The Eiffel Tower at Christmas time


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 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. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French 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.

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