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At just 2 hrs 16 mins from London St Pancras, Paris is the perfect destination for a pre-Christmas break. A visit to the numerous Christmas Markets in Paris is the fastest way to get into the holiday spirit when visiting the City of Light. Whether you want to do a bit of gift shopping for your family and friends, stock up on delicious foods for your Christmas table, or treat yourself to something chic to wear over the party season, you won't have to worry about getting it all back home as you can take two suitcases free of charge on Eurostar.

If you're looking for something a bit less strenuous, just soak up the atmosphere, enjoy some fine dining and relax.

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    • Paris Christmas markets

      The city offers about 15-20 Paris Christmas Markets you should visit during your trip, whether you’re looking for the perfect gift to place under your Christmas tree or if you want to be immersed in the French culture by sipping hot mulled wine and sampling tasty sausages, cheese and chocolates. Some of the main ones include one opposite Notre Dame in the 5th arrondissement at Square Viviani, another outside the church at St Germain des Pres and one in the Tuileries gardens this year.

    • Soaking up the atmosphere

      Even if you don’t visit one of the markets, the atmosphere around Christmas in the City of Lights is more than enough to enchant you. The smell of chestnuts roasting on street stands wafts through the bustling streets and trees strung with lights turn the city into a winter fairyland.

      Hop on the number 80 bus from Montmartre to Ecole Militaire after dark, and you’ll be treated to some of the city’s prettiest Christmas lights. Make sure you get a window seat for the best views as you cross over Faubourg St Honoré and the Champs Elysees, then travel down magical Avenue Montaigne and end up in front of the Eiffel tower in all its glittering glory.

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