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What to do in France this Winter

What to do in France this Winter - Photo by TJ Welch via Trover.com
Written by Carl Hedinger

Photo by TJ Welch via Trover.com

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France This Winter

France has long been known as a perfect hub of all things culture, cuisine, and entertainment, and if you’re lucky enough to visit in winter, then prepare for a wonderful holiday. There’s so much to do in France during the colder months, but narrowing it down is the biggest challenge. What can you do to maximize your limited travel time? Well this guide is going to break down just what to do in France this winter so you don’t need to do anything but start booking hotels.

Lyon, Skiing & Bright Lights

Many people visit France’s second largest city for an outdoor adventure with ski access but should really book a hotel in Lyon that’s near the exciting light festival in December. The latter, known as Fetes des Lumieres, starts in early December 8th and lasts for 4 days. Each night represents a different theme and promises to capture visitors’ imaginations with exciting music and light displays throughout Lyon.

Tremblay en France, Shopping

If stopping in Paris first or sticking to the airport area for a night, book a hotel in Temblay en France and spend some time at Aeroville nearby. Winter visitors love the action that surrounds this massive mall and for the sales that come after Christmas. One day won’t be enough with all those shops at Aeroville so prepare for multiple trips.

Serris, Parks and More

This commune is just outside Disneyland Paris and winter there gives visitors perfect access to one of the world’s best theme park events. Christmas at Disneyland starts in November and runs through the New Year to the first week of January, so there’s plenty of time to get there from a hotel in Serris. After some time with Mickey and Minnie, why not spend some time shopping at La Vallee Village’s designer outlet stores?

Puteaux, Buildings

Head into the Paris suburbs and book a hotel in Puteaux where you’ll find some truly interesting neighborhoods. Over two-thirds of La Defense’s skyscrapers lie in Puteaux and will keep you looking up during your time there. There’s also Bas de Puteaux, which is known as the city’s oldest urbanized district and full of historical buildings. Come here to witness history and modernity come together in Paris.

Montevrain, More Parks

Book a hotel in Montevrain for access to Disneyland Paris but also to Spa Aquatonic, a water park that’s open all year and ready to keep visitors entertained! With plenty of wet and wild fun, you might want to stay in Montevrain this winter. Recreapark is another option for families in search of fun and food. With lots of space for the kids to play and delicious eats, Recreapark is a perfect stop for winter fun in Montevrain.

Now that you’ve had the chance to look at these winter ideas for France, are you ready to start traveling there? Ticket prices will start rising for December visitors but as you can see, January is just as fun in Paris so there’s no need to worry. Visit these destinations and have a wonderful time this winter in France!\

About the author

Carl Hedinger

I’m a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family’s travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.