The clock has ticked, the glasses have been clinked. The fireworks have lit the Parisian sky ablaze, but in La Vallée Village Paris, the cheer of the New Year has just begun. About 40 minutes from the city centre, the swanky shopping district flings its gates open to embrace the most meticulous sartorial seeker, quelling appetites for bargain hunters of the best luxury goods from biggest brands all around the world.
Fashionable crowds in their down jackets and fur coats make their way through the quaint street with eyes strained for the most adorable spring dress, or a must-have bag, while the streets still radiate the Christmas Spirit. The holidays do not seem to end here; as lanterns hung overhead, the corners greet with the most artistic surprises: a majestic snow-globe, a shiny reindeer, and petals of white snow in their geometrical forms, all falling down the crystal windows.
It’s a familiar scene: shopping bags swinging in everyone’s hands, charming faces gazing forward, heads occasionally turning at large windows with breath-taking displays, all of them magical in their own ways. The open-air setting makes shopping more deliriously delightful. Instead of tiled floors, there’s the exciting sound of the crunching snow afoot. The sight of pine trees powdered in white, the strings of light hung overhead, and the detailed sculptures set in secret corners, looking as if gifts to be unwrapped. Everything is lush with a sprinkle of magic, for during daytime, La Vallée Village buzzes with energy. Pretty smiles fill the streets, all in their cobblestone glory, uniformed staff dutifully obliging every earnest client, and the avenues lead to a line of quaint boutiques, all inspired with the snowy backdrop.
There’s pride in showing off purchases, but too many become a burden. When the bulk of bag is too big to carry, La Vallée’s staff is eager to take them off one’s hands—no bags, no worries, only the joy of shopping. It is easier, after all, to scour into the hundreds of sale items without the paper bag handles entangling one’s fingers. Hands-free shopping is a perk, but a personal shopper is another. Having another eye to curate rare finds makes the purchase more valuable; it is helpful to ask the opinion of a tasteful expert in acquiring that rare couture gown, or a handsome tailored suit.
Shopping in itself is serious business, but at La Vallée Village Paris, every stay has its leverage. Another secret? Proceed to the lounge to benefit from tax-free goods.
Don’t miss the key moment: Enjoy up to 70% off in the participating boutiques until 26 January and benefit from exclusive advantages upon presentation of this QR code
Wi-Fi is on all the time, making every step into the boutiques an Instagram-able story, and the cause of many envy. Update friends about the new purchase. Or ask a waiting crowd which item is better. This makes the shopping experience all the fun! And when pause is needed, head down to one of the village’s many dining establishments to satisfy a craving.
La Vallée Village also makes shopping more convenient for all. There are many ways to get here. A Shopping Express ride takes one from Place des Pyramides in Paris straight to La Vallée Village. The Disney® Resort hotels are a quick five-minute shuttle bus ride away. When arriving by car, a valet service and a spacious parking lot makes parking easy, so one can take their mind off their vehicles, and focus on their shopping spree.
The Parisian fashion destination is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 8 pm, with special hours during celebrated days for extended fun. At evening, the place looks more enchanting, as lamps are set aglow, and windows all radiantly lit, showcasing every detail of the boutiques with a magical sparkle. Festoons of light bulbs encircle the lush trees, awnings are framed with a cascade of lights, and the dark palettes of the sky make the line of luxury boutiques more vivid from every angle. Take this chance to stop and take pictures of the surprising sculptures around the corner. Sit by the bench, soak into the surroundings, and then take another dip at shopping before the glorious night ends.
The arc of La Vallée Village Paris shines with the colours of the rainbow at the strike of the evening. Leave the gates with bags of new clothes for a new wardrobe, a fresh, fashionable start in this new era of the Roaring 20s. The experience of strolling around this open-space shopping district is phenomenal, but one takes home more value with remarkable discounts stamped on many finds. This is the season of giving—to others, and to one’s self, with all the best branded items one can find. Don’t miss this opportunity. Enjoy up to 70% off in the participating boutiques until 26 January and benefit from exclusive advantages upon presentation of the QR code above. www.france.fr/en/campaign/la-vallee-village-asean-wtm ◼
© This article was first published online in Jan 2020 – World Travel Magazine.