Cultural outings in Paris over the Christmas period

The festive season is the opportunity to discover numerous top shows, exhibitions, circuses, celebrations …

Nota Bene - Covid

Due to the health crisis, many cultural venues will remain closed for the 2020 holiday season. Cultural venues are expected to reopen on 7 January 2021. However, a few exhibitions are being held outdoors in a few places in the capital, and some shows and concerts are being offered in streaming. Not forgetting Christmas entertainment in some castles, illuminations and Christmas windows. Below is a selection of a few events to enjoy Paris at the end of 2020.


Overseas. In all their glory

Manchots royaux Crozet, exposition Outre-mer, grandeur nature sur les grilles du jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

On the gates of the Luxembourg Gardens are displayed free of charge around a hundred photographs highlighting the nature and biodiversity of the 13 French overseas territories.

Overseas. In all their glory

Until 17 January 2021

The Laughter of Cabu

Hôtel de Ville de Paris, extérieur façade © Fotolia - jorisvo

The exhibition, which can be seen from 12 January 2021, offers a retrospective of the work of Cabu, the famous French draughtsman and cartoonist. It features 350 works on a tour organised into eight themes. In the meantime, the Paris City Hall is offering a free virtual tour of the exhibition.

From 12 January to 13 February 2021

The landscapes of Fontainebleau seen though the heart

Direction le parvis de la gare de Fontainebleau-Avon pour découvrir gratuitement 30 photographies présentant les charmes de la jolie ville située dans le sud de la capitale. 

The landscapes of Fontainebleau seen though the heart

Until 31 January 2021

Archi-Folies at la Villette

La Géode, Paris

The free exhibition is held outdoors in the Parc de Villette. The route allows you to discover or rediscover the architectural wealth of this great Parisian park.

Until 28th February 2021

History, sport & citizenship

Hôtel de Ville de Paris, façade © Fotolia - Delphimages

Paris is preparing to host the Olympic Games in 2024! And with this in mind, the gates of the City Hall host a beautiful free photo exhibition presenting the route taken by sportsmen and women since the first edition of the modern games in 1896.

Until 11th January 2021


"How to become a Parisian in one hour" by Olivier Giraud

Olivier Giraud's show full of humour and tenderness "How to become a Parisian in one hour" is to be discovered from home at the end of this year 2020. The one-man show is available in streaming for 5€, 10€ or 50€.

"How to become a Parisian in one hour" by Olivier Giraud

2020 Christmas animations in Paris and the Paris Region

Christmas in the castle!

Affiche Vaux le Vicomte Noël 2019

The castles of Vaux-le-Vicomte, Fontainebleau, Breteuil, the Chantilly estate... offer in their respective parks beautiful decorations and some animations for this Christmas 2020!

Until the beginning of January 2021

Illuminations, Christmas windows and Paris sparkles

Animations parvis Hôtel de Ville

As 2020 draws to a close, Paris sparkles with a thousand lights! Take a stroll through the streets of the capital and discover the enchantment of the illuminations and Christmas windows.

Until 3 January 2021

More info on Christmas lights in Paris

More info on the Christmas windows at the department stores in Paris

Thoiry Lumières Sauvages

Thoiry Lumières Sauvages 2019 - loups

The Thoiry Lumières Sauvages festival returns in 2020! 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 7 March 2021