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Christmas Lights in Paris

Best Places to See Them!

Paris Christmas Lights & Decorations

10 Places Where You'll Find Spectacular Christmas Displays

Dazzling Paris Christmas lights begin to appear all over the city in November and continue to fill the City of Lights through early January.

The Paris Illuminations, as they are called, take many forms:  lavish displays on Champs Élysées and other famous avenues, sparkling decorations on 150+ more streets throughout the city, elaborate creations in department store windows, spectacular over-the-top light shows at Disneyland Paris, and cheerful strings of lights at the famous Paris Christmas markets.

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You'll see some of the loveliest, although more subdued, Christmas decorations and lights inside Notre Dame and other Paris churches.  Or, for a completely different type of experience, take one of the evening cruises and see the Illuminations as you perhaps enjoy a gourmet dinner or Champagne as you float down the Seine River.

In addition to being beautiful, Paris Christmas lights are environmentally "green." 

A combination of LED bulbs and solar power generation means the energy usage and cost for the spectacular display is almost zero - so look for even more streets to display holiday lights in future years.

1.  Christmas Lights along Champs Élysées

Christmas lights along Champs Elysees in Paris

To see the most lavish display of Christmas lights and decorations in Paris, head straight to Champs Élysées, where a million (yes, literally!) sparkling blue and white lights cover street trees between Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. 

As you walk along the sidewalk, you'll also see festive decorations and even more lights in most of the stores lining this famous avenue. 

Although the Christmas lights usually stay on from 5pm to 2am, they will be on all night for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Location:  Champs Élysées, 8th arrondissement
Metros:  Charles de Gaulle/Étoile, Georges V, Franklin Roosevelt, Champs Élysées/Clemenceau
Stay nearby:  Hotels near Arc de Triomphe
More to enjoy along Champs Élysées in December:  Christmas Market - look for it to return in 2018 featuring upscale Made in France products)

2.  Avenue Montaigne Christmas Lights

Avenue Montaigne Christmas Lights

Delicate white lights float among the trees along stately Avenue Montaigne, where top Paris couturier showrooms and designer boutiques occupy the street's ornate mansions. 

Want to experience real magic?  Walk down Avenue Montaigne until you reach the Seine River, and watch the Eiffel Tower's nightly light show across the water.

Location:  Avenue Montaigne, 8th arrondissement
Metro:  Champs Élysées/Clemenceau

More to enjoy:  Exquisite Christmas displays in the haute couture boutiques lining Avenue Montaigne

Paris Christmas Illuminations Tours

Want to get the best views of Christmas lights in Paris? These three tours let you experience unforgettable close-up looks at the city's most spectacular holiday lights:

  • Christmas Illuminations Paris Small Group Walking Tour:  This popular evening walking tour takes you to see the city's most beautiful holiday decorations, including the famous displays at famous department stores, dazzling lights along Champs-Élysées to Arc de Triomphe, illuminated streets in the fashionable Place de la Madeleine neighborhood, and the sparkling light show at the Eiffel Tower.  Book now
  • Paris Christmas Lights Tour - Snuggle under a warm blanket as an open-top bus takes you past the city's most brilliant Christmas lights.  Along the way, you'll also see famous Paris attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe, Paris Opera House (Palais Garnier), Eiffel Tower, and Louvre museum as well as famous neighborhoods such as the Left Bank.  It's an unforgettable way to see Paris illuminated with thousands of sparkling lights!  Book now
  • Private Christmas Tour of Paris with a Ferris Wheel Ride - A local professional guide picks you up at your hotel (and takes you back at the end) for this special tour, part walking, part driving, to see the most famous Paris holiday lights and decorations as well as some places you might not discover on your own.  As a bonus, enjoy a glass of mulled wine (or hot chocolate) and a ride on the giant Paris ferris wheel.  Book now

3.  Lighted Christmas Trees in Place Vendôme

Christmas lights in Place Vendome in Paris
Lighted Christmas trees in Place Vendôme

Dozens of Christmas trees shaped like perfect cones and covered with white and blue lights dot Place Vendôme's huge central court. 

Surrounded by the façades of palatial 18th century mansions (the Ritz occupies Number 15), the lighted trees make the whole space seem ethereal.

Location:  1st arrondissement
Metros:  Concorde, Madeleine, Pyramides, Tuileries
Stay nearby:  The Ritz - check reviews and rates
More to enjoy nearby:  Christmas lights and decorations along nearby Faubourg Saint-Honoré

4.  Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré Christmas Lights & Decorations

Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré Christmas Lights & Decorations
Holiday lights along Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

Blue and white Christmas lights along fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré are elegant and sophisticated, with occasional touches of whimsy. 

Equally compelling are the elaborate holiday window displays along this famous shopping street filled with boutiques offering luxury goods and designer clothing.  

