In Paris, a group of artists covered the interior of subway car in purple gift-wrapped paper, basically just because they thought it would be fun.

But the Paris metro authorities did not share the artists’ sense that commuters might want to experience living inside a Christmas present, Atlantic Cities reports:

Alas, it seems Paris transport bosses don’t share their enthusiasm. As soon as staff realized what had happened, the train was taken out of service and stripped back to its normal un-festive state.

But Atlantic Cities has lots and lots of pictures, so you can get a sense of what was like — something approximating what would happen if Willy Wonka and Elvis got together and started an interior decorating company.

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