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Christmas star
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The full Christmas list of things to do in Paris for 2015

It's time to eat, drink, shop, play and be merry


Feeling overwelmed by the festive season? We've broken down the capital's essential Christmas activities into five simple categories – food and drink, shopping, events, outings and kids – in order to take the stress out of your yuletide social life.

Festive outings

Carousels in Paris

Kids Playgrounds

Come Christmastime, Paris goes mad for merry-go-rounds, with free carousels set up in almost every arrondissement.


Food and drink

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Gourmet Christmas shopping


Extraordinary volumes of well-fed turkeys, luxurious foie gras and fresh oysters are shifted through the French capital during the Christmas season.

© Yuichi Sakuraba

Best patisseries

Restaurants Tea rooms

Not to indulge your sweet tooth in Paris would be a crime – here’s our pick of Parisian patisseries, bakeries and chocolatiers.



© Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Christmas markets in Paris

Shopping Markets and fairs

The best dedicated Christmas markets operating in Paris this Christmas. Stock up on decorations, gifts and pretty much unlimited mulled wine.

Britta Jaschinski

Vintage shopping guide

Shopping Vintage shops

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

Déesses Démones
Marie-Agnès Gillot © Lisa Roze



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.

Florence Machine Paris
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Music and clubbing


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.

La Paix ramenant l'Abondance
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Winter exhibitions

Art Galleries

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.



Kids Playgrounds

Between December 20 and January 4 2016, the city lets children ride the many carousels for free.

Foire aux jouets, Clayes-sous-Bois (78)

Toy stores

Shopping Maternity

The best shops for timeless toys, bonnets for babies and t-shirts for terrible teens.

Karl Blackwell / Time Out

Best sweet shops

Shopping Chocolate and sweets

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.


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