Christmas shows in Paris and Ile-de-France

From November 16, 2012 to January 15, 2013
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Christmas shows in Paris and Ile-de-France 75000 Paris fr

Christmas lights


In Paris, illuminations highlight its historical monuments, from the Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées and the Rue de Rivoli.

Start from the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy, when night falls, the unique illuminations on the trees, made of coloured LED rings, whose light is reflected in mirrored medallions. Walk down the most beautiful avenue in the world!

A few metres down, still on the Champs-Elysées, is the Place de la Concorde, where one of the most exciting rides of the season is located: the Big Wheel! Perched at over 65m high, it offers a unique view of the Tuileries and the Louvre! Besides the Big Wheel stands the largest Christmas tree in Europe: 35 meters high! From December 6 to January 3.

Disneyland Paris

In Disneyland Paris, for its 20th anniversary, the celebrations will be even more spectacular. During the day, the snow falls repeatedly on the main thoroughfare, but as soon as the night falls, the lighting of the Christmas tree makes the children’s eyes light up before the magnificent Disney Dreams show starts, featuring all your favourite Disney characters and Santa Claus himself!

Christmas shows

Grand Palais in Paris

Why not dream of a pure white Christmas on the ice of the Grand Palais? From mid-December, the vast nave of the Grand Palais is transformed into a giant ice rink (the largest in France) and will host original events. Want to break the ice against breathtaking backdrops? Other ice rinks are also located on the forecourt of the Hôtel de ville, on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower and at the Trocadéro.

Châteaux de Breteuil and Vaux le Vicomte

Other magical places to discover: the chateaux of Breteuil and Vaux le Vicomte. Breteuil offers readings from Perrault's tales on Sundays in a setting created for the occasion, with visits to the illuminated gardens. Vaux le Vicomte is also adorned with thousands of lights and a wealth of sparkling decorations outside as well as in. It offers carousel rides on its forecourt and organizes a show about the Hunchback of Notre Dame in its outbuildings.

Centre des Monuments Nationaux

This festive season can also be an opportunity to learn while having fun! As every year, the Centre des monuments nationaux opens the doors of major historical sites in the Ile-de-France that visitors can discover through fairytale themes with the Contes et Histoires event. You can, for example, investigate in the heart of the Domaine de Saint-Cloud to find the architect of the chateau, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the same vein, with Rêve de Monuments, you can rediscover the Conciergerie and its Gothic vaults that host a wide range of exhibitions based on the subject of dreams.

Medieval town of Provins
December 15 and 16

More traditionally, the medieval town of Provins also celebrates Christmas on 15th and 16th December. Its medieval Christmas market takes you right into the Middle ages with blacksmiths, leather craftsmen, fire eaters, stilt walkers and goblins.

Fairground Art Museum in Paris
From December 26 to January 6, from 10am to 6pm

During the Christmas season, the Music Hall seizes the Fairground Art Museum! This art previously appeared on traveling carnivals in the second half of the 19th century.

Since 1996, the Pavilions de Bercy, timeless place dedicated to daydream, home to one of the largest private collections of art and objects of Forain show from 1850 to 1930. Released showcases museum, rides and treasures of Art Forain tell the story of their past and present, controllers and works come to life in this world of illusion staged.

Musée des Arts Forains – Pavillons de Bercy
53 avenue des Terroirs de France - Paris 12ème Métro Ligne 14 Station Cour St Émilion

Games and attractions, shows every half hour - Price: 12 €, reduced: 10 €

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