Original Christmas gift 2023, ideas for unusual experiences in Paris and the Paris Region

Published by La Rédac · Published on October 11th, 2023 at 02:11 p.m.
Looking for an original gift idea for Christmas 2023? Why not give the gift of an unusual experience in Paris and the Ile-de-France region? Here are a few ideas to suit all tastes and surprise your loved ones at the same time!

Christmas is fast approaching, and you're hard-pressed to find an unusual gift for your loved ones. But what if we told you that we had some ideas to surprise them while promising them a wonderful time? Yes, a gift doesn't have to be material. Sometimes, you can make a lasting impression simply by offering a wonderful moment that will leave a lasting memory for the person who enjoys it!

So this Christmas, we've put together a selection of unusual concepts to offer your loved ones an original experience. Paris and the Ile-de-France region are bursting at the seams with unusual and crazy plans that you'd never expect! What's more, there's no need to worry about running out of stock: these ideas for holiday gifts are often available as gift cards, so you can always find last-minute plans!

So what unusual experiences in Paris and the Ile-de-France region can you offer for an original Christmas gift? Find them all in the selection below! Please note that this guide is updated as we make new discoveries, so don't hesitate to consult it regularly until you find what you're looking for!

Christmas gift 2023: ideas for unusual experiences in Paris and the Ile-de-France region

Le Musée de l'illusion de Paris , la sortie incontournable de l'été !Le Musée de l'illusion de Paris , la sortie incontournable de l'été !Le Musée de l'illusion de Paris , la sortie incontournable de l'été !Le Musée de l'illusion de Paris , la sortie incontournable de l'été ! The Paris Museum of Illusion, a must-see this summer!
Sponsored - The Musée de l'illusion, located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris in the Châtelet les Halles district, welcomes you, your family and friends all summer long. Come and cool off in its air-conditioned space, and get ready for a unique and exciting experience as you plunge into the fascinating world of illusion, where all your senses will be turned upside down... [Read more]

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Sponsored - Looking for a fun activity with friends or family? VirtualTime offers over 60 Games, Escape Games and VR Experiences at its 3 Paris centers, open 7 days a week from 11am! Swim with whales, climb Everest, explore the solar system, fight Rocky in a ring, take out a horde of hungry zombies... the choice is yours! [Read more]

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Under the Sea is the name of the first immersive restaurant in Paris. An unusual and affordable concept imagined by the Ephemera group. Head to the 13th arrondissement in the heart of a hidden room of the MK2 Bibliothèque for an original experience during a meal. [Read more]

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Every year, the Jardin des Plantes Festival of Lights presents a nocturnal light walk in homage to nature! Gigantic statues of animals and plants illuminated at dusk take over the site. The festival returns again this year for a 5th edition in winter 2023-2024, this time taking us to the middle of the rainforests. Introducing the Jungle of Illumination. See you from November 22, 2023 to January 21, 2024. [Read more]

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How about surfing in the heart of Paris? The first indoor static wave sports complex awaits you in the capital's 15th arrondissement. A unique new venue, where you can experience unprecedented sliding sensations on flowboard and bodyboard boards, a mix of surf, snowboard and skateboard. [Read more]

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Thoiry Lumières Sauvages returns from October 29, 2023 to March 11, 2024, with a new, even more enchanting itinerary. This year, almost 500 new Chinese lanterns will illuminate the gardens of the Château de Thoiry for a magical stroll in the heart of nature, with Asia as the theme. [Read more]

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After its first boutique-atelier in Lyon, Maison Laugier has arrived in Paris! In this spot dedicated to haute-parfumerie, you'll discover a line of niche perfumes, but above all you'll come to create your own fragrance. [Read more]

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Calling all racing fans: an unusual karting track is coming to the Paris region. Battlekart, a promising concept, has been waiting for us at Paris Nord Villepinte since early May 2022. On the program: a crazy race in which you challenge your friends, throwing bonuses to slow them down like in Mario Kart, or playing a game of soccer like in Rocket League... We've tested it, and we'll tell you all about it! [Read more]

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Beer lovers, here's a wellness concept that's sure to please! In Paris, the Beer Spa is the first address in the capital to offer "beer baths". And if you're wondering, yes, you can also toast during your relaxation session. Want to try it? We've got a promo code for you! [Read more]

Spa Luxury Paris, un moment de détente immersif dans des décors de rêveSpa Luxury Paris, un moment de détente immersif dans des décors de rêveSpa Luxury Paris, un moment de détente immersif dans des décors de rêveSpa Luxury Paris, un moment de détente immersif dans des décors de rêve Spa Luxury Paris, an immersive relaxing moment in a dreamy setting
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The Dragons and Lanterns Festival continues until March 3, 2024. We're off to the Jardin d'Acclimatation to discover the grandiose lanterns and light structures of Shanghai's Yuyuan Garden. An experience never before seen in Europe, where dragons and fantastical creatures come to life along a family-friendly nocturnal stroll, fusing Chinese culture with the soul of Paris for an unforgettable spectacle. A winter wonderland that lights up the park. [Read more]

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In a fluorescent decor, enjoy cocktails while working on your creative mind, at the Neon Brush workshops, coming to the 10th arrondissement of Paris in March 2024. [Read more]

Fort Boyard Aventures, notre test de l'action game comme à la tv à BrétignyFort Boyard Aventures, notre test de l'action game comme à la tv à BrétignyFort Boyard Aventures, notre test de l'action game comme à la tv à BrétignyFort Boyard Aventures, notre test de l'action game comme à la tv à Brétigny Fort Boyard Aventures: our test of the TV-style action game in Essonne
Have you always dreamed of playing Fort Boyard? Otium Leisure offers an action game in the spirit of Père Fouras, Fort Boyard Aventures, at Brétigny in Essonne, just 30 minutes from Paris. We've tested it, and we'll tell you all about it! [Read more]

Le Crime de l'Orient Express, l'escape game de chez The One Escape où le tueur se cache parmi vousLe Crime de l'Orient Express, l'escape game de chez The One Escape où le tueur se cache parmi vousLe Crime de l'Orient Express, l'escape game de chez The One Escape où le tueur se cache parmi vousLe Crime de l'Orient Express, l'escape game de chez The One Escape où le tueur se cache parmi vous Le Crime de l'Orient Express, the escape game/Murder Mystery at The One Escape
Fans of escape games and Agatha Christie novels will want to check out Le Crime de l'Orient Express, an escape game by The One Escape that plunges you into the heart of a murder on the legendary train... except that one of you is the criminal! Except that one of you is the criminal! [Read more]

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Since September 6, 2023, The Edge, a virtual reality center in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, has been offering its very first new and innovative VR experience, Ganymede. For around 45 minutes, solve riddles on a space base and try to escape from it! Book now for a trip into space! [Read more]

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Romantic immersion for the 15th anniversary of "Twilight" at the Salle Pleyel on February 17, 2024! This first post-Valentine's Day weekend, (re)discover the film "Twilight - Chapter 1: Fascination" in cine-concert at one of Paris' most majestic venues. A great last-minute gift idea for your Valentine! [Read more]

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Discover "Vive les Mariés", the immersive theater experience that combines comedy and upscale dining in a sumptuous setting. Join this culinary and artistic adventure in the heart of Paris's 10th arrondissement, at Le Tesoro d'Italia-Paradis restaurant on weekends for a special dinner on Saturdays from February 17, and on Sundays from February 4, 2024 for aperitivo formulas. We've tried it, we'll tell you! [Read more]

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