Christmas in Paris on the Champs-Elysées
13 October 2017
Christmas Magic with a Four-Star Festive Stay with Amarante Champs-Elysées
This winter, The City of Light becomes The City of Fairylights as Christmas arrives in the capital - bringing with it an influx of Christmas Markets, classical concerts, and the world’s most famous landmark, as it’s illuminated for the festive season! All of which is happening mere minutes from Amarante Champs-Elysées.
Champs-Elysées Christmas Market
15th November – 4th January
Situated just steps from Amarante Champs-Elysées lies the world’s most beautiful boulevard, which outdoes even itself at Christmas when hundreds of Christmas Trees and thousands of twinkling lights align the length of the Champs-Elysées. But this festive façade is just a foreword to the magic that awaits within.
Above all, entertainment abounds at the Champs-Elysées Christmas Market, where children will find no-end of fun in the everchanging lineup of free festive shows, ice-skating at the huge ice rink, and of course visits to Père Noël (Father Christmas) in his charming wooden Grotto. But that’s not to say adults can’t have fun too! A favourite pastime for young and old alike is to admire Paris from 230 ft. up in the air, courtesy of the Big Wheel at Place de la Concorde.
After all that excitement, skating, soaring and sitting (on Santa’s knee) you will likely be in need of some replenishment. Fortunately, Champs-Elysées is something of a foodie’s delight - where traditional flavours of a French Noël are afforded by foie gras, roasted chestnuts, raclette, and tartiflette; with year-round favourites like oysters, caviar, and truffles enjoyed even more so than usual, during winter. All of this can of course be washed down with a complementing vino - either of the hot or cold variety!
For a keepsake of your Champs-Elysées Christmas experience, look no further than the welcoming wooden chalets which align the avenue - where hundreds of artisans make their home, selling all manner of stocking fillers from traditional toys and nostalgia inducing trinkets, to delicate handmade decorations.
Christmas Concerts at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Located a leisurely 10 minute stroll from Amarante Champs-Elysées, upon arrival at the famous Théâtre des Champs-Elysées you will instantly be struck by its beautiful, bold, concrete and marble façade. But once inside, prepare to be submersed in magnificent interiors and comfortable surroundings - which are only heightened during a classical music performance.
Not to be missed over the festive season is Radio Classique, as Oliver Bellamy leads proceedings for the ever popular Grand Concert de Noël on the 19th and 20th December - where the splendour of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Republican Guard, will combine harmoniously with the Choir of the French Army and Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine!
On the enchanting evenings, expect to hear the likes of Rimsky-Korsakov, Brahms, Handel, and of course Tchaikovsky, as the masters are reimagined to deliver classic sounds of Christmas. The majestic melodies of which are only enhanced by the venue, with Ravel once writing to Stravinsky that “the acoustics of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées are so perfect that you can even hear the refinement of Berlioz’s harmonies”.
But even if you can’t make it to these magical evenings of music, fret not. Radio Classique’s Christmas Concert is but one performance taking place at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées over the festive season! See here for a full classical concert and theatre schedule.
Explore the Eiffel Tower at Christmas
Reachable in just 7 minutes from Amarante Champs-Elysées, no Paris itinerary is complete without a visit to the world’s most iconic landmark - and nowhere more so than at Christmas, when the Eiffel Tower packs plenty of seasonal surprises!
Standing 300m tall, an illuminated Eiffel Tower cuts a domineering figure at night, especially during Noël; but a journey to its summit unveils the best views in Paris, as a picturesque patchwork twinkles perfectly below. Braver visitors can also walk along the glass floor on the first level, stationed 57 metres above Paris; but for those who prefer their views without potential bouts of vertigo, feel free to raise a glass in the Champagne Bar!
Back on the ground, the foot of the immense iron edifice also houses plenty of festive offerings, in the adjacent Christmas Markets of Trocadéro and Quai Branly. In particular, festive fun awaits at Trocadéro - with giant igloos, lifesize snowmen, and an outdoor ice rink on hand to amuse all ages.
Across the bridge (Pont de l'Alma) at Quai Branly, is where you’ll find delicious gourmet delights like roasted chestnuts, raclette, slowcooked hams, and tartiflette - a warming winter dish made of potato, lardons, onion and cheese.
Book a Four-Star Festive Stay with Amarante Champs-Elysées
Are you planning a seasonal soirée to Paris? Join us at Amarante Champs-Elysées and prepare to immerse yourself in the heart of Paris’ festive fun, this Christmas. See our exclusive range of winter offers & packages and book your stay today!
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