A scent-sational new museum, sky-high skating, delightful gift shopping and prolific photos are on our list of things to do in Paris this week!
Perfume and Paris go hand in hand, which makes it the perfect site for a new museum celebrating the history, art and science of perfume. Opening December 16th in an elegant mansion in the 8th arrondissement, the Grand Musée du Parfum offers an innovative and interactive collection of over 70 scents in a stunningly designed gallery. Visitors can learn about the development of perfume from Ancient Egypt to the present as well as the skills and techniques of modern perfume-makers. A full cultural program, bookstore and concept-store further enrich this new garden of olfactory delights.
When: Tuesdays – Sundays, 10:30am – 7pm (late openings Fridays till 10pm)
Where: 73 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
Eiffel on Ice
There’s nothing like Christmastime in Paris! And what more perfect view than from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, which has been turned into a magical ice rink for the season. This year, in addition to the classic skating and sledding, free introductory ice hockey sessions will be offered in advance of the World Ice Hockey Championships, which will take place in Paris next May. At the foot of the tower find more activities and tasty treats, like toasted marshmallows and mulled wine.
When: December 15, 2016 – February 19, 2017, 10:30am – 10:30pm
Where: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
For more of the best Christmas activities in town, check out our 7 FESTIVE WAYS TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS IN PARIS.
Pop-up gift ideas!
Add some more sparkle to your holiday decorations with custom-made LED candles from Bloolands. Run by an adorable French couple, the Bloolands pop-up store offers beautifully decorated lamps and tealights, gorgeous garlands, and classic yuletide candles to light up any room (with no actual flames to worry about.) A cozy atmsosphere guaranteed!
When: Through December 24, see WEBSITE for opening hours
Where: 46 rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris; Galerie de St Germain, 10 ter rue de la Salle, 78100 St Germain-en-Laye
Making a difference
“I am a Migrant.” To commemorate the International Day of Migrants on December 18, 2016, the city of Paris unveils a prolific collection of photographs and biographies promoting the lives of migrants and refugees who have successfully integrated into French society; people like many of our readers and writers who now call Paris “home”.
When: December 16 – January 16, 2016
Where: Tour Saint Jacques, rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris