Paris … the city of light … possibly the most romantic city in the world … a stroll down tree lined avenues … what more could anyone wish for this Christmas?

So if you’re lucky enough to be spending the festive season in Paris, be sure to make a stroll down the Champs-Elysées top of your ‘to-do’ list.

Spectacularly lit with LEDs and powered by solar energy, the world’s most famous avenue is hosting Paris’ first ever zero consumption Christmas lighting display.

Environmentalists have concerns about the increased consumption generated by Christmas light displays. But the Champs-Elysées is a glowing example of how the combination of energy-saving LEDs and solar power can create a magical fairyland without damaging the environment.

The Champs-Elysées’ LED lighting display was created by Koert Vermeulen and Marcos Vinals Bossols of Belgium-based ACT Lighting Design.  Hoops of light surround each tree, with a million LEDs coming together to make a stunningly festive display.

More than half a million people visit the Champs-Elysées in the Christmas season.  The market runs until 2 January 2012 and bustling stalls line the avenue under a canopy of glistening LEDs.   So even if you can’t get to Paris this Christmas, you’ve got until New Year to experience the best Paris, LED technology and the Champs-Elysées can offer.

Joyeux Noël

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