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 are 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.
Christmas lights Place de la Concorde, the Obelisk, snow and Christmas trees
The Place de la Concorde and the Obelisk are getting festive from December 4, 2020 to January 3, 2021 to celebrate the Holidays. As a matter of fact, the famous and iconic monument in Paris is adorned in blue for the Holidays and gets surrounded by a forest of fir trees.
Christmas village and market 2020 in front of Paris City Hall, pictures
For Christmas celebrations 2020, the city of Paris once again sets up a Christmas village in front of the City Hall including a mini-Christmas market and free entertainments from December 11, 2020 to January 3, 2021. This year, magic is coming with special decorations on the façade of the Hôtel de Ville.
Christmas lights and trees at Paris Place de la Bastille
The Holidays are coming to Paris Place de la Bastille. From December 11, 2020 to January 3, 2021, the famous square in Eastern Paris is lit with Christmas colors and adorned with an enchanted fir tree forest, as well as a light show played on the Colonne de Juillet.
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 lights at Bercy Village 2020
For its Christmas lights 2020, Bercy Village planned to provide us with an alley of sparkling umbrellas by Patricia Cunha. The famous designer - famous for her streets of colorful umbrellas - was to take over the open-air shopping mall from November 12, 2020 to January 17, 2021. The umbrellas will be ultimately set in 2021, but please note a big Christmas tree enlivens the famous shopping street.
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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