Celebrate The Winter Holidays by Spending Joyful Time At These Paris Attractions

Paris offers countless fun things to do during the holiday season, both indoors and outdoors. There are a few traditions, similar in that sense to what we have at home, that are must-dos in the city during the winter holidays. Such as? Well, enjoying a hot chocolate at Angelina's is one, the thick rich chocolate in a fine china cup is unequalled and if you enjoy it after your ice skating outing at the Hôtel de Ville, or a chilly walk through the Tuileries, then even better.

For those glamorous - or intimate- holiday soirées, you'll want to look your best. For that, schedule an appointment at the luxurious Christophe Robin salon at Le Meurice. He is the hair colorist to the stars and will have you looking ravishing in no time. 

One of the most magical experiences you can have, whether you are Catholic or not, is attending the midnight mass at the Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris on Christmas Eve. The smell of incense will immediately envelope you as you prepare to hear Holy Mass in a church over 800 years old.

Group activities are another highlight of the holiday season. A few bonding activities during which the time will fly by are perfume making at the Guerlain Institute on the Champs-Elysées, an hour and a half spent playing the “live escape game” Hint Hunt, and/or spending an afternoon learning from one of France's top pastry makers at the Michalak Masterclass.

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

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

ne 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

4ème Arrondissement

This guy runs an open house in Paris on Saturday evenings for just about anyone who wants to stop by. You have to let him know you're coming in advance by signing up on his MeetUp page, but otherwise the world of travelers and Paris residents,...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement

Every year, mid-November, the big Ferris Wheel, La Grand Roue de Paris, is put up at Place de la Concorde. It has become a sort of symbol that once again, the holidays are here. This particular ferris wheel is transportable and makes its rounds...  Read More

4th Arondissement - Beaubourg an
Berges Rive Droite

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, this civic attraction has now been...  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).

8ème Arrondissement

The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is the "most beautiful Avenue in the world," especially during the holidays.

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche
Institut de France

One of the privileges of being in Paris is that you have access to historical archives and priceless libraries of ancient books and manuscripts.


Meet Paige Donner

Paige is a transplanted Parisian. She first arrived as a young bride in the early 90s to live in Paris, having uprooted herself from her native California.

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