Christmas in Paris: Champs-Élysées Traditional Lighting up Event Cancelled!

Aptly described by tourists as “the world’s most beautiful avenue”, the Avenue des Champs Élysées is a must-see attraction. Paris residents and tourists can be seen any time of the year, strolling along the two kilometer stretch between the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe.

Christmas in Paris is always heralded by the scintillating light display which sets the avenue shimmering every year. The dazzling display combines traditional lights and modern sparkle using LED technology, while a bewitching array of shooting stars brings the trees lining the avenue to life.

However, due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the traditional “opening of the lights” event was unfortunately cancelled. Popular celebrity and French Actor Jean Dujardin , having taken over from Omar Sy who was the guest last year , was invited this year to press the button on Wednesday December 18th. The event was postponed to a later date by the Champs Élysées Committee.

Despite the state of emergency imposed by the government, all Christmas activities have not been cancelled on Champs Élysées. The Christmas Village, located at the bottom of the avenue was opened yesterday to visitors. The Village includes stands that showcase native art pieces, sell food and souvenirs.

Even though the avenue is not yet festively lit you can take your family and friends to this world-renowned avenue and you’ve got a recipe for holiday perfection with an unbeatable ambiance.

Written by Yejide Erogbogbo