Vin Chaud, glittering lights and the possibility of snow: the experience of visiting the city of lights during the colder months is like no other time of the year. Here are some very good reasons to visit Paris in the winter!
You can see the seasonal decorations and Christmas markets
When it comes to the festive season, there is no better place to enjoy the Christmas markets and sparkling lights than in the city of lights itself. From the dazzling Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayettes to the glittering lights throughout the rest of the city, there are little bits of magic to be found around every corner (so make sure to bring your camera!). While you’re in town, make sure to try some ‘vin chaud’ (better known as mulled wine) which is most definitely a French Christmas Market speciality!
You can sip of a Chocolat Chaud (Hot Chocolate) en Terrace
No one combines hot drinks and cafés quite like the French. Sip on a chocolat chaud (head to Angelina for the best in town), short espresso (here’s how to really order coffee in Paris) or a vin chaud (depending on the time of day!). Thanks to the wide boulevards and outdoor heaters, you can even enjoy your drinks outside, in front of the café en terrace…
You can go Ice Skating!
Ice skating is a particular favourite of Parisians- particularly around the holiday season. As a result, throughout the city, you’ll find plenty of ice rinks dotted throughout the arrondissements. Bring your own skates, or rent them at the rink for a small fee if you don’t own any!
You can find cheaper airfare and cheaper hotel rates
Though the winter may not be the all time cheapest time of the year to visit Paris, fewer tourists and less bookings mean that the cost of Paris goes right down compared with in the summer. And it all happens before you even step foot in the city of love. Visit in the winter months, and your airfare tickets are likely to be much cheaper than those purchased in the summer months, not to mention your hotel room!
You’ll have the perfect excuse to get indoors and explore some of the city’s inside attractions
Covered passageways, quirky museums and plenty of cute cafés, the chillier air and shorter days are the perfect excuse to cosy up indoors and get familiar with Paris’ inside attractions. Some of my favourite small museums in the city include Musée Montmartre, Musée de la Vie Romantique and Musée de L’Orangerie. Head inside to soak up the history and keep warm!
You’ll find fewer crowds than at many other times of the year
Everyone knows that Paris is busy! Even if you go to some of the more offbeat destinations in the city, you’re sure to run into at least one or two people. That being said, in the winter months, there are definitely fewer crowds than at many other times of the year (think spring, all of the summer and early fall!).
And if all that’s not enough… There’s always the chance of snow!
Though it doesn’t happen every year, there’s nothing quite as magical as Paris in the snow- particularly the Montmartre area of the city. Imagine cobbled lanes and pretty architecture all dusted with a layer of snow just magic!