December is such a beautiful month in Paris! Exactly as you are expecting it!
How do you like it ?
gourmet, enchanting, cheery, festive, sportive, magical, musical … and of course commercial!
Féérique (enchanting) : yes, it is Christmas time, but you may to be not very “enchanté” (excited) about the Parisian “Marchés de Noël”that are very very commercial … Why not go to Nancy and enjoy its famous Saint Nicolas day on December 6th, or visit another very nice Christmas markets in Alsace during the weekends of December?
Gourmand (gourmet) : it is the month of the “gourmandise”. If you would prefer not to shop in the main stores, this 2nd Noël gourmand at Palais Brongniard during the last weekend before Christmas is perfect you : there you will find all you need : chocolates, champagne, cheese, foie gras, sea food … coming from all over France to let you prepare a real Christmas meal like a French !
Gai (cherry) : Don’t miss Sonia Delaunay’s exhibition at Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris : fantastic colors which give an air of “gaité” to this month of winter!
Festif et sportif (festive and sportive): Yes, definitively, that’s the Paris you will experience while skating among Parisians under the wonderful roof of the Grand Palais
magique (magic): Sure, everywhere you will enjoy fabulous shop windows, but don’t you think like I do that magical suits very well to crystal? Baccarat celebrates its 250th birthday in the Petit Palais through a “magical” exhibition!
musical : Christmas concerts everywhere, and many of them for free. Unfortunately St Eustache organ is in repair, so I will suggest you to go to Notre Dame if you are looking for organ music.