Mother's Day in Paris (and the rest of France) usually falls on the last Sunday in May, or occasionally the first Sunday in June. 

In 2024, Mother's Day in France takes place on May 26.

This is the time of year when every flower in Paris seems to suddenly be in full bloom, making it a picture-perfect place to do find wonderful things to do on Mother's Day to celebrate your mom - or for you, if you're the mom.  

Traditional French Mother's Day celebrations involve flowers, food, and perhaps an outing - anything from a picnic in a park to a river cruise or a day trip excursion outside of the city. 

If you're visiting Paris on this special occasion, it can be fun to combine La Fête de Mère traditions with sightseeing and experiencing the city.

With these goals in mind, here are our favorite suggestions for celebrating Mother's Day in Paris. 

Top photo:  Foxgloves and other flowers blooming Tuileries Garden on Mother's Day, with Louvre Museum in the background, (c) Paris Discovery Guide

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Celebrate Mother's Day Flowers in Paris with Flowers

Bouquet of roses from Stéphane Chapelle Florist
Bouquet of roses from Paris florist Stéphane Chapelle (29 Rue de Richelieu, 1st arrondissement)

A bouquet of beautiful flowers says "Happy Mother's Day" like nothing else!  You'll see flowers everywhere in Paris during May so indulge your mom (or yourself).  Florists in every Paris neighborhood offer lovely choices ranging from simple pots of blooming bulbs to lavish bouquets. 

Many florists make bouquets to order - all you need to do is walk in, ask for one (happily, "bouquet" in English is also bouquet in French), and tell them how much you want to spend - they'll gather a few beautiful "stems" and arrange them artfully into a bouquet.  A small but lovely selection such as the one in the photo above costs about 20€-30€ - an affordable luxury.

To enjoy flowers on Mother's Day another way, stroll through a flower-filled Paris park.  Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) and Promenade de Plantée give you two wonderful, although very different from each other, experiences. 

Luxembourg Gardens, located in the 6th Arrondissement (closest metros are Odéon and Notre Dame des Champs), dates back to the early 1600s and immerses you in traditional French and English style garden design with pools, fountains, lots of statues, green lawns, tropical palm trees, and massive amounts of blooming flowers and plants during May. 

Plop down in one of the traditional green metal chairs, close your eyes, and enjoy the sweetly scents of the flowers.

Promenade de Plantée owes its origins to an elevated and now abandoned railroad track converted in 1988 to a ribbon park stretching for 3 miles across the 12th arrondissement in Eastern Paris to Bois de Vincennes. 

With walking paths, a bike path, and many garden styles, color schemes, and plant combinations along the way, the Promenade (sometimes called La Coulée Vert) gives you plenty of interesting spaces to explore and enjoy, plus fascinating views of Paris rooftops as you stroll 25-30 feet above street level. 

Access it near Bastille at the Avenue Daumesnil and Rue de Lyon intersection via stairs or even elevator (when it's working). 

For another (and some would say the best) flower-filled way to celebrate Mother's Day, join a day trip from Paris to Monet's home and garden in Giverny where his famous waterlilies and garden flowers will be in full bloom.

Want to Say "Happy Mother's Day" in French?

As an adult speaking to other adults who are not your mom, you can say, "Joyeuse fête des mères!" or "Bonne fête des mères."

But if you're speaking to your own mom, use the same phrase you did as a child to bring a smile to her face:  "Bonne fête Mamam" or "Joyeuse fête Mamam."

Treat Your Mom to a Concert on Mothers Day in Paris - 2024

Classical concert by candlelight at Saint Ephrem's Church in the Latin Quarter
Classical concert by candlelight at Saint Ephrem's Church in the Latin Quarter

Celebrate Mothers Day at a classical or concert take place in a beautiful Paris church or exciting concert hall.  For an extra-special evening, choose a dinner-concert combo.

Concerts on Mother's Day Weekend (Thursday - Sunday)

To give you as many wonderful choices as possible, we're including concerts from the Thursday evening before the special event through Mother's Day weekend:

Find more Paris concerts in June

Where to Go for a Mother's Day Meal in Paris

View from the Mother's Day lunch cruise down the Seine River
Parc André Citroen - Popular picnic spot in the 15th arrondissement

Traditional French Mother's Day celebrations in Paris involve food, wine, and perhaps champagne in all types of settings ranging from a meal in a restaurant to a picnic in a park.

