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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.

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Moulin Rouge Christmastime Dinner and Show

2. 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 or: breast of 100-day-old chicken stuffed with truffles, Swiss Chard Napoleon, Albufeira sauce.  • Dessert: Christmas yule log. • Drinks and Gift: Half-bottle of Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée and a souvenir of the Moulin Rouge per couple.

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The Perfect Christmas Dinner: 3.5-Hour Cooking Class

3. 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, wine - Jura Savagnin or Chardonnay

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Paris: 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour

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

5. 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, or French Christmas tree. Bon appetit!

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What people are saying about Paris

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 106 reviews

Isabel was wonderful. She knew her history well and was very personable. We were a bit late but she wasn’t at all bothered by that. We walked along Champs Elysee as she gave us all kinds of history and fun facts. She was great with our girls too! There was a little hiccup with the Laudree but she made it work. Would gladly book again if we ever return to Paris.

Magnificent tour of the capital's must-see places under its magical Christmas lights, very well organized, respect for schedules, comfort and little attentions to contribute to our well-being. Visit to recommend without hesitation

We enjoyed our tour very much. The guide was excellent and added extra information about the art and architecture once she knew we are very interested in these subject. We had a wonderful time with her.

Fun and informative. The guide was so knowledgeable. We learned a little history, a little architecture, and a little culture. Perfect two hour tour!

Traffic was horrendous! All handled well and done pretty well considering time and traffic- Well done!