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Christmas Atmosphere 2019-2020

Christmas time in Paris is adorable for a number of reasons, yet the most delightful part is the festive dinner on Christmas Eve

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Christmas time is lovely in Paris. One of the major attractions of the season is the Christmas lights on Champs-Elysees. Other lavishly decorated streets include Avenue Montaigne, Place Vendôme, the Montmartre district, Bercy Village and other places across the city. 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.

Christmas in Paris, Le Pré aux Clercs Cafe 2020
Christmas in Paris, Le Pré aux Clercs Cafe
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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.

View from Arc de Triumph 2020
View from Arc de Triumph
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Paris department stores take Christmas decorations to the whole new level. Check out Paris Galeries Lafayette on and Au Printemps located on brightly-lit for the holidays Boulevard Haussmann. BHV on 14 Rue du Temple and Bon Marché on 24 Rue de Sèvres are also famous for their Christmas displays.

Christmas atmosphere at Galeries Lafayette  2020
Christmas atmosphere at Galeries Lafayette
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Exterieur of Printemps 2020
Exterieur of Printemps
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