Five Reasons to Visit Paris in the Winter
Despite the cooler temperatures, Paris is still buzzing with events, festivities and and incredible seasonal meals during the winter. If you're thinking about visiting Paris in the winter, we've put together a little list of some of the ways you can enjoy the City of Lights during one of the most magical times of the year. Keep following us on social media to stay updated with specific details and events on each of the points mentioned!
- Indulge in all of the seasonal French food and drinks only available during the winter seasons.
Enjoy a nice glass of vin chaud (hot wine) under the heaters on a Parisian terrace or a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau. Every November marks the release date for the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau wine. Restaurants and festivals celebrate the release of the new vintage all throughout France and Paris hosts some amazing tasting opportunities. In addition to these holiday drinks, you can have some meals and special treats, such as raclette and Bûche de Noel, that are specially made for the winter season.
- Go Ice Skating
What’s more magical than a night out skating with a loved one or family in the City of Light? From around November until January a couple different patinoires (ice rinks) open around the city. The locations vary from year to year so be sure to follow us for updates for 2019.
- Take a cooking class
Do you want to learn how to create all of the special holiday recipes that you’ve tasted during your trip to be able to bring them home with you? This time of year is perfect for taking a private cooking class in a cozy Parisian apartment! Learn special techniques so you can prepare your French favorites anywhere you go.
- Christmas markets, festivals, and salons
Winter in Paris truly is a wonderland of markets, festivals, and salons! Taste all the best chocolate at Salon du Chocolat, enjoy festive performances at Festival du Merveilleux or find unique gifts and food at the Parisian Christmas Markets. There are numerous activities within the city and we will keep you updated about all of our favorites!
- Lights and Displays
Expert interior designers and craftsmen create the most extravagant window displays for the holidays. You can find the most popular displays at Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché, BHV, and Printemps Haussmann, but there are countless others around the city. Bundle up and take a stroll through the streets of Paris and discover all of these dreamy displays. Most major streets and side streets also have beautiful, sparkling light displays.