Christmas fun and entertainment for families in Paris

Entertainment, shows, attractions ... a selection of events to enjoy the magical atmosphere of Christmas.

In Paris, there are lots of special events at Christmas time for kids and adults that make this an extra magical time of year with lots of fun and special moments together. 

Enchanting events for kids & grown-ups in Paris and the Paris region

Disneyland® Paris - Noël 2021 Sapin

There is something extra magical about Paris during the festive season. Decorations and shimmering lights create an enchanting atmosphere for visitors in gardens, chateaux, monuments, museums, department stores and amusement parks:

Disneyland® Paris is one of the favourite destinations for families. And the famous theme park is celebrating Christmas in style! From 13 November 2021 to 9 January 2022, the magic will take hold of Disney: a 24-metre high Christmas tree, illuminations on Main Street, encounters with the mythical Disney characters in their Christmas costumes, the unmissable presence of Father Christmas, a brand new Mickey and his Sparkling Christmas Parade and a spectacular Disney Illuminations sound and light show and fireworks display, starting on 21 December in front of the Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

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The Jardin d'Acclimatation, located in the Bois de Boulogne and next to the Fondation Louis Vuitton, remains open during the Christmas holidays. This is a great opportunity to spend a fun and pleasant time with your family, between attractions and natural discoveries: animals, garden, portager...

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From 29 November 2021 to 30 January 2022, the National Museum of Natural History is offering a new and enchanting night-time tour: L’évolution en voie d’illuminationHundreds of luminous structures - to be discovered in the alleys of the Jardin des Plantes - trace 600 million years of evolution. Young and old alike will come across dinosaurs and many other little-known species.

From 19 November 2021 to 9 January 2022, we are heading for the Saint-Cloud national estate to discover Lumières en Seine. The superb park designed by Le Nôtre - easily accessible by metro - hosts a festive and immersive night show: a two-kilometre-long route, music, light shows, water games, projections, a marvellous labyrinth, a fireworks festival, etc.

The Noël Gaulois at Parc Asterix

Noël Gaulois 2021 au Parc Astérix - Affiche, Paris

The magic of Christmas will take hold of Parc Asterix for the 2021 end-of-year celebrations. On the programme: bright and magical Christmas decorations, entertainment for all the family, musical atmosphere, the event Tous en piste, the winter sports village (ice rink, children's area, toboggan runs), a Christmas market, a souvenir photo of Father Christmas and the L'Île aux vœux pyrotechnic sound and light show at night.

From 18 December 2021 to 2 January 2022

  • Parc Astérix - A1 motorway - Between exits 7 and 8 - 60128 Plailly

The Festival du Merveilleux at the Musée des Arts Forains

Festival du Merveilleux - Musée des Arts Forains - Visiteurs sur le carrousel, Paris

The Musée des Arts Forains, located in Bercy Village, is hosting its Festival du Merveilleux for the end of the year 2021. The theme of this 11th edition: the Roaring Twenties. This is the only time of the year when this unusual museum is open to all. Young and old are invited to discover this magical and wonderful place. The programme includes shows and entertainment: aerial enchantment, tap dancers, musicians, puppets, mechanical music, a ballet of automatons and optical illusion. And to make sure the party is complete, the museum is exceptionally opening some of its attractions and century-old rides.

The Festival du Merveilleux

From 26 December 2021 to 2 January 2022 (open on 1 January 2022)

Noël au Parc zoologique de Paris

Parc zoologique de Paris - Noël 2021 - Girafe avec cadeaux, Paris

Le Parc zoologique de Paris, en lisière du bois de Vincennes, célèbre aussi Noël et les fêtes de fin d'année 2021. En plus des activités et des animations habituelles, le zoo aux 180 espèces et plus de 2 000 animaux propose des activités gratuites (certaines sur inscription) du 18 décembre 2021 au 2 janvier 2022 : ateliers créatifs, préparation de cadeaux pour les animaux, nourrissage des animaux, jeux en bois à vivre en famille, jeu-concours avec des cadeaux à gagner... Un point de restauration spécial Noël et des cadeaux exclusifs à la boutique sont également disponibles. Les Fééries de Noël se déroulent sur trois soirées spéciales (18 et 25 décembre 2021 et 1er janvier 2022) : une fois le parcours de visite fermé, le public est invité à l'entrée du parc pour l'illumination du sapin à 17h et pour le spectacle féérique Les Zylluminées à 17h15. 

