Across the northern hemisphere, autumn is in full swing… which means that soon the holiday season will soon be upon us! Whether you prefer shopping in a bustling city, stepping back in time for a traditional Christmas, or sharing the joy of the season with family and friends, Celebrate the season in France with Globe Bleu. We can bring your dreams to life by designing a winter getaway like you’ve only imagined.
Stay in Paris at a Globe Bleu-preferred accommodation and experience the sights and sounds of the City of Lights with one of our experienced and knowledgeable concierges. Paris is a shopper’s heaven year-round, though especially in the winter as you escape the cold, snowy sidewalks with your Globe Bleu personal shopping guide.
You’ll uncover the famed and historic galeries and passages, where a ‘hidden’ world of shops and cafes await. Each galerie has a unique character and charm and will offer an entirely different experience. Learn more about Paris’ beautiful covered walkways from Bob Preston, Globe Bleu President.
The whole family will get a thrill from the view atop la Grande Roue, Paris’ traveling Ferris wheel that returns home to le Jardin de Tuileries each winter to delight residents and touristsalike. Towering over 197 ft. tall, this Ferris wheel was built for the millennial celebration and was supposed to remain only one year.
Instead, its owner dismantled the wheel in 2002 and it then toured the EU and Asia. Having returned to Paris in 2007, la Grande Roue is open for rides each winter to offer a unique perspective on the magical city of Paris.
Sharpen your ice skating skills by indulging in this favorite winter pastime in the heart of Paris. Or simply ‘people-watch’ with a mug of chocolat chaud, taking in the sights and sounds of the season.
An entirely different French holiday experience awaits in Alsace, at charming Strasbourg, known as the world’s Christmas capital. Strasbourg’s “Christkindelsmärik” (market of the Infant Jesus) is the oldest Christmas market, dating to 1570. It’s truly a step back in time by experiencing this marvelous authentic Alsatian tradition.
The Strasbourg market is truly a feast for the senses. Sip on spiced wine with a bit of gingerbread as you walk from stall to stall, marveling at the handcrafted artisan goods. Stunning seasonal decor including HUGE adorned trees with glittering lights surround you. Hear traditional orchestras play the sounds of the Christmas season at any number of nightly concerts. It’s all certainly a spectacle to behold! Read more: Bob Preston shares his experience in Strasbourg one Christmas.