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One of the most beautiful views of Paris at Christmas can be enjoyed from the big wheel on Place de la Concorde. Ideally located along the Historical Axis, the temporary structure offers a great view of the Eiffel Tower and River Seine. Make sure you embark at night time on the dot of the hour so you can enjoy the Eiffel Tower sparkling… just so romantic! These are a few words about the Ferris Wheel at Place de la Concorde.

The Ferris Wheel at Place de la Concorde

The Ferris Wheel at Place de la Concorde had become over the years an unavoidable feature of Christmas in Paris. In 2017-2018, the great Ferris Wheel took center stage on the Place de la Concorde for the 24th consecutive year. It won’t be coming back in 2018-2019 on that site so make sure you ride on it before the 18th May 2018!

Ferris Wheel Paris
Ferris Wheel of Paris © French Moments

The monumental Ferris Wheel is owned by the French king of funfair, Marcel Campion, who is also the host of the Champs-Élysées Christmas market. For many Parisians and tourists alike, the attraction has become a legitimate monument for the time of Christmas.

Ferris Wheel, Paris by night © French Moments
Ferris Wheel, Paris by night © French Moments
Grande Roue et Fontaine Place de la Concorde © French Moments
Ferris Wheel of Place de la Concorde © French Moments

The view from the top

The top of the wheel reached 70 metres and offered a stunning view over the Historical Axis: from the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and the towers of La Défense and from the Tuileries Garden to the Louvre. Most of Paris’ great monuments could be seen too: the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse Tower, Notre-Dame, Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur and much closer, the Madeleine Church and Palais Bourbon.

Paris Ferris Wheel Place de la Concorde
Christmas on the Champs-Élysées © French Moments

The view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe revealing the Great Wheel along the Historical Axis of Paris.

The Ferris Wheel seen from Arc de Triomphe © French Moments
The Ferris Wheel seen from Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

Each season until May 2018, the great Ferris Wheel welcomed 300,000 passengers on board of 42 cabins (including one for persons with reduced mobility). In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Ferris Wheel was 10m taller than in previous year (70m tall).

Admission fees were 12 euros for adults, 10 euros for seniors and 6 euros for children (up to 12 yo) 

The Grande Roue was open from 17 November 2017 to 18 May 2018… and it won’t come back on place de la Concorde!

Visit the official website of the Tourist Board of Paris.

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Gems of Paris by French Moments
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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