From December 2021 to 2 January 2022

  • Parc zoologique de Paris - Crossroads of Avenue Daumesnil and Route de la Ceinture du Lac - Paris 12th
  • Metro : Porte Dorée

Christmas illuminations and shop windows in Paris

Vitrines de noël Galeries Lafayette 2020 © Javier Pina

The streets and squares of Paris were once again adorned with a thousand lights this year to offer an enchanting spectacle. The windows of the department stores also compete in beauty and light to present marvellous installations full of enchantment.

This is particularly the case at Galeries Lafayette, which is offering to dance on a roller dance track to the rhythm of Disney's greatest hits. See you on the 4th floor of the department stores' from 1 to 23 December 2021.

Noël 2021 - BHV Marais - Façade Noël au sommet, Paris

As part of its Christmas at the Summit, the BHV Marais, has a great line-up of special events for kids and grown-ups: a workshop by the master chocolatier Lindt on the 5th floor of the store, a gourmet chalet dedicated to Swiss cheeses, a Santa’s workshop …

Christmas events also back at La Samaritaine. The department store on rue de Rivoli, reopened its doors in 2021, and offers visitors enchanting decorations in the store’s windows and inside, as well as many special events (Christmas market, giant advent calendar, musical events, and more).

Noël 2021 - Bercy Village - Parapluies illuminés de Patricia Cunha, Paris

At Bercy Village, there are magical decorations to see outdoors. The Portuguese artist Patricia Cunha has taken inspiration from the world of Mary Poppins for her installation of bright white umbrellas hanging over the main thoroughfare of the Cour Saint-Emilion. The installation finishes in front of the UGC cinema and an 11-metre-high Christmas tree that is also decorated with white umbrellas. To discover from 18 November 2021 to 16 January 2022.

Noël 2021 - Faubourg Saint-Honoré - Illuminations, Paris

The very upscale and luxurious Faubourg Saint-Honoré is also celebrating Christmas with its Winter Time 2021. The lights on the famous thoroughfare will be switched on on 18 November 2021 with the presence of the impressive brass band of the Republican Guard. The highlight of these celebrations is the big digital tombola on the Instagram account @wintertimeparis And on the website Winter Time in Paris. This begins on 18 November 2021 and the prize draw takes place on 30 January 2022. There are numerous prizes from the most prestigious brands. All proceeds will be donated to the association Imagine for Margo. The patrons of the event are the social network star Lena Situations and French rugby personality Bernard Laporte.

Noël 2021 - The Peninsula - Sapins et déco sur la terrasse, Paris

Paris’s big hotels are also full of Christmas spirit with decorations and seasonal animations. Like at the Peninsula Paris with its magnificently decorated Christmas tree. Also worth mentioning, Le Fouquet’s Paris which is opening a Santa’s workshop and enchanting garden in its restaurant Le Joy.

More info on the Christmas lights in Paris

More info on the Christmas window displays 2020 at the big department stores

Christmas in the castle!

Noël 2021 - Vaux-le-Vicomte - Projection sur la façade avant, Paris

The castles of VersaillesVaux-le-VicomteFontainebleauBreteuil, the Chantilly estate... offer in their respective parks beautiful decorations and some animations for this Christmas 2021!

Until the beginning of January 2021

From 20 November 2021, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is offering exceptional visits in a special magical Christmas setting: outdoor and indoor decor, enchanted characters, magical glades and a light show projected onto the chateau. The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is teaming up with the Red Cross to make Christmas a time for everyone: children are invited to offer a gift that will be given to people who are not fortunate enough to get one.

Also until 2 January 2022, the Chantilly Estate celebrates Christmas. For the occasion, an enchanting decor is set up in front of the castle, a small gourmet Christmas market (with demonstrations of whipped cream) is set up and a course through the castle, where the richly decorated festive table of the Galerie des Cerfs can be seen, is offered up to the shop, where a 2m40 Christmas tree awaits visitors. Outdoor guided tours are also organised. Not forgetting the Christmas horse show in the Grandes Ecuries: Alana and the City of Opal.

