Winter in Paris: feel like you're in a ski resort!

When the cold sets in on the city of light, Paris is transformed into a winter wonderland. Although the French capital is not a traditional ski destination, it's surprising how much it can compete with mountain resorts in terms of winter atmosphere.   

In this article, we'll be revealing the secrets to enjoy your winter holidays in Paris while immersing yourself in the magic of the Alpine ski stations! 

Winter in Paris: feel like you're in a ski resort! ©Winter in Paris: feel like you're in a ski resort!

First of all, Paris is renowned for its charming Christmas markets, which transform the city into a winter fairytale. Don’t miss the Champs-Élysées market, where elegantly decorated wooden cottages invite you to taste French specialities and find unique gifts for your loved ones. Join us at the Christmas market at Maison Mère, Paris 9, and discover our favourite designers on Sunday 26 November. 

Montmartre, with its breathtaking views over the city, and the Notre-Dame market are also magical places to stroll, buy decorations and enjoy delicious food.   

Then, head to the heart of the capital for some figure skating! Paris has magnificent open-air skating rinks that make every outing an unforgettable winter adventure. The elegant ice rink in front of the Hôtel de Ville, the magnificent ice rink at the Grand Palais, or the romantic ice rink at the Eiffel Tower will send you into a world of ice and enchantment. 

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And what better way to warm up in winter than with chocolate delights? Paris offers some of the world's finest chocolatiers, such as La Maison du Chocolat, Pierre Hermé, and Angelina. Let yourself be seduced by their exquisite creations and discover the ultimate comfort of creamy hot chocolates

During the day, if you want to get away from the city, take advantage of some nearby escapades. Fontainebleau, Chantilly and Giverny offer picturesque winter landscapes, perfect for a day's escape. The "Château de Fontainebleau" provides a varied program of exhibitions and events for this period, check out the calendar on their website.   

For dinner, winter is the perfect season to enjoy the comforting dishes of French cuisine. Don't miss out on the best winter food such as raclette, fondue, onion soup and tartiflette to warm you up. Visit the Atelier Saisonnier in the 9th, 11th or 13th arrondissements, the Marmotte restaurant or the Montorgueil café - the choice is yours! 

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Finally, winter in Paris is also punctuated by cultural events and unique traditions. Come and see classical music concerts, explore art exhibitions and discover Christmas shows for a complete immersion in the festive atmosphere. You can find the full calendar of current events on the Paris City Council website

Paris rarely turns white, but when it does, the town becomes simply magical. Get your camera ready to capture precious moments of the city of light under the snow, a rare and wonderful experience. 



Book your stay at Maison Mère, your Parisian home, and benefit from a 10% discount and an audio guide to visit Paris and its gardens in autumn colours!
This exclusive offer applies to a minimum two-night stay between 1 November and 23 December 2023. 

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