Paris Events in November

Armistice Day, Salon du Chocolat, & More!

Paris Events for November 2020

November in Paris - Best Things to Do & See

Top Paris events in November 2020 include Armistice Day ceremonies, lots of wonderful concerts and museum shows, and the chance to immerse yourself in all things chocolate at the popular Salon du Chocolate show packed with demos, tastings, and even a fashion show.

By the second week in November, the big Paris department stores unveil their spectacular holiday window displays and dazzling lights and decorations begin to sparkle across the city. 

You may notice the days getting shorter and the air crisper, but November weather in Paris usually offers mellow sunny days for enjoying the changing leaf hues. 

Stroll through any of the city's many parks such as Tuileries Garden and Luxembourg Garden to soak up the fall foliage colors and enjoy the last late-blooming flowers.

Want to get a taste of the holiday season?  Head to Disneyland Paris where Christmas celebrations begin during the second week of November.  Toward the middle of the month, you can even start visiting festive Paris Christmas markets and enjoying the hot mulled wine, regional food specialties, and gift shopping.

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Top photo:  Bouquiniste on the Left Bank of the Seine River

Paris Marathon 2020 (Rescheduled from April, and from October)

Paris Marathon - top April event - with Eiffel Tower in the background

The Paris Marathon 2020 (rescheduled from April and then again from October due to the Coronavirus) kicks off on Sunday, November 15 at the Arc de Triomphe as runners (normally 65,000, although this year may differ) from 150 countries all over the world start the race course down Champs-Élysées and about a quarter of a million spectators line up along the 26.2 mile route to watch.  The first group of Elite runners depart at 8:20am, with other groups following in waves until 9:50am. 

Whether you're running or watching, the Marathon's mostly-flat 26.2 mile (42.2 km) route gives you spectacular close-up views of iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, plus interesting tours of Paris's two huge wooded parklands.  Thanks to the relatively flat route, the winner typically crosses the finish line in just over two hours, although you can still see plenty of runners along the route until at least mid-afternoon.

Events before the race include the 3-day Paris Marathon Expo at Porte de Versailles, where you can also pick up your bib, and an untimed 5K Breakfast Run on the Saturday before the race along a route past many of the famous sites that runners will see on the full Marathon route the next day.

Tips for how to make the most of your Marathon experience

Best places to watch the race

Recommended hotels for the Paris Marathon

Things to Do in Paris in November

Visiting Paris in November?  Enjoy these fun activities, including a few indoor choices in case the weather turns chilly:

- Paris Wine & Cheese Lunch - Love wine and cheese?  In this small group experience in a beautiful tasting wine bar in a 17th century "hotel particulier" (private mansion) near the Louvre, you'll try 5 wines from different French regions and savor them with perfectly paired French cheese and charcuterie as you learn about their unique flavors and origins.  Book now

- Paris Catacombs Skip-The-Line Ticket & Audio Guide - This best-selling experience takes you far below the streets of Paris into an immense maze of tunnels and rooms containing the skulls and bones of about 6 million Parisians.  By the time you leave, you'll know all about where the dead go when Paris cemeteries fill up.  Perfect adventure for a rainy day!  Book now

- Moulin Rouge Show with Dinner Options - Enjoy a delicious dinner (vegetarian and vegan options available) and fantastic performance of the Féerie show at the legendary Moulin Rouge for a quintessential Paris night on the town!  Book now

- Paris Christmas Lights Bus Tour - See all the fantastic holiday lights around the city!  Starts on November 27.  Book now

Paris Christmas Markets

Paris Christmas Market

Sparkling lights and decorations, the smell of roasting chestnuts, cups of hot mulled wine, and Swiss-style chalets overflowing with special holiday foods, hand-crafted gifts, and decorations . . . Christmas Markets, a tradition since Medieval times, pop up all over Paris starting in late November. 

Check the Paris Christmas Market Schedule for 2020

November Concerts in Paris - 2020

From opera to jazz to rock, you'll find concerts featuring every type of music you can imagine in Paris.

Short days and chilly nights make November an especially good month for classical concerts held in centuries-old churches.  Look for candlelight concerts for a special experience!

Paris Opera Hall
Palais Garnier ("Paris Opera House")

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Salon du Chocolat - 2020

Part trade show, part entertainment, the Salon du Chocolat lets you immerse yourself in all things chocolate as over 200 chocolate producers, pastry chefs, candy makers, and artisans from around the world present five days packed with activities and events.  You can attend cooking demos by top chefs at the Pastry Show, discover the wonders of chocolate at the Cacao Show, indulge in tastings at the Chocosphere, and enjoy a fashion show with models dressed in chocolate.  Kids love the fun workshops - and of course, the chocolate.

When:  Oct 28 - Nov 1 (tentative), open 10am-7pm each day
Porte de Versailles, Pavilion 5
Getting there:   Metro station and Tramway:  Porte des Versailles, 15th arrondissement
Tickets:  14.20€ adults, 6,20€ children from 3-12, free for children under 3 - available at the door
Ticketmaster, and also at the door
More information:   Salon du Chocolat website

Christmas at Disneyland Paris Starts in November - 2020

Christmas at Disneyland Paris during December
Christmas at Disneyland during December - Photo by Craig Adderley

Enchanted Christmas celebrations start at Disneyland Paris in early November and continue into January with plenty of entertainment and holiday spirit for everyone.

You'll find a spectacular giant tree, entertaining shows, festive Christmas parades, and gorgeous holiday decorations everywhere.  Each year brings new holiday features, lights, and shows at both Disney Parks, an immersive nighttime extravaganza, and singing carols with Santa, Mickey, and Minnie for a magical experience you won't forget. 

