What to do in Paris in November and December 2021

What to visit in Paris at the end of the year?

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And as the festive season approaches, the city is decked out in the finest decorations!

Fairs

Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse © Éric Garault pour le Salon 2015

There is plenty happening in the month of November. From 11 to 14 November 2021, the Paris Photo Fair gathers the entire profession - galleries, photographers, artists, collectors …- and has an international reputation.

In the Greater Paris region, the Paris Nord Villepinte sector will welcome more than 150,000 visitors, 400 exhibitors and 2,000 horses for the Salon du Cheval (Paris Horse Show) and the town of Montreuil will host the ‘Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse’ (book fair for children and young adults). It is a must for readers of all ages, with presentations of new publications and meetings with authors and publishers.

Another must-see event, the Paris Manga & Sci Fi show, which is aimed at all pop culture fans and cosplayers, returns to the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre (6 and 7 November 2021). Kidexpo will be held from 4 to 7 November 2021.

Finally, there is now a trade show focussing on French artisanship and expertise - the ‘Salon des Produits Made In France’, which will also be held in November at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre.

From November 27 to December 5, 2021, the EX.Paris Arts and Haute Facture show, at the Grand Palais Éphémère, will feature decorators, designers, contemporary artists and even jewellers. An event that is sure to amaze visitors.

Shows and concerts

Lido de Paris - Paris Merveilles 5 © Pics/Gregory Mairet

Paris, a city of entertainment and glamour, offers a vibrant and dynamic nightlife, with varied and lively venues. And as the festive season approaches, shows in the city take on a magical aspect … Among the city’s iconic places, the Parisian cabaretCrazy Horse is a top attraction for visitors from all over the world and offers shows during the day. The LidoMoulin Rouge,Michou,Bel Canto,Paradis Latin and ReminiSens are also ideal outings during the festive period.

The concert scene too will be full this winter with the new tour by Julien Doré who will play a concert at Accor Arena on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 November 2021. And the musician Woodkid will be on stage at La Seine Musicale for 3 exceptional dates: Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 November 2021.

Sports

The Rolex Paris Masters is one of the major tennis tournaments and takes place at the Accor Arena.

Gastronomy

Table Noël paillettes © TerriC

Paris is a gastronomic destination especially during the festive season.

At this time of year, you can enjoy the most gastronomic fare! Every third Thursday in November, people celebrate the arrival of beaujolais nouveau in most Parisian cafes and bistros. A special and convivial moment not to miss!  

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Feels like Christmas

Vitrine de Noël 2020 des Galeries Lafayette, Paris

From the end of November and throughout December, Paris lights up for winter. The Champs-Élysées, Rue de Rivoli, Place de la Concorde and Place Vendôme, City Hall, the big department stores … The major monuments are beautifully illuminated offering a spellbinding spectacle.

Little stands and kiosks like at the TuileriesChristmas market or the seasonal wooden chalets in front of Paris City Hall pop up around the city to showcase arts and crafts and gourmet fare. Stopping off for mulled wine with churros whilst doing one’s Christmas shopping … that is also the magic of the festive season …