It was only in 2008 that for the first time a Christmas market was held on the Champs-Elysées from the Rond-Point to the Concorde.
It was for Paris something new and attracted at lot of Parisiens as well as tourists who happened to be there like my wife and I.
Very nice were the more than 400 trees illuminated with bleu lights. Behind the Concorde at the Tuileries stands the illuminated Grande Roue. This is a great vision.
Ninety white country cottages lit by blue LED were installed on the Champs-Elysées offering traditional or more modern products coming from various countries from the EU.
I must say that the shops were rather banal by themselves. Really worthwhile on the Champs-Elysées are the Illuminations.
I still think that if you want to have a more romantic Christmas atmosphere you are better at the Christmas markets in the Alsace.
This year the VILLAGE DE NOEL DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES is open from 15/11/2013 till 5/01/2014 every day from 11 to 23 h (24 h on WE).
Illuminations from 17 h - 02 h. Special illuminations on 24/12 and 31/12.
Champs-Elysées (The Elysian Fields) is probably the most famous promenade in Paris and one of the best-known in the world. Its name is taken from “Elusia” that in Greek mythology meant a place where heroes come to relax.
It stretches from the Palace de la Concorde in the east to the Arc de Triomphe that stands on the square of Charles de Gaulle in the west. Its western end is bordered by many luxury shops, cinemas, theatres, night clubs, cafés and fast foods. The other end is surrounded by the Champs-Elysées Gardens (Jardins des Champs-Elysées). This stunning arranged area is decorated with some fountains and there are grand buildings including the Grand Palais and the Petite Palais (both originally built as temporary constructions for World Fair) at the southern side and the Elysées (the residence of French Presidents since 1873) at the northern side of the Gardens
Nowadays it is the place where Parisians celebrate most of the major events, such as New Year’s Eve, military parades held on the National Holiday on the 14th July or such events as celebrations of the victory in the World Cup football in 1998. It is also famous for being the last stage of Tour de France. Similarly in the past, Champs-Elysées was the place where many events were celebrated, like the liberation at the end of the World War II.
The glamour of the Champs-Élysées, particularly its upper end, may not be quite what it was, dominated as it is by airline offices, car showrooms, and bright, light shopping arcades. But there's still the Lido cabaret, Fouquet's high-class bar and restaurant, and plenty of cinemas and outrageously priced cafes to bring the punters in. At Christmas this is where the fairy lights go, and on December 31 everyone happily jams in, in their cars, to hoot in the New Year.
The new landscaping project has removed the avenue's side lanes where cars used to prowl in search of parking spaces, and now pedestrians have an equal share of the avenue's width, with shade from more trees. cultural centers, deluxe hotels and other activities that participate in the tradition and prestige of the Champs-Elysees are encouraged to return by the municipality.
The stretch between the Rond-Point roundabout - whose Lalique glass fountains disappeared during the German occupation -and Concorde is bordered by chestnut trees and municipal flower beds, pleasant enough to stroll among, but not sufficiently dense to muffle the squeal of accelerating tyres. The two massive buildings rising above the greenery to the south are the Grand and Petit Palais, with their overloaded Neoclassical exteriors, rail station roofs and exuberant flying statuary. They house a number of museums and the Grand Palais is the address for major cultural exhibitions, curtailed at the moment due to major restoration works.
On the north side, combat police guard the high walls round the presidential Elysee palace and the line of ministries and embassies ending with the US in prime position on the corner of place de la Concorde. On Thursdays and at weekends you can see a stranger manifestation of the self-images of states in the postage stamp market at the corner of avenues Gabriel and Marigny.
How to get there
Metro line 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12 or 13: Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile, GeorgeV, Champs-Elysées Clemenceau, Concorde
RER A : Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile
Yes, this is a broad avenue in the heart of Paris. I visited this famous street twice and had the chance to experience what my friends told me not to miss. It is a very touristy place and the busiest street I have ever seen in Paris so far. Busy in the sense that you can find almost everything in here. Restaurants & cafes, cinemas, auto displays, specialty shops and brand name luxury stores like Cartier, Lacoste, Nike, Guerlain, and Louis Vuitton to name a few. I sat, I walk, got hungry and eat. First time we went, we had light meal at McDo and the second day we had lunch at a little bit expensive restaurant with Pasta & Pizza.
