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Christmas

Christmas in Paris: Eiffel Tower Ice Skating, Disneyland & Carousels!

Paris; not only the most romantic city in the world, but also the city of lights. The stunning city adds even more lightbulbs to its’ belt to spread festive cheer but there is more to do than just watch the twinkles…

What would Paris be without the Eiffel Tower? Well at Christmas this special structure becomes even more magical as an ice rink is open on the 1st floor.patinoire_tour_eiffel_2015-2016__elivinec-sete_03-1

Fifty-seven metres above ground you are even able to skate to your heart’s content. You are even attend beginner ice-hockey lessons and peruse food and mulled wine stalls to fuel your winter wizz-around! Best of all this activity is included in the Eiffel Tower admittance price which is around €3-25! A cheap at chips experience that you are sure to remember. Chances are you were already planning to visit the Iron Lady during your trip to Paris so you might as well enjoy this fabulous included extra. Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is even open on Christmas Day?! Perhaps Paris should steal the title of ‘the city that never sleeps’ from New York as many of Paris’ biggest attractions remain open on Christmas Day.

Paris has many, many Christmas markets to satisfy your need for last-minute gifts or international cuisine all around the most famous monuments such as Notre Dame and underneath the Eiffel Tower. If you venture a little out of the centre into the business district of la Défense you can find the biggest market of its’ kind in Paris, scenically placed undeneath the Grande Arche de la Défense monument.

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The market has over 300 stalls with an area dedicated to purely French creations for true  authenticity. This market offers so much choice with a wide range of festive treats from local food produce, wreaths to art and crafts. Visit at night to see the lights of the market mix with the surrounding sky scrapers and then you will understand why this is the city of lights.

Could we really talk about spending Christmas in Paris without mentioning Disneyland?

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In addition to the usual glitzy displays such as the Christmas parades and the Frozen sing-a-long sessions (every parent’s dream way to spend an evening!) there are two NEW events for this year’s Christmas Disney celebrations. Over at the Disney Studios Park Goofy’s Incredible Christmas will be making its’ debut this Christmas. Using mapping technology and special effects, much like the light shows that light up the Sleeping Beauty castle, the legendary Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will be transformed to tell the story of Christmas with the help of Goofy. This show is sure to wow spectators of all ages. During the day, at the foot of the Hollywood Tower, there will be another new feature of the Disney Christmas schedule called Sing Me A Merry Christmas! Several times throughout the day a huge musical production will take place with everyone’s favourite characters all involved and best of all the audience have the chance to take the stage too. Good luck dragging us off the stage, Mickey!

If the rides at Disneyland haven’t left you too dizzy, you should take a merry spin on a traditional Parisian carousel. There are so many to choose from around the festive period and it’s such a great way to revisit your childhood.

img_20160518_003136The carousel at Trocadero is a beauty; in a prime location next to the Warsaw Fountain and decorated with stunning traditional Paris sights. Hotel de Ville Carousel is very similar to the Trocadero Carousel but with even more lights that look amazing at night and there is of course the obvious choice spinning just below the Eiffel Tower. Which is your favourite?

Finding free things to do in an expensive city like Paris is surprisingly easy because there are so many sights to gander. The city of lights does not disappoint during the festive season and you cannot miss an evening stroll through Champs-Elysées. Over 200,000 lights decorate the famous avenue and don’t forget the brilliant Christmas market too – although expect crowds!

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The Arc De Triomphe (WARNING: the stairs are a nightmare!), theatres, cafes and so many other Parisian delights can be found here – they say it is the most famous boulevard in the world and perhaps one of the most beautiful too.

We hope you have enjoyed our Christmasy journey of the top three cities in the world – which would you most like to spend Christmas in? Let us know Vixens…

Happy Holidays!

VVHQ x