Paris Christmas Markets and Illuminations

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This is another difficult post to write, as again recent events stop me from wholly embracing the usual Christmas spirit and heading for the wonderful Parisian Christmas markets this weekend.
I did however, go to the theatre in the city centre to watch a wonderful performance of ‘Cats’ and this was enough excitement for one week – maybe next week I will muster up the courage to go to the markets. With that said, it is a good job that I took some photographs when I was there last year…….

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Christmas market on the Champs Elysees last year

There are quite a few Christmas markets dotted around Paris, but the two main ones are at La Defence (The largest) and on the lower end of the Champs Elysees (most picturesque)
There is also a fair sized market at the foot of the Montparnasse tower and a small one at St Germain des Pres. I usually visit at least two of these each year (sometimes all four!)



The two larger ones also have a lot of places selling traditional snacks such as crepes ad vin chaud along with less traditional fayre such as hot dogs and French fries, but in the main they are very traditional and there is a good variety of artisan and traditional products and the markets are a great place to buy Christmas presents.

The city herself is also lit up, notably along the upper end of the Champs Elysees and the ‘Grand Magasins’ with their wonderful window displays. This year ‘Galleries Lafayette’ have adopted a rather ‘un Christmassy’ Stars Wars theme.

Galleries Layfayete and last years inverted Christmas tree!


This year’s Star Wars windows


No recipe with this post as my next intended post is of a traditional British Christmas Cake, so that’s going to take a bit of time putting together.

I hope that you enjoy the photos, and hope to see you all here in Paris for the Christmas markets in safer times.

Peace be with you




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