This will be my first Christmas here, so I went to my first Christmas village, the biggest one in Paris, Le Marché et Village de Noël on the Champs-Elysées. It began Nov 15th and will be in place until January 5th from 10am until about midnight.

It begins at la Place de la Concorde with a huge Ferris Wheel.

It extends to Franklin D Roosevelt, where you can continue strolling and shopping at the brick and mortar stores.

The stands have an alpine theme.

Both sides of the street have almost identical booths.

There are a few artisan and entertainment venues which make it worthwhile to stroll along both sides.

There are amusements for kids and adults, including a skating rink (one part is reserved for kids), complete with skate rentals.

Some entertainment was definitely meant for kids, from a Santa train to a bungee trampoline.

Other attractions drew nostalgic adults or hip kids into retro.

Food choices ranged from US classic fast food named after places in the US,

to French fast food, like hot lentil, mushroom, or onion soup,

if you want something more filling, there’s wood grilled salmon and

 if you prefer to make your own charcuterie picnic, the stands sell hams, sausages, and cheese.

For drinks, you can get hot chocolate, hot cider, or hot mulled wine,

 and of course there are hot chestnuts, churros (called chichis here), hot waffles, or crepes for dessert, but the best dessert for me was watching as twilight fell.

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