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A visit to the Eiffel Tower at Christmas time has become one of the highlights of the festive season when discovering Paris. From Christmas markets to ice-skating rinks, the area of Trocadéro-Eiffel Tower-Champ-de-Mars is a trendy place for residents and tourists alike.

 

 

Christmas time at the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower at Christmas © French Moment
The Eiffel Tower at Christmas © French Moments

 

Vantage points

There are a few vantage points from where to admire the Eiffel Tower:

From the terrace of the Trocadéro:

Eiffel Tower at Christmas © French Moments
The Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro © French Moments

From the Champ-de-Mars:

Tour Eiffel Champ de Mars © French Moments
Tour Eiffel Champ de Mars © French Moments

From Passerelle Debilly:

Eiffel Tower 5 December 2015 08 © French Moments
The Eiffel Tower at Christmas (from Passerelle Debilly) © French Moments

A special time comes at the top of the hour when many blinking white lights start sparkling all over the tower for 5 minutes. This event takes place not only at Christmas time but all year round.

The giant ice-skating rink was back in time for Christmas 2014 after a few years of absence due to undergoing work on the first platform.

For Christmas 2014 and New Year’s Eve celebrations, an unexpected gigantic transparent bubble hosting a Christmas snowy tree forest was set under the Eiffel Tower. More than 120 fir trees have been temporarily planted under the four arches of the iron lady, with clever lighting giving the impression of falling snow.

Bulle Tour Eiffel © French Moments
A bubble under the Eiffel Tower (2014) © French Moments

 

Christmas markets near the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower at Christmas © French Moments
The Christmas market of the Champ de Mars © French Moments

In the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower are three small Christmas markets:

  • Champ-de-Mars (Avenue Anatole France),
  • Bir-Hakeim,
  • Quai Branly by River Seine,

All of them offer a wide range of decorative objects and local produce. In past years, the gardens of Trocadéro were transformed into a winter wonderland (“Trocadéro on Ice”) which included a snowshoe and cross-country trail. and an open-air skating rink. Due to undergoing work on the site of Palais de Chaillot, the event has not been taking place since 2014.

Eiffel Tower at Christmas © French Moments
The Christmas market by the Eiffel Tower © French Moments
Christmas Market Quai Branly © French Moments
Christmas Market in Quai Branly © French Moments

 

More photos of Christmas at the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower at Christmas © French Moments
Snow at the Eiffel Tower © French Moments
Winter in Paris © French Moments
Winter in Paris © French Moments
Eiffel Tower © French Moments
Winter Wonderland in Paris (avenue de Breteuil) © French Moments
Winter in Paris © French Moments
Square Rapp in winter © French Moments
Eiffel Tower © French Moments
Eiffel Tower in winter © French Moments
Eiffel Tower at Christmas © French Moments
Eiffel Tower at Christmas © French Moments
Eiffel Tower Paris © French Moments
The Eiffel Tower at night © French Moments
The Eiffel Tower in Blue White Red © French Moments
The Eiffel Tower in Blue White Red © French Moments

 

More info about Christmas in Paris

Metro station: Bir Hakeim (lines 6), Trocadéro (lines 6 and 9). RER station: Champ-de-Mars Tour Eiffel (RER C).

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 the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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