I dream of living in Paris! I would especially love to have Christmas in Paris – it looks magical. If you are lucky enough to be heading over this Christmas the experts from leading French tour company Paris On The Way has put together a list of the top five fun-filled activities for Aussie kids coming to Paris this winter. So pull on your woollies, wrap up snug and enjoy:
The Champs-Elysées Christmas Village
160 authentic chalets (made in Vosges) line the Champs-Elysées, with a giant Ferris Wheel in Place de la Concorde and a charming ice rink. Kids can also enjoy a real festive treat at the Christmas grotto-esque markets – the twinkling fairy lights create a magical ambience.
Explore and keep warm in the world’s best museums – Paris On The Way offers France’s best educational ‘scavenger hunts’ in the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. Each hunt comes complete with an enthralling workbook for the kids which helps them to learn as they have fun discovering Parisian treasures.
Parisian department store Christmas windows
Paris On The Way recommends Printemps (64 Boulevard Haussman, 75009), Galeries Lafayette (40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009), Bon Marché Rive Gauche (24 rue de Sevres, 75007) and BHV Marais (52 rue de Rivoli, 75004).
Ice skating on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower
Christmas in Paris wouldn’t be complete without ice skating with a view over Paris, 57 metres in the air! Entry to the ice skating rink is free with your Eiffel Tower ticket but beware that the crowds can be big on a Saturday so aim for a weekday visit. Open 1st Dec 2016- 31st Jan 2017.
Rug up and take the kids to Village de Noël de Montmartre – In front of Sacré Cœur Basilica: 10am-8:30pm (Monday–
It is worth remembering too that Paris is actually quite unusual in that it doesn’t close down at Christmas. You can still use public transport on Christmas Day as well as eat in many of the restaurants, got to cafes, the movies and there are even some key attractions that remain open.
For more information visit www.parisontheway.com