As novelist Edna Ferber puts it, ‘Christmas isn’t a season, it’s a feeling’.
We all love the smell of freshly baked plum cake and the trees brightened up at our cosy homes, but Christmas also means vacations! Exploring new destinations on Christmas breaks is a favourite activity for travel enthusiasts.
When it comes to celebrating Christmas, Paris is one of the hottest destinations on the list and given the romantic and rustic charm the city has it, we can’t agree more! Christmas in Paris 2014 is all set to be legendary and here’s why!
While the list of things to do in Paris at Christmas 2014 is endless, here are some best picks of making your Christmas in Paris more memorable.
- Marvel at the Illuminations:
Paris, one of the loveliest cities in the world becomes more dazzling and glittery. The avenue des Champs-Elysees, avenue Montaigne, Place Vendome, the Montmartre district and Bercy Village shine with the special Christmas illuminations done intricately to appeal the eyes of the visitors. This festive season, don’t ask yourself where to go in Paris, just have a splendid walk around the alluring streets or sign up for special ‘illuminations of Paris tour’. This tour will take you to the finest of the city’s monuments that are specially lightened up for Christmas.
- Indulge into Shopping:
Undoubtedly, you do not need a reason to go splurging for stylish clothes or give justice to your brand fixation in the fashion capital of the world. Shopping is one of the must-do things in Paris but hey, it is something which is also deeply associated with festivities. Shopping new stuff for yourself on Christmas is an excellent treat you can give yourself. Also, you can shop for your family and friends; they’ll love the stuff from Paris. Reason: Paris flaunts some great Christmas markets. The Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Place de la Nation on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and in Place du Trocadéro are styled with Christmas decorations, local produce, arts and crafts!
- Go winter-Sporting:
If you are travelling with family and wondering what to do in Paris this Christmas, winter sports and fun filled activities is the answer! Paris has some awesome arrangements to be a part of winter games like ice-rink. The square near Paris city hall, the Champs-Elysees and the Jardins du Trocadero are some great options. The Grand Palais des glace- a winter sport is organised at Charlety sports stadium. For entertainment and a quality time with family, you can also opt for story telling sessions, go for adventure rides in Disneyland Paris or scream your heart out on a merry-go-round on Big Wheel in Place de la Concorde. These sports are a recommended activity for things to do in Paris in winter!
- Nativity scenes:
Paris has special nativity scenes installed in the churches and to get to know the spiritual side of this city, you have to visit them. The poetic scenes blended with local contemporary art are worth observing. The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, the Madeleine church, and Basilique Sacre-Coeur have some appealing scenes ranging from small to life-size figures. Quite a different way to explore the city!
Every journey or expedition is incomplete without relishing the local spread. And with Christmas, it gets better. The French culinary gourmet dinners are nothing short of a heavenly experience. You can enjoy your dinner at extraordinary locations like Eiffel tower, the Seine, the bridges of Paris or dine on a special Christmas dinner cruise!
When looking for what to do and see in Paris in Christmas 2014 try these unusual destinations and spend your vacation in a unique way!