They say that a change is a good as a rest and with the TGV from Bordeaux to Paris taking a little over 2 hours - why not plan a day trip with the children to Paris, the city of light, during the holidays? There’s something for everyone.
Visiting Paris with children is not nearly as daunting as you would think. It is an incredibly child friendly city with a lot of activities, especially around at this time of the year. A day trip is more than do-able, however if Disneyland is on your agenda you might want to book a hotel and stay overnight.
The easiest (and cheapest) way to get around Paris is by metro, although it’s a good idea to avoid rush hour (between 7am-9am and between 4.30pm and 7pm). Alternatively just walk, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and there is always something to look at and admire.
Paris has some of the greatest ice rinks in Europe. Have you ever dreamed of skating in the stunning Grand Palais? Well now you can! The worlds biggest ice rink is back for a 5th year from December 13th to January 8th 2020. It’s a truly special venue even for non-skaters.
Alternatively, Galeries Lafayette Hausmann has set up an ice-rink on their roof-top. This not only means you can skate and enjoy unobstructed views of Paris but you can do some Christmas shopping at the same time. A double whammy!
Of course one shouldn’t forget all the Christmas markets in Paris, which are numerous, here are a couple of our favourites:
Saint-Germain-des-Prés Christmas Market
This is a charming and authentic market is situated on the Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement and is open from 1st December 2019 to 5th January 2020.
Champs-Elysées Christmas Market - Jardin des Tuileries
The Champs-Elysées Christmas market can be found at the Jardin des Tuileries, one of the most beautiful parks in Paris. This market is open from November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020. There is a wealth of gift ideas, entertainment, a merry-go-round and all the wonderful food stalls you would expect in the heart of the French capital.
See the Christmas Lights
As you might imagine, many areas of Paris are lit up for the holidays. As night falls when not take a Christmas light tour. Some of the most spectacular displays can be found at: Champs-Elysées; Avenue Montaigne; Faubourg Saint Honoré; Saint-Germain-des-Prés; Place Vendôme. Alternatively, take an open top bus tour, bookings can be made in advance through www.booking.parisinfo.com, hot drinks and blankets are provided!
A Disney Christmas
Disneyland Paris will be celebrating the holidays in style throughout the month of December. Visitors can participate in a number of festive activities and displays throughout the park. The most popular event is the Christmas parade featuring all the favourite Disney characters. There are also hotels in the and next to the Disneyland park. For prices and further information go to Disney Hotels.
Eating in Paris
There’s no better start to a chilly day than a proper French “chocolat chaud” and a freshly baked, buttery croissant. One of the best (and diet-busting) hot chocolates can be found at La Durée (www.laduree.fr). La Durée is one of the original French patisseries and most famous for their macarons. Today however, they also serve breakfast - don’t miss their fantastic eggs benedict.
Most restaurants will have a separate children’s menu (smaller and cheaper portions). Here is a list of some of the child friendly restaurants in Paris.
These are just a few tips on what Paris at Christmas has to offer for you and your family. There are, of course, many other things that you can do and visit: climb the Eiffel Tower; visit the museums and exhibitions; and shop (we love shopping, we really do!). The list is endless, but whatever you choose, we wish you a super trip and a very Merry Christmas.
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