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Visiting Paris in December: 7 Reasons Why You Shou...

Visiting Paris in December: 7 Reasons Why You Should

Paris in December

Visiting Paris in December

Paris is magical year-round but The City of Lights shines even brighter in December. The cold weather might deter many visitors, but keep reading because you may find yourself wanting to book your next trip to Paris!

Tips on how to stay warm and what I packed coming soon.

7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Paris in December

1. Better Photography

You will no longer need to wait until the golden hour to shoot Paris’ most romantic sceneries. The entire day feels like the golden hour. Although daylight ends around 5 pm, you will find plenty of Christmas’ décors to keep you busy after sunset.

Paris in December

Paris in December

Paris in December

2. Low Season means less crowd

This is the season where less is more! Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world but visit in December and you will find smaller crowd at the most touristy areas. Less time queuing and more time enjoying!

3. Christmas Décor

One of the biggest treats of visiting Paris in December is strolling down the glowing Champs Elysees and watching the beautifully adorned displays that graces the streets.

4. Christmas Market

Make sure you work up an appetite before heading to the Christmas market! There are countless of stands selling tasty food that will be just too impossible to resist.

UPDATE: Sadly the Christmas market in Paris will be closed this year (2017) but don’t fear! If you need your Christmas market fix, hop on a train and head to Strasbourg – aka The Capital of Christmas! You can read all about it here.

5. Seasonal Food and Pastries

If you have never visited France before during the holidays, chances are you are missing out big time. So head to Paris and indulge on this delectable cake: Galette des rois aka King cake. This deliciousness is a flaky, yet not-overly-sweet cake. It’s only available during the holiday season to celebrate the festival of Epiphany.

6. Great excuse to drink hot beverages

Baby it’s cold outside! Duck into a cozy brasserie and nurse yourself back with some vin chaud (hot wine) or some hot chocolate. Don’t forget to accompany your hot beverage with a piece of Galette des rois 😉

Paris in December

7. Every day is cheat-day!

What better time than wintertime to enjoy an extra éclair or two? Head to a boulangerie – French for bakery – and indulge to your heart’s content! warning: it’s highly addictive!


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  1. Monique

    16 January

    Hi Diana,
    I think Paris is always a good idea.
    And you are right with your arguments 😉
    Greetings, Monique

    • Diana

      16 January

      haha I agree, Paris is always a good idea! 😉

  2. You have absolutely gorgeous photos! I’ve only done Paris in the spring (which was lovely!) but this looks so cozy and inviting! Maybe I’ll head over this year!

    Best,
    Rebecca

    • Diana

      1 May

      Thank you much Rebecca! Yes, Paris in December is so charming and cozy so definitely visit this year.

  3. Christine

    29 April

    Omg love this post!!! Your photography is beautiful!!! Your trip looked amazing!

    • Diana

      1 May

      Thank you, Christine! Yes, I had an amazing time. Loved every bit of it 😍

  4. Alina

    29 April

    Lovely to see how Paris looks like in December! Doesn’t seem even that cold, and no snow? It must be nice to visit with less crowds and more space for yourself! Also, the short day probably means more reasonable hour to go to bed, as I spent a lot of time in the evenings for the blue hour and was going to bed really late already in April.

    • Diana

      1 May

      The weather was so nice. It wasn’t too cold and no snow! December it’s definitely a great time to visit. haha that would be the best remedy to going to bed early.

  5. Audrey

    29 April

    I enjoyed reading your article a lot! I was in Paris last week and oh lord, the lines… We didn’t go to any museums because we just didn’t feel like waiting for hours. And great reason #1, golden hour is just the best to shoot 🙂

    • Diana

      1 May

      Thank you so much, Audrey! That happened to me in Florence 😩 I had to skip so many things because of long lines. The golden hour needs to last longer!

  6. Danielle

    29 April

    Love this. Europe in December is absolutely blissful and in my opinion the perfect time to visit. I still haven’t been to Paris (maybe it’s time?) and this looks amazing! Maybe this year!

    • Diana

      1 May

      This was my first time visiting and I loved it! I need to make it a yearly thing 😍 You definitely need to go to Paris in December.

  7. Pansy

    3 June

    Love your post! I visited Paris in December also and agree with everything you wrote – less crowds is awesome and Christmas decor makes it magical 💖💖

    • Diana

      5 June

      Thank you so much Pansy! Yes, it’s now my favorite time to visit Paris 😀 I mean it’s hard to beat Christmas decor 😍

  8. Taryn

    19 July

    Amazing! It looks so magical to spend Christmas time there. Might have to make a plan…

  9. Zena's Suitcase

    1 November

    Paris is a beautiful city, and I think you are right that it is great to enjoy it in December. I love off season city breaks

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