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Christmas in Paris • Day trips

For a festive reboot, try these out of town treats

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Suffering from festive metropolitan overload? We feel you. Fortunately, a quick day trip out of the city can help you de-Grinch without too much fuss. Forget heading all the way to Strasbourg for the giant Christmas market. Rent a car or hop on a train to one of the Ile de France's most festive Christmas locations, all just an hour or so away. Castles, a glass of bubbly, and of course a little bit of Mickey await...


What French Christmas would be complete without some Champagne? A day trip to Reims means checking out one of the many cellars for that perfect bottle of holiday bubbly. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The Christmas village is full of toys, winter sports and events for the kids, with jazz and other concerts for parents. A Ferris wheel and carrousels will be up and running, as will an outdoor skating rink... 

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Domaine de Chantilly

He who says 'chateau' thinks only of Versailles, but to the north of Paris a mere 20 minute train ride away, the Domaine de Chantilly promises whole castles'-worth of holiday wonderment. Head to the grand stables for 'La Petite Fiancée des Neiges', a winter show featuring some 30 horses and ponies to delight both children and adults. The horse museum and the fairy tale-like castle create a magical escape from Paris...

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Disneyland Paris

Few places in Paris have as much holiday cheer as Disneyland. The site hosts all sorts of Christmas decorations and shows, including a brand-new spectacle featuring characters from the film 'Frozen', a special Christmas parade and fireworks. Attractions and rides are open as usual, with a few extra characters traipsing around the park, including one jolly Saint Nick... 

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Château Vaux Le Vicomte

This 17th century château, an inspiration for the more grandiose Versailles, literally decks the halls at Christmas time. Festive decorations inside bring the season alive while lights on the outside brilliantly illuminate the entire edifice. Look for the eight metre tall tree inside the Grand Salon, decorated with over 5,000 bobbles and balls. Wander the holiday wonderland through the gardens designed by André Le Notre... 

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Take a trip out of Paris and back in time to the walled town of Provins, a UNESCO heritage site. Their medieval Christmas market, including fire breathers and costumed dancers, is unlike any in Paris. An ice skating rink will be open while stalls sell local specialities and the ever-important glass of mulled wine. Additionally, local guides will be offering tours of the underground as well as night time tours of the city’s streets illuminated by your candles and flashlights... 

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