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Photo: Linda Grams Photo: Vincent Leroux, Ritz Hotel 7. If a nice hot Chinese soup for lunch is your idea of Christmas coziness, try a Chinatown: there’s one in Belleville and another south of Place d’Italie in the 13th around rue Tolbiac… 8. The Grande Roue de Paris, the giant Ferris wheel on the Rivoli side of the Tuileries Gardens, will take your breath away - and it’s just a hop to Angelinas for hot choclate afterwards! (above) 9. The Seine might be your scene: some boat companies will be operating. Les Vedettes de Paris whose boats dock at the foot of the Eiffel Tower will operate throughout the Christmas holidays 10. There's ice-skating (patinoire) at l’Hôtel de Ville on the edge of the Marais district and close to Notre Dame Cathedral 11. Palace hotels - Plaza Athénée, Bristol, Saint James, Mandarin Oriental, Meurice and Lancaster all have stunning bars (and stunning drinks) come evening, sometimes live music. Call first to make sure. 12. For many Parisiens taking in a movie is a holiday ritual. There are multi-salles galore on the Champs-Elysees; also in Saint-Germain and the Latin Quarter. Pick up a copy of Pariscope at any kiosk and head for films in “V.O.” - version originale with French subtitles. TGLF: And for more ideas: 13. Head to the Bar Hemingway (above) at the Ritz - it's open Christmas Day without reservation. 14. Celebrate with a star at Musee Grevin - the famous waxworks museum 10 boulevard Montmartre 15. Wander the streets of Paris simply enjoying the day. From the cobbles of Montmartre to the wide avenues of Saint Germain and the famous gardens - the choice is yours.
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