Merveilleux at the Museum of Fairground Arts in the Pavillons de Bercy. It’s the ultimate in family fun and entertainment!
Hotel Volney Opéra, a 3-star hotel in the heart of Opéra district