Paris Travel Planner   Christmas Lights in Paris, France
The City of Light lives up to its name all the time, but never more so than at Christmas.


There is no shortage of Christmas lights in Paris, and part of what makes them interesting is that individual neighborhoods choose different types and quantities of lights. Strolling at night, you can see a great variety of lights and decorations.

When we spent Christmas 2015 in Paris, we rented an apartment in the Rue Mouffetard neighborhood. As suits the casual ambience of this market and restaurant area, the lights were simple and a bit funky.

Christmas lights, Rue Mouffetard
Rue Mouffetard

Near the Opéra things were a bit more formal and extravagant. We passed this delightful display on the Rue de Caumartin (map) when we walked to the Église de la Madeleine for a holiday concert:

Christmas lights, Rue de Caumartin
Rue de Caumartin...

Wandering through the Marais, we were treated to a display of stars down many streets.

Christmas lights, Marais
The Marais...

We also visited the fun Rue Montorgueil neighborhood, which has emerged in the past few years as a very trendy and lively area. Its lights show off the street and its many restaurants.

Christmas lights, Rue Montorgueil
Rue Montorgueil...

And of course you want to see the Champs-Elysées, with its many decorated Christmas trees and street lights, topped by the Roue de Paris at the Place de la Concorde.

Christmas lights, Champs Elysées
The Champs-Elysées & Roue de Paris...

City of Lights? You bet!

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Christmas lights, Paris

Above, Festive lights near the Opéra, Paris.

Below, Gibert Jeune may be a bookstore, but at Christmas it is a waterfall of golden lights.

Christmas lights, Gibert Jeune, Paris

Christmas lights, Paris

Above, These lovely shooting stars greeted us near the Église Saint-Sulpice.

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Christmas lights, Paris

We could see these lights from the window of our rental apartment, near Rue Mouffetard.


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