Paris Sparkles for the Holiday Season: A Photo Essay

Paris Sparkles for the Holiday Season: A Photo Essay
Twinkling lights. Animated store windows. Marchés de Noël. Luxury goods interwoven with holiday haute design. Pop-up villages and fairs, with shopping huts, festive food, and things to ride, slide down, and climb. Paris hotels dress for the occasion. Photo © Meredith Mullins. Bottomless vin chaud. Bundles of fir trees waiting patiently in the streets for a home. Smells of roasting chestnuts. Bustling holiday energy. The City of Light always lives up to its name, especially during the holidays. Holiday sparkles make iconic monuments even more enchanting. Photo © Meredith Mullins. The Big Five The first hint of the holiday season arrives in the windows of the major department stores: Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché, Samaritaine, and the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV). Santa arrives early, weeks before Thanksgiving. Photo © Meredith Mullins. The thematic decorations are launched by celebrity guests long before Thanksgiving — everyone anxious to start the spirit of the season early. The elaborate window creations capture the imagination of shoppers and passersby as, each year, they tell a new creative story. The circus comes to town at Printemps. Photo © Meredith Mullins. Printemps The young and the young-at-heart cluster around the dancing windows of Printemps on Boulevard Haussmann. A circus theme reveals characters of all species, acrobats, aerialists, tightrope walkers, trapeze artists, and clowns.

Lead photo credit : 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 or in her award-winning book "In A Paris Moment." (If you’re in Paris, a few rare, signed copies are available at Shakespeare and Company and Red Wheelbarrow.) She is a writer for OIC Moments and other travel and education publications.