What could be a more magical time to visit Paris than in December when the city is a magical wonderland filled with twinkling lights, Christmas markets, and nonstop festivities? Paris can also be cold, rainy, and icy. Today, I am sharing a round-up of items to pack to make your Paris trip in December memorable, fun, and comfortable.
What To Pack For Paris In December
Weather In Paris In December
The weather in Paris during the month of December is cold and rainy. It’s rare if it snows in Paris but if it does when you are there, it will make it even more magical and picturesque. The average temperature is around 39 degrees (4 degrees Celsius) with the highest being 44 degrees (7 degrees Celsius).
You will want to make sure you are packing appropriately for this kind of weather, especially if you plan to be out walking around the Christmas markets.
Shoes For Paris In December
Since the weather can tend to be rainy and icy at times, you want to make sure you are packing the right kinds of shoes. You will want to pack at least one to two pairs of waterproof boots if possible. Some suggestions would be one tall pair and one Chelsea or lugsole pair.
You can also pack sneakers like VEJA, New Balance, or Axel Arigato to blend in with the locals. If you are doing dinners in the evenings, pack a nice pair of pumps, heels, or sparkly flats but save them for inside only. Paris is full of cobblestone streets so you don’t want to be walking in these types of shoes on the icy cobblestones.
When I travel to Paris, I prefer to blend in like a local. I like my outfits to be chic, classic, and timeless, and I also like to incorporate lots of Navy, just like a Parisian.
Think of a neutral color palette, this will make it easier to mix and match your outfits, providing the maximum versatility. Navy, Grey, shades of Brown, Black, and White of course. If you want to add in some color, do it by way of accessories like scarves, handbags, and hats.
You will want to pack cashmere or wool sweaters, a pair of blue and black denim, wool trousers, a sweater dress or skirt, and a wool coat. A hooded rain jacket is also a great idea for those rainy days when you’re out walking around.
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I always say pack layers for Paris no matter the season. The weather in Paris is so unpredictable and can change instantly. With a good selection of camis, tanks, and short and long-sleeve tees, you will be covered. You might also think about cashmere wraps and any other cold-layer pieces you would want to wear.
Cold Weather Accessories
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Travel Gear For November
Important travel gear for December will be a travel umbrella, a portable phone charger, and adapters. I also like to pack a travel steamer, luggage scale, and eye patches. You can see a full travel essentials list here.
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Paris In December Packing List
Here’s a printable PDF you can download to reference while you pack as well as 26 pieces to help provide inspiration as you pack.
- & Other Stories Silk Blouse
- Alex Mill Stripe Sweater
- Cuyana Silk Tank
- J.Crew Leather Gloves
- Cashmere Beanie
- Travel Umbrella
- & Other Stories Flare Denim
- AGOLDE Dark Denim
- Eileen Fisher Wool Skirt
- Waterproof Boots
- Waterproof Booties
- Banana Republic Leather Belt
- Sparkle Bow Flats
- Banana Republic Grey Turtleneck
- Everlane Black Cashmere Sweater
- MANGO Wool Coat
- Banana Republic Satin Pants
- DeMellier Leather Handbag
- J.Crew Sweater Blazer
- J.Crew Lady Jacket
- GAP White Button Down
- J.Crew Navy Sweater
- Everlane Houndstooth Pants
- J.Crew Pointe Pants
- L.L.Bean Rain Coat
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Outfit Inspiration For December
If you need help putting together some outfit ideas, here are some inspirational looks for you to pack for Paris in December.
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