Christmas in Paris: Igloos and More at The Peninsula Paris

(The Peninsula Paris)

As far as Christmas and end-of-year festivities, it’s hard to top Paris. The city pulls out all the stops for the holidays with glittering street lights, festive window displays, and Christmas markets brimming with gourmet goodies. But it’s the city’s famous hotels that really put on a show. It’s here—inside pretty Parisian palaces—that top florists, designers and pastry chefs compete to wow guests. Even beyond the Christmas trees conceived by the top names in fashion, the lobby decor is over-the-top fabulous, with a packed program of end of year festivities. (Not to mention the cornucopia of teatime treats and fantastical yule logs too pretty to eat.)

Take for example The Peninsula Paris. The palace hotel at 19 avenue Kléber has recently announced its program for Noël. Head pastry chef Dominique Costa will be inviting children into his laboratory to learn tips and tricks behind Christmas pâtisserie recipes. Kids can also enjoy holiday stories at the foot of the giant Christmas tree every Wednesday and weekends. Speaking of the giant sapin: Each of the 10 Peninsula hotels around the world are rolling out “Stories from the Tree” this holiday season. The festive tree in the grand hotel lobbies will be decorated with six themed characters (like the nutcracker and gingerbread man), which will also be available to purchase with some of the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a local charity.

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What’s more, the Paris hotel’s popular terrasse Kleber will be transformed into a wintry wonderland with large Christmas balls suspended from the canopy, and giant wood Nutcrackers standing sentry over the advent calendar where children will discover gifts every day. There will also be festive Afternoon Tea, and “igloos” where you can enjoy gourmet tastings, hot chocolate and hot mulled wine.

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