Paris in all its splendor
To enjoy the Christmas lights
Paris by night : night bus tour in Paris with Tootbus


Strong points

  • Everyone is guaranteed to be on the upper deck (45 seats max)
  • A hot drink is offered before departure
  • Audioguides include Christmas carols
  • Free : for children under 3 years old
If you want to discover Paris by night in a panoramic bus, from January 3, Information and booking here.

The Christmas lights tour by tourist bus

  • It is a visit of Paris at nightfalldouble-decker panoramic bus with a upper deck
  • It is a very pleasant way to enjoy the magic of Paris at night at the time of the christmas holidays. A fun activity with kids at Christmas!
  • Among other things, you'll be able to admire.., the Champs-Elysées decorated for Christmas, lhristmas windows in department stores, the Place Vendôme illuminated ...
  • Audio commentary available in English and French
  • The bus tour takes place on December 25th


  • Date November 22 to January 2, 2025 inclusive (except December 24 and 31)
  • Schedule departure at 6pm
    • Please note: there are no bus tours on the evenings of December 24 and 31.


    • From 25€
    • Reduced rate for the Family Pack (2 adults and 2 children)
    • Free : for children under 3 years old

    Useful information

    • Departure 11, rue Auber, Paris 9th arrondissement (metro: Opéra, Auber or Havre-Caumartin)
    • You must present 20 minutes before departure - Mandatory reservation
    • duration : 1h30
    • Age For all audiences, even those with young children
    • Tickets are valid for the day and time chosen at the time of booking.
    • Tickets are neither cancellable nor refundable
    • They can be modified in agreement with Tootbus (Open Tour)

    Find the list of our reviews

    Star Star Star Star Star - Medium
    Written by bernard LASSOUJADE, 06-01-2024

    The comments weren't simple and to the point.

    Star Star Star Star Star - It's worth it!
    Written by Jean-Paul Chaigne, 31-12-2023

    It's worth it!

    Star Star Star Star Star - Nice but nothing more
    Written by sylvie lunais, 31-12-2023

    Not festive enough

    Star Star Star Star Star - An evening with our grandchildren
    Written by John TOMPKIN, on 30-12-2023

    Yes, no problem, it's a great way to spend a good time in Paris. Missing wipers on the upper part of the bus.

    Star Star Star Star Star - Paris Tower
    Written by BIANCA MANIKAM, 28-12-2023

    Text not up to date and little information on monuments

    Star Star Star Star Star - Optimal, but can do better
    Written by Jérôme Devaud, 22-12-2023

    Nice tour of the main Christmas sites. However, it sometimes seems that the bus is determined to complete its tour quickly, despite the traffic. Passing in front of certain monuments is therefore rushed, and doesn't let you take more than a blurry, crooked photo as you go. Nice tour of the main Christmas sites. However, it sometimes seems that the bus is determined to complete its tour quickly, despite the traffic. Passing some of the monuments is therefore a bit rushed, and doesn't let you take more than a blurry, crooked photo as you go.

    Star Star Star Star Star - A must-do!
    Written by emmanuelle BARDEUR, on 17-12-2023

    Warm welcome and delicious chocolates

    Star Star Star Star Star - Exceptional outing
    Written by angelique , 12-12-2023

    Superb outing Arrive around 5.20pm to queue (5 buses waiting for us so no stress ) We were amazed for 2 hours To do and do again

    Star Star Star Star Star - beautiful illuminations but bus not adapted
    Written by martine DE AGOSTINI, 06-12-2023

    - the bus was not open ' roof window and sides making it difficult to take photos - the staff didn't speak French - we stopped at the eiffel tower, stayed on the bus with no comment, and finally understood that we were waiting for it to light up ==> why didn't they tell us? - lack of conviviality, for them we had to do the tour and that was it really disappointed

    Star Star Star Star Star - A good idea despite the traffic
    Written by Marion Collier, 05-12-2023

    Very well organized and very nice tour. On the other hand, when it's 0 degrees with 2 small children and very heavy traffic, spending 3 hours in the panoramic bus was a bit complicated... But the kids really enjoyed it and had stars in their eyes.

    Star Star Star Star Star - Bad headphones
    Written by annie PETIT, on 29-12-2022

    I would have liked to hear your comments

    Star Star Star Star Star - 1 year ago at the same time in December, we appreciated the availability of a travel blanket. This year: no blanket even though it was very cold on December 10, and we spent a good 10 minutes in front of it.
    Written by guy vugliano, on 13-12-2022

    experience to recommend

    Reply from FamilinParis
    Written by the Familin'Paris team

    Hello, Further to your message, we have inquired and indeed this year there are no plaids available. Perhaps for sanitary reasons. So you'll have to cover up ... On the other hand, there's always a free hot drink.

    Star Star Star Star Star - Disappointed with the service
    Written by Severine Leneveu, on 12-12-2022

    Disappointed... the circuit was not respected....we passed through streets that were not ascent of the Champs Élysé plaid offered as indicated on the site...the organization of the departure needs to be reviewed.

