With Christmas just round the corner, could you be looking for a xmas break? This guest post tells you the festive joys of Paris and London!
While cities like Paris and London are fascinating all throughout the year, they become even more enchanting and beautiful during the holidays. With grandiose celebrations, festive decorations and a jubilant spirit that fills the air, why not travel to France or nearby countries for an unforgettable Christmas?
Christmas may just be the most romantic time to visit Paris. The City of Lights shines even brighter during the holidays. As the festive decorations grace centuries old facades and dazzling lights adorn the trees-lined streets, the Eiffel Tower stands tall and sparkling – serving as the perfect backdrop against the nighttime skyline.
While the prominent attractions are incredible to see and tour during the day, they transform at night. In addition to the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, bridges and pathways are also illuminated during the holidays. To take in the breathtaking views of the Parisian cityscape, take an evening stroll along the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower or go for a ride on the Ferris wheel. For the most stunning views take a leisurely cruise down the Seine River.
Paris boasts great markets and shopping during Christmas. Stop by the big department stores, like Galeries Lafayette, to check out the magnificent displays. In December, the notorious Marché de Noel, or market, is the best place for shopping. The streets are lined with wooden chalets full of artisan crafts and holiday goods.
Save some time for indulging in the delectable cuisine. Traditionally, oysters are first served as an appetizer, and then duck or beef are included in the main course. While there are several other tasty treats like French macaroons and chocolates, the main desert is the Buche de Noel, or Yule Log. After all the eating, take time to relax by skating in one of the several temporary ice rinks.
Paris during Christmas is magical, but so too is London. To truly experience the best the holidays in Europe, split your time in various cities. The diverse culture and deeply rooted traditions of England make for fun and fascinating trip.
Much like Paris, large decorations and light displays fill the city streets. The Oxford Street Christmas lights, which are some of the most impressive in Europe, and are a must see. And, while everyone stays in on Christmas day, the adventurous head out to take a chilling dip in the freezing Serpentine Lake.
In The days surrounding the 25th, there are plenty of shows and diversions. Kids and the young at heart will enjoy the Christmas themed shows such as “Hansel and Gretel” or the extremely popular pantomime shows like the “Aladdin: A Wish Come True.”
However, Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, is perhaps the most exciting. Shopaholics can hit Oxford Street and save big on all the holiday sales. For the sports fanatics, there is the annual King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.
After spending Christmas in Europe this year, it’s likely that you’ll want to make going abroad for the holidays a new tradition.