What to do in Paris in November and December 2023

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

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

Fairs in Paris in November and December 2023

Grand Palais Éphémère - Nuit, Paris

There is plenty happening in the month of November. From 08 to 11 November 2023, the Paris Photo Fair gathers the entire profession - galleries, photographers, artists, collectors …- and has an international reputation

The Paris Games Week returns from 2 to 6 November 2022. The Carrousel du Louvre is aimed at cultural heritage enthusiasts with the International Cultural Heritage Fair (from November 2 to 5, 2023).

In the Greater Paris region, the Paris Nord Villepinte sector will welcome more than 150,000 visitors, some 450 exhibitors and 2,500 horses to 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.

Finally, there is now a trade show focussing on French artisanship and expertise - the Salon des Produits Made In France’ (MIF Expo), which will also be held in November at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre from 9 to 12 Novembre 2023.

Also in November 2023, the Moto Légende trade fair, at the Parc Floral de Paris, promises to bring together professionals and motorbike fans across more than 1,000 m² of exhibition space. A unique event to admire mythical models on display for the occasion.

Last but not least, the alternative Christmas market, Paris Night Market, is due to return to the Cité Fertile, just before the Christmas holidays. A festive event and an opportunity to buy some ethical, locally produced and eco-designed Christmas gifts.

Shows and concerts in Paris in November and December 2023

Moulin Rouge - Prologue féerie, Paris

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 cabaret Crazy Horse is a top attraction for visitors from all over the world. The Moulin Rouge, Michou, Bel Canto, Paradis Latin and ReminiSens are also ideal outings during the festive period.

Paris’s music venues have some great shows lined up for this winter, including an exceptional concert by singer Stromae at the Accor Arena on 2 December 2023. Another high point of the holiday season : Bigflo et Oli at la Défense Arena  on 8 December 2023, and Benjamin Biolay at Accor Arena, on 22 December 2023.

 Disney celebrates its 100th anniversary at Défense Arena, on 11 and 12 November 2023. To mark the event, visitors are invited to (re)discover a century of magic in Europe's biggest concert hall. Over the course of 3 hours, the most famous Disney melodies are brought to life by a philharmonic orchestra of 150 musicians, 350 chorus members, dancers, solo singers, rock, and jazz groups ...

 For its 25th anniversary, the famous musical Notre-Dame de Paris returns to the Palais des Congrès de Paris, from 15 November to 3 December 2023. A box-office hit worldwide!

Other not-to-be-missed events in Paris in November and December 2023

Sports events in Paris in November and December 2023

Joueur de tennis © Fotolia

The Rolex Paris Masters is one of the major tennis tournaments and takes place at the Accor Arena. The last ATP Masters 1000 event of the season welcomes the world’s top players from 28 October to 5 November 2022. Who will succeed Holger Rune, the new phenomenon of world tennis?

Food and drink events in Paris in November and December 2023

Gordon Ramsay au Trianon Palace de Versailles - Noël 2021, Paris

Paris is a gastronomic destination, especially in the lead-up to the Christmas 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 in 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 place de la Bastille, the big department stores … The major sites and monuments vie with each other to delight the public and visitors with their magical Christmas lights.

Christmas markets can be found all over Paris, including in the Tuileries Garden and on the esplanade at La Défense. The little wooden chalets, stands and kiosks, selling arts and crafts creations and food specialities, take over the streets.

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