The magical atmosphere of the department stores

The magical atmosphere of the department stores

There’s a multitude of ways to prepare for and celebrate the festive season in Paris. However, the consensus of Parisians is that one Christmas tradition is essential: the display windows and illuminations of the Grands Magasins department stores. Venerable institutions of the world of Parisian shopping, each year these retail temples compete creatively to see which can most effectively immerse you in the magic of Christmas. Here’s a quick overview ...


The great classics ...

The enchantment begins in the street, less than a ten-minute walk from your Hotel Volney, with the display windows of Galeries Lafayette and, just a little further away, those of Printemps Haussmann. Animated scenes populated by magical, funny and charming characters conjure the wonder of Christmas. At the Galleries, Disney and Pixar characters will be the guests of a magical village called 1, 2, 3... Noël! Step inside and the beauty of the decorations and illuminations dazzles you, complementing the elegance of the architecture. At BHV Marais, Switzerland is in the spotlight and the focus of the animated window displays is on actions in support of the environment.    


... and the most recent

Take advantage of these 2021 celebrations to discover Samaritaine, which has reopened after fifteen years of renovations. The famed department store is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its first Christmas! In addition to the decorations and illuminations, from December 1st you can admire the giant Advent calendar placed beneath the glass roof. Various workshops and events will help you in finding the perfect gift. And don't miss the contemporary architecture and aesthetic innovations of the Beaugrenelle shopping centre, just a short stroll from the Eiffel Tower.

From your Hotel Volney, situated in one of the most elegant and shopping-oriented districts of Paris, come and discover the magic of the festive display windows. The big brands certainly know how to evoke the Christmas spirit.



Hotel Volney Opéra, a 3-star hotel in the heart of Opéra district

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