- By Kevin
- On Aug 29, 2017
- Travel Tips
Paris guides tell you something about the Paris and Disneyland in late December to Early January. You may have some questions as one of our custmer as: "My friends & I want to travel to Paris during New Year’s Eve to see the fireworks around the Eiffel tower. Is this a good time to visit Paris for the first time as we don’t like the crowds? Also, we want to go to Disneyland, can we have a good time at Paris Disney during winter holidays?"
Paris is very pretty at this time of year with all the festivities and Christmas decorations still up through early January. It won’t be crowded in general, as Parisians typically go away for the holidays, but there will be lots of tourists visiting the usual landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, etc. If you don’t like crowds, just avoid those areas and you should be fine. Be warned though that many restaurants and smaller mom and pop shops will be closed around this period too. As for Disneyland Paris, the crowds are lowest between mid-January and mid-March, so if you’re only able to visit at the beginning of January it will be fairly busy. Your best bet is to go on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
If you're palnning to see Paris during the Christmas holiday, and worry about the hotel cost? Let's talk about the dates, which is the best for viewing Christmas lights in Paris. To find a nice hotel on the left bank that’s not too costly. Here're the answer:
Yes, hotel prices do go up a bit around the holidays but if you book early you’ll still be able to get some good deals. The priciest areas on the Left Bank will be in Saint-Germain so if you’re looking for value try the 5th or the parts of the 7th not near the Eiffel Tower. You’ll have to ask the hotel directly if they have any special rates for former military – it’s more the international chains like Best Western that offers such pricing.
The Christmas lights go up roughly in mid-November and stay up until shortly after the new year. There are tons of places around Paris that do special lighting and you should check out the Champs Elysees for decorations and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré for chandelier lights made by Baccarat. Others are the chic avenue Montaigne and stately Place Vendome. You also need to visit the animatronic window displays at Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. They are one of the highlights of Christmas in Paris and are a big hit with kids and adults alike.
You can definitely explore the mainstream attractions on your own such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, etc. but it would be helpful to hire a guide to maximize your week there. Though it sounds like you’ve done a lot of research, a guide can help recommend things that are relevant for you and most importantly cut through the endless options.