Immancable, Christmas illuminations in Paris: from 20th November to 5th January…

You can sense the excitement mounting in Parisians as they eagerly await the big switch-on date. The city’s Christmas lights are guaranteed to enchant people of every age and fill them with wonder at all the fairytale colours adorning the streets of Paris. Arcades of light, multicoloured stars, incandescent flames, twinkling projections, gorgeous backdrops to the capital’s broad avenues. The title of “Ville Lumière” takes on a whole new depth of meaning.

While the town’s streets are being dressed in their hypnotizing festoons, the shops and stores also play their part by bedecking their windows with fir trees and decorations that in many cases can only be described as sensational. The Christmas lights in the Champs Elysées, Avenue Montaigne, Place Vendome, and a host of other famous and historical locations make Paris a more bewitching place than ever!

The Champs Elysées

The “world’s most beautiful avenue” in the limelight. In the festive season, as night falls, districts all over Paris put on their best display of lights. And in the bourgeois eighth arrondissement, a certain Avenue des Champs-Elysées is no exception. Every year, the avenue’s 200 plane trees become the framework for a unique set of illuminations running the whole 2½ kilometres from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde, an ingenious lighting arrangement of scintillating festoons and tree-rings made of red, green, and blue LEDs. Every 30 minutes, the 4,000 festoons and diode rings make a slow, smooth transition from white to violet, then to red. If there's one place you don’t want to miss in Paris at this time of year, it’s the Champs Elysées, shining with the fire of a myriad lights.
Area: Champs-Élysées
Metro: Charles de Gaulle - Etoile - RER : Charles de Gaulle - Etoile

Avenue Montaigne

A Christmas of dazzling colours. During this festive period, Paris’s iconic Avenue Montaigne puts on its loveliest costume to the delight of passers-by. Don’t miss this chance to join in their amazement and make your Christmas all the more magical!
Area: Champs-Élysées
Metro: Alma - Marceau - RER : Pont de l'Alma

luci-pPlace Vendome

Christmas weaves its magic spell in the very heart of Paris. During this festive period, Paris’s chic Place Vendome, famous the world over, puts on its finest light display to the delight of passers-by. Don’t miss this chance to join in their amazement and make your Christmas all the more magical!
Area: Vendome - Tuileries
Métro: Tuileries - Opera

 

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Maxime - Art & Culture

Bonjour, my name is Maxime. I obtained my name because my grandmother always took me to Maxime’s in Paris for my birthday, always in the company of her best girlfriend! When I was fourteen years old, I was already enamoured with their Parisian chatter. Now, when with friends, I know everything about the art of invisible make-up and light cocktails! The Parisian really has a very distinct character: she’s surprising and interesting. And she’s so feminine! As for invitations, it a real task: each day Paris offers new exhibitions, previews and vernissages. With a Parisian, you absolutely have to be in the right place at the right time!

1 comment

  • claudia
    Comment Link claudia Tuesday, 11 November 2014

    I shall advice all of you to admire Paris spectacular nighttime scenery on a double-decker bus and enjoy sightings of monuments including the Eiffel Tower and the breathtaking Champs-Elysees.

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