Christmas time is lovely in Paris. One of the major attractions of the season is the Christmas lights on Champs-Elysees. Glowing fir-trees abound, decorations ornate the entire city centre, Christmas carols fill the air, and Christmas markets offer a plenty of cute trinkets. The festive season typically starts from early December.
However, the main attraction is definitely Christmas Eve, to be more precise—the festive dinner named Le Réveillon, meaning the Eve. Families gather at Christmas tables featuring a traditional menu including turkey, un bouche de noel cake, oysters or escargots, and foie gras. At night Pere Noel, that is Santa Claus, fills shoes with presents, and the next morning the entire city sleeps, offering you a rare occasion to stroll across empty Parisian streets and enjoy the festive silence. Christmas season continues into early January.