A Tale of (Christmas in) 2 Cities

collage of xmas trees in Paris and NYC
Left: the tree at Galeries Lafayette in Paris; right: the Rockefeller Center tree, NYC. ©Lisa Anselmo

What a difference a year makes. Last Christmas, Covid kept me in Paris, far from my family in the States, and for the first time ever, I would not spend the holiday with my sister. But this year, thankfully I was able to go back to NYC for Christmas, also giving me a chance to enjoy the spirit of the season in both my cities—pre-festivities in Paris, and the main event in the New York. So, here, I’m sharing the best of both cities during this festive time, in pictures. Enjoy!


Some highlights from a tour I took of the lights in the City of Light, courtesy of April in Paris Tours.

boulevard haussmann, paris, with Xmas lights
Boulevard Haussmann near Galeries Lafayette department store.
Xmas tree at Galeries Lafayette
The tree at Galeries Layafette.
Author Lisa Anselmo, Real Estate Expert Adrian Leeds, and April Pett of April in Paris Tours in front of the tree at Galeries Lafayette
With my buddies, HGTV personality (and real-life real estate agent) Adrian Leeds, and April Pett from April in Paris Tours.
View over the rooftops of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from the roof deck of Galeries Lafayette
The view from the roof deck at Galeries Lafayette.
The windows at Printemps were adorable and had an elfin theme.
Place Vendome, Paris, with Christmas trees
Ever-elegant Place Vendôme.
Louis Vuitton with large sun decoration on its facade
Louis Vuitton’s spectacular sun decoration.
Tartiflette at the Christmas market in Paris
An enormous vat of tartiflette (cheese, potatoes, and lardons), at the Marché de Noël.
Santa at the Christmas Market in Paris
The sweet Santa at the Marché de Noël in the Jardin des Tuileries.
Large carousel in Paris lit up with golden statue of Joan of Arc in the foreground
The carousel at the Marché de Noël in the Tuileries Garden with the statue of Joan of Arc in the foreground.
Christmas decoration in NYC
The famous giant Christmas balls at 1251 Avenue of the Americas.
Radio City Music Hall lit up for Christmas
Radio City Music Hall, bedecked. The tree changes color.
Cartier at Christmas
Cartier with its new modern look. I kinda miss the bow.
The tree at Rockefeller Center
The tree at Rockefeller Center, a 79-ft Norway spruce form Maryland.
The light show at Saks 5th Avenue
The animated light display of Saks 5th Avenue.
Author Lisa Anselmo standing in front of Christmas tree for sale on the street in NYC
Christmas tree shopping on Jane Street in Greenwich Village, NYC.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday and New Year. XO Lisa

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