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Last updated: December 16, 2021

Looking to get in the Christmas spirit? Fortunately, not even a pandemic can stop the City of Light from putting on a festive show. I absolutely love Paris during the holidays. Here are some of my favorite places to see the best Christmas lights and decorations in Paris. So, grab a vin chaud, bundle up, and let’s hit the streets.

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 the perfect accompaniment? Be sure to pick some up before you continue your walk!

From November 18, 2021

Rue Saint-Honoré & Place Maurice Barrès

Dior Paris Saint Honoré lit up for Christmas 2020

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.

From November 18, 2021 to January 30, 2022

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 ugly patches. It was still very beautiful but the real show, in my opinion, was just a short walk away… 

From November 2021

Avenue des Champs-Élysées

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

The lights here are uniformly spread among the trees and the effect is gorgeous. 2020’s illuminations were crimson red, lining the avenue all the way from Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It’s really cool to be there when the lights turn on for the evening at 5PM! The lights remain lit until 2AM throughout the dates below, and they stay on all night on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Day.

From November 21, 2021 to January 9, 2022

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette Christmas Tree 2021

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. Be sure to check out the animated Christmas windows outside as well. 

From November 17, 2021

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 9, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Le Bon Marché

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

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. While you’re in the area, walk around the Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood. You won’t be disappointed.

From October 29, 2021

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

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