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Our most recommended Paris Christmas Activities

  • Paris: Open-Top Christmas Lights Bus Tour

    1. Paris: Open-Top Christmas Lights Bus Tour

    Let yourself be carried away by the magic and romance of Paris from the open top of an electric green bus. Pass by Opera, Place Vendôme, Concorde, Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, the big department stores and many more.  This unique 1.5-hour tour around the 'City of Light' will be sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. Admire the city illuminated with Christmas lights and listen to an audio commentary that includes traditional Christmas songs. Share this special moment with your loved ones.

  • Paris: Christmas Dinner Cruise

    2. Paris: Christmas Dinner Cruise

    Celebrate the festive season on a magical cruise along the River Seine by glass-covered boat. Marvel at the monuments illuminated for the festivities and listen to live music entertainment. Enjoy a 5-course meal of sophisticated dishes specially created for the occasion. Menu: • Appetizer: Plain cooked crab, cream of grapefruit • Starter: South-West region duck foie gras marinated in red wine, spiced poached pears • Main: Free-range chicken with Albuferasauce, vegetables and fondant gnocchi with black truffle • Cheese: Cheese matured by our Maître Fromager served with dried fruit bread • Dessert by Maison Lenôtre: Snowy Yule log • Petits Fours: Macaroons and chocolates Drinks: • 1 bottle of Mâcon Villages wine for 4 people • 1 bottle of PDO Lussac Saint-Emilion Château Pont de Pierre for 4 people • 1 glass of Jacquart Mosaïque champagne per person • Mineral water and ...

    This was the perfect Christmas Eve in Paris! Service on the cruise was impeccable. Our server was very friendly and engaging. The 5 course dinner was delicious with lovely presentation of each course. The wine was flowing freely, there was live entertainment and viewing the sights and lights of Paris from the Seine was awe inspiring. We had upgraded to a table for 2 against the window when reserving and were glad that we did as it was more private and some of the inner tables didn't have as good a view as we did. Fantastic experience! Would highly recommend!!!

  • Christmas in Paris: The Champs Elysées & the Arc de Triomphe

    3. Christmas in Paris: The Champs Elysées & the Arc de Triomphe

    Join an expert local guide and discover the magic of the holiday season in Paris. Your guide will take you to the Champs Elysées, one of the world’s most famous streets, lit up every year to celebrate the holiday season. The switching on of the Christmas lights on the Champs Elysées signals to everyone in France that the holiday season has begun, and it’s here that Parisians gather on 31 December to see in the New Year. Pass by the Elysée Palace where the French President lives, and see iconic sites such as the Lido cabaret, and the famous Fouquet's restaurant, where you can perhaps indulge in some French celebrity spotting! We’ll stop at the celebrated patissier Ladurée, where you will be treated to delicious French macarons from their delightful pastry store and tearoom. What better way to see the Christmas lights across Paris than from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, one of the mos...

    Our guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. She always kept my attention and was very informative.

  • Paris: 2.5-Hour Christmas Day Lunch Cruise

    4. Paris: 2.5-Hour Christmas Day Lunch Cruise

    Cruise through the heart of Paris aboard a pleasure cruiser and listen to live music as you take in the sights and feast from a menu created especially for the occasion. Get panoramic views of attractions such as the Notre-Dame de Paris, Eiffel Tower, and Pont Neuf. Menu: • Appetizer: Cream of cauliflower, smoked salmon fillet heart, Arënkha pearls • Starter: Duck foie gras royale, mushroom and kumquat pickles, lobster cream • Main: Tender veal, rustic polenta with grated truffle, osso buco jus • Cheese: Cheese matured by our Maître Fromager served with dried fruit bread • Dessert by Maison Lenôtre: Snowy Yule log Drinks: • 1 bottle of Pays d’Oc PGI Chardonnay Viognier, for 4 people • 1 bottle of PDO Médoc Château la Hourcade, for 4 people • 1 glass of Jacquart Mosaïque champagne per person

    This is a must. Not only were all 5 courses delicious but the whole experience was the best. I was traveling alone and the staff made me feel so welcome. My glass was never empty x

  • Moulin Rouge Christmastime Dinner and Show

    5. Moulin Rouge Christmastime Dinner and Show

    Spend an evening during the Christmas season in the magical atmosphere of the Moulin Rouge Paris. Enjoy a performance of the cabaret show, Féerie, as a troupe of 100 artists parade in flamboyant costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins. Marvel at the sumptuous set designs and enjoy the music performed by 80 musicians and 60 choral singers. Savour a special Christmastime dinner of traditional French cuisine. Christmas Time Dinner: Amuse-bouche • Starter: Isigny Salmon preserved by low-temperature cooking served with caviar lime and buckwheat, Mango and turnip Napoleon with Bourbon Vanilla or: Ballotine of Duck Foie Gras semi-cooked and marinated with aged Port served with braised red cabbage and reinette apple, beet jelly with horseradish. • Main course Arctic Char fish cooked on top of a slice of brioche, Quenelle of Ossetra Caviar, confit Bonnotte potato, creamy watercress ...

