Christmas in the City of Light
Travel guide 29 November 2022
With postcard views, twinkling lights and cobblestoned streets, come the festive season, there’s nothing quite like the sparkle and allure of an evening in Paris. We joined model Elise Hoogerdijk for the best bits…
To see

It should be no surprise that Paris, rightly dubbed the City of Light, puts on a lavish display at Christmas. Sparkling arches, strings of lights and striking decorations illuminate the avenues of the French capital. After dark, head straight to the Champs-Élysées, where more than 1 million twinkling lights line the street. Or take a stroll around Place Vendome, where the iconic column is given the festive treatment.

Shimmer, shine, sparkle
Amelia boots

Recommended Price

395 €

La Vallée Village price

237 €

Final price

165,90 €

Claudie Pierlot

Amelia boots
TOP TIP

Stop at rue Saint-Domonique and watch the Eiffel Tower’s stunning light display illuminate the night sky. This elegant pair of boots make the perfect companion for exploring.

Stop at rue Saint-Domonique and watch the Eiffel Tower’s stunning light display illuminate the night sky. This elegant pair of boots make the perfect companion for exploring.

ELISE HOOGERDIJK

MODEL & CONTENT CREATOR

Recommended Price

1.190 €

La Vallée Village price

790 €

Yves Salomon

Women down jacket with fox fur collar
DON'T MISS

Travel just 40 minutes from the city and soak up all the festivities at La Vallée Village. Look up to see the illuminated, star-spangled facades, created by the talented creative agency Wanda Barcelona.

To do

When the sun goes down, watch the city come alive with Christmas magic. Choose from a host of activities, all set in the heart of the city, so you’re never far from a cosy bar to dive into. From ice skating at some of Paris’ iconic sites – Jardin des Tuileries and Grand Palais – to a spectacular festive concert at Sainte Chapelle, there’s no escaping the festive cheer here.

Postcard-perfect skating
Get the look

Recommended Price

395 €

La Vallée Village price

237 €

Claudie Pierlot

Wrap around jacket

Recommended Price

175 €

La Vallée Village price

118 €

Sandro

Jeans with contrasting knee patches

Recommended Price

325 €

La Vallée Village price

195 €

Claudie Pierlot

Lace-up ankle boots

Recommended Price

95 €

La Vallée Village price

57 €

Claudie Pierlot

Gloves made from eco-friendly leather and wool

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Shop the Village virtually and enjoy our brilliant brands direct to your door.

To stay

While in Paris, make The Hoxton hotel your home. This grand eighteenth-century residence with period details is well placed for exploring, with the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries and the banks of the Seine just 20 minutes’ walk away. For a nightcap, @EliseHoogerdijk, friend of The Bicester Collection, recommends climbing the infinitely Instagramable staircase to Jacques' Bar before retiring to your suite. The cocktails are arguably the best in the city.

Your Parisian home from home

Recommended Price

275 €

La Vallée Village price

179 €

Sandro

Women's black ruffled dress
STYLE TIP

Keep things effortlessly elegant for cocktail hour in this simple dress from Sandro – très chic.

La Vallée Village Eric Bompard Taupe turtleneck

Recommended Price

550 €

La Vallée Village price

368 €

Eric Bompard

Geometric cable-stitch loose turtleneck
TOP TIP

Still at La Vallée Village? Head to Ladurée. Revered around the globe for its sensational sweet treats, it would be amiss not to try one of its dainty macarons – bon appetit!

To brunch

Paris is home to more than 1,000 boulangeries and patisseries. Do as the Parisians do and kick start your day in the capital with a deliciously flaky pastry.

Plus, by early December, every pâtissiere in Paris is overflowing with bûche de noël. Self-proclaimed creative boulangerie BO & MIE, located a few steps from the Louvre, offers its unique take on this French classic. Open until 8 pm, it’s the perfect spot for a post-dinner ‘something sweet.’

