While French children look forward to the arrival of Père Noel, the adults are busy shopping and preparing the sumptuous dishes for the Christmas Eve Réveillon dinner. Though the culinary traditions vary from region to region, this special holiday walk will highlight the culinary treats that 'Parisians' look forward to celebrating the season with such as: foie gras, oysters, champagne, clementines, and the Bûche de Noël cake. Starting in the early evening at the Church of St. Germain des Pres, you will bear witness to the holiday spirit, as shown by the lights and festive decorations that inundate the neighborhood. In the company of one of our food docents, you will learn about the traditions associated with these delicacies and more on display in the St. Germain des Pres' most revered bakeries, chocolate shops, patisseries, and markets.
Shop as true Parisians do in this festive neighborhood known throughout the city for its holiday decorations. Walk past country Alpine cabins selling ornaments, underneath colorful tree-lit branches, and through church squares to the exquisite storefront windows at the Bon Marche Department Store, where you will get a true feel for the magic of the Christmas season in Paris. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to sample some of these holiday treats. The walk ends at the Church of St. Sulpice, which is spectacular at night, with it's lit fountain, and is home to a beautiful nativity scene.