There is no better place to be than Paris as Christmas draws near, and shops and department stores are filled with fabulous gift ideas and wonderful festive decorations and treats. Nowhere is the magic of Christmas more apparent than in the city’s famous department stores like Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. Amazing animated window displays and exciting new worlds are just waiting to be discovered, so book a stay at Hotel Paris France to experience the fun side of Christmas shopping in the capital.

It can be difficult to keep children amused while you’re on a shopping trip, but thanks to two thrilling Christmas displays you won’t have to work quite so hard this year. Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are within easy reach of the hotel on Boulevard Haussmann, and each year their festive decorations and spectacular window displays just seem to get better and better.

Christmas shopping trips with a fun edge

For Christmas 2015 top British brand Burberry has helped to create a magical universe that travels between London and Paris for Printemps. Take an enchanting journey on Christmas Eve with a young boy who travels between the two capitals. Beginning in the English countryside he is given a Burberry cashmere jumper and some wellington boots. As his trip progresses through the sights of London he adds to his collection, and hopefully gives you lots of inspiration for your own Christmas gifts. Finally it is Christmas Day and he is in Printemps window wearing an iconic Burberry trench and surrounded by all his friends, teddy bears, toy soldiers and gifts.

Another essential stop is Galeries Lafayette and it is guaranteed to put a smile on every face. This year a naughty Christmas monster has invaded the famous store – and he has brought all his friends. Your kids will just love seeing all the mischief the Galeries Lafayette Christmas monster has caused in the store. There are little monsters everywhere! The Christmas tree is upside down! Join in with the fun as the monsters turn the entire store into a playing field and pick up wonderful gifts for your family and friends.

After a busy day of Christmas shopping there is nothing quite like a spectacular theatre show to make the evening special. Mistinguett – Queen of the Roaring Twenties is at Casino de Paris till 4th January and it’s the perfect show for the festive season.

Mistinguett - one of the most exciting shows in Paris

Telling the tale of the music hall show that first inspired Broadway, Mistinguett – Queen of the Roaring Twenties will complete its successful premiere at Casino de Paris on 4th January 2015. Don’t miss your opportunity to see a talented cast bring Albert Cohen’s glittering production to life. Hotel Paris France is within easy reach of the venue, and close to all the exciting festive sights and events in the city.


• Department store Galeries Lafayette : 40 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8e
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Metro : Chaussée d'Antin Lafayette station, lines 7 and 9
• Department store Printemps : 64 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9e
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Metro Havre Caumartin station, lines 3 and 9

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