I would recommend that when you visit Champs Elysees, you may want to spend the whole day by visiting other adjoining tourist attractions. Aside from the too many shops and cafes along the avenue, you may go visit the Arc de Triomphe which is situated at the end of the Camps Elysees at the centre of the Place de l'Etoile.
Paris is a city in my Top 5 list to be visited more than once. It is number one with Rome, Cyprus, Jerusalem, London on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th post respectively.
It was a wonderful experience at Champs Elysees. For sure you will not miss the avenue. If you are in Arc de Triomphe and ready to go, just follow a flock of people and tourist alike walking towards this renowned street. Please remember when you are in Paris...Champs Elysees!
Surely, one of the most famous streets in the world, this avenue provides a vista from the Arc du Carousel at the Louvre past the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, one of Paris' most famous landmarks. The vista continues to the west along the Avenue de la Grande Armee and Avenue Charles de Gaulle to the Grande Arche de la Defense to complete one of the best stretches through Paris.
This is also one of the most expensive streets in Paris with many expensive shops, restaurants & automobile stores along the avenue. When people tell me they've visited Paris and that it was so expensive, I ask them where did you shop & dine. Why, along the Champs Elysees, of course. Of course. That's why your trip was so expensive!
Naturally, you have to visit the Champs Elysees as it's emblematic of Paris and the vibe on the avenue is very bustling, a lot of lively energy here. However, it's very touristy and not entirely representative of Paris, which can be an excellent city to visit on a modest budget. Just don't shop on the Champs.
Click on the photo to see the full shot including the Arc de Triomphe. Look at some of these photos that I took from an island in the middle of the street. I had more than a few cars honking at me & I'm sure I heard a "crazy Americain" thrown at me.
Photos: April 2003 & Feb 2006
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is easily one of the most famous avenues in the world.
Surprisingly, it is not nearly as long as one might think. It is actually only 1.9 km long, running from the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle (Etoile.) The avenue ends at the Arc de Triumphe.
Take your time and just stroll down the avenue. Make sure you have money in your pockets. There is lots of expensive shopping to be done, great cafes and restaurants.
What can you say about this famous avenue that hasn't already been said?? I'll give it a go by recounting my own experience there....
Apparently this avenue became popular in the mid-1800s by the endless flow of young ladies wanting to show off their finest fashions. It is still a fashion hub with many famous outlets situated here. As you may imagine, my clothes did not lend me particularly well to the Paris scene. When you are a tourist comfortable shoes are a must and thus fashion is sacrificed for smelly sneakers.
Probably try to avoid the coffee there as it tends to be quite expensive but do stop to take in the wonderful atomsphere of this avenue. I promise you as you make your descent you will be thinking 'Oh my goodness, I can't believe I am walking down the Champs Elysees in PARIS!!' It is a wonderful feeling I assure you.....
Whatever I write will be the bane of all husband's headaches from all over the world, so ladies, take note!
Shopping in Champ Elysee can be incredibly worthwhile if you go there at the correct time! During the first few weeks of September, many stores, including Gap, Morgan, Zara, etc will have their post summer sales and terrific buys can be had from below 10 euros. My best buy was this lime green blouse which I bought at ZARA for only 7euros. Louis Vuitton bags are also cheaper here than in Singapore as there's no 10%VAT tax if you're a tourist...
To find out more details, click on the official guide below for a detailed listing of all the shops.
Champs Elysées is one of the most famous avenues in the world.
It starts from Arc de Triomphe at "Charles de Gaulle-Etoile" ends down after 2.2km at Place de la Concorde the largest square of Paris.
Along the avenue you can find some expensive stores (Louis Vuiton, Prada, Cartier etc) full of luxury products which are nice for window shopping only. There are also a lot of cafes and restaurants too (and yes, most of them have ridiculous high prices)
What I liked most was the wide sidewalks with the long tree lines. Don’t forget that Champs Elysees were built with wide sidewalks for the rich people that were showing off here during the Belle Époque at the end of 19th century.
In our days this is the avenue where the official parades take place
Even if you are American (which I'm not) and are used to wide roads, you can't help but be impressed by the sheer width of the Champs-Elysees. Especially when you consider that it is in the middle of an old city which typically have much more narrow roads.
The Champs-Elysees starts at the Arc de Triomphe and heads outwards. The pavements are also very wide and are full of cafes, cinemas and shops. It is one of THE places to be seen (or to own an establishment) in Paris, and has huge numbers of designer stores and 5 star hotels along it.
