November 6, 2014

Galeries Lafayette Kicks off the 2014 Holiday Season

No matter how long I’ve been in Paris, each year I look forward to going to Galeries Lafayette to see their colossal Christmas tree and animated holiday windows. I was thrilled to discover that their 2014 display was officially inaugurated yesterday.

Designed by Luis Viola-Nevado, this year’s tree is even more extraordinary than in years past. It’s the first upside-down tree ever constructed in one of Paris’ grands magasins. One year in the making, this super structure has been artfully pieced together over the past few nights. It tops out at 25 meters (82 ft.), and although sporting a light lattice-like structure, weighs in at 4 tons! 

2014 Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayette, ParisUpside-down Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayette, Paris

This year’s furry monster themed windows along the boulevard Haussmann certainly don’t disappoint. The unconventional theme was chosen by Frédéric Louvau, inspired by wooly jackets he’d seen at a fashion show in Milan. Popular among locals and visitors alike, the windows are estimated to attract some 250,000 people each day over the coming months.

Monster window at Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Animated monster window at Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Gustave, Galeries Lafayette's monster leader

PS If you're looking for Lafayette Gourmet, it's recently moved to join Lafayette Maison at 35 boulevard Haussmann.

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