The magnificent Château de Fontainebleau is also celebrating Christmas! During the 2021 festive season, visitors are invited to discover the 130 hectares of park and gardens surrounding the castle. Here they can admire beautiful garden lightingchristmas treesdecorations and Christmas music. Among the key events: the Christmas in Europe concerts, the Christmas show Once upon a time... Perrault's Tales, the Princesses from the Cold guided tours and a grand concert by the Friends of the Fontainebleau Organ.

In December and during the end of the year celebrations (25 December and 1 January inclusive), the magical Château de Breteuil and its 75-hectare park offer a wonderful Christmas decor transporting children to the world of Perrault's famous tales : sound and light, maze and, not forgetting the illuminations at the end of the day. 

From 27 November to 23 December 2021, the Château d'Auvers-sur-Oise, located in the north of Paris and renowned for its immersive show on Impressionism, is celebrating Christmas both inside and outside the château, in the sublime French garden. The programme of the Christmas Festivities at the Château d'Auvers-sur-Oise includes decorations, shows and workshops, guided tours and storytelling - including an unusual walk with a donkey - a drawing competition, and the illumination of the façade of the Château at nightfall.

Noël 2021 au Château - Château de Blandy-les-Tours - Compagnie Tan Elleil - Spectacle Sidhes, Paris

The Château de Blandy-les-Tours, located in the Seine-et-Marne department, is offering Christmas entertainment every afternoon from 4 to 30 December 2021. The festivities start at 3 pm and end at 8 pm. The amazed public will discover various shows inspired by the Middle Ages (stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobats, dancers, musicians...) animated by different companies, a Christmas market (delicacies, handicrafts, on-site catering...) and the immersive show Say it with flowers (illumination of the castle, storytelling projection in the courtyard every 20 minutes) whose theme is love. Admission is free. The castle is closed on 24, 25 and 31 December 2021, and on 1 January 2022.

Thoiry Lumières Sauvages

Thoiry Lumières Sauvages - Zèbres et girafes, Paris

The Thoiry Lumières Sauvages festival returns in 2021! The animal park offers a trail where young and old alike can admire luminous sculptures of different animal species. A magical experience!

Thoiry Lumières Sauvages

Until 6 March 2022

‘Cité des Merveilles’

Noël 2021 - La Cité des Merveilles à la Cité Fertile - Affiche, Paris

For its last Christmas, the Cité Fertile turns into a City of Wonders: an eco-friendly funfair with street food stalls, Christmas markets, games and attractions, a winter bar and lots of entertainment.

Cité des Merveilles

From 3 December 2021 to 6 March 2022. Saturday from noon to 1am and Sunday from noon to 8pm.

Visits of Paris during the festive season

Paris Authentic - Sapins de Noël sur la place Vendôme, Paris

Paris is decked out in a thousand lights for the Christmas holidays: department stores' windows, illuminations, Christmas markets... The Christmas holidays are an opportunity to follow a tour full of magic and light. Below are a few ideas for original and themed tours of Paris not to be missed during the holidays:

A tour of the Paris illuminations in a 2CV with Paris Authentic

A gourmet walk through the alleys of a Christmas market in Paris with La Route des Gourmets 

An original visit of the Montmartre districtont with the Petit Train de Montmartre

A special Christmas bike tour with Holland bikes

The Christmas lights bus tour by open-top double-decker bus with Tootbus Paris

From 18 December 2021 to 2 January 2022, the Tales and Stories of the Centre des Monuments nationaux will bring families together in more than 40 monuments in France - including the l'Arc de Triomphe, the Conciergerie, the Sainte-Chapelle and many more... - around original activities for the end-of-year celebrations. 

Christmas concerts in Paris

Maison de Radio France - Auditorium, Paris © Christophe Abramowitz

Every year, carol concerts cast a warm glow over the festive season getting everyone into the Christmas spirit. And the big churches and cathedrals provide an enchanting setting.

