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Christmas in Paris

Count down to Christmas in Paris with our 2016 guide to the best festivities in the French capital

© Huw Oliver

Even the scrooges can't help feeling cheered by Paris in full-on Christmas mode. Roasted chestnuts, vin chaud and raclette is yours for the taking and the city is about four times twinklier than usual. So whether you're coming for a holiday or simply trying to navigate your way around Paris in the festive period, our guide has it all - from twee Christmas markets to indugent gift inspiration. And if you're looking further ahead, discover our handy NYE guide.

Christmas activities in Paris

Christmas markets in Paris
Shopping

Christmas markets in Paris

Gifts, decorations and welcome vats of vin chaud.

The 50 best Christmas movies
Film

The 50 best Christmas movies

Get in the festive mood with something other than Love Actually.

Paris ice skating rinks
Attractions

Paris ice skating rinks

What’s more Christmassy than strapping on a pair of ice skates and doing figure-8s under the stars? 

Carousels in Paris
Kids

Carousels in Paris

Come Christmas, Paris goes mad for merry-go-rounds and many are free throughout December.

Eat, drink and be merry

Bûches de Noël to blow your mind
Restaurants

Bûches de Noël to blow your mind

Hot chocolate
Restaurants

Hot chocolate

Pâtisseries
Restaurants

Pâtisseries

Bars and restaurants with open fires
Bars and pubs

Bars and restaurants with open fires

Looking for gift ideas this Christmas?

The Monoprix gift guide
Shopping

The Monoprix gift guide

15 of the best gifts under €20 at the French shopping haven Monoprix.

English language bookshops
Things to do

English language bookshops

Heaven for any anglophile bookworm.

Gourmet Christmas shopping
Shopping

Gourmet Christmas shopping

Well-fed turkeys, luxurious foie gras and fresh oysters await.

Chocolate shops
Shopping

Chocolate shops

From eccentric cocoa creations to understated classics, these shops will wow any chocolate aficionado.

Vintage shopping guide
Shopping

Vintage shopping guide

To shop for unique styles without the credit card bills, hit up one of Paris's vintage boutiques. 

International épiceries in Paris
Shopping

International épiceries in Paris

Stock up on the flavours of home at the city's best international food shops.

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