Things to do in Paris during the holiday season

Still forging ahead with your Parisian holiday plans? Good for you, as this city needs a boost from visitors after recent events, and with fewer people around than usual this year, finding deals may become an easier task than usual.

Just one more note before we get into the meat of this article: before booking a hotel like you always do, why not try getting a holiday apartment this time in one of the awesome neighborhoods of Paris?

Providers like HouseTrip makes it easy to organize some snazzy digs at the last minute, each of which will feel more like home then any other accommodation you’ve seen before.

With that out of the way, here are some fun things to do in Paris during the holiday season…

paris at sunset

1) Ride a Christmas carousel

Throughout the various arrondissements in Paris during the holiday season, classic carousels are set up for those looking to remember the carefree days of their youth.

Those looking for the best of the bunch will want to check out the ones close to the Eiffel Tower and the Hotel de Ville, but if tourist crowds aren’t your thing, there are plenty of others in smaller neighborhoods whose charms and locals only vibe will grant it a special atmosphere that will count as the first special moment of many on your trip.

2) Buy some top shelf chocolate for a loved one

Paris is home to some of the world’s best chocolatiers, so it shouldn’t be surprising that picking up a box of the sweet treat is one of the many holiday traditions that Parisians hold near and dear to their heart.

If you want to follow in the footsteps of the locals, be sure to be patient, as lines are apt to snake out the door of popular chocolate shops like La Maison du Chocolat.

3) Admire the lights along the Champs-Elysées, at the Eiffel Tower, and elsewhere

Paris’ moniker as the City of Lights really begins to bear itself out around Christmas time, as the lights strung up along the length of the Champ-Elysees, make a walk through this part of town an attraction in and of itself.

Twinkling in the trees on a dark night, it creates the perfect atmosphere for those looking for it, but the real show stopper is the Eiffel Tower, as it puts on a five minute light show every hour until Midnight … don’t miss it!  

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