A series of concerts is organised in the exceptional setting of the Maison de la Radio auditorium. The Radio France Choir and the Orchestre national de France will come together for a symphonic Christmas concert on 15 and 16 December 2021 for a requiem and symphony number 3 by Camille Saint-Saëns.

This year, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Mikko Franck, is offering a programme exclusively dedicated to Richard Strauss on 17 December 2021.

On 21 December 2021, a Christmas organ concert awaits fans. The organist Karol Mossakowski will be accompanied by the actor Thomas Solivérès for an exceptional event.

Then, from 30 December 2021 to 2 January 2022, there will be New Year's concerts: Offenbach and his friends (symphonic concert by the Orchestre National de France) and Beethoven and Lindberg (symphonic concert by the Radio France Choir and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra).

Two other musical events will be taking place at Maison de la Radio in the run-up to Christmas. The Radio France Choir conducted by Martina Batic will present a choral concert on 21 December, and a concert of Christmas organ music by Karol Mossakowski will be held on 22 December. Concerts without an audience broadcast on France Musique.

On 10 and 11 December 2021, the Radio Classique Christmas concert is organised in the exceptional setting of the Champs-Elysées theater. The cast is exceptional: the orchestra of the Garde Républicaine, the French Army Choir and the Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine.

From 16 to 18 December 2021, the Maîtrise Populaire de l'Opéra comique alternates traditional Christmas songs and modern melodies for its Christmas concert at the Opéra comique.

The Opéra Bastille is organising two concerts for the end of year celebrations. The festivities begin on 16 December with a festive concert mixing genres and styles. The Christmas concert takes place the following day, 17 December, and the programme includes Mozart and Prokofiev.

La Seine Musicale also celebrates Christmas with an exceptional Christmas Gala around the composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The Pelléas Chamber Orchestra is accompanied by the violinist Geneviève Laurenceau and the conductor Benjamin Levy for this festive moment. See you on Saturday 18 December 2021.

The sumptuous Madeleine Church is the setting for several musical evenings with Christmas carols. The magical Grand Christmas Concert takes place on 22 December 2021. It is organised by the Hélios Orchestra, which also offers this great concert the following day in the Saint-Sulpice church. The Hélios Orchestra returns to the Madeleine Church on 1 January 2022 for a New Year's concert dedicated to Strauss waltzes.

In addition, the Les Violons de France Orchestra accompanied by the soprano Cécile Besnard will perform a Christmas concert in the Église de la Madeleine on on 17, 25, 26, 27 and 31 December for their Christmas and New Year's concerts with Vivaldi's Four Seasons as well as Schubert's and Gounod's Ave Maria.

The Philharmonie de Paris will hold its Grand concert de Noël de l'Orchestre National d'Île-de-France on 17 December 2021. The exceptional cast includes Rosanne Philippens as conductor. The programme is devoted to Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

In the heart of Paris, the Théâtre du Châtelet welcomes the Sotto Voce Children's Choir on 19 December 2021 for a festive Christmas concert conducted by Scott Alan Prouty.

A magical Christmas and New Year's Eve on the Seine or in a Parisian cabaret

Paradis Latin - 2020 L'Oiseau Paradis, Paris

For an unforgettable Christmas or New Year's Eve in Paris, many establishments offer special Christmas and New Year's Day menus. This is the case of cabarets and boat companies on the Seine.

Paradis LatinChristmas Eve menu 2021

New Year's Eve 2021 menu at Paradis Latin

Menu for the December 24, 2021 lunch cruise at Bateaux Parisiens

Menu for the December 24, 2021 dinner cruise at Bateaux Parisiens

New Year's Eve menu 2021 of Bateaux Parisiens

Commented New Year's Eve cruise on the Bateaux Parisiens, 31 December at 22:30 

Christmas Eve party and Christmas party at the Crazy Horse

New Year's Eve party at the Crazy Horse

Christmas lunch cruise 2021 on the Bateaux-Mouches 

New Year's Eve dinner cruise on 31 December 2021 on the Bateaux-Mouches

Christmas Dinner and Moulin Rouge show 'Féerie' available from 20 December 2021 to 2 January 2022 inclusive (except 31 December 2021)

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