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Have you ever visited Paris at Christmas? if not, you have missed one of the most beautiful Christmas in the world. Also called the city of lights, Paris celebrates Christmas by giving its visitors an excellent taste at Christmas, with its lights and monuments distribute over the city.
So let’s find out these 6 reasons, who make Paris the best city to celebrate Christmas this year.
1 – Christmas illuminations
The spectacular Christmas illuminations in Paris are an eagerly-awaited event for tourists as well as Parisians. The magical colors of the seasonal street decorations create a dazzling sight for visitors from all over the world. Luminous arches, incandescent flames, multi-colored bulbs and sparkling projections of the light deck out the avenues of Paris in festive splendor. More than ever, Paris lives up to its name ‘City of Light’!
2 – Ice Skating
Try out your skating skills with a spin around one of Paris’ outdoor ice rinks. Entry is free but it can get very busy so be prepared to queue. It costs €6 to hire skates but you need to bring your own gloves and thick socks. You can also ice skate underneath the Eiffel Tower at the Champs de Mars Christmas market.
3 – Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris is another way to soak up a little holiday ambiance during your stay in Paris–and this is another way to keep the kids entertained, too. From early November through early January 2019 the theme park will be decked out for the winter season.
4 – Midnight Mass
Christmas Eve at Notre Dame Cathedral is an unforgettable event, with pomp, projections, a beautiful tree, and crowds. If you go, get there well before 10 pm, when the mass begins. Remember, all of Paris’s great churches celebrate Christmas mass, on the eve or the day—a perfect opportunity to make like a Parisian and enter the true spirit of the holiday.
5 – Christmas markets
Three major Christmas markets are held annually in Paris. These are located in Montparnasse, La Defense and on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Wooden chalets sell Christmas decorations, festive items, and regional produce, amongst other things. You can also try mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, and delicious crepes.
6 – The Big Wheel
Young and old alike will be entertained with a host of activities organized for the festive season. Paris’ Big Wheel in Place de la Concorde will operate over the Christmas period and there are free merry go rounds in almost every arrondissement of the city.
As you can see, there are many reasons to spend some time in Paris in the weeks leading up to Christmas. All the major museums and monuments are open, although some have reduced opening hours so check before you visit, Enjoy.