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Paris on Christmas Eve ...?

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What is Paris like on Christmas Eve? I've been there many times, but mostly between March and November. When I lived in NYC, I found that Christmas Eve was very festive, I think -- and this might just be my Crackpot Theory -- mostly because people live in small apartments and so in order to get to be with their friends, you have to go out.

Last year, after many years of living back on the West Coast, we went to NYC for Christmas and had a great time: getting a table at the Spotted Pig at 10pm on the 24th was a madhouse; an hour of drinks before we got a spot, every minute worth it.

Is Paris "open" on the 24th, or is it closed? Thanks!

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What is Paris like on Christmas Eve?  I've been there many times, but mostly between March and November.  When I lived in NYC, I found that Christmas Eve was very festive, I think -- and this might just be my Crackpot Theory -- mostly because people live in small apartments and so in order to get to be with their friends, you have to go out.

Last year, after many years of living back on the West Coast, we went to NYC for Christmas and had a great time: getting a table at the Spotted Pig at 10pm on the 24th was a madhouse; an hour of drinks before we got a spot, every minute worth it.

Is Paris "open" on the 24th, or is it closed?  Thanks!

The pre-Christmas period in Paris is very good, the small neighbourhoods wit lots of local shops seem to remove a lot of the crass commercialism you get elsewhere. Of course you also have the big shops with wonderful window displays, and the Christmas lights make the city look magical.

The city does empty a little in the days before Christmas as a lot of people head out for the holidays, this means it is easier to get a seat at some places, but equally others do close for the holiday.

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