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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

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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

Christmas lights in Paris

This Christmas, 130 streets and public squares in the French capital will be aglow with festive illuminations.

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Carousels in Paris

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

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By: Megan Carnegie

Paris ice skating rinks

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

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By: Time Out editors
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Food and drink

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.

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Hot chocolates

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.

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By: Max Carleton-Smith
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Patisserie

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

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By: Time Out editors

Bars with open fires

These bars and restaurants will all welcome you around a cosy, flickering flame – and feed and water you to boot.

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By: Ellen Hardy

Shopping

Christmas markets in Paris

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

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Chocolate shops in Paris

Velvety ganache, molten 'chocolat chaud' and light, airy truffles abound in our pick of Paris's top chocolate shops. 

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By: Max Carleton-Smith
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Vintage shopping guide

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.

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Events and shows

Stage

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.

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Film

Big, bold, colourful, popcorn-fuelled flicks that are perfect for long winter nights and getting into the technicolour spirit of the season.

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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.

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Events for kids

Don’t let all that chocolate-fuelled over-excitement and festive energy go to waste.

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Winter exhibitions

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.

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By: Time Out editors

Kids

Cooking classes

These Parisian cooking workshops will cater specially for your little chefs.

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By: Time Out editors

Carousels

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

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By: Megan Carnegie

Toy stores

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

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Best sweet shops

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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Rainy day activities

It might be miserable outside, but there's endless fun to be had where it's warm and dry for all the family.

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