Win­ter won­der­land

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The City of Light is trans­formed in De­cem­ber into a vast, mag­i­cal fairy­land. The fes­tive ex­cite­ment is im­pos­si­ble to re­sist, and every­where you turn there is some­thing to get you into the spirit of Christ­mas. The square in front of the Hô­tel de Ville is trans­formed into a gi­ant ice rink, and skaters of all ages and abil­i­ties can skate here to their heart’s con­tent for three months, from De­cem­ber to March. At the Christ­mas mar­ket in the Champs-Élysées, shop­pers stroll through pret­tily dec­o­rated wooden chalets packed with dec­o­ra­tions, presents, gourmet food prod­ucts, and arts and crafts. The beau­ti­ful na­tiv­ity scenes at Notre-Dame cathe­dral, l’Église de la Madeleine and Sacré-Coeur are worth a visit as are the daz­zling win­dow dis­plays and dec­o­ra­tions at depart­ment stores: Gal­leries Lafayette ( pic­tured), Prin­temps and Le Bon Marché. en.con­ven­­

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