A good way to see the street is to take the Metro to Franklin D Roosevelt and then stroll up towards the Arc de Triomphe.
This has got to be the most fantastic street in the world. There is so much to see here at any time of the day or night. The last time I was on the Champs Elysses, there was an exhibition tracing the history of Vogue magazine and all of the front covers of Vogue were displayed up and down the thoroughfare. I could have spent many hours studying them all. I had the gypsy gold ring scam tried out on me too but for once in my life I was quick thinking enough to recognise that I was being targeted immediately. I had seen so much written about it on VT, I would have been extremely slow and incredibly stupid not to have picked up on it. I was so proud of myself.
without a stroll down the most famous boulevard in Paris, the Champs Elysees. It may not be as elegant as it once was, you will find chain stores like Nike and Sephora, fast food joints like McDonald's and Quick Burger, but still, it's the Champs Elysees!
Start at the top end near the Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon's homage to himself, climb to the top for a cool view of the city's orderly system of boulevards and not too orderly traffic. Make your way through the throngs of tourists, you can stop by the Petit Palais, the permanent collection is free here and the architecture is stunning, and the Grand Palais. The end of the famous boulevard is Place de la Concorde where you will find the obelisk and the start of the Jardin des Tuileires.
I confess that I did eat at Quick Burger with a fussy teenager but otherwise I have not stopped along the way to eat or drink unless you count crepes from a sidewalk stand, you might want to check prices before you sit down at any of the cafes as this is the most expensive real estate in the city, I'm guessing that the cafe prices will also be the most expensive in the city.
I wouldn't advise taking a picture like I did. The cars "zoom" down the Champs Elysees and if I would have fallen, I don't think they would have stopped! LOL
The Champs-Elysées, also named "La plus belle avenue du monde" in French (the most beautiful avenue in the world). The Champs Elysées (Elysian fields) were originally nothing but fields, until Marie de Medicis decided in 1616 to put up a long tree-lined pathway. In 1667, the Tuileries was extended and the Champs-Elysees became a very fashionable place to walk. In 1724, the avenue was extended up to Chaillot hill, now the site of the Arc de Triomphe and the Etoile In 1828 they added footpaths and the fountains. Today, the Champs Elysées is one of the most famous streets in the world, with its cinemas, cafés, and luxury specialty shops. At the very heart of Paris, it is one of the most symbolic places in the city.
The New Year's eve gathering, the 14th of July military parade as well as the arrival of the Tour de France cycling race are some of the regular events along "Les Champs".
This theater is not on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, but is several blocks from there near the Place de l'Alma on the right bank of the Seine. This is a very swanky district of Paris, in fact the whole neighborhood reeks of money.
Of all the opera venues I went to this was the one with the highest percentage of men wearing suits and ties, maybe 35 or 40 percent. These looked to be high-powered business types who had come directly from their air-conditioned offices in their air-conditioned chauffer-driven automobiles. But the theater itself was not adequately air-conditioned, so it was amusing to watch some of these chaps (not all) finally give in and start taking off their jackets and loosening their ties.
The theater is unusual in that it is barely a century old, having been built in 1913. It is said to be one of the few major examples of Art Nouveau in Paris. The stage is small and has little in the way of fancy machinery, so to change sets that have to lower the curtain and play a scene or two in front of it while armies (evidently) of stage hands change everything around by muscle-power, not without all the old-timey thumping and thudding sounds that you don't hear any longer in modernized theaters where everything is done by hydraulics or electricity.
Second photo: Looking up at the façade.
Third photo: Looking southwest along the Avenue Montaigne past the entrance to the theater.
Fourth photo: Stage entrance.
Fifth photo: Opps, there's only one man wearing a suit and tie in this photo. So you'll have to take my word for it that there were more inside.
The Champs Elysées are worldwide known. It's THE street you've got to go once in Paris. From Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, this avenue is Paris's meadow.
It's considered the most beautiful avenue in the world, a mecca for business, luxury goods and nightlife. There are plenty of stores, plenty of people walking, plenty of cars, plenty of everything... Below the "rond point", the avenue becomes a huge garden with theatres, museums and fine restaurants.
I don't know what you can do there (well, you can do a lot of things, from shopping to taking a coffee), but being there is just a must. I do understand why the french celebrate all their major parades in this street, why Hitler passed his nazi guys when he invaded Paris, why the people like to walk through this street. It's just simply Paris. And Paris is, well, PARIS. So be there and enjoy the view.