Joyfully Celebrate The Winter Holidays Spending Time At These Paris Attractions

The holidays are full of rich traditions that come from Earth’s beautiful diversity of cultures. These cultures, many of them, are celebrated here in Paris, from family festivities, to gourmet treats to holy observances of sacred days. One of the most magical of Parisian experiences you can have, whether you are Christian or not, is attending the midnight mass at the Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris on Christmas Eve. Hearing Holy Mass in a church over 800 years old fills you with a sense of the majesty of our saints throughout the ages and peering at the Baby Jesus manger, called a crèche in French, is something that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Two musts during the holidays are indulging in gourmet treats with friends and loved ones and also looking your best while doing so. The Christophe Robin salon has an all-new location near Les Halles in what has become a very fashionable and trendy neighborhood (Montorgueil). What’s more, he’s installed an over sized Venus clam shell that doubles as a hair washbasin that anyone is welcome to use when you wander in looking to try out some of his all-natural and Super hair care products. It works like this: Walk in, tell the staff that you’d like to shampoo your hair using their products and they will welcome you and hand you a hair dryer and a bespoke boar-bristle hair brush (that is DYI) once your hair is shampooed. The Venus basin can accommodate two people at once so a couple of friends or a few family members can make this an outing.

Once you’ve gotten yourselves all pretty and prepped it’s time to go off and meet the rest of the party for that elegant afternoon tea, hot chocolate and pastries. One of the most festive holiday-makers in Paris is the exquisite Plaza Athenee. They really do everything up in ribbons and bows for the season and indulging in a few pastries from Executive Chef Patissier Angelo Musa is an experience the whole family will enjoy.  Note:  if popping in and taking some pastries to go for that special holiday meal is more to your agenda, why not check out the brand new Michalak pastry and chocolate shop just near Place St. Sulpice in St. Germain-des-Pres?

And though it’s not an outing reserved just for the boys, while the girls are having their beauty time, the boys could take that as their cue to try out the Retro Tour. This is a unique tour in Paris done with vintage-style side cars. It’s like whizzing through the narrow streets and and broad avenues of the city pretending that you are Snoopy and the Red Baron. The bikes are vintage-looking only, meaning they are brand new and up to safety regulations. Also provided for the colder months is a blanket and of course helmets so the ride is as comfortable as it is entertaining.


13ème Arrondissement

This is a museum unlike any others and of special interest to kids, young and old. Here, what you'll find are exhibits devoted to the arts of animation, video games, manga, cartoons, animated films and television. It opened in November 2013 at...  Read More

Gothic gargoyles (actually, chimeras, if truth be told) and a stately sunburst greet you upon setting your eyes on the Notre Dame Cathedral. The exterior by itself is enough to convince you that this is one important building. Enter the...  Read More

Christophe Robin
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For women who seek a luxury hair care experience, renowned colorist Christophe Robin offers his expertise at his bespoke salon in the ultra-trendy Montorgueil district. His motto is "free your hair," and the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Tilda...  Read More

10ème Arrondissement

Once you bite into one of the fine French pastries you find aplenty here in Paris, you instantly realize that it's not so easy to skillfully create one of the complicated little pieces of sweet-nothings. This pastry chef, Christophe Michalak,...  Read More

One of Paris' main theaters for live performances, musicals and dance productions. The theatre was first inaugurated in 1862 with Empress Eugénie as the guest of honor. For Paris at the time it was the largest venue, seating 2,500. Its glass...  Read More

4th Arondissement - Beaubourg an

The area along the riverfront that was once a thoroughfare for cars, stretching from the Tuileries tunnel to the Henri IV tunnel, is now a pedestrian zone. After much effort by the current Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, this civic attraction has...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement

The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is the "most beautiful Avenue in the world," especially during the holidays. That is when the avenue gets lined with little white Christmas chalets that have all kinds of things for sale. Many of the vendors are...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche

One of the privileges of being in Paris is that you have access to historical archives and priceless libraries of ancient books and manuscripts. This library, originally founded by Cardinal Mazarin as his personal library in 1643, remains now...  Read More

1er Arrondissement

Take a tour of the city in a sidecar - with your own dashing driver. Fun activity for the whole family - even your 80 year old Mom (if she's keen on it). The kids will get a kick out of it, of course, too. But be prepared to be the center of...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement

Tea time at the Hotel Plaza Athenee is one of the most festive and cherished holiday traditions in the city. This year it's even more special because the Plaza's brand new pastry chef, Angelo Musa, has re-imagined the whole range of pastries,...  Read More


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