Paris is a magical place at Christmas time, where holiday markets offer visitors warming eats and drinks, and a vast assortment of holiday gifts that no one really wants.  The food is good, though.  A warm crépe filled with chocolatey Nutella or maybe ham with gooey, melting gruyére can be paired with rich hot chocolate or, even better, a cup vin chaud/warm spiced wine.  Hungry yet?

One can work off one’s indulgences with a few spins around one of the ice rinks scattered about the capital.  This rink at the Trocadero boasts a pretty decent view as well.

Enjoy the window displays that are fanciful, often whimsical, creations worth a visit all by themselves…

And fun for the girls AND the boys.

Admire fantastic displays alive with dancing lights that adorn the exteriors of Paris’s great shopping destinations…

then step inside and experience more delightful decor. Plus, do a bit of shopping.

One never knows what treasures await.

The neighborhood shops dress up with their best looks, too.  This charcuterie in the rue Cler was magical in the midst of the holiday mayhem.

Gather inspiration for decorating back home.

And remember that Santa always appreciates suggestions from grown-ups, too.


“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” — Miriam Beard

4 thoughts on “Ooh la la, Christmas in Paris

  1. Carla Coulson

    Fabulous post Katie and yes too true Paris is magical at Christmas time……although this year I will be having an Australian summer Christmas with family and friends that I am looking forward to. Will miss Paris and it’s lights!
    Carla x


  2. Louise Treloar

    I’d so love to go to Paris in winter. I’ve been twice so far (it’s a long, long way from Australia) and have been in spring and summer. Next year it will be summer again. Not that that’s a bad thing, but I would so love to see her in other moods and seasons. What a wonderful post. I’m not familiar with this disqus platform, and can’t seem to link to my blog, where I post about Paris and France frequently, but not exclusively. My last French post:


    1. Katie Schwausch Post author

      The light is so different and makes everything feel closer in the winter. I do hope you get to visit soon. As for the disqus platform, I got lucky because WordPress just did it for me.


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