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What’s on this page:

Decorated Streets (go to the bottom of the page)
Department store Christmas windows
Ice Skating
Illuminations (Christmas Lights)
Ferris Wheel (Grande Roue)
Grand Palais Jours de Fêtes
Merry-Go-Rounds/Carrousels and More
Christmas Markets

Other Stories:

Christmas Decorations With A Paris Theme
More Cute Decorations
With Kids In Paris At Christmas

Department store Christmas windows

Galeries Lafayette
End of first week in November  to mid-January
Metro: Chaussée d’Antin

End of first week in November  to mid-January
Metro: Havre-Caumartin

Meet Santa at Printemps between December 1 and 24 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
First level, in the Beauté-Maison building (Beauty and Home Store). Photos with Santa are available for five euros.

BHV (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville)
Begins second week in November
52, rue de Rivoli, Paris 4th
Metro: Hotel de Ville

Christmas at Le Bon Marché
First Tuesday in December
24, rue de Sèvres, Paris 7th
Bus: 39 63 38 70 83 84 87 94
Metro: Sevres-Babylone

Ice Skating

Hôtel de Ville
Two rinks skating rinks are open at Hôtel de Ville between the second week in December until the beginning of March. One rink is for grown ups and the other is reserved for those under six.
Licensed rink monitors will keep an eye on the different skating levels (beginners, old-hands, groups) to help with technical tips and keep the peace.

Patinoire de l’Hôtel de Ville.
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4th
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (Lines 1 and 11)

Open: Monday to Friday noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Free lessons (in French) for beginners, demonstrations, hockey, etc. Saturday and Sunday morning 10 a.m. to noon
Weekday mornings are reserved for various groups and centers in the city of Paris, including handicapped

Access to the skating rink is free for those with their own skates.
Others may rent skates for five euros. The available sizes (European) are 25 to 49. Two-blade skates (size 27 and smaller) are available for children.
A photo ID is required to rent the skates.
For safety reasons, you must wear gloves.

They say the concept is simple: You grab your skates and head out to the center of the ice. You will be totally immersed in a magic Scandinavian ambiance. Surrounded by 600 fir trees, imagine yourself skating through a Canadian forest.

Where: Marché de Noël – Champs Elysées
When : Open from second week in November to January 1, included; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
How much : Five euros

Transportation: Metro: Lines 1 and 13; Champs-Elysées Clémenceau
Bus lines: 42, 73, 83, 93, N11 and N24
More information: Village de Noël des Champs-Elysées

Trocadéro on Ice
Check for details. Le village de Noël Trocadéro on Ice connects the holiday tradition of all the European countries on this 330 m2 skating rink and a 200m2 snowshoe path (parcours raquette)

Where: Trocadéro face à la Tour Eiffel
When : First week in December to January 2 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
How much : Skating: five euros 5 euros.
Snowshoe path : four euros
More information: Trocadéro on Ice

Illuminations – Christmas lights

Avenue des Champs Elysées
Third week in November to the end of the first week in January
Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8th
Metro: Line 1 between Charles de Gaulle Etoile and Concorde
RER: Charles de Gaulle – Etoile

The illuminations for the holidays on Champs-Elysées (statistics) are already sparkling in the daylight. The shimmering mirrors attached to the trees light up even on a grey day.

Avenue Montaigne
Third week in November to end of first week in January
Paris, 8th
Metro: Alma Marceau
RER : Pont de l’Alma

Bercy Village :  Tenth annual Christmas lights
Third week in November to end of first week in January
Cour Saint Emilion, Paris 12th
Metro: Cour Saint-Emilion
Bus : 24 64 109 111
“A star-spangled sky will illuminate Bercy Village, a village dating back to the Middle Ages.

The ‘light designer’ artist Gilbert Moity has come up with a strange and fascinating concept: a ceiling of stars and snowflakes composed of neon tubes mounted on aluminium structures. Simple but very vivid colours invite visitors into a spirit of contemplation.

Place Vendôme
Third week in November to January
Paris 1st
Metro: Concorde, Tuileries, Pyramides

“…Place Vendôme, rue de la Paix, rue de Castiglione, rue Saint-Honoré and rue des Capucines … Waterfalls of light, showers of stars, enormous chandeliers ….” Paris Info

 Forum des Halles (silent “H”)
From the second week in November to end of first week in January

Open entrances during construction: Rues Rambuteau, Pierre Lescot et Berger, Paris 1st
Metro: Forum des Halles
RER : Châtelet Les Halles

Ferris Wheel

La Grande Roue sur la place de la Concorde
Second week in November to mid-February
Place de la Concorde, entrance of Tuileries Gardens
Adults: 10 euros, no reservations and no group prices
Children: 5 euros
Place de la Concorde, Paris 8th
Metro: Concorde
RER : Charles de Gaulle – Etoile

Jours de Fêtes au Grand Palais

Grand Palais – Under the Nave
Mid-December to January 2

“For the third time, the Grand Palais has chosen the very special atmosphere of the fairground to see out the old year and usher in the new. The event brings fun for all the family and has proven enormously popular, drawing no fewer than 250,000 visitors.
The attractions will include: a Ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds, candy floss, toffee apples and plenty of surprises. Pure pleasure for children and parents alike.” -RMN/GP
Opening times: from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (closed December 24 and 31)

Admission: Adult 15 euros Children 10 euros
Past Jours de Fêtes


Ride the merry-go-round/carrousels in Paris for free during the holidays.
The twenty Holiday carrousels are open every day 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from a Saturday mid-December to January 1.

These carrousels turent counterclockwise (“dans le sens inverse des aiguilles d’une mounter”) so the children can wave hello to the crowd and their parents with their right hand.

