Paris's iconic Champs-Élysées avenue switched on its Christmas lights on Sunday, welcoming the festive period in the French capital.
Thousands of sparkling light bulbs now adorn more than 400 trees along the Champs Elysées.
But 2020 has been a year like no other overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which made this year's ceremony unique. Parisians and people around the world were invited to follow the ceremony online.
FRANCE 24's Valérie Dekimpe reports.