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Galeries Lafayette Christmas decorations, Paris

In Paris’ 9th arrondissement, Galeries Lafayette is the city’s most glamorous department store – it’s the City of Lights’ version of Selfridges or Macys. And like its London and New York counterparts, it brings out the bling each Christmas. The centrepiece of the store’s decorations is the tree – a 65-foot-high giant decorated with two miles of lights which towers up four storeys under the beautiful stained glass domed roof. Each year there’s a different theme and design, and crowds gather for the annual unveiling. This year’s tree was topped with a white owl and there’s village at the bottom of the tree with animated cats, mice, rabbits and monkeys who sprung to life and danced around on the hour. Outside the decorations continued in the store’s front windows, which were decorated with scenes from Beauty and the Beast. You might have to brave a few crowds to get there, but you can’t help coming away feeling Christmassy.

Stained glass dome ceiling
Christmas lights and decorations, Paris
Galeries Lafayette department store, Paris
Christmas decorations, Paris

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39 Comments

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    Jen
    December 16, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Looks beautiful. Must be spectacular to see this in person!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 17, 2013 at 12:32 am

      It was gorgeous – busy but well worth the crowds!

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    fatfreefashion
    December 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Ah, gorgeous. I’ve never seen it during Christmastime.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 17, 2013 at 12:34 am

      I’ve been to Paris many times but this was my first time inside!

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    Suzanne Courtney
    December 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Love, love, love!! Must go there…. Fabulous photos Lucy

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 17, 2013 at 12:33 am

      Can’t believe I’d never been inside before, it’s a stunning building at any time of year – and the view from the roof is an extra bonus!

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    Culturefor
    December 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Wow. It’s beaufiful. I am coming to Paris for the New Year’s day! πŸ™‚

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 17, 2013 at 12:33 am

      How fantastic, hope you have a great time!

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    Darlene
    December 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Wow! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 17, 2013 at 12:37 am

      Thanks, so glad I finally made it, have been meaning to visit for years and this was the perfect time of year!

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    jlhilleary
    December 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    How beautiful! I love the Galeries Lafayette, as well as many of the grand old stores like Liberty, Harrod’s and Selfridges in London. Is it just me or do international stores do things in a more spectacular way than the US does these days?

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 17, 2013 at 12:36 am

      I love these old buildings too, you can feel the history and almost imagine the department store heydays in the 20s and 30s!

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        jlhilleary
        December 17, 2013 at 12:46 am

        This summer we took a trip up to Pennsylvania to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and learned that it was a department store owner from Pittsburgh who financed it.
        I remember thinking, that must have been some department store in the 30s to be able to build a house like that! Now you’ve got my curious about how those other stores were built. Hmmm… a new project!

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    restlessjo
    December 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Lucy, this looks SO gorgeous! Brilliant photos πŸ™‚

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 17, 2013 at 12:35 am

      I almost had second thoughts when we saw the crowds outside but I’d heard the decorations were spectacular so glad we persevered!

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    itsjoelwood
    December 16, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Very festive! I’ve just wrote a blog on the Christmas Season, have a look and see if you agree! Thanks.

    http://itsjoelwood.wordpress.com/blog/

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 17, 2013 at 12:40 am

      You’ve got a good point! I’d generally say that 1 December is plenty early enough to start talking about Christmas, but I just noticed I posted about Christmas markets back on 25 November so I’ve broken that myself, still within a month til Christmas though so not too bad I hope!

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        itsjoelwood
        December 17, 2013 at 12:46 am

        Haha no I think I’ll let you go with that! Thanks for reading, hope you have a lovely Christmas!

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    travelttp
    December 17, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Lovely!

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    Cate @ Chez CateyLou
    December 17, 2013 at 2:37 am

    These pictures are gorgeous! We just got back from Paris, I can’t believe we missed this. I guess I will have to go back πŸ™‚

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 18, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Always good to have an excuse to make another trip to Paris!

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    atravelingb
    December 17, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Beautiful photos! The blue ceiling is just spectacular. It looks like it was well worth the crowds!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Fabulous isn’t it – you feel you it should be in a cathedral or palace rather than a shop!

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    remodelingpurgatory
    December 17, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Wow, absolutely stunning photos.

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    flockwithme
    December 17, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I love Galeries Lafayette’s glass ceiling, and the Christmas decoration just made everything even more gorgeous.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

      The ceiling is so beautiful, I’d never seen it before but was so impressed!

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    somedaytraveller
    December 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Oh my goodness. So beautiful. I wonder how long it took them to decorate that tree.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Not sure about the tree but apparently they start planning and building the decorations nine months in advance – so much work!

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    Heather on her travels
    December 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Just back from Paris last weekend, but we didn’t manage to get to Galarie Lafayettes – wish I had because the other places were very restrained in their decorations so we didn’t really feel very christmassy!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      We must’ve overlapped as I was there last Friday til Sunday! The decorations at Galeries Lafayettes were lovely, though the crowds on the Saturday afternoon were something else, probably one it’s best to go and see in early December before it gets too manic!

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    mrted57
    December 18, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    One of my favorite stores in Paris. Also check out BHV.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      I’ve been to BHV in the summer but didn’t get chance to see the Christmas decorations this time – one for the next trip!

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    Where's Wiwi?
    December 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I was so thrilled to see these gorgeous shots – I’ll be in Paris in a few weeks and I’m hoping to see it in person!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Fantastic! I just posted up some tips about the things to see and do at Christmas so hope that’ll be useful too. Have a great trip!

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    December 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm

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    thetravelliz
    December 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Lovely photos, Lucy! Hopefully I’ll find awesome Christmas light displays during my upcoming weekend trip to Busan, South Korea, too.

    I wish you a Merry Christmas!

    β˜†β˜…β˜†

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks – hope you enjoy your trip to Busan and have a great Christmas too!

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