Sure, New York’s got the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Saks Fifth Avenue has some pretty cool window displays. Let’s not forget Macy’s or the Union Square Christmas Market.
But NYC’s got nothing on Paris when it comes to absolute Christmas spectacle. Come December, every street is draped with lights, and every department store has step stools for kids to get up on so they can press their little red noses against the latest visual feast laid out by Printemps Haussmann or Galeries Lafayette.
A brief RIP to the Champs-Elysees Christmas Market, which will be closed this year due to a dispute between Jean-François Martins, Paris’ head of tourism, and Marcel Campion, the city’s “fairground king.” Martins, along with Mayor Anne Hidalgo, pleaded for City Hall to close the Christmas Market for poorly representing Paris by selling cheap made-in-China trinkets and churros instead of good old fashioned French fare. City Hall obliged, and now tourists are going to have to go to one of the many other holiday markets to get their vin chaud and laminated Gene Kelly posters.
Don’t worry, there are plans in the works for a newer, better, French-er Christmas market. But until then, enjoy this video of snowy Parisian splendor, and if you’re looking for other things to replace your date with the Champs-Elysées, check out our list of 10 Things to Do in Paris in December.