Every year when the cold season is upon us in the French capital, the city starts to dress with its most beautiful twinkling lights and about a thousand Christmas decorations to set the holiday mood. If you’re a Christmas lover, you’ll love Paris in winter, so make sure to know where to find the best Christmas Lights in Paris!
Let’s be honest; hunting for Christmas lights is probably one of the best activities in Paris if you want to feel that sweet Christmas spirit. So, grab a cup of hot chocolate (or coffee) and walk those cobbled streets to watch those pretty illuminations.
Where To Find The Best Christmas Lights & Decorations In Paris
Table Of Contents
- 1 Where To Find The Best Christmas Lights & Decorations In Paris
- 1.1 #1 AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES
- 1.2 #2 BOULEVARD HAUSSMANN
- 1.3 #3 GALLERIES LAFAYETTE & LE PRINTEMPS
- 1.4 #4 WESTFIELD FORUM DES HALLES
- 1.5 #5 BERCY VILLAGE
- 1.6 #6 CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS AT AVENUE MONTAIGNE
- 1.7 #7 RUE DU FAUBOURG SAINT-HONORÉ / RUE DE LA PAIX
- 1.8 #8 PLACE VENDÔME
- 1.9 #9 SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS
- 1.10 #10 COVERED PASSAGES IN PARIS: GALERIE VIVIENNE
- 1.11 #11 Le Village Royal
- 1.12 #12 Lumières En Seine – Parc De Saint Cloud (92)
Around mid-November Paris, when the beautiful yellow and orange shades leave around mid-November, Paris starts to fall off the trees. The season feels a bit more gloomy for certain people; it is high time that every street and shop overlay its magical lights and decorations to set off the Christmas mood.
(Although, you can pretty much find Christmas decorations and whatnot almost everywhere, even on the very first days of October, insane)
It’s as if all the most famous and fanciest streets in Paris have this friendly competition to see which one will be the prettiest and most dazzling.
By reading this guide to the best Christmas lights and decorations, you’ll quickly see a pattern; most are close to luxury/designer shops!
After popular shopping places follow up in their steps, what’s better than some pretty lights to remind the people that it is Christmas soon to make them remember to buy gifts?
The Christmas lights in Paris start to lit when the sun begins to set, so as soon as it is dark, you’ll be mesmerised by the beauty of Paris in winter with its stunning Christmas decorations! So, get your best selfie stick out to snap a pretty shot of you and the Christmas decorations in Paris!
Now you can do your own Paris Christmas lights tour to get into the Christmas mood while enjoying some pretty lights displays.
This list isn’t classed by the order of the best spots to check; it’s a random order.
When do Christmas lights go up in Paris?
Christmas lights in Paris go up as early as mid-November. If you’d like to visit before the Christmas rush and still enjoy the Christmas display, I recommend visiting at the end of November; it is slightly crowded but less than if you’d visit closer to Christmas.
The Christmas lights in Paris usually stay until the first week of January (same for some Christmas markets) after Christmas; New Year is also a good time to visit Paris and admire them with a lesser crowd.
#1 AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES
I’m sure you’ve heard of it already; after all, the Champs Elysées is one of the most famous avenues worldwide.
So, of course, this fancy avenue is dressed up in its prettiest colours and lights when the Christmas season comes. Nothing over the top, though, simple lights and decorations, but they do the job of turning the Champs-Elysées into a must-see for Christmas lights in Paris.
You might wonder why I recommend this place if it’s nothing over the top. It’s simple; the avenue already has a lot of charm, so that’s why it doesn’t need much yet as I said is still a must-see if you want to experience that special winter Parisian feeling. Remember, sometimes, less is more.
It’s worth checking out whether you like shopping or not.
Access: L1 From Franklin D. Roosevelt (bottom) To Charles De Gaulles Etoile (top)
#2 BOULEVARD HAUSSMANN
If you know your Parisian history or are an architecture fan, you have probably heard about the Boulevard Haussmann.
Well known for its unique architectural style, the Boulevard Haussmann is a must-see even if the lights aren’t on yet. However, they add many charms to this famous Boulevard, so it would be a shame to miss this spot.
For a little historical note: the construction of this neighbourhood ended in 1864 after seven years of work. So, a must-visit! It is a significant part of Parisian history.
Access: L3 Chaussé D’antin
#3 GALLERIES LAFAYETTE & LE PRINTEMPS
I have already mentioned the Galeries Lafayette as a winter activity in Paris if you’re looking for Christmassy stuff on my Paris winter bucket list. Le Printemps is the following shopping centre on the Boulevard Haussman, where you can also find some great Christmas Lights and beautiful displays outside.
For many Parisians visiting the Galleries Lafayette every year in winter when they put up the Christmas decorations is pretty much a tradition.
There’s a reason behind this. This Parisian mall in itself, due to its unique architecture, is quite a sight, and, in addition to this, the decorations change every year.
Each year with a new theme (2019 Theme is “the Hive”), they set up a new original giant Christmas tree underneath the neaf of the building and matching displays outside for everybody to enjoy. Everyone, locals or tourists, is always excited to know what it is going to look like
#4 WESTFIELD FORUM DES HALLES
Westfield Forum Des Halles shopping centre was redesigned a few years ago and did not hesitate to go all out during the Christmas holiday to please their customers and make Christmas shopping more pleasurable.
It makes it a fantastic place to visit during the holiday season in Paris if you want to see pretty Christmas lights in Paris.
