One of the most colourful times of the year in Paris is the Christmas holiday season in Paris. The French capital is transformed into a Christmas wonderland. It becomes a magical fairy tale city, all decked out in holiday sparkle – just waiting to enchant visitors, children and Parisians alike. From the glittering lights along Champs-Elysées to the festive Christmas markets around the city, the city shimmers. The fragrance of gingerbread and mulled wine wafting through the air and the patisserie windows are adorned with the most glorious holiday treats – from decorative macarons to the traditional bûche de Noël.
Galeries Lafayette Christmas Display
Our one must-see is always the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann department store. Every year the decorative theme changes and in 2016 the displays aredesigned with exquisite paper artistry, all staged beneath the majestic art nouveau stained-glass dome. Galeries Lafayette is a winter wonderland!
Galeries Lafayette 2016 theme is An Amazing Arctic Christmas. It specifically features remarkable design and innovation, with the first ever fine, hand-cut paper Christmas tree. This ehtereal looking tree is handcrafted in the same style as the animated Christmas window displays of the store on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, France. The Amazing Arctic Christmas is part fun, frolic and fairy tale with a subtle nod to the environment; bringing awareness to the disappearing Arctic polar ice caps.
Designed and created by Lorenzo Papace a French artistic director, producer and composer. Over the years, Papace has specialized in the delicate art of paper shaping. His unique artwork is found in displays, stop motion and photography.
To bring Lorenzo Papace’s paper artworks to life for its Amazing Arctic Christmas, Galeries Lafayette called on the Creative Papers and Graphic Papers divisions of Arjowiggins, an Anglo-French fine paper supplier. They’ve been making fine papers for the most demanding creative requirements and techniques since 1770. This year they’ve really pushed the paper boat out.
More Christmas deliciousness in The Good Life France Magazine Winter 2016 – completely free to read online, download and subscribe