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Last updated: November 8, 2023

Looking to get in the Christmas spirit? I absolutely love Paris during the holidays. Here are some of my favorite places to see the best Christmas lights and festive decorations in Paris. So, bundle up, grab a vin chaud, and let’s hit the streets in the City of Light.

Place Vendôme

Place Vendôme lined with Christmas trees 2020

With trees lining the open square, Place Vendôme is an elegant and charming spot to visit at this time of year. I am a big fan of the white lights and matching Christmas trees, especially next to those brilliant blue doors.

P.S. I heard the hot chocolate at the Ritz is excellent, and doesn’t that sound like just the perfect wintry accompaniment? Be sure to pick some up before you continue your walk!

From November 2023 to January 2024

Rue Saint-Honoré & Place Maurice Barrès

Chanel Christmas lights 2022 on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Chanel Christmas Lights 2022

This is a fun street to stroll down anytime of the year but especially around the holidays. In this area, you’ll find some big-name designer stores, like Dior and Chanel, decked out with flashy lights and one-of-a-kind installations for the season. The decorations are different every year!

From November 2023

Le Village Royal

entrance to Le Village Royal outlined in white lights, Christmas 2020

Located right by the well-known L’église de la Madeleine, this little alley frequently has temporary art installations throughout the year. Sometimes quirky, always cool. Pop in here to see something fun and unique.

Avenue Montaigne

Avenue Montaigne, Christmas 2020, white lights in the trees lining the street

Personally, I was not particularly impressed with this street. Instagram led me to believe that it would be completely lined with lights, but not all the trees had lights on them, leaving blank patches. It was still very beautiful but the real show, in my opinion, was just a short walk away… 

From November 2023 to January 2024

Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Avenue des Champs Élysées, lined with red lights, Christmas 2020, looking at Arc de Triomphe

Lining the avenue all the way from Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, the lights are uniformly spread among the trees and the effect is gorgeous. Traditionally, the illuminations are crimson red, but this year’s lights are white. It’s really cool to be there when the lights turn on for the evening at 5PM! The lights remain lit until midnight throughout the dates below, and they stay on all night on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Day.

From November 19, 2023 to January 7, 2024

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette Paris Christmas Tree 2022
Galeries Lafayette Paris 2022

Galeries Lafayette is one of the most well-known places for Christmas decorations, and it’s easy to see why. This department store goes all out for the holidays. Every year, there is a huge, breathtaking Christmas tree. Every half hour, the tree comes to life with a short sound and light show. Be sure to check out the animated Christmas windows outside as well. 

From November 15, 2023

Galerie Vivienne

This beautiful passage is pure magic. Many of the covered passages will string up some lights but this gallery really stands out. I love the fairy light curtains basking this place in a warm, inviting glow.

Le BHV Marais

This department store typically decorates their facade with dazzling lights, and the animated Christmas window displays are not to be missed. It’s so bright here, you won’t have any trouble finding it in the dark. 

From November 8, 2023

Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché department store, Christmas 2021, gold fairy lights, golden gingerbread cookie cutters, and a candy cane tree
Le Bon Marché holiday decorations 2021

I know Galeries Lafayette is the more well-known of the department stores, but honestly, I like this one better. Maybe it’s the classic beauty of it. The interior holiday decorations are different every year! While you’re in the area, walk around the Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood. You won’t be disappointed.

From November 2023

Where is your favorite spot to see Christmas lights in Paris?

Where to See the Best Christmas Lights in Paris 2023
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