Location:  Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré between Rue Royale and Palais Royal, 1st Arrondissement
Nearest Métro:  Tuileries or Concorde

5.  More Paris Streets & Other Places to See Christmas Lights

Christmas lights in Paris neighborhoods
Brilliant lights on Boulevard Haussmann near Au Printemps department store

Aside from the most extravagantly decorated avenues such as Champs Élysées, where else can you find Christmas lights in Paris?

Well, quite a lot of places, as it turns out:  over 150 streets and squares throughout Paris put up lighted decorations, making it truly the "City of Lights."

Here is a small sample of streets where you'll find them in central Parisian districts:

1st arrondissement:  Place Vendôme, Rue de Rivoli, Rue Saint-Honoré, Rue Berger
2nd arrondissement:  Grands Boulevards (by Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps), Passage of the Panoramas
3rd arrondissement:  Rue Saint-Martin, Passage des Ménétriers, Rue Brantôme 
4th arrondissement:  Rue Rambuteau, Rue des Archives, Rue Saint-Paul, Village Saint Paul; on Ile Saint-Louis, Rue Saint-Louis en l'Ile usually sports lovely lights and decorations
5th arrondissement:  Rue de la Huchette, Rue Dante, Rue du Petit Pont, Rue Frédéric Sauton, Boulevard Saint Germain, Place Maubert
6th arrondissement:  Rue de Rennes, Rue Saint Placid, Rue de Sèvres, Rue d'Assas, Rue Notre Dame des Champs
7th arrondissement:  Rue de Grenelle, Rue du Champ de Mars, Rue Saint-Dominique, Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, Avenue Bosquet
8th arrondissement: Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Rue Mathurins, Avenue Montaigne, Carré de la Madeleine, Avenue Champs Elysees

You can see the Paris Christmas lights from mid-November (check the November Events Calendar for the exact date) through the first week or so in January (coming down just before January Sales begin) from 5pm until 2am. 

6.  Grand Department Stores - Paris's Most Lavish Christmas Decorations

Galeries Lafayette Christmas display in store window
Galeries Lafayette Christmas display in store window

You can see some of the most elaborate Christmas lights and decorations in Paris in the windows of the city's four major department stores.  If you're visiting with kids, they'll be entranced by the elaborate animations based on different themes each year.

Go inside the stores to see even more lights and decorations!

Christmas decorations and lights suspsended from the skylight dome in Galeries Lafayette
Christmas decorations and lights suspended from the skylight dome in Galeries Lafayette

Paris Department Stores

  • Galeries Lafayette:  40 Boulevard Haussmann, 9th arr
  • Au Printemps:  64 Boulevard Haussmann, 9th arr
  • BHV:  14 Rue du Temple, 4th arr
  • Bon Marché: 24 Rue de Sèvres, 7th arr

7.  Paris Illuminations from Seine River Cruises

Seine River in Paris at night

To see famous Paris lighted attractions, sparkling Christmas lights, and even the Eiffel Tower light show, take one of these popular Paris Illuminations cruises:

More Paris Christmas Tours & Cruises:

8.  Christmas Decorations in Paris Churches

Christmas Advent display in Notre Dame Cathedral
Christmas Advent display in Notre Dame Cathedral

Paris churches also get into the spirit of the Christmas season.  Look for special Advent calendars and displays, garlands and flowers, and even the occasional Christmas tree.

For an especially memorable experience, attend a candlelight concert during December.  More about Paris church concerts

9.  La Défense Christmas Lights 

Lighted Christmas decorations at La Defense, Paris

The expansive central esplanade at La Defense is where you'll find the biggest and most flamboyantly colorful Christmas lights and decorations in the city.

As soon as you step off the escalator from the Metro station, you'll see the lighted decorations in front of you.

With shopping centers on both sides of the Esplanade and the brightly-lit La Defense Christmas market at the far end, you can easily spend an entire evening here.

Location:  West of Paris, just outside of the city
Nearest Métro/RER A:  Grande Arche de la Défense
More about the La Defense and other Paris Christmas Markets

10.  Disneyland Paris - A Christmas Light Extravaganza!

Christmas at Disneyland Paris during December
Christmas at Disneyland Paris during December

Christmas celebrations begin at Disneyland Paris in early November with plenty of entertainment and fun for everyone.

You'll find a spectacular giant tree, entertaining shows, festive Christmas parades, and dazzling holiday decorations everywhere.  Don't miss two brand-new holiday shows at Walt Disney Studios® Park this year, a new immersive nighttime extravaganza, and singing carols with Santa, Mickey, and Minnie for a magical experience you won't forget!

When:  Early November through early January

Disneyland Paris and Transportation

Take RER A to the Marne-la-Valee station, walk across a small plaza to Disneyland Paris, and buy your tickets at the gate - or check out these advance ticket options to make your trip faster and easier:



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