It’s that time of the year again! With just over a month to go until Christmas celebrations, Paris puts its sparkly coat on with the Illuminations ceremony on the Champs-Elysées. Creativity but also sustainable development are key themes for this year’s edition.
The world’s most beautiful avenue, the Champs-Elysées, was lit up last night as part of the capital’s Christmas celebrations. This year the lights were switched on by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and eight time judo world champion Teddy Riner. The dazzling display, which combines traditional lights and modern sparkle using Led technology will dress the 400 trees present all along the avenue until the 8th of January, from 5pm until 2am. Since 2006, the lights on the avenue have gone greener, with a 97% energy use reduction.
The Paris Illuminations also sprawl through the rest of the city, as the initiative decorates more than one hundred Parisian streets and squares with festive and dazzling lights. Take a magical stroll through Avenue de Montaigne, Place Vendôme and Faubourg Saint Honoré (the renowned brand Baccarat will light up the Faubourg Saint-Honoré with chandeliers!) to see the lights which showcase the full prestige and charm of Paris at Christmas time.
Paris during Christmas is also home to a great number of traditional markets. A great occasion to shop for original gifts, crafts, toys, clothes, jewellery, but also sample some traditional and delicious food from various mountainous regions of the country (have you tried tartiflette and fondue?).
Prepare your next visit to Paris’ Christmas markets here!Christmas, City of Lights, Illuminations