Nativity scenes and Christmas masses in Paris

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

Christmas masses in Paris

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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 of the Catholic Church of Paris.

2021 Christmas masses at the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre

Sacré Coeur vue du Square

24 December 2021:
11pm : Vigil
Midnight : Midnight Mass

25 December 2021 :
7am : mass
11am: mass
4pm : Vesper
6pm : mass
10pm : mass

26 December 2021 :
Holy Family Celebration
7am, 11am, 6pm et 10pm : masses
4pm : solemn Vespers

31 December 2021 :
6pm : First Vespers of Mary, Mother of God
22h : Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Midnight : Salute of the Blessed Sacrament

1st January 2022 :
7am and 11am : masses
4pm : Meditated rosary
6pm : First Vespers of the Epiphany
10pm : Early Mass of the Epiphany

2 January 2022 :
7am, 11am, 6pm and 10pm : masses
4pm: Solemn First Vespers of the Epiphany

2021 Christmas masses at the Madeleine Churc

26 décembre 2021 :
Fête de la Saint Famille
7h, 11, 18h et 22h : messes
11h : Vêpres solennelles


31 décembre 2021 :
18h : Premières Vêpres de Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu
22h : Messe de la solennité de Marie, Mère de Dieu
Minuit : Salut du Saint Sacrement


1er janvier 2022 :
7h et 11h : messes
16h : Chapelet médité
18h : Premières Vêpres de l'Épiphanie
22h : messe anticipée de l'Épiphanie


2 janvier 2022 :
7h, 11h, 18h et 22h : messes
16h : Premières Vêpres solennelles de l'Épiphanie

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

24 December 2021:
10pm : Vigil and Evening Mass with the choir ABEAM

25 December 2021 :
10.30am : Christmas Mass
6pm : Christmas Mass
Song and great organ


2021 Christmas masses at the Saint-Eustache Church

Eglise Saint Eustache, Paris © Thinkstock

24 December 2021:
7pm : Christmas Eve Mass
10pm: Christmas Eve Mass

25 December 2021 :
11am : Christmas mass
6pm : Christmas mass

2021 Christmas masses at the Saint-Augustin Church

Eglise Saint Augustin, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

24 December 2021:
5pm : Family mass
6.30pm : Family mass
8pm : evening mass
10.30 : Vigil
11pm : Christmas Eve Solemn Mass of the Dawn


25 December 2021 :
9am : Mass of the Dawn
11am : solemn Christmas mass
7pm : Christmas mass

1 January 2022 :
12.30pm : St. Mary Mother of Jesus Mass at the Chapelle des Catéchismes

2021 Christmas masses at the Saint-Sulpice Church

Eglise Saint Sulpice, Paris © Thinkstock

24 December 2021:
3.30pm : Family mass
11pm : Vigil and Midnight Mass

25 December 2021 :
7am : Mass of the Dawn
9am : mass of the day
11am: solemn mass of the day
6.30pm : mass of the day

31 December 2021 :
11.30pm : End of Year Mass

2021 Christmas masses at the Notre-Dame de la Croix de Ménilmontant Church

Eglise Notre-Dame de la Croix de Ménilmontant, Paris

24 December 2021:
7pm : Family mass
11pm : Family mass

25 December 2021 :
11am : Christmas mass



2021 Christmas masses at the Saint-Pierre du Gros Caillou Church

Paroisse Saint-Pierre du Gros Caillou - Façade, Paris

24 December 2021:
6pm : Live Nativity Scene
9pm : Musical Vigil
11pm : Christmas mass

25 December 2021 :
9am : Christmas mass
11.15am : Christmas mass
7pm : Christmas mass

26 December 2021 :
9am : Holy Family Mass
11.15am : Holy Family Mass
7pm : Holy Family Mass

2021 Christmas masses at the Notre-Dame du Travail Chrurch

Intérieur de l'église Notre-Dame du Travail, Paris

24 December 2021:
6pm : Family mass
11pm : Christmas mass

25 December 2021 :
10.45am : French-Portuguese Christmas mass


2021 Christmas masses at the Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois Church

Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, extérieur, Paris © Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois

