Every year, for the Holidays, Paris is covered in lights with beautiful Christmas lights. The night seems sweeter, streets merrier despite the cold and rain.
Star shower, twinkling lights, light garlands, shimmering trees and multicolored Christmas tree bulbs enliven over 150 streets and 70 neighborhoods in Paris from the Champs-Elysées to Montmartre without forgetting the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Avenue des Gobelins, Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine, Bercy Village… A magical décor for a gleaming Christmas! Have some hot chocolate, eat some waffles on the streets while enjoying the light shows.
But this year, the lockdown set until at least December 1, 2020, changes everything. Some organizers are cancelling the lights. Others keep them, even though it will not be possible to see them by ourselves in November. They all bet on a lockdown-free December and have decided to set up their decorations, mostly paid by the city.
According to Paris deputy mayor entrusted with sores Olivia Polski: "Of course there will be lights in Paris during the holidays, but this year, we have to reconcile with a double-imperative: offering Parisians a festive - even magical - Christmas, while complying with the health guidelines".
In the meantime, here is the best Christmas lights 2020 in Paris:
Christmas lights 2020 on Paris Champs-Elysées online, with Louane, pictures
Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysées have been launched on November 22, 2020 with French singer Louane as this year's sponsor! Despite lockdown, the world's most beautiful avenue will sparkle with light strings and stream live on the Internet and social networks. Symbolically speaking, Parisians accompanied Louane to launch the lights.
A giant hot-air balloon in Paris Faubourg St Honoré for the 2020 Christmas lights
Christmas is just around the corner and Faubourg St Honoré is about to sparkle despite lockdown. The lights have been digitally inaugurated on November 19, 2020 and revealed a magnificent giant hot-air balloon that is for sure Insta-worthy. Feel like taking a picture aboard this magical and sparkling hot-air balloon? It is time to make the most of it.
Christmas at Bercy Village 2020: umbrellas to fill the sky
For its Christmas lights 2020, Bercy Village provides us with an alley of sparkling umbrellas by Patricia Cunha. The famous designer - famous for her streets of colorful umbrellas - take over the open-air shopping mall from November 12, 2020 to January 17, 2021. And for children's greatest joy, a 11-m tall Christmas tree covered in umbrellas will be erected as well.
Paris Place Vendôme Christmas lights 2020
For the Holidays 2020, the Comité Vendôme offers us Christmas lights on the Place Vendôme. Meet from November 19 to see four 10-m tall Christmas trees and 160 others - and smaller - placed in front of stores be lit. A rather dull meeting France being on lockdown until December 1.
And for even more Christmas magic, do not forget department stores Christmas windows that are always more inventive to make children’s and adults’ eyes sparkle. Without forgetting Christmas markets for strolls as magical as delicious…
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