Christmas lights and window displays in Paris

The Christmas lights are a dazzling sight in Paris with illuminations in the streets and districts of the city

As well as street lights and decorations around the city, department store windows are filled with Christmas trees, darting fireflies and gift-wrapped parcels.

Christmas lights

Carte Noël Shopping 2017  © DR

Every year at this time, the Christmas lights in Paris are a major attraction for tourists and Parisians. Visitors come from all over the world to admire the streets of Paris decked out in magical colours for the festive season.

Luminous arches, multi-coloured bulbs, incandescent flames and sparkling projections of light splendidly deck out the avenues of the French capital.

More than ever, Paris lives up to its name ‘the 'City of Light'! From November to the beginning of January, the Christmas illuminations on the avenue des Champs-Elysées, on avenue Montaigne, in Place Vendômethe Montmartre districtBercy Village and in many other places across the city make Paris more magical than ever!

Take a sightseeing bus and enjoy the Christmas lights

Tour en bus panoramique Open Tour pour les illuminations Noël

The ‘Illuminations of Paris’ sightseeing coach tour, organized by OpenTour, is an invitation to discover, from 30 November 2018 to 6 January 2019 (except 24 and 31 December), Paris’s finest places and monuments illuminated at nightfall (Opéra Garnier, Champs-Élysées, place Vendôme, place de la Concorde, the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, the Louvre Museum and les Grands Magasins). Tour with commentary in 9 languages.

Christmas window displays at the big department stores

Vitrines de Noel aux Galeries Lafayette © Studio TTG

In keeping with tradition, the facades of Parisian department stores (Printemps HaussmannGaleries LafayetteBHV MARAIS) are adorned with the most stunning festive decorations.

Shop windows also put on a show with amazing theatre sets featuring animated figures and magical decor in an interactive world … great fun to watch! Enchanting universes, devised and created by gifted artists and designers, are still a source of wonder for both children and grown-ups.

Christmas lights on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées

from 22 November 2018 to 09 January 2019
Avenue des Champs-Élysées - De l'Arc de Triomphe à la place de la Concorde, Paris

The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is decorated with lights and beautiful decorations for Christmas and the New Year.

High-tech lights on Boulevard Haussmann

from 29 November 2018 to 07 January 2019
Boulevard Haussmann - Boulevard Haussmann, Paris

This year, everyone’s free to customize the Christmas lights on Boulevard Haussmann using a smartphone app

Christmas lights at Bercy Village

from 15 November 2018 to 20 January 2019
Bercy Village - Cour Saint-Émilion, Paris

Laurent Sanguinetti has turned the Cour Saint-Emilion into a place of enchantment this holiday season

Christmas lights in Saint Germain-des-Prés

from 27 November 2018 to 06 January 2019
Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Christmas is in full swing in the legendary Saint-Germain-des-Prés district

Christmas lights, avenue Montaigne

From 17 November 2017
Avenue Montaigne - Des Champs-Elysées à la place de l'Alma, Paris

Turning on of the Christmas lights on the Avenue Montaigne and the Sapins de Noël des Créateurs exhibition

Christmas lights at Forum des Halles

November - December 2018
Forum des Halles - 101 Porte Berger, Paris

With the approach of the festive season, the Forum des Halles will be decked out Christmas decorations.

Illuminations at the Viaduc des Arts

December 2018 - February 2019
Le Viaduc des Arts - 1-129 avenue Daumesnil, Paris

Illuminations of the Viaduc des arts take on a magical appearance

Christmas window displays: BHV Marais

from 14 November 2018 to 31 December 2019
Le BHV Marais - 52 rue de Rivoli, Paris

The BHV Marais is expecting Mary Poppins to pay a visit this holiday season.

Christmas window displays at Galeries Lafayette

From 7 November 2018
Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann - 40 boulevard Haussmann, Paris

Galeries Lafayette celebrates Christmas with animated window displays, illuminated facades, and a huge Christmas tree under the d...

Window displays at Bon Marché Rive Gauche

from 27 October 2018 to 30 December 2018
Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche - 24 rue de Sèvres, Paris

Christmas decorations, enchanting, poetic and utterly magical scenes in the windows of the Bon Marché Rive Gauche

Shining a light on species

Celebration | Exhibition
from 16 November 2018 to 15 January 2019
Le Jardin des Plantes - Muséum national d'histoire naturelle - Place Valhubert, Paris

A one-of-a-kind exhibition at Paris’s natural history museum