Christmas 2016 at Galeries Lafayette
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Last Updated: 18 November 2023

Christmas 2016 at Galeries Lafayette is just amazing. The department store has done a great work this year with beautiful and creative decoration. The theme chosen for the window display and the Christmas tree is magical and refers to our childhood dreams. Here are a few photos I took on the 10th December to show you how it looks like – and believe me, it is much more impressive when you are standing there…

Christmas 2016 at Galeries Lafayette: the Window Display

Galeries Lafayette is Paris’ largest department store and its flagship store is located on Boulevard Haussmann (9th arrondissement). Each year in November, Galeries Lafayette unveils a new theme for the Christmas season to come. Over the years, the store has become famous for the quality and enchantment of its windows decorations and Christmas tree.

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Christmas Windows of Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in 2016 © French Moments

An Arctic Christmas!

For Christmas 2016, the Parisian department store tells us the story of a white bears family who lives in an icy and snowy land. Threatened by the ice meltdown caused by climate change, they seek for a new icy home and their quest leads them to … Galeries Lafayette!

The winter wonderland displayed in the large windows bordering Boulevard Haussmann features paper-made bears, trains, crystals, castles enhanced with light reflections and pearly effects.

The theme (An Arctic Christmas) was directed by Luc Jacquet, famous for March of the Penguins, an oscar-winning nature documentary in 2006.

Christmas 2016 at Galeries Lafayette: the Christmas tree

Galeries Lafayette Christmas Tree Paris
Christmas Tree of Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in 2016 © French Moments

For the very first time, the Christmas tree of Galeries Lafayette is made entirely from paper. This astonishing piece of art is a unique creation by Lorenzo Papace, a young French artist born in Lyon in 1986. The tree is flanked by an animated Ferris wheel while cable cars criss-cross the space beneath the Art Nouveau cupola.

A video posted by Galeries Lafayette showing the backstage setting up of the tree:

Have you also visited the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris for Christmas? Leave a comment with your impressions!

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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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