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Welcome 2 France Newsletter December 2017
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Tis the season.. and all that. Whether or not it's a white Christmas, Paris is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world. The crisp air, the elegant and festive window displays, the trees and the lights, it's all just magical. This month, we are going to show you the best way to get into the Christmas spirit, where to do your Christmas shopping (to try and grab that special something) and also a little bit of alternative culture (the things you won't find in the guide book)

This Month's Featured Apartments

Champs Elysées - Marbeuf 1 bedroom

For up to 4 guests, ideal for family, friends or a small business team, this charming 538 sq. ft one-bedroom flat located on the first French floor is simple in design making good use of its space. Fully equipped with a convertible sofa in the living room, plenty of natural light and more awaiting you in central Paris

Champs Elysées - Marbeuf 2 bedrooms

Boasting 100m2, this spacious and luminous apartment is located on the 3rd French floor (with an elevator in the building) along a very quiet and small street in the 8th district. It comes with high ceilings and large French windows.

Champs Elysées - Marignan

With its original hardwood floors and ornate high ceilings, this wonderful 145m2 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom property is comfortable all while keeping a French touch to make you feel like a true Parisian living in Paris.


Ice Skating

If falling on your face and almost avoiding a terrible injury is your idea of romance and relaxation then why not try ice-skating. Of course, I am kidding (but only a little bit, you do need to be careful when you put on those skates). With a stunning backdrop, Christmas lights and Christmas music, this is the essential experience to really get you in the mood. Below is a list of the coolest places to skate to your hearts content.

Hotel de Ville: Health and safety is key at this most stylish and magical location. You can't get in unless you're wearing gloves. And if last year is anything to go by, they don't offer them on site, so come prepared.

Trocadéro Ice rink: It opens in December to early January. The fun Christmas Village at the Trocadéro located just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower is a festive spot for ice skating and enjoying the charms of a French Christmas market.

Eiffel Tower Ice rink: Ah, the ultimate experience. They closed it last year, which was a massive disappointment but this year, it's open. Expect large crowds, so arrive early. It will be busy but to ice skate around the most famous French icon is just... ah, you know.


At Welcome2France we always try to give you something you wouldn't expect. Packed with Christmas trees, mulled wine and ice skating, the Winter Wonderland that is Paris, is also hosting this incredible event. Inspiring, educational, cultural and fantastically unique, Africolor runs for virtually the entire month of December.

The event has been running for 29 years and this year promises to be better than ever. Located in 5 Rue Arthur Groussier, the single venue festival hosts some of the most unique musical stylings from across the continent. Check out the web link below for more details - but have Google translate at the ready if your French isn't great.

Christmas Markets

Department stores are all dressed up this time of year, and they are definitely worth a visit. But if you are looking for a special gift or something totally unique, you should check out some of the amazing Christmas Markets happening across the city. Maybe you don't even want to buy anything, but even just wandering around, will lift your spirits.

If you are sightseeing across the city, you will no doubt notice the big ones in the Champs de Mars beside the Eiffel Tower and in Notre Dame square beside the iconic church. Well worth a visit with beautiful backdrops, but here are two you may not know about.

Perfect for all the family, and with over 300 stalls, its the largest Christmas market in the entire city. Located in La Défense, you could miss it, if you're just over for a few days. The district is in the financial heartland of Paris and is generally not on the tourist trail. The metro stop is La Défense

If food is your thing then try the Christmas Market in Gare de l'Est. OK, it is in a train station, but the food on offer is amazing. Genuine pretzels, gingerbread, Christmas biscuits and wine - yes please. The Alsace Christmas market, showcases all the specialties of a dynamic French region with close cultural links to Germany.

Mulled Wine

Some of our more cultured readers might be shouting at the screen and saying "It's German, it's not French". Well, that's true. Mulled Wine or Vin Chaud doesn't come from France, but then again neither do croissants. But they are very good at making it. The hot grape drink is a perfect companion to a crisp walk around the city and the sweet smell of cinnamon is the definition of Christmas.


Le Pick Clops

The 50's café, just oozes charm and can be found on the corner of the Rue Vieille du Temple. The crowd is mostly hip-trendy 20 somethings, who know where it's at. But Le Pick Clops is friendly and suited for everyone and has less of a student vibe during the weekend. A vin chaud here won't break the bank (so you can have quite a few of them). Also try their cakes, they're just yummy

16 Rue Vieille du Temple


Café Fou

If you like your cafés or bars, a little bit different, check this place out. Located in front of the Bibliothèque National de France, Café Fou is on a boat. Or is a boat, rather. A cosy floating café run by enthusiastic entrepreneur Frédéric Decatoire. His vin chaud with peach syrup is spectacularly good, and the place also does a choice of tapas.
8 Port de la Gare


Un Zèbre à Montmartre

You are sure to pass by this place and probably miss it, if you're unlucky. Just beside the Sacré-Coeur, this divine little bar/restaurant is well hidden to avoid the crowd of tourists. It is a restaurant however and seats are limited. If your intention to just have a wine. probably best to try outside the drinking hours.
38 Rue Lepic

Calendar of Events


Gauguin, The Alchimist
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
All November
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

All November
11 rue de vaugirard

Montmarte -Decor
Musée de Montmartre
All December
12-14 rue Cortot

Pop Art Icons
Musée Maillol
All November
61 rue de Grenelle


Elton John
AccorHotels Arena
December 1st
8 boulevard de Bercy

Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreals
Philharmonie de Paris
December 2nd
221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris


Irving Penn
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
All December
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

René Goscinny
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme
All December
71 rue du Temple

Philharmonie de Paris
All December
221 avenue Jean Jaurès


Christian Dior, Couturier du rêve
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
All December
107 rue de Rivoli

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