Christmas in Paris: Festive Shopping Past & Present

Duration: 2 hours
Destination: France, Île-de-France, Paris
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  • 2 hours
  • Paris
  • E-Voucher
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  • Cancellable

Overview

Join a local Parisian guide and discover the delights of Christmas in Paris. Explore the charming covered passages, full of tiny boutiques and cafés, where chic Parisians have been shopping since the early 19th century. See the famous displays at the ‘Grands Magasins’, where children come every year to marvel at the fantastical windows, and discover the delights of French gastronomy at this most gourmet time of year!

Itinerary
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Stop At: Le Charme Parisien Des Passages Couverts, 75001 Paris France

Your guide will first take you on a journey away from the crowded shopping streets and into a more hidden side of the city, where Parisians would shop in what were the precursors of today’s shopping malls. Discover elegant passages, once lit by some of the first electric or gas lighting in the city, richly decorated and today still home to charming boutiques and brasseries as they were then, with café tables spilling out into the passageways. Covered with glass roofs to avoid the winter weather, they are the perfect place to explore during the holiday season.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jardin du Palais Royal, 6 rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris France

See the beautiful - and extremely fashionable - Palais Royal, its arcades full of history, and also of chic stores and bijou pastry shops!

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Palais Garnier, Place de l_Opera entrance at the corner of Scribe and Auber streets, 75009 Paris France

You will also pass by the magnificent Opera Garnier, and hear the story of its infamous Phantom.

Stop At: Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris France

Then it’s back onto the bustling Parisian boulevards, as we visit the Galeries Lafayette, one of the most splendid old department stores in Paris, renowned for its dazzling glass dome, and the imaginative and often spectacular Christmas tree that is installed under it each year. French children come here to gaze at the wonderful window displays - join them and be enchanted by the holiday magic!

End your tour at a fine gourmet food store, where you will be able to see, taste and buy all sorts of typical French Christmas delicacies, both sweet and savory. Join the locals as they shop for their festive tables, and immerse yourself in a truly Parisian holiday season.  

Duration: 20 minutes

Inclusions
  • Guided 2 hour walking tour
  • Expert, fully accredited English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer

Exclusions
  • Hotel pick up/drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour includes a reasonable amount of walking. Please ensure you wear comfortable shoes.
  • Infants aged 0-3 years are free of charge and do not require a booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Departure Point

Place Colette, Galerie du Théatre Français, 75001 Paris, France


Return Details

35 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France

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Duration

2 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 10 Jan 2020 -

Lililee J

Guide was very knowledgeable and presented an interesting look at how merchandising and shops have evolved in Paris since the early 18th century. Great walking tour.

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