What could be better, Christmas shopping at one of Paris’s biggest department stores followed by a free shuttle bus that will take you all around the City of Lights? Just for the holidays, Galeries Lafayette is offering a free shuttle bus with hosts onboard. Hop on the Jean Paul Goude designed bus at a number of different locales, including the Tuileries in front of the Ferris Wheel, Bastille, Republique, St. Germain des Pres to name a few of the stops. (Check out the Galeries Lafayette’s cool site to see the rest of the proposed drop-off spots).
Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are Paris’s major Right Bank department stores located on Boulevard Haussman. Checking out their Christmas window displays is a favorite pasttime for Parisians as well as visitors.
40 Blvd. Haussman 9th
Metro stop Havre Caumartin
This year, for the first time, manufactured snow will transform the boulevard into a Winter Wonderland at least for ten minutes on the hour between 5 and 7 pm from now until the day after Christmas.
Even without the snow effect, Galeries Lafayette has plenty of decorations to get you in the holiday mood including a 20 meter Christmas tree, supposedly the largest ‘indoor’ Christmas tree to be found inside a department store.
Another Galeries Lafayette specialty is their dog portraits – done by a professional photographer for the occasion. Let’s face it, Parisian dogs really do have it all.
Be sure to check out the Galerie Lafayette site – it’s fun – even if you aren’t planning on going to Paris anytime soon.
If Jean Paul Goude rings a bell (aside from Christmas bells), you may recall that he’s the genius that designed the Grace Jones album cover One Woman Show. He also created the Kodak characters back in the nineties that appeared in Kodak’s French television advertising. Nice to know that Jean Paul Goude is still going strong.