Your Christmas shopping – a magical annual event
Anyone who adores shopping will tell you that nowhere beats Paris for fabulous window displays, window shopping and, of course, shopping. This is even more true during the run up to Christmas when shopping takes on an almost magical dimension. From department stores to animated showcases at the luxurious Opéra district stores, you won't want to miss some of the must -see highlights of Christmas shopping in Paris.
Printemps, Haussmann and Galeries Lafayette – magical institutions
Enter the unique atmosphere of the famous Parisian department stores during a festive break in Paris. Just a few minutes from the Chess Hotel, these buildings with their domes and balconies lend themselves beautifully to the decorators' imaginations. Each year, they feature some of the season's best baubles, lights and animated installations, making them the ideal choice for Christmas shopping trips. Clothing, leather goods, accessories, toys, fresh deli products - you're sure to find gifts to spoil the whole family.
A place of wonder for everyone
Christmas shopping in department stores is also an opportunity to admire a Parisian institution: animated windows. Dreamlike, traditional, full of humour or poetry, these clever and highly original animated skits grow more inventive by the year. Adults are just as fascinated as children who still believe in the eternal magic of Christmas. You can see these automated displays at any time and they make a great starting point for a stroll to view the Christmas lights – another must during the party season!
As the holidays approach, Paris is, more than ever, an idyllic shopping destination. You'll be spoiled for choice between the luxurious windows of the Opera district and the bustling department stores as you exit the Chess Hotel. An unmissable experience.
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The Chess Hotel, a 4-star arty boutique hotel étoiles at the heart of Quartier Opéra