Ah, Paris in December – could there be anything better than getting bundled up and enjoying a glass of vin chaud with friends? I mean, I could do without the cold and wind, but this truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and I can’t wait to have a few days off to enjoy everything that Paris has to offer.
So, what’s on my list?
First things first – skating everywhere
Last year was the first time I saw anything about Le Grand Palais des Glaces, and I’ve been waiting impatiently since then to lace up my skates and take to the ice in the most beautiful rink I’ve ever seen (online, I’ll leave final judgement to my eyes this month!).
I’m also dying to check out the rinks at La Tour Eiffel and on top of Galeries Lafayette. My favourite activity at all the beautiful spots in this city? Sold.
Christmas lights and frantic shopping
I’ve yet to see all the lights in person yet, but I can’t wait to stroll down the Champs Elysées with all the other shoppers. I actually hate crowds, but there’s something about the fact that its holiday shopping – I hope done with love – that makes it all seem worth it.
I’ve already been enjoying the windows at BHV, and there are some cute little stalls available outside – Pierre Marcolini before a bout of shopping? Oui, s’il vous plait!
And I’ll definitely be stopping by Galeries Lafayette to see the Christmas tree, I can’t resist! Paris in December – especially window shopping – is so ridiculously beautiful.
Christmas Markets – Le Marché de Noël Nordique
Since I can’t be in Sweden with my family in Sweden for Christmas, this market seems like it’s the next best thing. I’ll be able to grab some of my favourite Swedish snacks and have a bit of glogg while we’re there! The only thing to make it better would be some snow.
Try as many restos on our list as possible
Since we don’t have any family coming into town, we are truly responsible for our own fun, and there’s not much we love more than finding a good place to eat. Our restaurant list is now 60-long at this point, so we may as well get cracking while we have some time off. All that skating will be necessary after these restaurant visits.
Walk and play!
I’ve had so much fun experimenting with my cameras again, and I already know that I’ll be on the receiving end of an amazing gift from my parents – their original film camera that took all of our family photos growing up. I’m excited to walk around and start creating our own family album that we can look back on in a few years.
What’s on your Paris Christmas list?