Paris during the holiday season is complete magic and there are so many places around the city to feel festive. Today, I am sharing my favorite festive sights in Paris and showing exactly where to see them.
These are all photos and locations taken from this year’s holiday trip to Paris in December of 2023. There is never a bad time to visit Paris but there’s something special about the holiday season.
I tried to capture the images during the day and back again at night if I was able. At night all the twinkle lights came on and it just added to the magic.
Where To See Festive Sights In Paris
Located in the 1st arrondissement, Place Vendôme, is pure magic and every corner you turn is full of festivity and holiday trees. This is always a beautiful area to explore during any time of the year but at the holidays it seems to come alive.
There’s something about the beautiful trees filled with twinkling lights all along the blue doors which adds to the scenery. There are also numerous large trees put on display throughout the area.
The Ritz Paris also adds its special touch and this year added a carousel outside the hotel along with a kiosk selling coffee and Ritz merchandise.
The Louis Vuitton store located in Place Vendôme is a great way to start your tour of the area. It’s right on the corner when you are walking towards Place Vendôme and incredibly festive both during the day and at night.
Rue Saint-Honoré & Place Maurice Barrès
The Chanel store has the most chic holiday decorations I have ever seen. It’s so simple with the gigantic string of pearls across the entire facade yet breathtaking and so elegant. I have never wanted to buy a Chanel necklace more in my life than after seeing these decorations.
Right across the street from Chanel is the beautiful DIOR display which is equally as stunning. It glows a beautiful golden hue to light up the display and is just as elegant as the design house itself.
My favorite arrondissement, Saint Germain- des-Prés, has its own set of special stores and cafés all festively dressed. Don’t miss these sights: Café de Flore, Le Bonaparte, Les Deux Magots, Saint-Germain Church, Laudrée, and Les Antiquaires.
There are also plenty of streets throughout the area beautifully decorated and ready to be enjoyed during this festive holiday season. Stop at one of the cafés for some warm Chocolat Chaud before walking around and enjoying the decorations.
The classic and always beautiful passageway of the Village Royal this year includes a festive hot air balloon decorated with lights and giant presents. You can even sit inside the hot air balloon for a picture. Here’s the actual address for the village: 25 Rue Royale, 24 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008.
Le Bon Marché
The famed Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche is full of black, white, and gold decor this year giving it a very chic atmosphere. This Left Bank department store is always decorated elegantly, with its focus on the center escalators each season.
The tree at Galeries Lafayette is always a sight to see as it’s different every year! This is always a popular site and this year, you can even take part in the Glasswalk. A 9-metre-long glass walkway suspended in mid-air, where you can walk out and get up and close to the tree. Plus, you can do some Christmas shopping while you’re there.
Marché de Noël du Jardin des Tuileries
There’s nothing more iconic in Paris during the holiday season than the Marché de Noël, Christmas Market, which takes place in the Tuileries. This is the largest and longest-running Christmas market in the city. You can find everything from vin chaud ( hot mulled wine), to Christmas ornaments, tartiflette, and other French favorites for the season.
What’s your favorite festive sight in Paris for the holidays?