    Reply from FamilinParis
    Written by the Familin'Paris team

    Hello, madam, We are very sorry to hear from you. We will forward your message to Tootbus. Sincerely The Familin'Paris team

    Star Star Star Star Star - Top
    Written by Hélène Grimaud, on 12-12-2022


    Star Star Star Star Star - good circuit
    Written by yves nachez, on 10-01-2022

    good welcome and good tour.commentary a little fair fortunately I know the places I was able to tell the person who accompanied me the monuments and various.

    Star Star Star Star Star - Very nice "Christmas lights" tour.
    Written by Eric POUGET, on 06-01-2022

    Very nice "Christmas lights" tour.

    Star Star Star Star Star - Great
    Written by Anne Mathy, 04-01-2022

    Very friendly welcome, well informed and easy to find starting point. Interesting information presented in a playful way for all ages. A must do ????

    Star Star Star Star Star - Disappointing
    Written by CARLA FICUCIELLO, on 28-12-2021

    I was expecting a more festive your, especially as I'd seen "gourmandises" when booking. The welcome was friendly but not festive, nor was the atmosphere in the bus. I thought the bus had no roof, but it was closed. We spent 1h30 in traffic jams. After 20 minutes, our son already wanted to go home. In fact, there aren't many points with illuminations compared to the time spent driving. I don't recommend this outing.

    Star Star Star Star Star - Good Itinerary
    Written by chantal , on 27-12-2021

    Good itinerary but we were very cold

    Star Star Star Star Star - Very few illuminations this year :-(
    Written by Nicole PEDRETTI, on 26-12-2021

    Not this year

    Star Star Star Star Star - Beautiful
    Written by sylvie pignon, on 24-12-2021

    The minus : The traffic jams, The plus : the ride up the Champs Elysee, The bus waiting for the Eiffel Tower to sparkle! The comfort of the bus and the polar blanket! I recommend this activity

    Star Star Star Star Star - Beautiful discovery of the illuminations but incomplete service
    Written by Karine, on 23-12-2021

    The walk is very good to discover the illuminations of Paris with children. However, I was disappointed not to have the hot drink and the candy, as planned in the description, whereas we were on the spot at the indicated time, that is to say a half hour before the departure of the bus. It's a pity because this is what gave the little touch of Christmas for the children, they were also disappointed.

    Star Star Star Star Star - A pleasant tour of Paris in comfort
    Written by Philippe SERROT , on 19-12-2021

    Paris illuminated with the main sites visited. Pleasant atmosphere and very comfortable conditions for this one-and-a-half-hour tour. Friendly, helpful staff.

    Star Star Star Star Star - Nice
    Written by Dorothee Mokoyoko, 16-12-2021

    Nice tour, but too bad too many traffic jams and the bus isn't in the open air. Passage too quick near Galeries Lafayettes...

    Star Star Star Star Star - Dazzling!
    Written by Solene , on 16-12-2021

    Superb family outing with 2 children. The tour takes in all the great monuments of Paris illuminated. It's wonderful! Very easy to book, lots of dates to choose from. Very friendly driver, free hot chocolate and plaid!

    Star Star Star Star Star - Rather disappointed
    Written by Myriam Vinet, on 15-12-2021

    I wouldn't recommend this experience to anyone, - I was placed to fill an empty seat, and therefore separated from my children! - Placed at the front, the rain prevented me from seeing the view ... windscreen wipers would have been welcome! no real illuminations, apart from the Effeil Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Place Vendôme! To sum up: next time, we'll do it on foot and by bus/metro.

    Star Star Star Star Star - A Magical Walk, Christmas Before Christmas
    Written by Madeleine SABASTIA, on 11-12-2021

    A must-do, a beautiful discovery of illuminated PARIS, a must-do at this time of year, it's magical.

    Star Star Star Star Star - Very nice
    Written by Aurore Snaps, on 10-12-2021

    My mother was delighted

    Star Star Star Star Star - Very good
    Written by Marie Louise VUILLAUME , on 08-12-2021

    We couldn't open the attachment to our booking confirmation, so we showed up to board the bus without a ticket to scan. Despite this, we were very well received and enjoyed perfect service. When you don't know Paris well (and it's raining), it's very practical, with no long waits at the stops and buses that are easy to spot. The illuminations tour was also very good. We recommend this activity. The staff are very friendly.

    Star Star Star Star Star - A very pleasant visit to illuminated Paris
    Written by MARIE-FRANCOISE MANTEL, on 04-12-2021

    Comfortable bus, stops at strategic places, very good route. Activity to do for all

    Star Star Star Star Star - Top but...
    Written by Ciceou, on 02-12-2021

    It was magical, but the children's commentary was inadequate.

    The notices are listed in ante-chronological order

    Frequently Asked Questions

    + Can we see the Notre-Dame illuminations?
    + Can you see the illuminations at the Grands Magasins in Paris?
    + When are the Christmas lights installed?
    + Where else can you see Christmas lights in and around Paris?

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    From : 25€ VAT INCLUDED

    From : 25€ VAT INCLUDED