Kaysersberg © French Moments - Christmas 28

Last Updated: 18 November 2023

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Christmas in Paris: A Festive Discovery


Joyeux Noël from France!

In France, the arrival of December brings an air of enchantment as the country prepares to celebrate the most cherished holiday of the year – Christmas.

As the days grow shorter and a winter chill fills the air, homes, streets, and villages come alive with festive decorations and twinkling lights that warmly glow over the winter landscape.

The heart of the celebration lies in the traditions of Christmas Eve on the 24th of December and the festive culmination on Christmas Day itself.


Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve in France is a time of anticipation and gathering.

Families and friends come together to share a festive meal known as “Réveillon,” which typically features an array of delectable dishes. The table is adorned with culinary delights such as foie gras, oysters, roasted meats, and the iconic bûche de Noël, a Yule log-shaped cake that adds a touch of sweetness to the feast. The wine flows freely, and laughter fills the air as loved ones reconnect and indulge in the joy of togetherness.

As midnight approaches, the celebratory spirit intensifies.

Many families attend a Midnight Mass, known as “Messe de Minuit,” to mark the birth of Jesus and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Churches are adorned with nativity scenes and candles, casting a serene ambience that brings reverence to the occasion.


Christmas Day

The allure of Christmas Day dawns with a sense of wonder as children wake up to discover the gifts left under the tree by Père Noël, the French version of Santa Claus. Delight and excitement fill the air as presents are unwrapped, and families share the joy of giving and receiving. It’s a time when the spirit of generosity is celebrated, and the act of giving takes centre stage.

French towns and cities are transformed into winter wonderlands throughout the festive season. The Champs-Élysées in Paris become adorned with enchanting lights, and the iconic Eiffel Tower is illuminated, casting a breathtaking glow over the city.


Creating cherished memories

The celebration of Christmas in France is not just a one-day affair; it’s a time of creating cherished memories and embracing cherished traditions.

It’s a time when families come together to savour festive feasts, exchange heartfelt gifts, and share in the season’s joy.

Beyond the enchantment, Christmas is a time to reflect on the values of love, compassion, and unity that define the holiday spirit.

Whether in the heart of Paris or a quaint village in Alsace, the allure of Christmas in France encapsulates the beauty of tradition, the warmth of relationships, and the timeless joy of the holiday season.


Joyeux Noël!


Discover all our Christmas in France pages!

Read more about Christmas in Eastern France on our French blog Mon Grand-Est.

In the meantime, enjoy this video we made especially for our readers!

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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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