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The most magical city in the world.
Add a dusting of sparkling snowflakes resting on the crossbars of the Eiffel Tower, Dalida’s bust, and blanketing the motorcycles parked on the street.
Paris snow paints a picture-perfect scene, straight out of a fairytale
But, snow in Paris is a fleeting experience.
When it’s snowing in Paris, drop everything and explore the magical allure of snowy Paris!
During my first entire Paris winter in 2021, there were flurries several times. I kept my fingers crossed for a real Paris snowfall, one that blanketed my favourite city. Luckily, Paris delivered its white enchantment – once in January and once in February. Paris in the snow was just as magnificent as I’d imagined.
The Best Ways To Enjoy Paris In The Snow
Clear Your Schedule For Snow In Paris
Watch your weather app. A Paris snowfall is often forecast but usually changes to rain. Pay attention to the predicted temperatures.
If you are keen to get out and photograph Paris in the snow, set your alarm early, or cancel a luncheon date ( I did both) because the snow in Paris disappears very quickly.
Snow In Paris: Ready, Set, Go!
Bring an umbrella. The snow in Paris is very wet. An umbrella will keep you and your camera dry! The first time out, I got soaked. I headed back to my apartment, dried off, warmed up, and went back out.
Bring gloves. My fingers froze.
If you are going out early in the morning, the streets can be icy. Seven a.m. on a wintery morning is the only time I’ve ever had ice underfoot in Paris.
Best Places To See Snow In Paris
All of Paris’s monuments look regal draped in a dusting of white snowflakes. Have a plan of where you want to begin. Everything looks so enchanting, you might find that the art of being a flâneur is perfect for a snowy Paris day.
The Champ de Mars And The Eiffel Tower
It’s a classic place to start. Living in the 7th arrondissement not too far from the Eiffel Tower, I walked over to the Champ de Mars and found Parisians bundled up thoroughly enjoying the winter wonderland.
Paris In The Snow: Pont des Arts
One of the most beautiful bridges in Paris, the pedestrian bridge, the Pont des Arts, is pure enchantment on a snowy Paris day. People watching when there is snow in Paris hits an all-time high!
Delight In Snowy Paris On Pont Alexandre III
With the cherubs, dragons, and lamposts proudly sporting their temporary white cloak, the Pont Alexandre III is an enchanting destination when there is snow in Paris.
Paris In The Snow: Head To Montmartre
Montmartre with its higher elevation is a top pick for enjoying Paris in the snow. Looking out over Paris’s rooftops blanketed in snow and exploring Montmartre’s snowy cobbled streets is a sight you won’t soon forget. In 2021, people tobogganed down the snowy slopes of Sacre Coeur.
What’s not to love about playing in the snow in Paris?
Stop For Hot Chocolate
A red nose and frozen fingers? Why not stop for a cup of rich, delectable hot chocolate? One of my favourite places is at Angelina’s.
FAQ’s: Paris In The Snow
Does it snow in Paris?
Yes, it snows in Paris! Not every year and not that frequently but it does snow in Paris. And Paris looks straight out of a fairy tale.
What should I wear when it is snowing in Paris?
It’s cold, wet, and damp when it snows in Paris. Wear a down jacket, slip-proof boots, a hat, a scarf, and gloves. Also, an umbrella is necessary as the snow in Paris is very wet.
Does a Paris snowfall last long?
The snow in Paris France does not stay on the ground too long. If you want to fully enjoy a snowy Paris experience, change your plans, and get as the snowflakes are falling.
I hope you get the opportunity to experience the enchantment of snow in Paris.
Until next time,
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