- By lisa
- On Nov 20, 2018
- Travel Tips
It does depend on the month you are planning to go to Paris France, but from November to February, you are sure to find some of the best things to do in France in winter.
Winter Festivals in France
Start the winter round of festivals with the annual celebration of the arrival of Nouveau Beaujolais at midnight on the third Thursday of November. During the winter, music, and jazz festivals move indoors but keep on performing, while events like the Cheval Passion horse show bring fabulous equestrian acts to Avignon in January.
Watch out for local festivals honoring St. Vincent in wine-growing areas, particularly Champagne and Burgundy, traditionally on January 22nd. The south of France defies the winter with events like the Limoux Carnival which begins in mid January, while the Lemon Festival in Menton heralds the end of winter and the start of Spring.
Paris takes on a different dimension in winter. There’s nothing more magical than walking in the crisp air along the River Seine looking at the grand buildings in the clear winter light. When the summer tourists are gone, you feel the city is your own. Must-dos include dropping into Galeries Lafayette to see their giant Christmas tree with its fabulous gold ornaments. The holiday lights that line the Champs-Elysées are some of the most beautiful in the world. The Christmas markets sell everything that is seasonal, chic, and covetable. Disneyland Paris of course puts on a marvelous show and there are plenty of ice-skating rinks around to help you work off all those extra holiday calories.
Buy a packet of roasted chestnuts to keep you going, or just sit on a heated terrace in one of the great sidewalk cafes, order hot chocolate, and watch the world go by.