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Paris: Open-Top Christmas Bus Tour

1. Paris: Open-Top Christmas Bus Tour

Let yourself be carried away by the magic and romance of Paris from the open top of an electric green bus. Pass by Opera, Place Vendôme, Concorde, Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, the big department stores, and many more.  Discover the "City of Light" and immerse yourself into the Christmas spirit. Admire the city illuminated with Christmas lights and listen to an audio commentary that includes traditional Christmas songs. Share this special moment with your loved ones.

Christmas Lights Tour in Paris with Local Guide

2. Christmas Lights Tour in Paris with Local Guide

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit on this Christmas lights walking tour of Paris. Explore the beautiful streets of Paris and see the illuminated decorations of the city, as well as landmarks like the Notre Dame, the City Hall, Tuileries Garden, and more with a local guide. Your guide will share their traditions and stories around Christmas and the holidays in Paris. Marvel at the Louvre, the Place Vendôme, the Opéra, and other city highlights. Stroll through the city while you sip a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate to warm up at a local Christmas market. Soak in the views of the Eiffel tower and Seine while walking through the river bank. Brighten your winter with a unique Christmas experience on a walk through this picturesque neighborhood of Paris.

Paris: Christmas Gourmet Tour of St-Germain-des-Prés

3. Paris: Christmas Gourmet Tour of St-Germain-des-Prés

Discover the magic of Christmas with this special winter gourmet tour in the heart of the bohemian Paris neighborhood of St-Germain-des-Prés. Your guide will escort you to some wonderful specialist gourmet shops, from pâtisseries to boulangeries, introduce you to chocolate makers and invite you to sample a superb selection of delicacies along the way. Learn about the traditional French "13 desserts” and sample delectable nougat, spiced gingerbread and candied fruits. Feel the spirit of the festive season with a stroll around Montparnasse Christmas market, tasting a variety of regional specialties at the enchanting market stalls. You will experience the warm and cozy Christmas atmosphere of a Parisian tearoom, while enjoying a hot toddy. Throughout the tour, your guide will tell you about the history of traditional French Christmas celebrations and introduce you to the sapin de Noël, or French Christmas tree. Bon appetit!

Private Christmas tour by night Paris in Citroën 2CV

4. Private Christmas tour by night Paris in Citroën 2CV

Explore Paris at night under the Christmas lights from the warmth of a Citroën 2CV's soft bench, equipped with comfortable seats and blankets. Admire the city's famous monuments and squares dressed in festive lights. Get picked up from any location in the 1st–20th arrondissements, then enjoy a sparkling drive and a memorable night experience. Take advantage of the traffic-free capital city and let yourself be guided on a magical night drive, punctuated by the anecdotes of your driver. As a gift befitting the festive period, receive a Saint James scarf, 100% made in France, for each passenger.

Paris: Christmas Food Tour with Local Guide

5. Paris: Christmas Food Tour with Local Guide

Immerse yourself in Paris' festive gastronomy on this walking tour. This tour is designed to showcase the best seasonal French cuisine while exploring the illuminated streets of the City of Light. Enjoy up to four tastings washed down with mulled wine or hot chocolate. Meet your guide in the vibrant Les Halles shopping district to begin your tour. Stroll to four different food outlets and enjoy samples at each. Listen to your local guide's explanations of the history and traditions of the city as you stroll. Warm up with a comforting cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate as you stroll past the best Christmas light installations in the city. The tour will end at the starting point. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on the best places to eat, drink, and visit in the city. They will also be happy to direct you back to your hotel.

The Perfect Christmas Dinner: 3.5-Hour Cooking Class

6. The Perfect Christmas Dinner: 3.5-Hour Cooking Class

If you've gone through a few botched attempts at a delicious Christmas dinner, or are looking for some interesting new recipes to take home, this 3.5-hour cooking class is perfect for you. Arrive at the cozy apartment of a local chef and learn how to make the perfect gourmet Christmas dinner together. Use the best seasonal ingredients to make fantastic red kuri squash with scallops and black truffles for an appetizer, guinea fowl supremes with white wine and morels for the main course, and a dark chocolate yule log for dessert, accompanied by a mont d'or cheese. Once the meal has been prepared, sit down with your chef and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Our Christmas menu: Potimarron velouté (cream of red kuri squash), scallops **** Supreme of guinea fowl, Jura yellow wine and morels **** Mont d'or cheese **** Chocolate and chestnut bûche de noël (Yule log) **** Coffee or tea, water, wine - Jura Savagnin or Chardonnay

Christmas Exploration of Paris Walking Tour

7. Christmas Exploration of Paris Walking Tour

Get into the holiday spirit with our two-hour Christmas walking tour in Paris. Admire the iconic Eiffel Tower as it sparkles with festive lights and decorations. Take a stroll through the enchanting Champ de Mars and soak up the magical atmosphere of the holiday season. Explore the charming 7th arrondissement of Paris and discover the city's holiday traditions. Visit the famous Le Bon Marché department store and browse through its stunning holiday displays and festive decorations. Experience the magic of a traditional Christmas market, complete with vendors selling handmade crafts, delicious treats, and seasonal gifts. Indulge in some warm mulled wine or hot cocoa as you soak up the festive ambiance. Our guide will share interesting facts and stories about each location, making this a fun and educational experience for the whole family.

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4.1 / 5

based on 106 reviews

This is one of the best things I've ever done in Paris! It was certainly a highlight of our stay for myself & my 2 boys (13 & 11). Some of the views were stunning & there was lots of great info aswel as Christmas songs on the headset. Even though it was raining on us towards the end it was still such an enjoyable way to spend our last night in the city centre. The staff were also amazing with my youngest son who has high functioning ASD. He got to sit in the place that was most comfortable for him & really enjoyed the trip. I would highly recommend this to anyone going to Paris as I felt it was fantastic & excellent value for money. I will 100% book it again next time!

The tour was great. The guide took us to some amazing shops to try fabulous chocolates and pastries. The Christmas markets were lovely and we tasted some lovely cheeses, mulled wine, truffles, nougat, honey, teas amongst other things. The tour finished at a great cafe where we had the opportunity to try some outrageous macaron flavours! Highly recommend.

Spectacular experience. Due to traffic we were little late for the bus. It was so kind of them that they waited for us. We highly appreciate and highly recommend tourist to try this amazing ride ❤️

A wonderful night seeing the lights of Paris. Rained just at the end and we weren’t undercover so that was not great.

It was a great experience! Very good organization! So nice people that work there.