  • The Perfect Christmas Dinner: 3.5-Hour Cooking Class

    6. The Perfect Christmas Dinner: 3.5-Hour Cooking Class

    If you've gone through a few botched attempts at a delicious Christmas dinner, or are looking for some interesting new recipes to take home, this 3.5-hour cooking class is perfect for you. Arrive at the cozy apartment of a local chef and learn how to make the perfect gourmet Christmas dinner together. Use the best seasonal ingredients to make fantastic red kuri squash with scallops and black truffles for an appetizer, guinea fowl supremes with white wine and morels for the main course, and a dark chocolate yule log for dessert, accompanied by a mont d'or cheese. Once the meal has been prepared, sit down with your chef and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Our Christmas menu: Potimarron velouté (cream of red kuri squash), scallops **** Supreme of guinea fowl, Jura yellow wine and morels **** Mont d'or cheese **** Chocolate and chestnut bûche de noël (Yule log) **** Coffee or tea, water...

  • Discover Paris with a Local at Christmas

    7. Discover Paris with a Local at Christmas

    See the festive lights and decorations of Paris at Christmas with a local host and experience the seasonal cheer of the "City of Lights" from an insider's perspective. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Benefit from an itinerary that can be adjusted according to your interests following contact with your host after booking. Stroll the cobbled streets of Le Marais and browse the Christmas markets. Find special gifts and indulge in gourmet treats such as warming chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) and mulled wine. Learn about holiday traditions like the "13 Desserts of Christmas" and visit sweet shops and pâtisseries to taste seasonal fare, such as gingerbread and Yule time logs.

  • Paris at Christmas: Festive Shopping Past and Present

    8. Paris at Christmas: Festive Shopping Past and Present

    Your guide will first take you on a journey away from the crowded shopping streets and into a more hidden side of the city. This is where Parisians shop in what were the precursors of today’s shopping malls. Discover richly decorated elegant passages, which were once lit by some of the first electric or gas lights in the city. Today they are still home to charming boutiques and brasseries, as they were then, with café tables spilling out into the passageways. Covered with glass roofs to avoid the winter weather, they are the perfect place to explore during the holiday season. See the beautiful and extremely fashionable Palais Royal. Explore its arcades full of history, chic stores, and bijou pastry shops. You will also pass by the magnificent Opera Garnier and hear the story of its infamous Phantom. Then it’s back onto the bustling Parisian boulevards, to visit the Galeries Lafayette, w...

    We had a wonderful walking tour and learned a lot about Paris and her retail history. The sites (old and new) were very interesting.

  • Paris: Christmas Gourmet Tour of St-Germain-des-Prés

    9. Paris: Christmas Gourmet Tour of St-Germain-des-Prés

    Discover the magic of Christmas with this special winter gourmet tour in the heart of the bohemian Paris neighborhood of St-Germain-des-Prés. Your guide will escort you to some wonderful specialist gourmet shops, from pâtisseries to boulangeries, introduce you to chocolate makers and invite you to sample a superb selection of delicacies along the way. Learn about the traditional French "13 desserts” and sample delectable nougat, spiced gingerbread and candied fruits. Feel the spirit of the festive season with a stroll around Montparnasse Christmas market, tasting a variety of regional specialties at the enchanting market stalls. You will experience the warm and cozy Christmas atmosphere of a Parisian tearoom, while enjoying a hot toddy. Throughout the tour, your guide will tell you about the history of traditional French Christmas celebrations and introduce you to the sapin de Noël,...

  • Paris: 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour

    10. Paris: 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour

    Get an insider’s view of Paris' most vibrant Christmas spots on a small-group 2-hour walking tour around the charming, wintry city. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Take in views of the Champs de Mars, the Seine, and of course, the Eiffel Tower itself. Marvel at the twinkling festive lights that add a certain magic to Paris in winter, and visit the most beautifully decorated places in the city. Along your way, learn fun anecdotes about Paris in wintertime from your expert, local guide. Stop for a visit at a traditional Christmas Market and warm yourself up with a hot drink and snacks, and browse the sparkling stalls for seasonal goodies to bring home.

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Regis was our outstanding guide to and from Verdun. On time and safe driver. We did not have a lot of knowledge about WW 1 but he did. He educated us with his vast knowledge of the war and his country. He could answer all out questions. He took us to well known area and less known spots. He had so many interesting things to say and he is passionate about his interest. Lovely person and guide. A highlight of our trip to Paris. So glad we followed up on this tip from our French teacher in the USA.

We met outside the Eiffel Tower and then walked up to the tower together. There everyone could go their own way and the waiting time was shortened, was bearable. The view from the tower is breathtaking! We recommend!

The tour guide presented entertaining and interesting facts and made the whole thing interesting. The immediate admission was definitely an advantage in the long lines at the ticket office!

Absolutely fantastic experience with a very nice and professional guide!

Seeing the Wings and Venus, Mona do be kinda scary doe.