The season leading up to Christmas is a light-filled, festive time in Paris that can provide an ideal backdrop for a romantic vacation or an enchanting holiday season with the kids. Several annual Christmas events in the city of light are not to be missed in 2012 and 2013, so bookmark this page and plan ahead to ensure a relaxing and memorable Christmas or Hannukah.
Each Christmas season, elegant holiday lights adorn several quarters and historical sites in Paris, bringing the town out of the November gloom. In 2012-2013 several spots around town will be decoratively lit.
One holiday tradition originating in the Northern Alsace region is the Christmas market, an outdoor "village" of wooden booths offering gourmet treats like mulled wine and gingerbread, gifts, decorations, and other delights.
With Paris restaurants likely to be booked full and many closed for Christmas day, your best bet is to try and reserve ahead for lunch or dinner on Christmas Eve. See our list of Paris restaurants open for Christmas here.
More: Check out food writer Clotilde Dusoulier's picks for a gourmet Paris Christmas at Chocolate and Zucchini.
Christmas at Notre Dame Cathedral
Disneyland Paris is another way to soak up a little holiday ambiance during your stay in Paris. From November 9th, 2012 through January 6th, 2013, the theme park will be decked out for the season, with a full-fledged Christmas theme on Main Street, parade, and other festive events.