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The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann

Call us controversial, but we think it’s often Printemps Haussmann which has the best animated window displays for Christmas in Paris. We also think it’s a great way to entertain kids for zero euros, and also avoid the crowds (as they are available to see all evening, even after the store itself is closed)…

The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
photos: JasonW

Depending on the age of your children (or childishness of your adults?) there’s no better free show than the big department stores’ animated window displays around Christmas.

Perhaps it’s the mix of HD TV screens and old school strings and pulleys that’s so fascinating? Add the special lighting and musical accompaniment and you’d have to be a real scrooge not to enjoy them!

Of course, certain displays are more forward than others about how you should spend lots of money of toys or fashion (or both), and some are just shameless sponsored plugs (for the new Boba Fett series on Disney+, for example), but if you can get past that, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

Here’s an idea of what awaits you at Printemps…

The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann
The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann

If you feel courageous enough to enter the store, don’t forget that there a few special Xmas events happening, like the Arsène Lutin treasure hunt and a giant tombola to win a very posh food hamper (winner announced 24th December). Why not pop in?!

The Christmas 2021 animated window displays at Printemps Haussmann

Printemps Haussmann (here) is open every day from 10am-8pm (opens 11am Sundays). Closes at 6pm on 24th & 31st December. Closed 25th December and 1st January

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