Watch the Eiffel Tower Sparkle at Night
Location: Various parts of Paris
Timings: Monday to Sunday, from sunset to 1:00 am
Visit Louvre Paris
Try checking out the famous Monalisa painting that holds a huge crowd every year. You can also witness bronze statues of ancient kings, ceramics, and jewelleries found in ancient French culture.
You can also go on to explore the roman and greece section that showcases important stuff used in ancient greece culture. You can definitely visit the museum to witness the world-renowned mesopotamian art which holds a great historic importance.
Location: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM, Closed on Tuesday
Montmartre Paris Train Tour
The city views during the winter season is something breathtaking and is a must-see experience in the lifetime. The train tour goes around the beautiful lanes of the city which features lovely houses, shops, cafes and many more covered with pristine white snows and offers a mesmerizing view difficult to express beyond words.
Location: Pl. Blanche, 75009 Paris, France
Explore Orsay Museum
Taking a visit to The Orsay Museum will make you familiar with famous paintings and you can witness the biggest collection of art and paintings preserved here. You can explore the marvellous paintings of world famous painters like Van Gogh, Manet, Gauguin, and Renoir.
Make sure you check out the paintings of Blue water lilies by Claude Monet, Luncheon on the grass by Manet, Apples and Oranges by Paul Cezzane, which are some of the famous paintings in the museum that attract a large number of tourists.
Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
Timing: 9.30 AM to 6 PM, Closed on Monday
The massive architecture, velvet curtains, glamorous decor of the Opera garnier, the most famous opera house of Paris will definitely leave you awestruck with its grandeur. You can buy a ticket to witness the auditorium built with marbles, a grand foyer built with gold, mirrors and many grand structures.
Constructed by Charles Garnier under the rule of Napoleon III, this place holds a great historic importance to the city. Decorated with huge crystal chandeliers, silver candle stands, colourful artworks, precious marbles and stones this place will surely surprise you with its beauty.
You can surely witness the grand staircase of the building built with precious marbles bearing female torch bearers that enhances the grandeur of the place.
Location: Pl. de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, France
Timing: 7.30 AM to 2 AM
Have Fun at Disneyland Paris
You can enjoy the thrilling rides that are based on Disney movies or capture your magic moments with your favorite mickey mouse and many other disney characters in selfies. The fairy tale settings, exhibitions will make your inner child beam with happiness and will definitely give you a magical time.
This place also features beautiful shops, hotels and luxurious hotels that are decorated according to the Disney themes that will surely be worth your time.
Location: Bd de Parc, 77700 Coupvray, France
Timing: 9.30 AM to 9 PM
Disneyland® Park: 10:00 am-8:30 pm
Walt Disney Studios® Park: 10:00 am-8:30 pm
About Disneyland® Paris:
If you love your kids then you can't deny the Disneyland tour. Experience the magic at the happiest place on earth - in the romantic city of Paris. See your favourite characters come to life and take photos with them, jump into the exciting theme park rides, and try out all kinds of attractions. There's so much for you to see and do throughout the day, and in the evening, you can end your day with stunning fireworks and lights show illuminating the Sleeping Beauty Castle!
Grab access to both Disneyland® Park and Walt Disney Studios® Park and you can discover moviemaking secrets and see how the pros create the blockbuster Hollywood films you see on screen. At Disneyland® Park, see Disney stories magically come to life across the 5 enchanting lands. Meet your favorite characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Stitch, Belle, Disney Princess, and others. Discover the magical world of movies and television at Walt Disney Studios Park.
Take a Walk Along the Seine River
When you walk along the left bank of the river, you will get to see the boats float by, the city lights reflected on the surface. You can also sample some authentic Parisian street food and café culture in the various joints near the walkways and make your way over the famous cobbled stone streets of Paris. You can even catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower from some spots along the bank of the Seine.
Location: Le Havre, Paris
Timing: Open 24 hours
Go on a Free Walking Tour
A passionate guide can tell you about the history and significance of each of these places while you experience the culture and beauty of Paris first-hand, like a local. Walks are especially easier and more pleasant in winter, which makes a free guided tour one of the best things to do in Paris in winter.
Location: Montmartre, Le Marais, Ile de la Cité, Latin Quarter, etc.
Timings: Open 24 hours
Explore the Père Lachaise Cemetery
You can walk along rows upon rows of historical mausoleums that have been well-preserved for centuries. You also have the option of buying some flowers at the gate before you enter to offer your respects to the deceased. However, the plot is enormous, covering over 300 acres, which is why it is advisable to carry a map if you are going for the first time.
Location: 8 Boulevard de Menilmontant, 75020 Paris.
