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The magic of Christmas shopping in Paris: animated display windows

Categories : Fashion and Shopping, Visit Paris, published on : 12/5/21

From mid-November, Paris settles into a Christmas ambiance that suits it perfectly. Illuminations adorn the capital’s great avenues and there are outdoor Christmas markets, as well as festive entertainment and shows. But what Parisians would not miss for anything in the world is the animated window displays of the Grands Magasins department stores. Your Chess Hotel team invites you to dive into this magical world ...


A tradition constantly reinvented

Over the decades, the Grands Magasins have become true Parisian institutions, setting the tone for fashion and design. At Christmas time, they compete in creativity and inventiveness to present superb decorations that are both enhanced by and set off their superb architecture, as well as animated window displays where you can find Christmas legends, characters from our childhood and enchanted festive landscapes. When you head off on your Christmas shopping spree, preferably at nightfall, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to admire and enjoy these little jewels of animated beauty, charm and Yuletide joy.


Each store has its own festive spirit

A 5-minute walk from your Chess Hotel you’ll find the Galeries Lafayette and their theme entitled 1, 2, 3, Noël! In eleven tableaux, you can attend the awakening of toys at a large banquet and find all the hidden ones. At Printemps Haussmann, a 5-minute walk away, you can watch a wonderful, animated Christmas tale conceived by the illustrator Aurélia Fronty featuring Father Christmas's workshop disturbed by a snowstorm. Finally, very close to the Seine, you can discover the windows of Samaritaine, a department store celebrating its first Christmas following fifteen years of closure, which is presenting elegant scenes on the theme of the French formal garden.

Why not plan a grand tour of the animated window displays of the capital’s department stores during your stay at the Chess Hotel? Treat yourself to a typically Parisian Christmas shopping experience imbued with magic and refinement!



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