Elise Hoogerdijk enjoys a taste of Paris
The perfect gift awaits at Ladurée
Ladurée Set of 16 macaroons La Vallée Village

La Vallée Village price

45 €

Ladurée

Set of 16 macaroons
Ladurée Set of 24 macaroons La Vallée Village

La Vallée Village price

67 €

Ladurée

Set of 24 macaroons
Ladurée Set of 42 macaroons La Vallée Village

La Vallée Village price

110 €

Ladurée

Set of 42 macaroons
Ladurée Set of 8 macaroons La Vallée Village

La Vallée Village price

25 €

Ladurée

Set of 8 macaroons
To browse

Sandwiched between trendy boutiques and cafés with wicker-chair-lined terraces is TASCHEN Paris. Designed by Philippe Starck, the space itself is something to behold; elegant, minimal and perfectly curated. Inside, the shelves are lined with books, covering everything from art and architecture to photography. The boutique walls are scattered with limited-edition prints and one-of-a-kind artwork. Once the centre of literary life in Paris, TASCHEN Paris, continues to be a haven for book lovers today.

A book lover’s paradise
Gerard Darel FOLK Lady suede bag La Vallée Village

Recommended Price

195 €

La Vallée Village price

130 €

Gerard Darel

FOLK Lady suede bag
STYLE TIP

Make sure to bring along a roomy tote bag, this one from Gerad Darel is perfect for stocking up on souvenirs for your loved ones (or yourself).

City break essentials

Recommended Price

265 €

La Vallée Village price

159 €

Claudie Pierlot

Eco-friendly leather Anouk mini-bag

Recommended Price

425 €

La Vallée Village price

285 €

Sandro

Women's leather and fur tote bag

Hackett London

Weekend bag
Marni Leather crossover bag La Vallée Village

Recommended Price

1.750 €

La Vallée Village price

1.050 €

Marni

Leather crossover bag

Be sure to make time to walk around Le Marais. This area is packed with great shops, restaurants and cafés.

ELISE HOOGERDIJK

MODEL & CONTENT CREATOR

Recommended Price

275 €

La Vallée Village price

178 €

Maje

Bicolour sequin dress
STYLE TIP

You don’t need to dress up for a seat at Bambini, but we think this evocative interior demands a look that is equal parts sophisticated and playful. Try this dress from Maje.

To eat

It's not all croque monsieurs and coq au vin in Paris. Bambini, a vibrant new(ish) trattoria, offers no-fuss, delicious Italian food in the city centre. On the menu you'll find generous helpings of pasta and incredible Neapolitan pizzas. As for cocktails, expect the classics alongside a selection of delicious Italian wines – all served against a striking backdrop of the Parisian skyline.

An Instagram-worthy interior
To drink

Home to a chic crowd, Hotel Costes is the place to be seen. You’ll be transported back in time with its long velvet drapes, decadent chandeliers, deep sumptuous chairs and menu of classic Parisian cocktails – all in keeping with the charm of a bygone era. We recommend ordering a Moscow mule; the strong ginger-lime flavour makes it the perfect cold-weather contender.

Cue the cocktails at Hotel Costes

Recommended Price

490 €

La Vallée Village price

323 €

Final price

258,40 €

ba&sh

Day long belted coat
DON'T MISS

Why not toast to the incoming new year at the Bollicine by Tagliere champagne pop-up at La Vallée Village. Wrap up in your favourite ba&sh coat as you toast to a successful day of Christmas shopping.

Raise a glass at the Bollicine champagne Bar
Bollicine Bollinger special cuvée La Vallée Village

La Vallée Village price

96 €

Bollicine Champagne Bar

Bollinger Special Cuvée
Bollicine Bollinger rosé La Vallée Village

La Vallée Village price

120 €

Bollicine Champagne Bar

Bollinger Rosé
Bollicine Bollinger R.D. 2007 La Vallée Village

La Vallée Village price

295 €

Bollicine Champagne Bar

Bollinger R.D. 2007
Bollicine Bollinger La Grande Année 2014 La Vallée Village

La Vallée Village price

220 €

Bollicine Champagne Bar

Bollinger La Grande Année 2014

What to pack

AMI classic colar shirt La Vallée Village

Recommended Price

380 €

La Vallée Village price

190 €

AMI

Zipped collar sweater

Recommended Price

150 €

La Vallée Village price

97 €

Maje

Sequinned crop top

Recommended Price

195 €

La Vallée Village price

126 €

Maje

Velvet and sequin trousers
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