24 December 2021:
5.45 pm: Christmas Vespers
6.30pm : Family mass
9.30pm : Vigil with Sacred Music
10pm : Christmas mass



25 December 2021 :
9.30am : Laudes (songs of praise)
10am : Gregorian Mass
11.30am : Christmas mass
5.45pm : Vespers
6.30pm : Christmas mass

2021 Christmas masses at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Belleville Church

Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

24 December 2021:
9.30pm : Vigil followed by Night Mass at 10pm
Midnight : midnight mass

25 December 2021 :
11am : Christmas mass
6.30pm : Christmas mass


2021 Christmas masses at the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris© OTCP - Jacques Lebar

24 December 2021:
7pm : Christmas Eve Mass
10pm : Christmas Eve Mass

25 December 2021 :
11am : Christmas mass
7pm : Christmas mass


2021 Christmas masses at the Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle Church

Eglise Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle - Façade, Paris

24 December 2021:
10pm : Christmas Vigil, with the Chemin Néocatéchuménal

25 December 2021 :
11am : Solemn Vigil Mass of the Nativity of the Lord

26 December 2021 :
11am : Holy Family Mass

31 December 2021 :
6pm : Anticipated Mass of the Feast Day of St. Mary, with the Chemin Néocatéchuménal 

1 January 2022 :
11am : St. Mary Mother of Jesus Mass

January 2022 :
11am : The Epiphany of the Lord Mass
4pm : passage of the Magi

2021 Christmas masses at the Saint-Léon Church

Eglise Saint-Léon - Façade, Paris

24 December 2021:
7pm : Christmas mass 
7.15pm : Christmas mass in the in the Chapel of the Visitation
9pm : Christmas mass
10.30pm : Vigil
11.15pm : Christmas mass


25 December 2021 :
9am : Mass of the Dawn
11am : Christmas mass
6.30pm : mass of the day

26 December 2021 :
9am : Holy Family Mass
11am : Holy Family Mass
7pm : Holy Family Mass

2021 Christmas masses at the Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse

Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse - Intérieur, Paris

24 December 2021:
5pm : Christmas Eve Mass 
6.50pm : solemn Vespers

25 December 2021 :
8am : solemn mass
10am : solemn mass
11.30am : solemn mass
3.30pm : Celebration with the ‘Communauté des Filles de la Charité’

Christmas nativity scenes in Paris

Displayed in the heart of Parisian churches, the Christmas nativity scenes highlight the characters of the Nativity.

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, many churches welcome new Nativity scenes. Whether they be traditional, baroque or modern, these veritable works of art welcome a large number of visitors.

Below is a non-exhaustive selection of Christmas nativity scenes for 2021

Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre : visible at the same time as the basilica, every day from 6.30am to 10.30pm.

Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the church Saint-Eustache : visible from 12 December 2021.

Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the church Notre-Dame de la Croix de Ménilmontant : visible from Tuesday from 7.30am to 7.30pm.

Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the Madeleine Church : visible from 24 December 2021 to 31 January 2022, everyday from 9.30am to 7pm. Created by the artist Nicolas Henry.

Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the church Saint-Pierre du Gros Caillou : visible from 7 December 2021.

Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the church Notre-Dame du Travail : visible until 2 February 2022, from 9am to 7pm.

Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the church Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois : visible in the chapel of the Virgin.

Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse. The exterior nativity scene (installed in the alley) is visible from 9 December 2021. The interior nativity scene can be seen from 10 December 2021 in the late afternoon. Monday to Sunday: 7.45am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 7pm (Tuesday, continuously from 7.45am to 7pm).

Andalusian Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle Church : inaugurated on 17 December 2021 and visible until Candlemas 2022 (2 February 2022). Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30am-12pm and 3pm-7pm; Saturday, 5pm-8pm; Sunday and holidays: 10am-11am. The church is closed on Mondays.

Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the Saint-Léon Church : visible during the opening hours of the church.

Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the Saint-Augustin Church : visible from 8.30am to 7pm on weekdays and from 9am to 7pm at weekends (Sundays from 3pm to 7pm).

Christmas nativity scene 2021 at the Saint-Sulpice Church : visible from 8am to 7.45pm, until 2 January 2022.