1. Paris at Christmastime is always magical. Can you imagine exiting the metro to this canopy of lights (here in 1962)?
2. One of most classic Christmas spots for ages has been Les Galeries Lafayette, pictured here in 1930.
3. Les Galeries Lafayette is a department store famous for their festive seasonal decorations. Here it is in 1929.
4. Les Galeries in 1934: This bright Santa display is still totally impressive.
5. In 1956, you’d still hear the ring Salvation Army bell. Here, a woman collects donations outside the opera house.
6. A long exposure shot of the department store Le Bon Marché in 1926.
7. Le Bazaar De L’Hotel De Ville is also a department store which still exists — more commonly known as BHV. This is what it looked like in the Christmas of 1934.
8. Another Christmas during the ’30s at the BHV.
9. If the year 1930 had Pinterest, this decoration idea would be all the rage.
10. Rue Royale lit up with winter stars at night in 1966 is like a dream.
11. Wonder if this woman, purchasing a Christmas tree in 1933, brought it home on the metro.
12. In 1928, these two hotties sell mistletoe on the streets.
13. And of course, the iconic Arc de Triomphe in 1971 is truly regal during the holidays.
Let’s go now please.