We are trying to get ideas on what interesting things we can do at Christmas time with our children. We have an 11-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy and we want to see and do some things that they will enjoy as well. Any ideas and helpful tips will be greatly appreciated.
We Answer – Ideas for Christmas in Paris with Kids
Dear Adrienne, We've got you covered. We started visiting Paris when our son was 15 months old and he'll soon be turning seventeen. We know all the favorite kids spots, especially around Christmas time. So, let's take a look at our suggested game plan.
Read our updated article about Christmas in Paris, especially towards the bottom of the page for Christmas Markets and skating rinks. These would be two special activities that your children will adore.
The Palais de la Decouverte is still one of our son's favourite Paris museums and one that he visited often when he was small. It's perfect for children of all ages — and for parents too.
The Paris Aquarium was another of our son's favourites when he was growing up and, in fact, he visited it again just last summer. The location is perfect, very close to the Eiffel Tower by the Trocadero.
Kids love the Jardin des Plantes, the Natural History Museum, and the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution — all found on the same site. There are plenty of hands on activities for children.
Another kid-friendly museum is Musée d'Orsay. Just make sure you buy tickets in advance, it's a very popular museum. Our son loved to get the map for kids (at the entrance) and then find all the art treasures, a great game.
The Museum of Chocolate. It's small, easy to get through with a chocolate making demo at the end. Our son really liked this one when he was about ten years old
Toy stores? Be sure to visit the toy department at Le Bon Marche. Yes, this a somewhat pricey department store, but it's our favourite place to peruse. The toy department, found on the fifth floor is fun and reasonable considering the price of other luxury goods in the store. Make sure to cross the street to the Grande Epicerie de Paris — the best food store in Paris and our happy place!
Break up the day. Stop for hot chocolate, crepes, lunch. Leave enough travel time between destinations. The Metro can be stressful for small children. Make sure to prep them on how the Metro works.
Sometimes it's the little things than spark a child's imagination. Take a stroll through Jardin du Luxembourg, or if you're a bit more adventuresome take a trip to the magnificent Paris Zoo in Bois de Vincennes.
Our overall advice for traveling with children at Christmas — it will be chilly, so make sure your kids are bundled for the season. And remember, Christmas in Paris is a very busy time. Department stores, skating rinks, museums, and markets will be filled. Plan accordingly, especially as you're traveling with small children.