Where to see the Christmas lights in Paris 2018

Written by on November 15, 2018 in Christmas Markets, Paris

Rue Montorgueil in Paris with Christmas lights looking festive

Christmas is when Paris really does seem to live up to its name as the City of Light and the Christmas lights in Paris 2018 promise to bring a feeling of magic to the festive season.

The city can be cold at Christmas so wrap up warm and wear comfortable shoes because the best way to see the Paris Christmas lights is to just wander.

Where’s the best place to go to see the Christmas lights in Paris 2018 you ask? Some of the prettiest spots with great Christmas lights include lively pedestrian streets like Rue Montorgueil (above) and Rue Moffetard, the oldest street in Paris. Climb high for some great views over the city – favourites include the Eiffel Tower (don’t forget to book in advance), Tour Montparnasse or  the huge ferris wheel on Place de la Concorde, known locally as La Grande Roue. At night the lights are at their very best, and with more than 150 streets lit up, the whole city seems to twinkle

The places to see the Christmas lights in Paris

Avenue des Champs-Elysées

Every year, for Christmas and the New Year, the avenue des Champs-Elysées is decorated with more than 1 million lights and stunning decorations. Star bursts, sparkling garlands, rings of light and shimmering sparkles brings the 200 trees along the world’s most beautiful avenue to life. A festive landscape for a magical Christmas!

Christmas lights at the Champs-Elysées from 24 November 2018 to 6 January 2019

Avenue Montaigne (8th Arr)

This rather posh avenue, lined with boutiques and couture houses lights up in style. Head to the Seine quayside at the end of the road for a lovely view of the Eiffel Tower. 

Christmas lights at Avenue Montaigne from 20 November to 2 January 2019

Bercy Village

Families especially like the decorations here and for this year there is something very special. Artist Laurent Sanguinetti, who has worked with Hermès and designer Philippe Starck, has created an enchanted forest with 28 luminous sculptures tucked away inside the trees lining the main street of Bercy Village. Imaginary creatures and an enchanted castle emerge and fade in this sparkling play of lights, making for a magical walk inside the Cour Saint-Emilion.

Christmas lights at Bercy Village from 15 November to 20 January 2019; Metro: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile

Place Vendôme

Place Vendôme, rue de la Paix, rue de Castiglione, rue Saint-Honoré and rue des Capucines are alloutstanding places where you’ll see waterfalls of light, showers of stars, enormous chandeliers. The fabulous Christmas lights embellish the prestigious character of this very chic district. This is where you’ll find the legendary Ritz Hotel and high end shops decked out in Christmas style.

Christmas lights at Place Vendome from 22 November to 10 January 2019

Viaduc des Arts

The Viaduc des arts. close to the Gare de Lyon is devoted to arts and crafts industries. Some 50 or so artisans are established in studios and shops  in the arches and at Christmas, it’s very pretty. If you’re travelling from Gare de Lyon, it’s a few minutes walk and a great place to feel the Christmas atmosphere. If you have even more time, nip up to the Promenade Plantée above the viaduct, it’s the most unusual park in the city!

Christmas lights at the Viaduc des Arts from December 2018 to January 2019 Metro: Gare de Lyon, Bastille, Reuilly Diderot

Montmartre

With its villagey-vibe on a hill overlooking the city, cobbled streets, Sacre-Coeur, Place du Tetre where the artists congregate, the lights here are pretty and authentic. Not far from Gare du Nord, for those passing through Paris via the busy station with a couple of hours to spare, it’s an idea place to experience a touch of Christmas magic in Paris.

Christmas lights at Montmartre from end November to end December 2018

More information on the Paris Tourism website

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