Paris, the City of Light, the capital and most populous city of France and one of the best places in the world to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Paris is one of those cities that offers something for everyone and can cater to your every need while making you feel like the most important person in the world. From award winning French cuisine, modern nightlife and some of the most beautiful architectural marvels in the world, Paris is truly a traveller’s paradise. There is always something to see and do and the locals are more than willing to show you around and help you find an out of the way patisserie where you can get a strong cup of coffee and a light and crispy pastry.
If you are considering spending Christmas in Paris, keep reading for some fun and exciting things to do that you won’t find in a tourist guide (and that’s a good thing!).
Here are some of our favourite way to celebrate Christmas in Paris away from the crowds and away from the tourist traps:
The Castes Of The Loire Valley- take a day trip to the Loire Valley and visit some of the area’s most beautiful and ancient castles. See Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord and stroll through an important piece of France’s history and culture.
Spend A Winter’s Day In The Champagne Region Of France- visit ancient Roman chalk caves, experience the making of some of the world’s finest champagnes and enjoy a champagne tasting tour of Grand Maisons de Champagne.
Discover The Food And Wine Of The Marais- visit historic Marais and see the oldest food market in Paris before taking a stroll through a medieval neighbourhood complete with food and wine shops containing cheese, charcuterie, baguettes, chocolate and wine. There are plenty of samples to keep you from being hungry and the shops will gladly sell and package any of your favourites for you to enjoy later on.
Christmas Markets– Marchés de Noël- who doesn’t like a good Christmas Market? Paris has a wide range of Marchés de Noël to choose from and each one if full of locally made foods, crafts, wine and more. Whichever quartier of Paris you are in, you are bound to find a Christmas market within walking distance.
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