This is the 2015 Christmas Tree from the Galleries Lafayette in Paris. Every year the shopping center puts up something fabulous and should not be missed. Also go to the rooftop for a great view of the City of Light. The decorations start going up in November, but if you want to see a European Christmas in all it’s glory, try to be there around Christmastime. Throughout Europe are Christmas Markets. They are usually in the main town square and there are small booths with unique gifts and food.

A couple of travel tips to keep in mind, the merchants at the Christmas Markets are usually cash only, so take plenty and be aware of shifty pick-pockets. Also plan accordingly for bringing your wonderful gifts home. Hotels, apartments, and airlines also take advantage of this magical time to raise their rates.

Walk around and enjoy the beautiful decorations and holiday spirit.