Every year at Christmas time a tree over 20 metres tall is traditionally put up in front of Notre-Dame. Following the Paris attacks on the 13th November, the cathedral has recently decided that there would be no tree on the parvis. Newspaper Le Figaro reports that for security reasons it would need a 24/7 guard service, costing from 60,000 to 70,000 euros. The cathedral does not have the budget to finance such a plan and opted to postpone the tradition to next year.
Instead a group of fir trees with fairy lights have been put up just under the left side of the main portal. A little Nativity scene occupies the right side.
People are invited to enter inside the cathedral to discover the giant Nativity scene from Poland.
Find out more about the Christmas Tree in front of Notre-Dame.