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Christmas on the Champs Elysee

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by Cressida Ryan (subscribe)
Classicist and traveller
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A stroll down the Champs Elysee is fabulous at any time of year, but at Christmas it's transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland with a market installed.

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The Champs Elysee by night

Running from 14th November until the weekend of Epiphany (4th January), the Christmas market adds a definite sense of community, excitement and sparkle to this famous road. Scores of stands line either side of the major carriageway.

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Stalls along the Champs Elysee

There are plentiful sellers of fast food, offering a wide range of fare. If you want to get something for that cultured person who has everything, stalls like the wine gadget one are bound to offer ideas.

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Wine gadgets on the Champs Elysee

In keeping with tradition there are craft stalls, and ones selling gingerbread delights of all kinds.

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Christmas food on the Champs Elysee

Christmas baubles abound, in a thoroughly tasteful fashion.

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Christmas decorations for sale

On a cold winter's day, what more could you want than a steaming glass of mulled wine? Various stalls are selling it, at reasonable prices in great robust plastic mugs which themselves act as souvenirs of the event.

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Mulled wine on the Champs Elysee

Chocolate stalls, hot roasted chestnuts... it's all there, evoking the smells and sights which conjure up the magic of winter and a European Christmas.

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Chocolate treats on the Champs Elysee

Further up the street the major decorations kick in, with beautiful white light displays transforming the street.

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Christmas lights on the Champs Elysee

The sweeping boulevard is so substantial that there is even room for a small funfair. Bright lights and fun rides litter the street, making sure that visitors of all ages can have a good time.

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The atmosphere of the funfair on the Champs Elysee

To get there, head to any point on the Champs Elysee. The market stretches halfway up the road from the Place du Concorde, so is probably best approached from that direction, although it's only a short walk to the Arc de Triomphe. Expect lots of people at peak times, but the pavements are big enough to accommodate everyone. Prices seem to be very reasonable. Even if you don't buy anything, just the experience of being there is glorious!
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Why? Christmas magic - shopping and fun
When: 14th November 2014 to 4th January 2015
Where: Champs Elysee
Cost: free entry
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