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In pictures: Christmas lights at Paris’ Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette Christmas decorations, Paris

In Paris’ 9th arrondissement, Galeries Lafayette is the city’s most glamorous department store – it’s the City of Lights’ version of Selfridges or Macys. And like its London and New York counterparts, it brings out the bling each Christmas. The centrepiece of the store’s decorations is the tree – a 65-foot-high giant decorated with two miles of lights which towers up four storeys under the beautiful stained glass domed roof. Each year there’s a different theme and design, and crowds gather for the annual unveiling. 2013′s decorations were sponsored by Swatch to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The tree is topped with a white owl and there’s village at the bottom of the tree with animated cats, mice, rabbits and monkeys who spring to life and dance around on the hour. Outside the decorations continue in the store’s front windows, which are decorated with scenes from Beauty and the Beast. You might have to brave a few crowds to get there, but you can’t help coming away feeling Christmassy.

Galeries Lafayette Christmas decorations, Paris
Galeries Lafayette Christmas decorations, Paris
Galeries Lafayette Christmas decorations, Paris
Galeries Lafayette Christmas decorations, Paris

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  1. Jen #

    Looks beautiful. Must be spectacular to see this in person!

    December 16, 2013
    • It was gorgeous – busy but well worth the crowds!

      December 17, 2013
  2. Ah, gorgeous. I’ve never seen it during Christmastime.

    December 16, 2013
    • I’ve been to Paris many times but this was my first time inside!

      December 17, 2013
  3. Love, love, love!! Must go there…. Fabulous photos Lucy

    December 16, 2013
    • Can’t believe I’d never been inside before, it’s a stunning building at any time of year – and the view from the roof is an extra bonus!

      December 17, 2013
  4. Wow. It’s beaufiful. I am coming to Paris for the New Year’s day! :)

    December 16, 2013
    • How fantastic, hope you have a great time!

      December 17, 2013
  5. Wow! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

    December 16, 2013
    • Thanks, so glad I finally made it, have been meaning to visit for years and this was the perfect time of year!

      December 17, 2013
  6. How beautiful! I love the Galeries Lafayette, as well as many of the grand old stores like Liberty, Harrod’s and Selfridges in London. Is it just me or do international stores do things in a more spectacular way than the US does these days?

    December 16, 2013
    • I love these old buildings too, you can feel the history and almost imagine the department store heydays in the 20s and 30s!

      December 17, 2013
    • This summer we took a trip up to Pennsylvania to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and learned that it was a department store owner from Pittsburgh who financed it.
      I remember thinking, that must have been some department store in the 30s to be able to build a house like that! Now you’ve got my curious about how those other stores were built. Hmmm… a new project!

      December 17, 2013
  7. Lucy, this looks SO gorgeous! Brilliant photos :)

    December 16, 2013
    • I almost had second thoughts when we saw the crowds outside but I’d heard the decorations were spectacular so glad we persevered!

      December 17, 2013
  8. Very festive! I’ve just wrote a blog on the Christmas Season, have a look and see if you agree! Thanks.

    http://itsjoelwood.wordpress.com/blog/

    December 16, 2013
    • You’ve got a good point! I’d generally say that 1 December is plenty early enough to start talking about Christmas, but I just noticed I posted about Christmas markets back on 25 November so I’ve broken that myself, still within a month til Christmas though so not too bad I hope!

      December 17, 2013
    • Haha no I think I’ll let you go with that! Thanks for reading, hope you have a lovely Christmas!

      December 17, 2013
  9. Lovely!

    December 17, 2013
  10. These pictures are gorgeous! We just got back from Paris, I can’t believe we missed this. I guess I will have to go back :)

    December 17, 2013
    • Always good to have an excuse to make another trip to Paris!

      December 18, 2013
  11. Beautiful photos! The blue ceiling is just spectacular. It looks like it was well worth the crowds!

    December 17, 2013
    • Fabulous isn’t it – you feel you it should be in a cathedral or palace rather than a shop!

      December 18, 2013
  12. Wow, absolutely stunning photos.

    December 17, 2013
  13. I love Galeries Lafayette’s glass ceiling, and the Christmas decoration just made everything even more gorgeous.

    December 17, 2013
    • The ceiling is so beautiful, I’d never seen it before but was so impressed!

      December 18, 2013
  14. Oh my goodness. So beautiful. I wonder how long it took them to decorate that tree.

    December 17, 2013
    • Not sure about the tree but apparently they start planning and building the decorations nine months in advance – so much work!

      December 18, 2013
  15. Just back from Paris last weekend, but we didn’t manage to get to Galarie Lafayettes – wish I had because the other places were very restrained in their decorations so we didn’t really feel very christmassy!

    December 18, 2013
    • We must’ve overlapped as I was there last Friday til Sunday! The decorations at Galeries Lafayettes were lovely, though the crowds on the Saturday afternoon were something else, probably one it’s best to go and see in early December before it gets too manic!

      December 18, 2013
  16. One of my favorite stores in Paris. Also check out BHV.

    December 18, 2013
    • I’ve been to BHV in the summer but didn’t get chance to see the Christmas decorations this time – one for the next trip!

      December 19, 2013
  17. I was so thrilled to see these gorgeous shots – I’ll be in Paris in a few weeks and I’m hoping to see it in person!

    December 19, 2013
    • Fantastic! I just posted up some tips about the things to see and do at Christmas so hope that’ll be useful too. Have a great trip!

      December 19, 2013
  18. Lovely photos, Lucy! Hopefully I’ll find awesome Christmas light displays during my upcoming weekend trip to Busan, South Korea, too.

    I wish you a Merry Christmas!

    ☆★☆

    December 19, 2013
    • Thanks – hope you enjoy your trip to Busan and have a great Christmas too!

      December 19, 2013

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