This Christmas, 130 streets and public squares in the French capital will be aglow with festive illuminations.
Come Christmastime, Paris goes mad for merry-go-rounds, with free carousels set up in almost every arrondissement.
What’s more Christmassy than strapping on a pair of ice skates and doing figure-8s under the stars?
From psycho Santas and home-invading thieves to feelgood fireside frolics and cockle-warming cosiness, our cinematic sack is bulging with treats.
Food and drink
Extraordinary volumes of well-fed turkeys, luxurious foie gras and fresh oysters are shifted through the French capital during the Christmas season.
Paris has woken up to the idea of hot chocolate as a serious drink, so here’s our pick of the best purveyors in the city.
Shake up tradition and get your paws on one of these eye-popping bûches de Noël.
Not to indulge your sweet tooth in Paris would be a crime – here’s our pick of Parisian patisseries, bakeries and chocolatiers.
These bars and restaurants will all welcome you around a cosy, flickering flame – and feed and water you to boot.
Come winter, warming up sometimes takes more than just a good hot chocolate.
The best dedicated Christmas markets operating in Paris this Christmas. Stock up on decorations, gifts and pretty much unlimited mulled wine.
Velvety ganache, molten 'chocolat chaud' and light, airy truffles abound in our pick of Paris's top chocolate shops.
Stock up on the season's best English language titles from some of Paris's most romantic bookstores.
For unique Christmas style without the credit card bills, hit Paris's vintage boutiques. Rockabilly leather, '50s glamour dresses, retro sunglasses and much more will get you a slew of afforable new looks in no time.
Events and shows
Get the most out of Christmas with our guide to the capital’s biggest and best stage events – well worth planning your festive diary around.
Big, bold, colourful, popcorn-fuelled flicks that are perfect for long winter nights and getting into the technicolour spirit of the season.
Escape the never-ending tinsel and over-eating with a no-holds-barred night of clubbing, or plump for serenity with a classical concert or two.
Don’t let all that chocolate-fuelled over-excitement and festive energy go to waste.
Discover the season's glorious cultural offerings – the big rentrée exhibitions run right through, and new seasonal shows are opening up all the time. Keep track of them right here.
These Parisian cooking workshops will cater specially for your little chefs.
Between December 20 and January 4 2016, the city lets children ride the many carousels for free.
The best shops for timeless toys, bonnets for babies and t-shirts for terrible teens.
You know a country is serious about its candy when it has a national union of sweetshops and a dedicated annual Day of Guilty Pleasures.
It might be miserable outside, but there's endless fun to be had where it's warm and dry for all the family.