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A festive and illuminated Christmas in Paris

Published on Sunday, 10 December 2017 in the category Events

For the end of year celebrations, the Hotel Paris France offers you a guide to the most beautiful Christmas markets of the French capital. Explore these delightful marchés de Noël on your own, with your loved one, as a family or with friends and enjoy the festive season in Paris.

 

The Gare Saint Lazare offers an invitation to travel

 

In the air there’s a fragrance suggestive of the departure of the Orient Express at the Christmas market of the Gare Saint Lazare. Located on the forecourt of this major Parisian railway station, which an ever increasing number of travellers use daily, this Christmas market welcomes all visitors into its picturesque and charming embrace. A stroll along its aisles will inspire you with a wealth of gift ideas. Not far away, the display windows of the department stores on the Boulevard Haussmann maintain the Yuletide tradition and perfectly embody the French Christmas spirit, balanced somewhere between luxury and tradition. Each year these windows offer a spectacle of creativity concocted by leading designers as the stores compete to put on the grandest and most imaginative show. Crowds of delighted onlookers gather on the pavements, with parents just as delighted as their children by these wonderful scenarios bursting with festive magic. And when you look up you’ll see the magic continues, thanks to the gorgeous Christmas illuminations sparkling and scintillating overhead. Absolutely amazing!

 

The Christmas market at the Gare de l'Est; authentic and charming

 

Further east, another Parisian railway station turns over its forecourt during the month of December to a beautiful little village of charmingly decorated wooden booths. This is the Christmas market of the Gare de l'Est, and the theme is the delicious creativity of the Alsace region. All kinds of tasty Alsatian gastronomic specialities can be sampled for free, but after you’ve done so you won’t be able to resist making a purchase, especially when it comes to Santa Claus gingerbreads! You’ll also find hand-carved wooden figurines, Christmas motif fabrics, knitted gloves and hats and many other delightful handcrafted products presented amidst the mulled wine and fabulous food. A great way to stock your Yuletide table.

 

Majesty and grandeur at the Notre Dame Christmas Market

 

Notre Dame Cathedral is a symbol of the capital that visitors love to experience. But in December there’s another reason to go there. Each year the forecourt of this famous holy place plays host to a marché de Noël where a wide variety of craftspeople have wonderful items to sell. Could any Christmas market have a more majestic backdrop? Not far away, the flower market offers sublime Yuletide decorations. Next to it you can find booksellers who will ensure you can take away a good read to enjoy during a warm and comfortable evening at the Hotel Paris France, just steps away.