Although it is hard to compete with the gigantically beautiful trees of the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan or even of the Alsatian city of Strasbourg, Paris has a lot to offer to Christmas trees passionates. Here is a list of our current favorites in the city of lights this December:
Place Vendôme, Paris I
The ever so chic neighborhood, home to many luxurious jewelry stores, boasts a large number of tall, simple, and elegant trees covered with white and blue lights. As Julia Ormond whispers to Harrison Ford in the 1995 remake of Sabrina: “Sometimes more is just more.” Hence the beauty of sobriety. You have till January 10, 2019 to see it.
Ritz Vendôme Hotel, Paris I
Just push the doors of the most famous Parisian palace-hotel for a quick peek at its Christmas tree: the majestic stairway is a sophisticated location to showcase their evergreen wrapped in big red bows, golden ornaments, and twinkling lights. A classic.
Louis Vuitton Vendôme, Paris I
All you need to do to see the most unconventional Parisian Christmas tree of the season is to look across the street. The Louis Vuitton façade adorns an incredible glittering weeping willow to match its holiday theme “Trees of the World” – don’t miss it!
Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris VII
Now, cross the river Seine and head over to the oldest department store in Paris, Le Bon Marché. Plain firs wrapped in tiny white lights are suspended in the air, reminding us again that “less is more” – but if you need a wide selection of colorful ornaments, go no further as the holiday department there can fulfill all your wishes…
Galeries Lafayette, Paris IX
It’s an event in itself every year. In 2018, the sparkling Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayette is sponsored by luxury jeweler Piaget and was inaugurated by French actress Jessica Chastain last November.
Frankly, there are too many beautiful Christmas trees and light decorations in Paris for us to show them all to you here. But if you are curious to see more, walk the Avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Elysées (if the Yellow Vests are gone), explore Bercy Village, stand by the Swedish tree in front of Notre-Dame, shop at Christmas markets in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, La Défense, or Les Tuileries garden, gaze at the animal light festival in the Jardin des Plantes… and let the twinkles fill your eyes!