It has great places to eat and shop if you’re looking for some leisure time while you admire the Christmas decorations and maybe even find some for your tree to bring back home!
Access: L4 Station Les Halles
#5 BERCY VILLAGE
Bercy Village is now a quaint shopping centre designed little a small village in which you can find a great variety of restaurants and shops if you fancy doing a small shopping spree. Bercy Village gets some new decorations throughout the year to fit the events happening at the moment. And, of course, it has some beautiful lighting.
It is a place that I like going to, and I reckon it is even more cosy and enjoyable in winter with all the Christmas lights and decorations. There’s also a considerable cinema there if you’d like to warm up and watch a movie there.
Access: L14 Station Court St Emilion
#6 CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS AT AVENUE MONTAIGNE
Montaigne avenue is one of the three streets that compose the “Triangle d’Or” of Paris. It is well known for the many designer shops and luxurious hotels (i.e. Plaza Athenée) that you can find there.
If you’re curious, the two other streets that compose this golden triangle are The Champs Elysée (our #1 in this list) and the avenue George V.
Every shop’s display is decorated for Christmas; however, there is one thing that makes la rue Montaigne worth adding to your Christmas bucket list in Paris.
The Dior Christmas Tree. Like the Gallerie Lafayette, the Dior shop set a stunning Christmas Tree as the frontage of its shop. It’s a popular spot; if you walk down avenue Montaigne to look at the illuminations, there’s a lot of chance that you’ll see some people shooting photos in the street in front of the Dior Christmas Tree.
As I mentioned above, you can also find the Plaza Athenée on this avenue. Even if you like me, you may not be able to afford a night there; you can still enjoy the architecture and decorations of the building!
Access: L1 Franklin D. Roosevelt.
#7 RUE DU FAUBOURG SAINT-HONORÉ / RUE DE LA PAIX
A few minute’s walk from the Galerie Lafayette and the Boulevard Hausmann, passing by the stunning landmark the Opera Garnier, you’ll quickly arrive by the Rue de la Paix.
This street is home to a dozen popular luxury shops that lead to a very famous place (see #8), so the whole road gets very festive and dresses up with some dazzling Christmas in front of every shop and light-ups.
Access: L14/L12 Madeleine
#8 PLACE VENDÔME
Yet another place full of fancy luxuries designers shop to end this list of the best Christmas Illuminations you can find in Paris.
Of course, the place is refined and a significant landmark to visit if you’re in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris. For the Christmas season, the area installs some beautiful huge Christmas in the same theme as the one you can find in the Rue de la Paix and Rue Du Faubourg Saint Honoré, as those two streets are linked to the place.
They make a great walk if you’re counting on exploring the 1st Arrondissement of Paris.
They will lead you to the Opera if you’re starting from Rue Du Faubourg Saint Honoré or to the Jardin Des Tuileries, which hosts a fabulous Christmas Market that you must visit if you’re in Paris at the moment.
Access: L1 Concorde
The saint-Germain-Des-Près chic neighbourhood is located in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris and is well known for its famous medieval church where a Christmas Market takes place every year.
Which means it is a great place to see some beautiful Christmas Lights. Close by; you can find some notorious café such as “Les Deux Magots” and “Café de Flore” if you fancy treating yourself to some hot coffee or hot cocoa while you admire the Christmas decorations on the street.
Access: L4 Saint-Germain-Des-Près
#10 COVERED PASSAGES IN PARIS: GALERIE VIVIENNE
Paris’ charm is defined by many things and places, one of them being its covered passages hidden inside the buildings throughout the French capital. They are also well worth the visit at any time of the year.
However, it is sure that you shouldn’t miss it during the winter holiday season if you’re a Christmas fan and you’re looking for some of the most beautiful Christmas Lights in Paris.
One of the most famous of those Passages is the Galerie Vivienne dress up with some adorable decorations, as you can see in the photo and light up its Galerie with twinkling lights. All of this adds more magic to this already unique and stunning Galerie.
Some more passages of Paris are also decorated for Christmas, although if you only need to visit one for Christmas lights, it has to be the iconic Galerie Vivienne.
#11 Le Village Royal
“Le Village Royal” is located in Madeleine, a chic passageway offering beautiful Christmas lights. You can find the famous light bears you see all over those Instagram Paris posts!
Of course, it gets crowded quickly, like every popular photo spot in Paris. Therefore if you’d like to get some beautiful photos with the bears!
Address: 25 Rue Royale, 24 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008 Paris
Hours: Mon-Sat: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm / Sun: 9:30 to 7:30 pm
#12 Lumières En Seine – Parc De Saint Cloud (92)
Lumières En Seine is a 2km trail lights event located sightly outside of Paris and has the most beautiful lights displayed inside the Domaine National de Saint Cloud. The park is grandiose; it only adds more charms and a romantic atmosphere to this beautiful event.
If you love Christmas lights, it would be a shame to miss out on “Lumières en Seine”.
This is a popular event, so make sure to book your tickets online; I highly recommend not missing this event if you’re having a Christmas vacation in Paris.
Date: 18th November 2022 to 8th January 2023
Check out the official website for more info about the event and the different ticket prices: Lumières en Seine.
The Christmas season in Paris is one of the happiest times of the year. Where the city glows up and gets this cosy feeling that makes you want to drink some hot cocoa at the Christmas Market or have a cheeky glass of hot wine, will you soak in the festive atmosphere?
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Where To Find The Best Christmas Lights In Paris