This is one of the most awaited Christmas events of the year: the inauguration of Galeries Lafayette Christmas tree and windows. This huge tree, suspended under the cupola of the Parisian department stores and decorated with thousands of lights and items makes children’s and adults’ eyes sparkle.
Where does this iconic tradition come from, what story hides behind this huge decorated tree adorning the Galeries Lafayette for Christmas? Let us tell you more about it.
Inauguration of the Christmas windows and tree 2021 at Paris Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
In Paris, Christmas magic takes over the Galeries Lafayette from Wednesday November 17, 2021. The lovely enchanted Christmas windows and giant trees are to be expected! This year, Omar and Hélène Sy, Louane and Leïla Bekhti are the faces of the Galeries Lafayette festivities. [Read more]
Galeries Lafayette’s first Christmas celebrations started in 1912 with lights on the façade of the stores, quickly followed by festive decorations in the famous windows. Only years later, the first Christmas tree is set within the store. This tree will grow and magnificent decorations adorning it will grow until they reach today’s fame.
On their website, the retail chain tells the story of this tree. “The Christmas celebrations started in 1920 with the annual internal Christmas party. The employees were invited, with their children, to come and enjoy an on-stage show and admire the Christmas tree, both of which were placed just in front of the stately staircase, under the beautiful dome”.
This moment must have been so appreciated the Galeries Lafayette have decided to renew the experience the following years, transforming this internal and discreet celebration in a major event attracting crowds from all over the world.
Christmas decorations have been systematically changing since 1945 to suit a special theme: designers and artists are entrusted with inventing new decors to amaze clients. Among them: Raymond Peynet, Albert Dubout, Jean Effel, Pierre Pothier…
The Galeries Lafayette remembers a few special trees that marked their history: