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

paris-christmas-noel-champs-elysees-lights-night-800-2x1The “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

Place Vendome

luci-di-natale-degli-champs-elysees-2018-585x350Christmas 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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Edita da RIZZOLI, Sophie la Parigina è una guida di stile moderna su PARIGI. Illustrata dai disegni di Alessandra Ceriani, completata da un elenco degli indirizzi preferiti dalla parigina e arricchita di ricette gastronomiche.


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Published by RIZZOLI New York, Sophie the Parisian'sis a modern life style guide about PARIS. Illustrated with color drawings, complemented by a list of Parisians' favorite locations and enriched with gastronomic recipes.

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