Paris’ Big Stores Open Before Christmas

In Paris, residents must do their Christmas shopping amidst the lockdown.

The windows outside famed department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are met with lonely sidewalks in the French capital. Residents are enduring a second lockdown to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.

The streets around Boulevard Haussmann are lined with trees covered in Christmas lights. They would usually, at this time of year, be thronged with tourists and shoppers rushing to buy Christmas presents.

But now, stores have to adapt themselves to new rules. Only a limited number of shoppers are allowed inside.

Some residents and owners show resilience.

Printemps Creative Director David Moliere, designed the Christmas window displays this year. He shows optimism.

“This year we have a theme, being together at Christmas. Christmas is a moment that we should all share together. It’s even more important to recall it this year,” he said.

Moliere began work on these windows at the beginning of 2020.