Christmas in Paris with the Grandchildren

     fFCHfIM3bswThis year is no exception; Paris will celebrate Christmas 2013 with hundreds of venues and special presentations for the entire family. If you are fortunate enough to spend the holidays in beautiful Paris with your children and/or grandchildren this season, here are some very special places, suitable for kids, to enjoy.

Window Displays

The Paris Christmas window displays will be in several locations for all to enjoy: Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Bon Marche and Rive Gauche department stores to name a few.

Christmas Market

This year the Parisian Christmas Market will be held on the Champs Elysee, in La Defense, Trocadero, Saint-Sulpice and Saint-Germain des Pres among other venues. Enjoy holiday food, beautiful lights, and buy holiday gifts at stalls along the way.

Horse Exhibition

From November 30 through December 8th you can attend the Horse Exhibition at Paris Nord Villepinte. See the Arabian Horse Championships, driving presentations and jumping competitions.

Africolor Music Fest

This concert series began in 1989. It features over twenty-five concerts from November 16th through December 8th, this music festival is designed to offer music as a means to social change. Venues are all over the city and in some Parisian suburbs. Artists are both local and international.

Ice Skating

Who would pass up the chance to ice skate on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower building? A perfect Christmas adventure.

Circuses

Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione, which first opened in 1852 is famous for its acrobats, trapezists and its tigers and horses. Owned and operated by the same family for seven decades, this circus has a proud tradition.

Cirque Pinder: This circus runs from November 8th through January 8th, 2013. It is an annual visitor to Paris.

Theatre Equestre Zingaro: This equestrian circus is operated in a large wooden barn. Guests are part of the performance the moment they enter the doors.

 

Disneyland Paris

Just 32 kilometers from Paris you’ll find Disneyland. Built in 1988 the Disneyland traditions are alive and well here. Package deals for the theme park are available at www.expedia.com, www.travelchoice.com or www.eurostar.com.

Parks

There are many beautiful parks in Paris, but for children you can’t beat the Cite des Sciences which is over 35 acres complete with playground equipment for children aged 3-11. On the same grounds you’ll find a high-tech museum and The Geode which is a large globe housing an IMAX 3D theater. 

Chocolate Fair

From November 30 through December 3rd is the Chocolate Fair held in the Porte de Versaille Expo Center. Demonstrations on chocolate making, cultural displays, and the parade of chocolate dresses highlight this event.

Magic 

The Musee de la Magie offers magic tricks, collections of antique magic items, magic shows for the children, interactive games and more. 11 Rue Saint-Paul.

Zoos

The Parc Zoologique de Paris operates Monday through Saturday from 9:00a.m.– 6:00p.m.

Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Institut Oceanographique is famous for its displays of tropical fish and other sea life.

Send us a list of ‘what’s on’ this Christmas 2013 in  YOUR   city. Worldwide ideas welcome!