Christmas is a time that is supposed to be full of joy but, the days and weeks that precede it are often incredibly tense and nervy. Due to this, we are starting to see hundreds if not thousands of people going abroad for the day, taking the hassle out of Christmas almost entirely. So, if you want to spend your Christmas abroad with your family there’s no place better than Paris, here’s why:

The World Capital of Love

Where better to trade presents than in the world capital of love? France and Paris in particular have always had a reputation for being the centre of love and romance and it is easy to see why. With iconic monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Art gallery, Paris really is home to some places that will make you fall in love all over again. There’s simply no better place to say ‘I love you’ than at the top of the Eiffel Tower at Christmas time and, with stunning scenery across the whole of the city, you’ll see a view that’s better than any fairy light display.

Collecting the Subways in Paris
Christmas In ParisStuck in Customs / / CC BY-NC-SA

Divine French Cuisine

Bored of Turkey and trimmings? Then try a taste of the finest French cuisine that Paris has to offer. Paris is known for its individuality and exotic tastes so; if you’re not a fan of turkey then this is the perfect place to locate for your Christmas day meal. After all, even if you do like a Christmas day lunch, you could have one every Sunday and, as a result, France remains your best bet.

Christmas tree at Notre-Dame de Paris, France
Christmas tree at Notre-Dame de Paris, FranceHerve “Setaou” BRY / / CC BY-NC-SA

Breathtaking Fun for All

Remember, France isn’t only a place for loved up couples, and if you plan correctly then you can have fun for all the family. There’s something for everyone and if you’d rather shop, cycle or play, Paris is perfect for you. If you want to take everything in at once, you can simply go for a cruise down the river Seine and take in everything that Paris has to offer. However, in doing so, remember that Paris can be quite cold at this time of year, so Christmas presents like this Regatta coat from e-outdoor could be the ideal Christmas present to keep your loved one warm on your French trip.

Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées avenue with christmas 2011 lights at dusk, La Defense financial district in the background.
Champs-Elysées avenue with christmas lightsloic80l / / CC BY-NC-ND

So, with so much going on in Paris and so much stress to go through before having the big day at home, isn’t it time you thought about going abroad this Christmas?