Christmas

markets, concerts, nativity scenes (creches), etc.

  • Line up of Nutcracker Toy Soldiers at Jardin des Tuileries Colleen's Paris
    Christmas,  Going Out

    Christmas Magic Begins at Jardin des Tuileries Market

    What greets you when you enter the Annual Christmas Market at the Tuileries Gardens?  Nutcracker Soldiers. And before the market opens? Where are they? Hidden, waiting to get out in the open. I noticed them while crossing the gardens on November 18. My eyes fell upon rows of black hats. The trove of Nutcracker Soldiers holding horns or standing at attention were lined up. Their expressive eyes were waiting for a magic moment. The magic moment I later learned was November 19, 2022, the opening day for the Magic of Christmas market (La Magie de Noël aux Tuileries). The Nutcracker Soldiers reminded me of the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s funerary…

  • Pere Noël-Father Christmas-Santa Clause at the Bastille, Paris, France
    Christmas,  Let's Explore

    Father Christmas at the Bastille in Paris

    One day walking through the Bastille plaza, I saw the Christmas trees being set up around the green July column. By the next evening, purple was once again the sparkling color lighting up the Bastille July column. For the Christmas holiday, Pere Noël was riding the merry-go-round and another day he was dancing with a marching band. Every day is different in the Bastille!

  • Galeries Lafayette Christmas decorations customers on the plank
    Christmas,  Going Out

    Noël Christmas Voyage in Paris

    Paris Sparkles during the Holidays. Take a Paris Voyage with Colleen's Paris on small street of the Bastille, the department store decorations and rooftops, watch the lights come up on the Champs-Elysées and see Avenue Montaigne lit up, a carrousel in the Tuileries Garden and be mystified at the blue velvet column of the Bastille. 

  • Pere Noel and La Poste Secretariat opens today November 9 for letters to Santa
    Christmas,  Practical Info

    Time to Write to the North Pole – Père Noël (Father Christmas) is Back in Business

    Don't complain about a full email inbox. Last year, Père Noël (Santa Claus) received around 91,000 emails once the season opened. And it is that time again. Madame and Père Noël's post office opened November 9. This year, you can email or send a colourful paper letter. Get out the crayons and colourful ideas. The secretariat is part of la Poste France. The elves are working in Libourne in the Gironde region. According a LaDepche.fr, 1.2 million children from over 140 countries wrote paper wish letters addressed to Père Noël".

  • Chalets along Champs-Elysées for Christmas Market and Santa Claus Pere Noel
    Christmas,  Specific Info

    Champs Elysées Christmas Market No More

    Two events will effect somebody this latter part of 2017. Planning on the Champs-Elysées Christmas market? Stuck in traffic? It's like a soap opera or a custody fight in a divorce. Whose side will you be on? Every year Christmas markets attract 30 million people visitors in France. Fifteen million of those visit one or more of the 250 chalets along the Champs-Elysées for the Paris Christmas market. If you are stuck in traffic this week, the carnival operators are conducting an "escargot" (snail) slowing down and blocking traffic with their semi trucks on the expressways. They want to set up their chalets on the Champs-Elysées.

  • Choral procession and concert every December Svenska Kyrkan, Paris
    Christmas,  Going Out

    Something Different for Christmas in Paris

    Looking for something out of the ordinary as you prepare for Christmas in Paris? A reader asked me this question, so here are a couple of ideas: the Swedish Church (Svenska Kyrkan), Affären (the Swedish shop and café) and the AAWE bazaar: Sankta Lucia (Sainte Lucie, Saint Lucia, Santa Lucia, etc.) is a choral presentation and procession filled with candlelight. In the procession, the church choir holds candles and sings; the Lucia wears a crown of candles her head. It is a tradition that I experienced when I lived in Stockholm and one that continues here in Paris. The Swedish Church (Svenska kyrkan) (église suedoise) holds this event every year…

  • Brochure drawing of the Chimère Orchestra and l'homme-oiseau parade ©ArtsForainsMuseum/demainonchangetout
    Christmas,  Going Out

    Balade de l’homme-oiseau at Musée des Arts Forains-Spectacular event!

    You have to see the «Balade de l’homme-oiseau», a radio and woman-powered marionette/puppet at the Musée des Arts Forains! If you are in Paris during the Christmas holidays, there is still time to visit this fairground art museum. Another opportunity is at the circus parade along the Champs-Elysées January 1 between 11:30 and 15:00 you will also see the "Man-bird". If you cannot make it to Paris, watch the YouTube video….

  • Printemps Christmas Tree 2013 Joyeuses Fetes Happy Holidays
    Christmas,  Going Out

    Updated Ideas for December Christmas and Holiday Activities

    Paris Christmas Activities 2013-2014 All Christmas events on l’Officiel des spectacles Paris tourist office for Christmas ideas Arts Forains Another Marvelous Festival for Christmas 2013 – December 26, 2013 and January 5, 2014, at the Pavillons de Bercy, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Creches/Nativity scenes – information online at l’Officiel des spectacles (use Google translate for the page) Notre-Dame de Paris – November 30 to February 2, 2014 Christmas Church Services  – Protestant and Catholic December 24 and 25 (Messes de Noël à Paris)  Christmas and other concerts Free merry-go-rounds/carrousels (Manèges) in Paris (Manèges gratuits) December 21 to January 5, 2014 Jours de fêtes au Grand Palais : December 21 to January 5, 2014 Stay current…