Nativity scenes and Christmas masses in Paris

Sacré-Cœur, Saint-Sulpice, the Madeleine church... Churches in Paris celebrate Christmas masses and nativity scenes.

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Christmas masses

To celebrate Christmas in a traditional way, don’t hesitate to go into churches in Paris.

Worshippers can engage in private prayer there and take part in various vigils and masses. The Basilica of Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre and the Madeleine church, organize prestigious celebrations on 24 and 25 December with exceptional choirs and concerts.

Please note that Information on religious services in Paris churches can be found on the website: or by telephone on 0 892 25 12 12 (€0.34 /min).

Due to the current health crisis, churches can only accommodate 30 people per service. Some Parisian parishes offer the celebration of live mass services via video.

Christmas masses at the Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre

La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre, Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc

24 December
5pm: first evensong of Christmas
6pm and 8pm: masses
11pm: midnight Mass

25 December
7am, 11am, 3pm and 6pm : masses
5pm: solemn Vespers
10pm: mass

Christmas masses at the Saint-Sulpice Church

Eglise Saint Sulpice, Paris © Thinkstock

24 December
7pm: Children mass
11pm: Christmas vigil sung and midnight mass

25 December
7am, 9am and 11am: masses
6pm: Vespers
6;45pm: mass

Christmas masses at the Madeleine Church

Christmas lights, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris © OTCP - Fabian Charaffi

24 December
9pm: vigil and evening Mass

25 December
10.30am: solemn verses
6pm: mass

Christmas nativity scenes

Figures range from small to life-size and these figurative and poetic scenes may be animated, inspired by local life, and are even given a new look by contemporary artists.

Every year, the Madeleine church, l'église Saint-Eustache, l'Eglise Saint-Pierre du Gros Caillou, l'église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Belleville, l'église Saint-Léon, l'église Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle... welcome new Nativity scenes. Whether they be traditional, baroque or modern, these veritable works of art welcome a large number of visitors.