Our London and Paris top 8 Christmas festivities

For the Christmas festivities, the European capitals compete with their entertainments and decorations from the beginning of December through to mid-January, to add magic to the event.

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Here is our selection of the “top 8 things to see/to do” for Christmas, during a visit to Paris or London.

 

The top 8 for Christmas in Paris

visit Paris for Christmas – #1 Walk up the Champs Elysées with its Christmas illuminations, take a break at the Christmas market stalls to enjoy a lovely hot tartiflette and ride on the brightly lit big wheel at the Place de la Concorde.

 – #2 Marvel at the windows of department stores where retailers install animated decorations for both young and old, and take a selfie in front of the huge Christmas tree that stands on the ground floor of the Galeries Lafayette.

#3 Visit the Disneyland Paris Theme Park which from mid-November offers a nightly show, a gourmet parade in a festive and magical atmosphere.

#4 Get your skates onto the giant skating rink at the Grand Palace or at the City Hall and warm up with a glass of mulled wine with cinnamon.

#5 Book a Christmas show: a magic show, the circus, a musical comedy, wonderful moments to share!

#6 Admire the nativity scenes laid out at the Notre Dame Cathedral, the church of the Madeleine or the Basilica at the Sacré-Cœur, with their wonderful settings and their figurines.

#7 Attend Christmas mass at a church to understand the meaning of this religious festival.

#8 Purchase your souvenirs, festive articles, local products and hand-made items in the small wooden chalets at the Christmas market set up at the Trocadéro, at Saint-Germain des Prés or at the Place de la Nation.

 

The top 8 for Christmas in London

 – #1 Visit the free More London Christmas Market where you can experience international cuisine.

 – #2 “Shop till you drop” in some of the world’s best retailers like Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty.

 – #3 Watch the iconic play “A Christmas Carol” at the Southbank Centre.

 – #4 See the best Christmas light displays at the brilliantly decorated Oxford & Regent Streets.

 – #5 Travel back in time to Victorian London and meet Father Christmas in his grotto at the Museum of London Docklands.

 – #6 Sing Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve at Westminster Abbey.

 – #7 Soak up the festive atmosphere at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.

#8 Skate at the beautifully illuminated London Eye on the South Bank.

 

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Our London and Paris top 8 Christmas festivities
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