Parisian Christmas windows & shopping

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Printemps Haussmann

I remember when we were children, my Mom would take my brothers and I out the whole day to enjoy the Christmas window displays across Paris. We would start the day on Boulevard Haussmann at le Printemps and the Galeries Lafayette (you have to go inside and see the Christmas tree under the dome: it is breathtaking). At the time, the window displays were really enchanting and aimed at children. These days, it is less interesting: usually brands now decorate the windows with their products. Of course, there is a Christmas theme (sometimes very subtle), but it is not the same anymore. When we were young we would see many other kids like us and even entire schools were coming to see the displays!  
My Mom, brothers and I would then head to the Place de la Madeleine where Fauchon used to recreate a huge and beautiful chalet on their front facade. It sadly does not exist anymore. We would then walk to Place Vendôme and end our adventure on the Champs-Élysées. 
You can still have a nice experience following the same path and why not have a nice hot chocolate or coffee at Ladurée on Place de la Madeleine or the Champs-Elysées. Another nice tearoom is Angelina on Rue de Rivoli and close to Place de la Madeleine.  I  really love its location as you can take a nice walk in the Tuileries gardens afterwards.

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Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche

This is my favorite department store in Paris. And every year I look forward to visiting their Christmas shop on the second floor. They sell beautiful trees and ornaments and you can get inspiration from several themed trees. I enjoy going there on Saturday morning (when I am not in the countryside) as the store is still not very crowded and then stop by La Grande Épicerie to buy a few Christmas cookie cutters and Panettone. This definitely sets me in the mood for Christmas!  

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Where to buy Christmas ornaments in Paris ?

Printemps Haussmann 
64, boulevard Haussmann

Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche
24, rue de Sèvres

The Conran Shop
117, rue du Bac

Merci Paris
111, boulevard Beaumarchais

Maison du Monde
32, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine

Smallable
82, rue du Cherche-Midi

Truffaut garden center
85, quai de la Gare

Les Fermes de Gally
Route de Bailly, 78210 Saint-Cyr-l’École (outskirts of Paris)

 

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