Christmas in Paris with Children

Tuesday, 15.12.2015 at 05:09PM

December is a special time in Paris, when days are short and people wrap up warm to enjoy a stroll the busy Parisian streets.  Paris offers dozens of festive attractions, enough to keep any family feeling the Christmas spirit. From listening to the beautiful choir in the Notre Dame to ice skating up the Eiffel Tower, there will be plenty to do.  Here are our top 3 Christmas activities in Paris …

1) Christmas Market  -  Champs Elysees (8th)

The tradition of Christmas markets dates back to the 1400's  and it has lasted through the centuries and spread to other cities.  In Paris, the largest market is on the Champs Elysées.  Starting in late November, pretty little wooden chalets are set up in long rows, creating a festive holiday atmosphere.  You'll find lots of Christmas gift ideas from regional crafts to artwork, and jewellery.  It's a fun outing even on cold days, for you can enjoy a Vin Chaud and hot crepes as you walk along.

Sunday November 15 to Monday, January 4, 2016. Every day from 12pm to midnight except on Friday and Saturday until 1am and Friday, November 13, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016.  

2) Ice Skating - Hôtel de Ville (4th)

One of the pleasures of the cold weather is skating outdoors! There are plenty of pop-up ice rinks in Paris, but the Hotel De Ville Rink is the most traditional in front of the City Hall. A small area is even dedicated to children.

Address: Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville,

When: From December 18, 2015 to March 1, 2016

Time: Generally from 10 am to 10 pm (Mondays from noon to 10pm, and closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays).

3) Jardin d’Acclimatation  -  Bois de Boulogne (16th)

For the first time, from November 28, the Jardin d’Acclimatation in le Bois de Boulogne will offer its visitors five weeks of celebrations throughout the park to celebrate the magic of Christmas.  This year they are going all out to make it an unforgettable experience, especially for children, with a little theme park, Christmas village, the opportunity to meet Father Christmas and his reindeer and ice skating.