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Paris goes all out for the Holiday season

As we approach the holiday season, the lights of Paris transport us, more than ever this year, to a world of dreams. Flitting from one palace hotel to the next, our festive walk takes you on a tour of the city’s finest decorations, illuminations and musical events.

Under the arcades of the rue de Rivoli, inside Le Meurice Hotel, with its illuminated façade decked out in green branches, discover a magical Christmas tree dripping with white and silver baubles. The culinary ballet choreographed by chef Jocelyn Herland, with head pastry chef, Cédric Grolet, on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, promises to take your breath away, while brunch on December 25 and January 1 is ideal for the whole family. The Christmas Tea Times are a must until the end of December

Le Meurice 
228, rue de Rivoli, Paris 1er
Tél. 01 44 58 10 10.

 

Close by, the courtyard of the Mandarin Oriental, planted with snow-laden silver birch and glowing with fireflies, is hosting the Marché des Saveurs, a food market heaving with fruit, vegetables, oysters, caviar and a Christmas log by David Landriot, not far from the Louis Roederer pop-up champagne bar. With Thierry Marx manning the kitchen on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and live music until 3am, it’s bound to be a feast to remember! Don’t miss brunch on December 25 and January 1.

Mandarin Oriental Paris
251, rue Saint Honoré, Paris 1er
Tél. 01 70 98 78 88

 

Next, stop off at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme where, once again, in partnership with Chopard, the Fleurier snow-topped chalet and patio will transport you to another world.  Inside, raclette is served at midday and in the evening for four to ten guests. The “palace” version with truffles is to die for! On December 24 and 31, you’re invited to dine at Les Orchidées and Le Pur on dishes prepared by the talented Jean-François Rouquette. The Christmas Day and New Year’s Day buffet brunches at Les Orchidées are bound to delight the whole family.

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
5 Rue de la Paix, 2e 
Tél. 01 58 71 12 34
• Chalet Fleurier by Chopard until March 1st. Reservation: 01 58 71 10 60.

 

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On avenue Montaigne, the ever-gorgeous Plaza Athénée is wishing guests a merry Christmas with a majestic white-and-gold decorated Dior Christmas tree in the lobby. An ice-skating rink in the courtyard will provide hours of fun for the young and the not so young from midday Wednesday to Sunday until January 29. Four guests will have the chance to dine from a table-sleigh under the stars in the center of the rink every evening. Never one to be outdone, the palace hotel will serve capon and truffles at dinner on December 24 and 31… at the Relais Plaza, with live musicians, while on New Year’s Eve, Alain Ducasse’s ultra-stylish restaurant at the Plaza Athénée will be pulling out all the stops. On December 6, 13 and 20, the hotel’s florists will be teaching the art of making a Christmas wreathes and table decorations.

Plaza Athénée 
25, avenue Montaigne, 8e. 
Tél. 01 53 67 66 65

 

La Réserve Hotel & Spa has really got into the Christmas spirit, from the entrance to the lounges where soft lighting, candles and flowers create an air of mystery. On December 24 and 31, accompanied by live musicians, why not dine at Le Gabriel or La Pagode de Cos, where the inventive chef, Jérôme Banctel will be preparing an “haute cuisine” menu. To celebrate Christmas Day in style, a sumptuous brunch will be served at guests’ tables in both restaurants.

La Réserve 
42, avenue Gabriel, Paris 8e
Tél. : 01 58 36 60 60

 

Heading back towards the Arc de Triomphe, at the Four Seasons Hôtel George V, beyond the vast lobby with its herd of golden reindeers, a surprise awaits guests in the marble court where the polar décor includes a spectacular ice bar by Jeff Leatham. Here you can enjoy a glass of wine or hot chocolate, cocktail or appetizers. Dinner with live music on December 24 and 31 at L’Orangerie, Le Cinq or Le George promises to be a feast for the senses. Not to be missed!

Four Seasons George V
31, avenue George-V, 8e
Tél. 01 49 52 70 00
• Ice Lounge until March 2017

 

A short walk from the Arc de Triomphe, Le Peninsula has transformed the Kléber terrace into a haven of gourmet delights until December 24, decorated with pine trees and chalets, where you can buy gifts, drink mulled wine and enjoy foie gras, oysters, caviar and roast chestnuts, all to the sound of music. The new chef Christophe Raoux will oversee the December 24 and 31 dinners in each of the hotel’s three restaurants – Le Lobby, L’Oiseau Blanc and Le LiLi – followed by dancing to DJ sets in the lobby. The Christmas and New Year brunches will also be served in the lobby to the sound of a jazzy trio.

Peninsula
19, avenue Kléber, 16e 
Tél. 01 58 12 28 88 
• Le Marché de Noël, du 6 au 24 décembre de 16 h à 21 h du mercredi au samedi, de 15h à 20 h le dimanche.

 

Lit by a riot of golden lights, from a distance, the façade of the Shangri-La is just too appealing to pass by. Inside, the huge Christmas tree is decorated with golden baubles and red bows, and the boudoir has been transformed into a gourmet Christmas store selling pastries and confectionary by Michael Bartocetti. Shangri-La’s cuisine has nothing to envy its fellow palace hotels. On December 24 and 31, enjoy menus concocted by talented chef Christophe Moret as you listen to music in the Bauhinia restaurant performed by a pianist-singer and jazz quartet. Over at the Chang Palace, dinner will be prepared by chef Samuel Lee. On December 31, L’Abeille is preparing a veritable feast with foie gras and pullet with truffles among other dishes to savor with a sparkling Eiffel Tower in the background.

Shangri-La 
10, avenue d’Iena, 16e
Tél. 01 53 67 19 98

 

At the unmistakably Parisian Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, guests cross the forest of natural pine trees to discover a lobby decorated by Daum, where 250 molten-glass snowflakes appear to flutter through the air. Magical truffle-themed dinners will be organised at the II Carpaccio restaurant by chef Robert Rispoli on 24 December and champagne brunches will be served on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day in both of the hotel’s restaurants, where you can devour creations by the World’s Best Pastry Chef, Pierre Hermé.

Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
37, avenue Hoche, 8e
Tél. 01 42 99 88 00

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By David Richard et France Hussemberg. Photos : Olivier Borde/Guillermo Aniel-Quiroga/Pierre Monetta - Published the
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