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Where will you spend Christmas?

No one size fits all and the same goes for what we do for the festive season. Do you like the idea of shop fronts glittering with lights, gusty walks by the sea, a cosy cottage in the country, or a magical trip to the mountains? Here we provide a few ideas with a property to inspire holiday plans.

City sparkle

Paris in the Spring? We say Christmas can be just as romantic, with a million sparkling lights on the Champs Élysées, markets piled high with festive treats, fabulous window displays at Galeries Lafayette, or maybe a glass of champagne in the Tuileries Christmas market.

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There’s much to dazzle at this four-bedroom duplex in the sixteenth arrondissement in a stunning art deco building.

Countryside calm

Holidays mean escaping work and recovering from party season so why not relax in a tranquil rural retreat. Enjoy the icy beauty of the national parks on brisk walks on frosty mornings, then stoke up the log burner or roast chestnuts around the cheminée.

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This renovated mill in the Lot-et-Garonne is the perfect place to escape life’s hustle and bustle.

Mountain magic

Is there anything more charming than an Alpine town chalet glittering with Christmas lights, a hot chocolate on the piste after a morning on the slopes, and then a party every day for apres? Or maybe you just want to curl up with a good book by the fire as the snow falls silently outside.

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This is a two-bedroom apartment in the charming traditional village of Samoens an hour from Geneva.

Seaside solitude

Enjoy beautiful coastal walks and seaside views on France’s favourite beaches – but without the crowds. Head south to the Riviera to cash in on its 300 days of sun each year, there are Christmas markets too, or in Brittany where you can buy fresh oysters or enjoy a post-walk lunch at a cosy bistro.

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This four-bedroom property is ideally positioned to access sandy beaches and the GR34 coastal path.