When: November 7 - January 10

Disneyland Paris and Transportation

Take RER A to the Marne-la-Valée station across a small plaza from Disneyland Paris, and buy your tickets at the gate - or check out these options to make your trip faster and easier:

Paris Exhibits - Must-See Shows for November

November weather in Paris can be tricky, and you should always have a few bad-weather day activities in mind.  Visit these museum shows when you want to stay warm indoors and immerse yourself in Paris's top cultural treasures:

Previous show at the Atelier des Lumières
Previous show at the Atelier des Lumières

Aubrey Beardsley

@ Musée d'Orsay, Oct 13, 2020 - January 10, 2021 - Aubrey Beardsley died far too young but his bold, erotic, and imaginative drawings had an outsize impact on fin-de-siècle England.  You'll see 100 of them in this importand show, plus posters and some of the his illustrations appeared.
Reserved-access tickets; free admission when you have a Paris Museum Pass 

More about visiting Musee d'Orsay

Giorgio de Chirico: Metaphysical Painting

@ Musée de l'Orangerie, Through December 14, 2020 - This exhibition traces the artistic and philosophical influences on Giorgio de Chirico from Munich to Turin to Paris, and finally to Ferrara.  Tickets 9€; free admission when you have a Paris Museum Pass 
Location:  Jardin des Tuileries, 1st arr.  Nearest Metro : Concorde

The Golden Age of Danish Painting

@ Petit Palais, Through January 3, 2021 - More than 200 works by leading Danish artists from the "golden age" between 1800-1864.  Show tickets 12€. (Free admission to Petit Palais' permanent collection)
Location: Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 8th arrondissement
Nearest Metro: Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau 
More info:

Monet, Renoir, Chagall - Journeys Around the Mediterranean

@ Atelier des Lumières - February 28 through January 3, 2021 - Immersive video/digitized exhibition of Monet's, Renoir's, and Chagalls's masterpieces accompanied by original music.  Tickets must be purchased online on the L'Atelier website
Open:  7 days/week
Where:  38 Rue Saint Maur, 11th arrondissement
Metro: Saint-Maur

Picasso & the Comic Strip

@ Picasso Museum, Through January 3, 2021- Picasso loved comics!  This fascinating, illuminating, and entertaining exhibition is the first devoted to taking a close look at the influence of graphic arts on his work - and vice-versa.  
Exhibit included with museum admission.  Get skip-the-line priority tickets online or with a Paris Museum Pass 
Location: 5 rue de Thorigny, 3rd arrondissement; closed Mondays

Paris Museum and Attractions Passes

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Christmas Window Displays in Paris - Schedule - 2020

Christmas at Disneyland Paris during November
Dancing dolls and a fairy tale castle displayed in a store window at Galeries Lafayette

The four famous big Paris department stores - Galeries Lafayette, Printemps Haussmann, Bon Marché, and BHV Marais - reveal their spectacular decorations in early November, usually during the second week of the month but sometimes as early as November 1.  The imaginative Christmas window displays enchant adults and children alike, and become more fantastic and animated each year - and of course draw shoppers inside where more dazzling decorations create holiday cheer.

Galeries Lafayette boasts the most elaborate - and most anticipated - windows, inspired by a different theme each year.  For example, if the theme is bees, you'll see them working in their kitchens, preparing for a holiday party, and conducting a royal procession for the Queen Bee.  The traditional Christmas tree inside the cupola will also feature magical bees along with winter flowers.  Every half hour, you'll see the tree's lights fade as bees fly around the cupola and put on a spectacular show.

Want to join the crowds of fans that gather for each Parisian department store's annual holiday windows "reveal" ceremony?  Here's the tentative schedule for 2020:

  • Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche (Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche - 24 rue de Sèvres, 7th) - Christmas windows for viewing with 2020's theme of fir trees: November 6
  • BHV Marais (52 rue de Rivoli, 4th) - Christmas windows "reveal" - November 9
  • Galeries Lafayette (40 boulevard Haussmann, 9th) - Christmas windows ceremony - November 18
  • Printemps Haussmann (64 boulevard Haussmann, 9th) - Christmas windows on display:  Mid-November 

More about holiday window displays and Christmas decorations in Paris department stores

Armistice Day Ceremony in Paris - November 11, 2020

Eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Pay your respects to those who died or were injured during war - almost 1.6 million French soldiers died during World War I and II combined - on Armistice Day, November 11.  Armistice Day was established on November 11, 1918 as combat ended during World War I - the "war to end all wars."

In a somber ceremony at the base of the Arc de Triomphe, the French president inspects the troops and lays a red, white, and blue wreath near the eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which honors all French troops who died in the war.

When:  11am, November 11
Want to know more?  Visit the Georges Clemenceau Museum (8 rue Benjamin Franklin, 16e); Clemenceau became France's prime minister in 1917 and orchestrated both France's final assaults on the Axis powers as well as the armistice agreement after the Allied victory.  Usually open only in the afternoon; check hours

Visit World War I battlefields - These special small-group and private tours take you to visit the most famous World War I French battle sites, museums, and memorials:

  • Aisne, Marne and Belleau Wood - Explore sites of these important battles involving American troops, the Museum of the Great War in Meaux, and cemeteries - More
  • Somme - Visit the famous battleground, Deville Wood cemetery, war memorials, and the Great War Museum in Peronne - More
  • Verdun and Meuse-Argonne - Tour these famous battlefields as well as the Fort of Douaumont, Château-Thierry, the Romagne War Museum, the Trench of Bayonets, and cemeteries - More

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