Nevermind the stubborn unemployment and limited household budgets, it's Christmas in Paris.
The city is a-glow with holiday spirit. And for some it's the best time of the year to enjoy the City of Lights.
A recent survey found that most Europeans plan to spend more on Christmas this year for the first time since 2008. The French, however, were among those who plan to spend less as they grow more pessimistic about their purchasing power.
But there is no price tag on holiday spirit, which is alive and well in Paris.