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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 very popular place to be for residents and tourists alike.


Christmas time at the Eiffel Tower

Tour Eiffel 04 © French Moments-001
The Eiffel Tower at sunset © French Moments

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

From the terrace of the Trocadéro:

Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro © French Moments
The Eiffel Tower from 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:

Passerelle Debilly Tour Eiffel © French Moments
Passerelle Debilly © French Moments

A very special time comes at the top of the hour when a multitude of 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 temporary planted under the four arches of the iron lady with a clever lighting gave 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

Christmas market Champ de Mars © French Moments
The Christmas market at 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 (16/12/2015-03/01/2016), Quai Branly by River Seine, all of them offering 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.

Christmas Market Quai Branly © French Moments
Christmas Market in Quai Branly © French Moments


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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