Each evening throughout December lights sparkle in the trees, headlights glow and white wooden chalets line the pavements of the Champs-Elysées. From the magnificent Ferris wheel on the Place de la Concorde in the east to the Arc de Triomphe at the western end of the avenue, it really is an impressive sight.
Having recently visited Paris for a long weekend I couldn’t resist trying to capture the magic of Christmas with my camera. If only I could incorporate the sounds of chatter and laughter and the delicious smells and tastes from the food and drink stalls. Imagine mulled wine, spicy sausages, toffee apples, fizzing glasses of champagne, mulled cider and so much more.
Please join me on a photo walk down the Champs-Elysées in the City of Lights.
Hundreds of stalls line both sides of the road for over a mile and as the light starts to dim the fairy lights that bedeck each chalet start to shine.
There’s a plethora of craft stalls with colourful ideas for seasonal gifts.
No Christmas market would be complete without an ice-rink.
One of my favourite parts of the market though, as anyone who knows me would guess, is Le Marché Gourmand. One of the first things to catch my eye are these toffee apples and waffles. But I resist until I have checked out every stall.
A chilled glass of Champagne or warm glass of wine perhaps?
People drink and eat while walking, perched on stools or inside one of a number of pop-up restaurants.
The stall holders are full of Christmas cheer.
A stall over-laden with Corsican specialities brings back happy memories of Colomba and Pietra beer, fig and chestnut preserves, not to mention their delicious cheeses and charcuterie, from the ‘Island of Beauty’.
Having carefully eyed-up every edible option I settle for a very tasty Toulouse herb sausage.
Paris is full of magic whatever time of year you visit and it was wonderful to see her once again sparkling for Christmas.
Things to Know
The Christmas market runs until January 3rd 2016 and is open every day from 10.30am until midnight (1am on Fridays and Saturdays).
The Champ-Elysées Illuminations will be lit every day until January 6th 2016 from 6pm to midnight and all night on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
The Ferris wheel, which costs 12 Euros per adult, will remain until September 23rd 2016 and opens every day from 11am until midnight (1am on Friday and Saturday). It makes one rotation as everyone gets on and off and then two more for a glorious bird’s eye view of the city.
For details of other Christmas markets in Paris visit Parisinfo.com.
And you can find out more about our Eurostar breaks to Paris here.