November-December: Magical Paris

Take advantage of this relaxed period in Paris and enjoy shows, museums and seasonal festivities!

With the approach of winter, Paris drifts into the off season – the perfect time to visit fairs, museums and exhibitions at your leisure and enjoy all the events held in November. But the highlight of this period is the festive season, which transforms the city. Christmas lights, markets and Big Wheel combine to provide a magical atmosphere you won’t want to miss!

Christmas in Paris

Sacré-Coeur Montmartre illuminations Noël © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Amélie Dupont

The French capital gets decked out in lights and hosts wonderful seasonal events to make the end of the year a very special time. No need to wait for December to experience the magic: Paris gets into the Christmas mood from mid-November. On the 21 November, the ‘most beautiful avenue in the world’ turns on its lights for the traditional Christmas illuminations on the Champs-Elysées. And beginning on the 17 November, the Big Wheel makes its return to the Place de la Concorde. With its highest point at 70 metres, it offers spectacular views over Paris.

Shopping fans should make sure to visit the Christmas markets that spring up throughout the capital over the festive season: Notre-Dame, Les Invalides, La Défense… Enjoy some Christmas good cheer while you sample local and regional produce and shop for presents from the wide selection of handcrafted items on display.

The enchanting Christmas window displays at the department stores are very popular with children and adults alike. They can be admired at the Galeries Lafayette, Printemps Haussmann, BHV on Rue de Rivoli and the Bon Marché in the 7th arrondissement.

And, to make New Year’s Eve an occasion to remember, head for the Champs-Elysées on 31 December to admire a fabulous light show

Discover the magic of Christmas in Paris

Shows

Crazy Horse Totally Crazy © SolveSundsbo

Paris is the place to find entertainment and glamour! The city has a vibrant nightlife scene with a varied range of lively night spots. And as the festive season approaches, every show in the capital takes on an air of magic… Paris’s cabaret venues enjoy cult status and continue to dazzle visitors from all over the world. From the Lido and the Moulin Rouge to the Crazy Horse and the Paradis Latin, all the Paris cabarets step up the tempo for the festive season for a magical experience you will never forget.

Gastronomy

DEGUST'Emoi - Verres de vin, Paris © OTCP

Treat your taste buds during the chilly months of autumn! Paris is a gastronomical destination for lovers of fine food, with several events taking place in the weeks prior to Christmas: from the 15 - 18 December, the Salon Noël Gourmand (Luxury Christmas Food Fair) is sure to titillate even the most discerning of taste buds, and from mid-November to mid-December, Parisians and visitors alike can sample some of the best of local and regional fare at the different Christmas markets taking place all over the capital.

This is also the time of year to taste vintage wines! On the third Thursday in the month of November, the arrival of the first release of BeaujolaisNouveauwine is celebrated in most bistros and Parisian cafes. A typical and popular moment not to be missed!

Would you like to explore France’s wine regions? Wine lovers won’t want to miss the Salon des vins des vignerons indépendants (Independent Wine Producers Fair), which takes place from 30 November to 4 December at the Paris Expo at the Porte de Versailles. Meanwhile on the 1 and 2 December, an event known as Grand Tasting, ‘the Festival of Great Wines’ is held at the Carrousel du Louvre.

Where to eat in Paris

Fairs

Paris Photo

Paris hosts numerous fairs in November that appeal to a wide range of interests. Photography fans in particular are well catered for. From the 9 - 13 November, the Salon de la photo (Paris Photography Fair) takes place at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

Gamers congregate en masse at the Paris Games Week that takes place during the first week of November. Considered as one of France’s biggest video games events, the last editiondrewmore than 300,000 visitors!

Then it's Paris Photo, the world’s biggest photography fair, the world’s biggest photography fair, the 21st edition of which takes place from 9 to 12 November under the glass-domed roof of the Grand Palais. As to sports, the Salon du Cheval de Paris is a must-see for equestrian fans, while sailing enthusiasts meet up every year at the Nautic event in December.

And if you’re keen to inspire your children to keep reading, the Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse at Montreuil is an ideal family outing, with a host of wonderful, artistic books to leaf through.

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Visiteur exposition © Samuel Zeller via Unsplash

Exhibitions

As the year draws to a close, a number of exhibitions are worth going out of your way to see. From November, Mad Minds, The Origins of Art Brut at the Maison de Victor Hugo explores the connections between art and madness. The Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine presents Globes. Architecture & Science: Exploring the World from 9 November – an exhibition showing how architects, like scientists, were both involved as both witnesses and players in discovering the world.

