Experience Paris at Christmas

By: Ross Marchant

Whilst celebrating Christmas in Paris you might notice a healthy mix of traditions old and new. A Christmas in Paris still remains a very religious event with Nativity Scenes, Midnight Masses and gatherings of family and friends. You will also find that the department stores are lined with brightly coloured festive lights.

Historical Traditions still done today

In the past children put their shoes by the fire so Father Christmas or Santa Claus would leave them toys. This is still done today and the only real thing to have changed is the type of fireplace the shoes are next too. Nativity Scenes have always been used as part of celebrations, with the only real change being the emergence of a tiny Santa in the scene. Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve is also a very real tradition, and one which is still very popular today, primarily wth parents and adults attending.

Where to go and what to see during Christmas in Paris

When deciding where to visit and what to see you want to go through the streets of the bigger department stores and see the vast array of lights on display.

Many stores in Paris are lit brightly in preparation of the holiday and you will find that no matter how big or small the store each will go all out.

Though there is no black Friday in Paris you will know that Christmas is there by the little stands popping up all around with specialty items for the holiday season only. Stalls will have anything from holiday decorations to handmade gifts for friends and family. You will also notice the more commercial side of Christmas in Paris but the Old World Charm here will bring you a warm feeling no matter where you are.

What to do for Christmas Eve

When staying in Paris on Christmas Eve you will find that many will be spending the evening in Midnight Mass. This is one tradition that has been around for centuries and should not be missed. Spending the evening enjoying the choir, listening to passages from the bible and watching nativity scenes come to life can make any Christmas time a special occassion.

When on a city break in Paris at Christmas, it is importantto note that it is a peak tourist time and as a result the prices can go up. However, careful budgeting can make a bg difference. Oh and do not forget to bring some extra cash for those impromptu gifts you will find and buy.

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