Timings: Monday to Friday (8:00 am – 5:30 pm), Saturday (8:30 am – 5:30 pm), Sunday (9:00 am – 5:30 pm)
Visit the Christmas Markets
You can choose from 15-20 bespoke markets that pop-up in different parts of the city, and choose to indulge in delicacies such as hot chocolate, pretzels, roasted chestnuts, fresh croissants and other unique Parisian specialities. Walking through these markets at night is not only free but also eye-opening as you can absorb the famous Parisian holiday spirit of winter.
Location: Notre Dame, Les Halles, Abbesses, Champs de Mars, Gare de l’Est, etc.
Timings: The markets set up shop during mid-November, and continue till end December and sometimes even till January.
Enjoy Ice Skating
To experience one of the most significant aspects of Paris, you can go to the best rink at Trocadero Gardens which is quite close to the Eiffel Tower and hosts a Christmas Market of its own. Here, you can skate on an area of 300 sqm without paying an entry fee, ensuring a fantastic outdoor winter experience.
Location: Trocadero Gardens and Galeries Lafayette
Timings: All days of the week (10:00 am – 10:00 pm)
Take a Stroll Near the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris
Not only is it a reverent piece of architecture for all Christians, but also a delight for those interested in history, nature, archaeology and Gothic culture. The area around Notre Dame Cathedral is also very well-decorated, which makes it even more attractive for walks and casual strolls during your visit, to take in the culture of Paris.
Location: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
Timings: Open 24 hours
Check Out the Window Displays of Grands Magasins
These places become especially active and beautiful during winter when they go all out with their decorations and stepping into places like the Grand Lafayette or Printemps feels like stepping into a different universe altogether.
Ornately decorated arches, windows and gateways are home to floor-after-floor of clothes, accessories, jewellery, antiques, high-fashion and much more. Even if you don’t buy anything, simply paying a visit to these places is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Location: 64, Boulevard Haussmann - 75009 Paris
Timings: Monday to Saturday (9:30 am – 8:30 pm), Sunday (10:00 am – 8:30 pm)
Visit the Garden of Serres d’Auteuil
Today, you can find more than 1,00,000 plants in the complex and at the centre, is a massive glass greenhouse, among other old buildings. A walk in the gardens of Serres d’Auteuil is one of the most pleasant experiences you can have, especially if you are looking for some peace in the midst of the hustle-bustle of the city.
Location: 3 Avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil, 75016 Paris, France
Timings: Monday to Friday (8:00 am – 6:30 pm), Saturday to Sunday (9:00 am – 6:30 pm)
Attend an Event at Shakespeare & Co.
But a second version of the bookstore opened in 1951 and has since attracted some of the most prolific writers in history including Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound and many more. The store has regular poetry and novel reading sessions, exhibitions, contests, book launches and much more that you can attend while in Paris.
Location: 37, Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
Timings: Monday to Saturday (10:00 am – 10:00 pm), Sunday (12:30 – 8:00 pm)
Experience the Energy at The Highlander
You, of course, have to pay for your food and drinks when you are in the pub, but apart from that, you can enjoy the live music, the DJs, the games and events all for free!
Location: 8 Rue de Nevers, 75006
Timings: Monday to Friday (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm), Saturday to Sunday (12:00 noon – 5:00 pm)
Check Out a Free Museum or an Exhibition
There are also several art galleries where you can check out the works of local painters and sculptors and learn about the rich cultural history of Paris. Even the famous Louvre, which is one of the best museums in the world, is free on the first Sunday of every month.
Location: Paris, France.
Timings: You are sure to find some or all of these museums open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm every day of the week.
Window Shopping Along the Champs-Élysées
The mile-long avenue boasts of some of the most luxurious designer boutiques in the world including Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Cartier and much more. It costs absolutely nothing to stroll through this wonderful place, which looks especially magical during Christmas.
Location: Champs-Élysées, Faubourg du Roule, Paris
Timings: The shops in the streets are usually open from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wonder at the Christmas Lights
While almost all of Paris is lit during this time of the year, there are some places that you should definitely be checking out, such as the Champs-Élysées, Avenue Montaigne, Place Vendôme, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and many, many more.
When you visit all these places, you can catch a glimpse of the creative, larger-than-life decorations and an insight into the colourful cultures that prevail in the different parts of the city, also it is advised to try the unique street food and baked goods that Paris is famous for.
Location: Paris, France.
Timings: Open 24 hours
Enjoy a Concert at Saint Eustache Church
Renowned musicians from the world over, come to the Saint Eustache Church to perform, and entry is completely free. While there are many things to do in Paris in winter, attending a grand concert in the Saint Eustache Church is definitely one of the more premium experiences you can enjoy in the city.
Location: 2 Impasse Saint-Eustache, 75001 Paris, France
Timings: Concerts usually take place on a Sunday evening, from 7:00 pm onwards