13/12/2015

♥ A Parisian Christmas: the Galeries Lafayette and the Printemps ♥

'Let the show begin'
The view from the top of the Printemps
To dive even more into the festive spirit, the only thing that I longed for was to see Christmas displays in Paris and get excited about all the beautiful lights in the streets. Although nothing can beat English cities when it comes to Christmas atmosphere (at least to me), I still think Paris does have some pretty displays during the festive period. My favourite place to go at this time of year is the Galeries Lafayette and the Printemps, the huge Parisian department stores that many of you must know of already. Each year, they arrange their windows with amazing themed decorations, and the inside is also filled with trees, baubles and lights. Nothing makes me happier than going to the Galeries during Christmas time, even though the place is packed full of people. The festive atmosphere is too good to miss, and the work done in the window displays are amazing!
This year, the Printemps (which are celebrating their 150th birthday) have decided to go for a very springy - according to their name! - theme, with flying and dancing flowers, and roses on the ceiling. To these, you can add a wonderful Burberry window display (Burberry does amazing displays each year!), amongst many others. As for the Galeries Lafayette, they went for a space and robots theme - I guess it has something to do with the new Star Wars film! I don't have many photos of these displays though, because of the awful reflections of light you couldn't see much in the pictures that I took. :( 

The best part to me in the wonderful Christmas tree inside the Galeries, in all its gold glittering beauty! If ever you come to Paris during the Christmas and New Year period, I highly recommend you go to the Galeries Lafayettes and the Printemps - both stores are right next to each other in a beautiful part of the city. Don't forget to stop at a nearby café (or even at the café of the stores if you're feeling fancy) for a hot drink. I promise you, you'll be full-on Christmas mode!


Have you ever been to these stores during the Christmas period? Or to any department store that creates beautiful festive scenery during that time of year?
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16 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos Julia!!
    I loved seeing all the Christmassy feeling in these wonderful pictures!
    I do agree with you, in England (although I can only really talk about London) they do it better than most places! I love London at Christmas time, and I especially love Oxford street and all the lights they have, as well as Selfridges displays.
    Much love,
    Mona

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    1. Thank you Mona ♥ Yes London at Christmas is amazing, especially around the big shopping areas like Selfridges as you said. Bath and Winchester are also wonderful to visit during Christmas time! But Paris is obviously a nice one too :P xx

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  2. Wow everything looks so beautiful and the view is breath taking! Would love to visit one day!

    Happy holidays x
    http://daristo-chic.blogspot.com.mt/

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    1. Yes, this is really a wonderful place to be at Christmas time, it is so festive and sparkly and fun :D xx

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  3. WOW your department stores look magical! I didn't go into any when I went to London, there must have been millions of people haha! So lovely to see what Christmas looks like in other cities! :) xx

    Conny

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    1. Yes, they know how to create an atmosphere in these stores! However the downside is that there are crowds of people inside, it's true! :( xx

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  4. Wow these pictures look absolutely stunning and are the definition of festive spirit! You are so lucky to live in such a magical place - or kingdom of lights! :D I would so love to visit one day, only at Christmastime!! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (doing follow for follow on bloglovin or instagram)

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  5. I enjoyed all of these pictures. I loved all the roses as I'm a big fan of flowers...like a huge fan of them! I need a new bouquet every week! xx, adaatude.com

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    1. The roses displays are really cool, although the ones with the moving faces in are quite creepy, I wish you could see this for real haha :P xx

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  6. Your pictures are completely stunning, you're a great photographer! xx

    Louleecutie.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Lovely Photos, thanks for sharring them with us ! That Christmas tree is an absolute goal !

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    1. I'm glad you liked them Sophie! Yes this tree is wonderful and magical :D xx

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  8. Hello, I have just stumbled on your blog and it is really interesting :) I love all the pictures from Paris, they are amazing. I would have been in heaven in that make up hall!! Hope you have a lovely new year!
    Jess xx

    Please feel free to have a look at my blog: http://thatgirlisjess.blogspot.co.uk/


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    1. Thanks Jess! I'm glad to share these photos and that you like them :D Happy new year to you too, I'll surely check out your blog! xx

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