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Christmas illuminations

From the end of November onwards, Paris begins to take on a new look. Shops are busy with people looking for Christmas gifts, fine food stores are full of exceptional products, excited children rush to look at toys displayed in shop windows … And above all, the loveliest streets and avenues in the city are decked out in magical lights. More than ever, the capital lives up to its name as the ‘City of Light’! The Champs-Elysées, avenue Montaigne, Place Vendôme … Be captivated by the Christmas season in Paris.

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Shopping ideas and lights tour for Christmas

Christmas lights, rue de la Paix, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas lights rue de la Paix

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas illuminations Champs-Elysées | © DR - Emspirit

Christmas illuminations on the Champs-Elysées

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Christmas illuminations Champs-Elysées 2012 © DR - Panoramic

Christmas illuminations Champs-Elysées

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Christmas lights Champs-Elysées, Paris  © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysées

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illuminated monuments, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illuminated monuments

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas lights, grand magasin Galeries Lafayette, Paris © OTCP - Jacques Lebar

Galeries Lafayette Christmas lights

© OTCP - Jacques Lebar

Christmas lights, Printemps department store, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Printemps department store

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas lights, Hermès boutique, Paris  © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas lights Hermès

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination Noël Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination Noël Notre-Dame de Paris

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illuminations de Noël - Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illuminations de Noël

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination de Noël Forum des Halles, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination de Noël Forum des Halles

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination de Noël déco Champs-Elysées, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Illumination de Noël déco Champs-Elysées

 © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Illumination de Noël Colonne Vendôme, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination de Noël Colonne Vendôme

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination de Noël Arc de Triomphe, Paris © OTCP - Jacques Lebar

Illumination de Noël Arc de Triomphe

© OTCP - Jacques Lebar

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Shopping ideas and lights tour for Christmas

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Christmas lights rue de la Paix

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas lights, rue de la Paix, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas illuminations on the Champs-Elysées

© DR - Emspirit

Christmas illuminations Champs-Elysées | © DR - Emspirit

Christmas illuminations Champs-Elysées

© DR - Panoramic

Christmas illuminations Champs-Elysées 2012 © DR - Panoramic

Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysées

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas lights Champs-Elysées, Paris  © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illuminated monuments

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illuminated monuments, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Galeries Lafayette Christmas lights

© OTCP - Jacques Lebar

Christmas lights, grand magasin Galeries Lafayette, Paris © OTCP - Jacques Lebar

Printemps department store

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas lights, Printemps department store, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas lights Hermès

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Christmas lights, Hermès boutique, Paris  © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination Noël Notre-Dame de Paris

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination Noël Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illuminations de Noël

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illuminations de Noël - Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination de Noël Forum des Halles

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination de Noël Forum des Halles, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination de Noël déco Champs-Elysées

 © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Illumination de Noël déco Champs-Elysées, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Illumination de Noël Colonne Vendôme

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination de Noël Colonne Vendôme, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Illumination de Noël Arc de Triomphe

© OTCP - Jacques Lebar

Illumination de Noël Arc de Triomphe, Paris © OTCP - Jacques Lebar

Focus on : Christmas illuminations on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées

With colour, light, movement and modernity the Champs-Elysées presents Christmas illuminations that are resoundingly contemporary in design.

Every year for Christmas and the New Year, the avenue des Champs-Elysées is trimmed up with lights and stunning decorations. Showers of stars, glittering garlands, rings of light, a shimmering curtain of light effect … once again embellish the 200 trees on the world’s most beautiful avenue.

The 2013 illuminations are marked by a change in colour and rhythm: every half-hour and hour are punctuated by changes in colour and rhythm. The trees change colour from white to purple, to red and even to orange. Each one changes in turn to give the decoration in its ensemble an enchanting effect. Sparkling stalactites and beads add the finishing touches to this contemporary yet magical creation.

On 21 November, the actress and model Laetitia Casta will launch the Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysées. As the patron of the event, she will also have the honour of switching on the Christmas lights and bathing the world’s most beautiful avenue in light … And this year, some 600,000 people are once more expected to come and admire this artistic spectacle that has enraptured Parisians for the last 26 years!

N.B.: Several surprise events are planned to mark Christmas and December 31st. 

Some Christmas lights not to be missed

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS : AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES

From 21 November 2013 to 8 January 2014

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS : PLACE VENDOME

From 20 November 2013 to 14 January 2014

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS : BERCY VILLAGE

From 20 November 2013 to January 2014

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS : QUARTIER DU HAUT MONTMARTRE

From 6 December 2013 to 5 January 2014

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ILLUMINATIONS DE NOEL QUARTIER ABBESSES

From 27 November 2013 to 20 January 2014

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS : FORUM DES HALLES

From 20 November 2013 to 4 January 2014

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS : AVENUE MONTAIGNE

From November 2013 to January 2014  (dates to be confirmed)

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS : VIADUC DES ARTS

From November 2013 to January 2014 (dates to be confirmed)

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS : RUE SAINT-HONORE

From November 2013 to January 2014 (dates to be confirmed)

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