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Christmas in Paris: Top 5 things to do

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The season of hot wine,  Christmas markets, beautifully decorated streets,  holiday parties, and quality time to spend with friends and family is finally among us. As you very well know, Paris is never lacking in things to do, so we gathered up some fun ideas of things to do this holiday season in Paris.

1.Christmas Markets

Unfortunately, there is no Christmas market on the Champs-Élysée this year, but there are plenty of other smaller markets with some pretty cool things going on. Here are some ideas:

Le Marche de Noël du Food Market ( Dec 14), this month’s street food market is Christmas themed with all sorts of holiday treats ( no plates more than 10euros).

Marché Vegane by  La Recyclerie ( Dec 16-17 )- You can find vegan/ eco-friendly  gifts ( food, clothes, beauty products) as well the option to enjoy a  100% vegan brunch.

Marché Alsacien at Gare de l’est ( Dec 1- 16) – Christmas market dedicated to local goods from the Alsace region.

Marché de Noël des Abbesses ( until Jan 2, 2018)- Enjoy a stroll through Montmartre, and make sure to stop near metro Abbesses to check out the holiday market.

Marché de Noël du Comptoir General ( Dec 17- 18) – Shopping, food, and music all in one place. 

The Hoxton Pop-UP Christmas Market ( Dec 7-24)- The Hoxton, The newly opened boutique hotel and Flash Design Store have joined forces to organize a pop-up market dedicated to local goods. On Dec 17, they are inviting some of Paris’ favorite shops like Boneshakers donuts, Peonies cafe/florist, and Jean Hwang Carant cookies to share their specialties.

We are Paris , Holiday pop-up shop 100% Made in France is a perfect place to grab some last minute gifts.

2. Seasonal Activities

Galeries Lafayette , Check out the annual Christmas decorations and Christmas tree at one of Paris’ oldest department stores. 

Ice Skating at Eiffel Tower ( open until Feb 2018) , Trocadéro ( open until Jan 8 ) 

3. Host a holiday themed party

Tis’ the season for Ugly sweater parties, Secret Santa, NYE…  Instead of celebrating out at a restaurant or bar, why not gather up your friends and host a super host party chez toi. It makes for a more intimate and cozy way to spend time with friends before everyone heads off for the holidays.

If you’re looking for nice/affordable holiday themed decorations, you will find lots of things at Hema, Monoprix, and Tati

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4. Try some traditional seasonal specialties

The holidays is one of my favorite times to indulge in everything related to food from drinks, cocktails, cakes, and traditional dishes. Make sure you get your dose of seasonal specialties. Some typical French holiday essentials usually include things like:

Vin Chaud
Bouche de Noel
Foie gras
Raclette (potato, cheese, deliciousness)
Marrons (roasted chestnuts)
Papillotes de Noël 

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5. Christmas shopping (Holiday Gift ideas)

If you’re looking for unique one of a kind gifts here are a few suggestions of experiences and gifts you may want to gift your loved ones this year.

Experiences: Can’t think of a gift you want to offer someone? Why not offer your friends and loved ones a cool experience that you can enjoy together. 

Intertwine with wine, explore the different regions of France through a wine and cheese tasting in a lovely Parisian apartment. 

The Parisian Kitchen, Learn to cook/bake traditional French dishes in a Parisian apartment in the 17th arrondisement

Brew Unique– Is a perfect option for beer lovers. Beer Unique offers 4 hours workshops in Paris where you learn to make your very own beer. At the end of the process you get to walk away with 18L (36 bottles) of beer.


La Vie Locale Holiday Gift Ideas

Gifts: If you’re in need of some gift inspiration of some Paris based brands here are few gift ideas.

1. Maison Chateau RougeCiré goutte d’or  cha cha cha orange (newly released wax rain coats)

2. Lea Augereau, original art prints by Paris based artist

3. Ettavee Eiffel Tower Pins

 4. Dear Muesli Packs to Go (Great gift for healthy food lovers)

5. Le Baigneur,  Artisanal soap made from local products right in the heart of Montreuil (gift idea for HIM)

6. Plantes pour tous Grand vente des plantes (Dec 16-17 )
Plants are all the rage these days. Plantes pour tous (Plants for all) is hosting a 2 day plant sale at Café A, where you will find loads of plants to choose from. Check out more details here.

7. Trésors de Paris- Winter Essentials box (La Vie Locale curated box of Parisian items) .



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