Square du Temple, Paris 3rd
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville (rue de Rivoli side), Paris 4th
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville (Seine side), Paris 4th
Next to the Square Saint-Médard, Paris 5th
Place de l’Odéon, Paris 6th
Place Joffre, Paris 7th
Place de la Concorde, Paris 8th
Place de la Madeleine, Paris 8th
Place Lino Ventura, Paris 9th
Square Bonsergent, Paris 10th
Square du Père Chaillet, Paris 11th
Place de la Mairie, 130 Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12th
Place d’Italie (angle of Place d’Italie and Avenue d’Italie ), Paris 13th
Angle of the streets Didot et Jacquier, Paris 14th
Place Raoul Dautry, Paris 15th
Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16th
Place du Docteur Félix Lobligeois, Paris 17th
Square Louise Michel, Paris 18th
Place Armand Carrel, Paris 19th
Rue Belgrand, Paris 20th

Decorated Streets in Paris

First arrondissement
Rue de Rivoli (entre les rues Sainte Opporturne et Perrault)
Rue de l’Arbre Sec (entre les rues de l’Arbre Sec et du Pont Neuf)
Rue Saint-Honoré (entre les rues Sainte Opportune et Perrault)
Rue des Prouvaires (au niveau de la rue Berger)
Rue du Roule (au niveau de la rue de Rivoli)
Rue Bertin Poirée (à hauteur de la rue Jean Lantier)
Rue Berger (Bistrot d’Eustache)
Quai de la Megisserie

Second arrondissement
Grands Boulevards

Third arrondisement
Square de l’horloge
Rue Rambuteau
Rue Saint-Martin
Passage des Ménétriers

Fourth arrondissement
Rue Rambuteau (entre le Bd de Sebastopol et la rue Saint-Martin)
Rue des Archives

Fifth arrondissement
Rue Galande
Rue de la Huchette
Rue Xavier Privas
Rue du Petit Pont
Rue Dante
Rue de la Harpe
Rue Frédéric Sauton
Bd Saint Germain

Sixth arrondissement
Rue Saint-Placide
Rue de Sèvre
Rue du cherche-midi
Boulevard Saint-Germain from rue des Saints-Pères to Odéon, as well as Place Saint-Germain des Prés

Seventh arrondissement
Rue Clerc
Rue de Grenelle
Rue du Champ de Mars
Bd Saint-Germain between the angle of rue du Bac and Saint-Germain and rue des Saints Pères
Place René Char
Rue des Saints pères
Rue de Verneuil
Rue de Grenelle (between Boulevard Raspail and rue de Sèvres)
Rue des Saints-Pères (between rue de Sèvres and Boulevard Saint-Germain)

Eighth arrondissement
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Rue Vignon
Rue de Castellane
Rue des Mathurins
Rue Greffulhe
Rue de l’Arcade
Avenue des Champs Elysées

Ninth arrondissement
Rue des Martyrs
Rue Caumartin
Rue Joubert
Rue Mogador
Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin
Boulevard Beaumarchais
Rue Amelot
Rue du pas de la Mule

Eleventh arrondissement

Rue Oberkampf from Boulevardd Richard Lenoir to Avenue de la République

Twelfth arrondissement
Boulevard de Reuilly
Rue de Charenton
Place Dugommier
Carrefour Taine and Charenton

Thirteenth arrondissement
Avenue des Gobelins
Avenue d’Italie
Place d’Italie
Avenue de Choisy from Place d’Italie to rue de Tolbiac
Avenue d’Ivry beginning Boulevard Massena until rue de Tolbiac
Façade of the Centre Commercial (Shopping Center) Place d’Italie
Avenue d’Italie jusqu’à la rue Vandrezanne

Fourteenth arrondissement
Rue Daguerre
Rue Boulard
Rue d’Alésia (from No. 60 to No. 140)
Rue des Plantes
Rue Raymond Losserand

Fifteenth arrondissement
Rue Lecourbe from Pasteur to the Mairie (City Hall)
Rue Cambronne
Place du Gal Beuret
Avenue Félix Faure between rue de l’église and rue Duranton
Rue de la Convention between rue de Lourmel and rue de la Croix Nivert
Rue Saint Charles
Rue de la Convention
Place Saint Charles to rue du Théâtre
Rue du Commerce
Carrefour Commerce – rue Fondary
Rue Vaugirard
Rue de la Convention
Carrefour Vaugirard Convention
Rue Dombasle
Rue Alain Chartier
Rue de l’Abbé Groult
Rue Balard

Sixteenth arrondissement
Rue de la Tour
Rue de l’Annonciation

Seventeenth arrondissement
Avenue des Ternes
Place des Ternes
Avenue de Saint-Ouen
Rue Championnet
Rue Guy Moquet
Rue de la Jonquière
Rue Lagille
Rue Collette
Marché Navier
Rue des Batignolles
Rue Boursault
Rue des Dames
Rue Poncelet
Rue Bayen
Rue de Courcelles
Rue de Lévis from rue Cardinet to rue Legendre
Rue Caulaincourt from rue J. de maistre to rue Custine
Rue Lamarck beginning rue Caulaincourt

Eighteenth arrondissement
Rue Damrémont
Rue Caulaincourt
Rue Lamarck
Rue de Belleville entre Pyrénées et Jourdain
Rue du Jourdain
Rue de la Villette
Rue Lassus

Nineteenth arrondissement
Avenue Laumière
Rue de Meaux
Avenue Secrétan
Rue de Meaux le long du marché
Place du marché Secrétan
Métro station Bolivar

Twentieth arrondissement
Rue D’Avron
Rue des Pyrénées

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