Sprinkle Some Holiday Sparkle into your Paris Life

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Sprinkle Some Holiday Sparkle into your Paris Life

The magic of Paris is alive and well. After all, the City of Light puts on its best show during the holiday season.

From the ever-changing five-story holiday tree at Galeries Lafayette, to the artistic and child-pleasing windows everywhere (but especially at Printemps, BHV, Bon Marché, and Galeries Lafayette), to Christmas trees all over town adorned in various ornamental styles, to the many Marchés de Noël dotting the city—we are in holiday high gear.

The magic of the holidays. Photo © Meredith Mullins

The city even goes patriotic with the French tricolors blue, white, and red—the twinkling blue in St Germain, the fairyland forest of a thousand points of white light on Avenue Montaigne, and the subtle cascades of red on the Champs Elysées.

Holiday metro. Photo © Meredith Mullins

And when the Bûches de Noël arrive in the patisseries, the oyster stands line the streets, the tiny apartment-sized sapins stand proudly on the sidewalks waiting to be chosen, and the smell of roasting chestnuts fills the air, we know we’re getting close.

Happy Holidays to all.

Store windows for children and children-at-heart. Photo © Meredith Mullins

Ile Saint Louis. Photo © Meredith Mullins

Champs Elysées. Photo © Meredith Mullins

Galeries Lafayette. Photo © Meredith Mullins

Roasting chestnuts. Photo © Meredith Mullins

St Germain des Prés. Photo © Meredith Mullins

You know who. Photo © Meredith Mullins

Avenue Montaigne. Photo © Meredith Mullins

The underwater theme on Boulevard Haussmann. Photo © Meredith Mullins

Joyeux Noël. Photo © Meredith Mullins

Lead photo credit : Notre-Dame de Paris. Photo © Meredith Mullins

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Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and instructor based in Paris. Her work is held in private and museum collections in Europe and the U.S. and can be seen at www.meredithmullins.artspan.com or in her award-winning book "In A Paris Moment." She is a writer for OIC Moments and other travel and education publications.

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  • Nikolay Angelov
    2018-12-17 13:05:20
    Nikolay Angelov
    Really marvellous, what else could I say. Wish I was in Paris at this time. Merry Chrismas to you all. Nick Angelov, Bulgaria