1. Christmas Markets
Lining the Champs Élysées are booths filled with food, soaps, scarves, decorations and potential christmas gifts. Amongst these booths are also Santa’s village, a variety of restaurants, an ice skating rink, Christmas lights, amusement park rides, and hot wine! Dress warm and enjoy this seasonal must-see. It’s a great place to go for dinner, Christmas gift shopping or to enjoy the unique Santa’s world where dinosaurs in Christmas hats as well as electronic giraffes and other non typical north pole animals reside.
There is also a market next to the Eiffel Tower in the 7th arrondissement and one along boulevard Saint Germain in the 6th arrondissement.
2. Ice Skating
There are a few places to go ice skating in Paris during December. Most years the Grand Palais has an indoor ice skating rink with lights and music. This year it is open from December 14th to January 2nd.
As for outdoor rinks, there are a couple sprinkled throughout Paris. There is one at the Christmas Market on the Champs Élysées. The Eiffel Tower turns the first floor into an ice skating rink this year it will be open from December 15 to February 19th. Most years there is one in front of Hotel de Ville but this year this one has been cancelled.
3. Mulled Wine
It deserves its own bullet point! Mulled wine also known in French as vin chaud is the perfect seasonal drink to warm you up. Find it at brasseries and café’s throughout the city as well as at the outdoor markets.
4. Ferris Wheel
The Ferris Wheel is located at Place de la Concorde, just at the end of the Tuileries Garden. It offers an amazing view of Paris, you can see the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and the Champs Élysées. I recommend going after dark to see the city of lights properly.
5. Window Displays at Parisian Department Stores
Nothing less than magical, stop by Galaries Lafayette in the 9th arrondissement, Printemps also in the 9th arrondissement, BHV in the 4th arrondissement, or the Bon Marche in the 7th arrondissement to enjoy the seasonal window displays.