If you want to go out for a Mother's Day brunch, lunch, or dinner, you'll need to do a little advance planning as every bistro, brasserie, and café in Paris will be packed.  Make reservations a week or so before the event, or if you're visiting and not sure where to go, ask your hotel concierge for help.

A picnic takes much less planning.  Pick up a bottle of wine, cheese, charcuterie, and fruit the day before.  On the morning of Mother's Day, stop by a neighborhood bakery for a baguette, croissants, and perhaps a few lemon or fruit tarts.  Then head to one of Paris's many beautiful parks and claim your place on a grassy lawn under a shade tree.

Want some park suggestions?  Here are several popular locations:

  • Square du Vert-Galant - This small park overlooking the Seine River at the tip of Île de la Cité is always packed - so arrive early to stake out your spot. 
    Location: 1st arrondissement; Metro: Pont Neuf (walk across the bridge to the island)
  • Tuileries Garden - No time to pack a picnic lunch?  Head to one of the cafes with outdoor seating, and then enjoy a stroll through the gardens (which will be full bloom on Mother's Day) and perhaps visit the Louvre Museum next to the park.
    Location: 1st arrondissement; Metro: Tuileries or Concorde
  • Parc André Citroen - Expansive grassy lawns amid the park's theme gardens give you plenty of places to spread your blanket and enjoy a leisurely lunch (shown above in photo).
    Location: 15th arrondissement; Metro: Lourmel or Javel-André Citroën
  • Buttes Chaumont Park - The grassy slopes with Paris city skyline views fill up with on weekends and provide a perfect place for a picnic - but alternately, you can head over to Rosa Bonheur at the pavillion for snacks and drinks.
    Location: 19th arrondissement; Metro: Botzaris or Buttes Chaumont

Take a Mother's Day Dinner Cruise

Dinner cruise boat cruise on the Seine River - Photo credit: istock photos/extravagantni
Dinner cruise boat cruise on the Seine River - Photo credit: istock photos/extravagantni

Celebrate La Fête de Mère with a special 2.5 hour Mother's Day lunch cruise down the Seine River. 

As you enjoy a glass of champagne, a 3-course gourmet lunch, wine, and chocolate, you'll gaze at iconic Paris sights as you float down the river and enjoy live accordion music onboard - perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day in Paris with sightseeing, relaxation, and a celebratory meal. 

More dinner cruise choices for Mother's Day Weekend:

Spend Mother's Day at Disneyland Paris with Your Kids

Castle at Disneyland Paris
Castle at Disneyland Paris

Let's face it: when you're a mom and your kids are still young, Mother's Day celebrations may be less about them pampering you and more about you doing fun things with your kids - which of course is what being a mom is all about, right?  (Don't worry, you'll get a chance for that much-needed spa weekend getaway in another decade or two.) 

So if you're in Paris with your kids on Mother's Day, go with the flow and head to Disneyland Paris or Jardin d'Acclimatation.

Disneyland Paris on Mother's Day with your Kids

Located only about 20 miles outside of Paris, Disneyland Paris is quick and easy to get to from the city.  You can book a bus/ticket package, hop on the RER A train, or splurge on a private transfer service. 

You do absolutely need to book tickets in advance, because the park often sells out and puts up the dreaded "Full" sign by the entrance.

Check out our detailed information about the best ways to get from Disneyland Paris to Paris

Jardin d'Acclimatation on Mother's Day with your Family

Jardin d'Acclimation ride
Jardin d'Acclimatation ride

Want a lower-key and much less expensive alternative to Disneyland Paris?  A long-time favorite of French families, Jardin d'Acclimatation offers playgrounds, wading pools and fountains, carnival rides, ponies, restaurants and snack bars, walking paths, gardens, small zoo, and wandering peacocks.  

A recent renovation project added new attractions designed to appeal to teens and updated all the old family favorites - so bring the whole family and check out all the exciting new updates. 

Location:   Bois de Boulogne next to Fondation Louis Vuitton, 16th arrondissement
Nearest Metro: Les Sablons, and about a 5-minute walk (well-marked by signs to the amusement park and next-door Louis Vuitton Foundation 
  Small entrance fee, plus whatever you spend on rides and food (or, if you and your mom want to visit Fondation Louis Vuitton (located next door) first, your FLV admission ticket gives you free entrance to Jardin d'Acclimatation through FLV's back entrance (next to their restaurant).

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