Concerts

Ending 2017 on a high note, French artists are in the limelight! Two concerts you won’t want to miss are IAM (24 and 25 November ) and Elton John (1 December), both at the Accorhotels Arena.

Lido de Paris Adhérent

Cabaret / Show
116 bis avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 75008
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Experience an extraordinary evening at the Lido de Paris, a legendary cabaret situated on the most beautiful avenue in the world,......

Le Moulin Rouge Adhérent

Cabaret / Show
82 boulevard de Clichy, Paris, 75018
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The most famous cabaret in the world! The Moulin Rouge was immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec and was the cradle of the music hall......

Crazy Horse Paris Adhérent

Cabaret / Show
12 avenue George V, Paris, 75008
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Enjoy an exceptional moment of beauty and sensuality in this legendary Parisian nightspot. Located just a few steps from the......

Windows displays at Galeries Lafayette

Celebration
from 08 November 2017 to 30 December 2017
Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann - 40 boulevard Haussmann, Paris

The Galeries Lafayette Christmas: animated window displays, an illuminated façade and a giant tree under the dome.

Christmas window displays: BHV Marais

Celebration
November 2017 - January 2018
Le BHV Marais - 52 rue de Rivoli, Paris

BHV Marais has invited Denmark to bring a taste of "hygge"to Paris this Christmas.

Windows displays at Bon Marché Rive Gauche

Celebration
from 03 November 2017 to 24 December 2017
Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche - 24 rue de Sèvres, Paris

Christmas decorations, enchanting, poetic and utterly magical scenes in the windows of the Bon Marché Rive Gauche

Christmas market at Notre Dame Cathedral

Celebration | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 15 December 2017 to 24 December 2017
Square René Viviani - 2 rue du Fouarre, Paris

A festive atmosphere at Notre-Dame de Paris

Christmas village on La Défense esplanade

Celebration | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 23 November 2017 to 28 December 2017
La Défense et son esplanade - Parvis de la Défense, Paris La Défense

Village over 10,000m ² with more than 300 chalets with traditional arts and crafts, 400 m ² of festive decorations

Salon de la photo

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
November 2018
Paris expo Porte de Versailles - VIPARIS - 1 place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris

The biggest photo show in France returns to the Parc des expositions at Porte de Versailles.

Christmas lights, avenue des Champs Elysées

Celebration
from 22 November 2017 to 08 January 2018
Avenue des Champs-Élysées - De l'Arc de Triomphe à la place de la Concorde, Paris

The avenue des Champs-Elysées is decorated with lights and stunning decorations for Christmas and the New Year.

Paris Photo

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
November 2018
Nef du Grand Palais - Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris

Paris Photo is the leading international trade fair devoted to photography (galleries, publishers, photographers, collectors...).

Nautic, Boat Fair

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 02 December 2017 to 10 December 2017
Paris expo Porte de Versailles - VIPARIS - 1 place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris

A key event at the end of the year the Paris International Boat Show will once again take over the Parc des expositions at Porte d...

Salon du cheval de Paris, Horse Expo

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
November-December 2018
Paris Nord Villepinte - VIPARIS - 82 avenue des nations - Zac Paris Nord 2, Villepinte

The Salon du Cheval has been putting the spotlight on the world of horses for the last 46 years.

The Big Wheel at Place de la Concorde

Celebration
from 17 November 2017 to 05 May 2018
Place de la Concorde - Place de la Concorde, Paris

Each year, as Christmas approaches, the Big Wheel is set up on the Place de la Concorde.

Christmas at Invalides

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition | Celebration
from 15 December 2017 to 31 December 2018
Musée de l'Armée - Invalides - 129 rue de Grenelle, Paris

The magic of Christmas lights up Invalides

Salon Grand Tasting

Trade fair, trade show
Décembre 2018
Carrousel du Louvre - VIPARIS - 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris

Rendez-vous pour la 13ème édition du Grand Tasting.

Paris Games Week

Festival | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
November 2018
Paris expo Porte de Versailles - VIPARIS - 1 place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris

The video game showtime : virtual reality, cloud gaming, blockbusters, independent games, the latest trends and innovations...

Noël Gourmand

Celebration | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 15 December 2017 to 18 December 2017
La Cité de la Mode et du Design - 34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris

Four days of gastronomy showcase the talent and expertise of the best artisans in France