The French really love their Christmas traditions—from swags of lights strung across the avenues to mulled wine stalls and Christmas markets, they always pull out all the stops. Even during a pandemic, it’s hard not to feel the spirit of the season while walking about town. Since many of you can’t come to Paris this year, these photos taken around the city, will bring Paris at Christmastime to you.


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Rue Castiglione looking toward Place Vendôme. This area has some of the most elegant shops in Paris. ©Lisa Anselmo
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Louis Vuitton, Place Vendôme. ©Lisa Anselmo
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Place Vendôme. ©Lisa Anselmo
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Chaumet, one of the luxury shops on Place Vendôme. In this image you can glimpse the elegant apartments this square is famous for. Once private residences, these are now mostly offices, with the exception of The Hotel Ritz.
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The venerable Hotel Maurice, Rue de Rivoli. ©Lisa Anselmo
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Parisian florists have exceptional displays any time of year, but never more so than at Christmas. This florist on Avenue Ledru Rollin in the 12th arrondissement is outstanding. ©Lisa Anselmo
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It’s not Christmas without hot mulled wine, or vin chaud, and even though cafés and many Christmas markets are closed this year, cafés are still doing takeaway cheer, like this café in Les Halles. ©Lisa Anselmo
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The tree at Les Halles under the new canape. ©Lisa Anselmo
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Extraordinary sound and light show at Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), with animated snow falling on the façade of the building. The plaza was transformed into a festive forest. ©Lisa Anselmo
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Hôtel de Ville. ©Lisa Anselmo
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A child admiring the animated windows of Galeries Lafayette © Lisa Anselmo
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Even the gourmet market at Galeries Lafayette puts you in the holiday mood. ©Lisa Anselmo
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The tree at Galeries Lafayette presides over the holiday shoppers. ©Lisa Anselmo
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Merry Christmas! ©Lisa Anselmo

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