As in other big cities also Paris has its Christmas lighting mainly along Boulevard Haussmann with the windows of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.
This year Galerie Lafayette has put the Italian Valerio Festi in charge of decorating its store. This veritable magician has gone for a fairy-tale theme inspired by distant lands where the reindeer lives and a dazzling spectacle of fiery red, glistening gold and delicate fuchsia.
Printemps has tapped Karl Lagerfeld to decorate some of the windows this year. His theme is an animated marionette named Coco who dresses in a Chanel quilted suit and strolls through a garden with mystical flowers and plants. Hannah Macgibbon, head designer for Chloe,architects Jakob and Macfarlane and furniture designer Herve Van Straeten have also created windows with the theme of earth, air, and fire.
2500 black and yellow balls with silver sparkles, 48 stars measuring two to four meters, 80 animated characters, 100,000 light points, and two miles of light tubes. There are even some adorable chic black teddy bears playing in outer space. That's the Printemps Christmas windows 2008.
Along the Champs-Elysées the trees are decorated with ecologic friendly lights in the European color blue (as France is still president of Europe)
Galeries Lafayette,40, Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, M° Chaussée d' Antin-Lafayette
Printemps, 64, Boulevard Haussmann , 75009 Paris, M° Havre-Caumartin