All the Things to Do that Make Paris in December Special
Paris events in December focus on the holidays as lavish Christmas and New Year's decorations transform the city into a real City of Light as days grow shorter.
Do your holiday shopping and sip hot mulled wine at the traditional Christmas Markets that pop up all over Paris, admire the lavish Christmas windows at the grand department stores, and enjoy a classical music concert in a magnificent Paris church or cathedral.
And if you're lucky enough to be here for New Year's Eve, get ready for a celebration to remember!
Christmas Markets in Paris 2019
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.
Paris Christmas Market Schedule
Please note: All dates to be confirmed for 2019 - look for updates closer to November
Champs de Mars (under the Eiffel Tower); no ice rink this year, but the market will be fun - December 14 -January 5
Christmas Village at La Défense Esplanade - November 20-December 28
Tuileries Christmas Market - Magie de Noël (The Magic of Christmas) - (formerly Champs-Élysées Christmas Market) - November 23-January 5
Marché de Noël Paris Beaubourg - Christmas Market at Pompidou Center, 4th arr - November 30 -January 1
Les Halles Christmas Village - November 30-January 5
St Germain des Près Christmas Market - November 30-January 1
Gare de l'Est Traditional Alsace Christmas Market - December 4-20
Christmas Market at Notre Dame Cathedral - December 13-22
Christmas Market at Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall, 4th arr) - December 13-January 5 (no ice skating rink here this year)
15th Arrondissement Christmas Market - December 13-22
Bir Hakeim Christmas Market (not far from the Eiffel Tower) - December 19 -January 5
Christmas Market at Invalides - December 13-31
Selected Pop-Up Christmas Markets
All dates/times to be confirmed for 2019:
Japanese Christmas Market - Passage Choiseul (40 Rue des Petits Champs, 2nd arr) - 11:30am-5:30pm, Nov 27 - 30
Nordic Christmas Market - La REcyclerie (83 Boulevard Ornano, 18th arr) - Dec 14
Swedish Christmas Market - The Swedish Church - Nov 28-30
Marché de Noël de Rock My Bergamote - Young French Designers at Le Pavillion des Canaux coffeeshop/restaurant (39 Quai de la Loire), Bassin de la Villette, 19th arr - 11am-8pm, December 7
Specialty Christmas Markets at Saint-Ouen Flea Market (128 Ave de Saint-Ouen, 18th arr) - African-Style Christmas Market on Dec 1, Ethical Gifts Market on Dec 8, Made in the 18th Arrondisement Market on Dec 15
Christmas lights and decorations start to appear in Paris starting in mid-November and continue through early January (until just before the January sales begin).
By December, you can see festive lights, decorations, and Christmas trees in all the city's key shopping districts. Don't miss the spectacular store window displays at Paris's four grand department stores!
Christmas celebrations begin at Disneyland Paris with plenty of entertainment and fun for everyone.
You'll find a spectacular giant tree, entertaining shows, festive Christmas parades, and holiday decorations everywhere. Don't miss two brand-new holiday shows at Walt Disney Studios® Park, a new immersive nighttime extravaganza, and singing carols with Santa, Mickey, and Minnie for a magical experience you won't forget!
When: November 9 - January 8 (to be confirmed)
Disneyland Paris and Transportation
Take the 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:
Hanukkah Celebrations & Menorah Lightings in Paris
Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown on December 22 this year, and lasts for eight days until sundown on December 30.
All over the City of Light, giant menorahs in public spaces (as well as normal size menorahs in private homes) will be lit in honor of the occasion, starting with just one candle on the first night plus one additional candle on each following night until all are glowing.
This year, Paris begins its public menorah lighting ceremony for Hanukkah at the Eiffel Tower at 8pm, followed by a "Hassidique" concert.
@ Musée Maillol, September 14 - January 20, 2019 - Over 50 pieces of art by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti are complemented by 25 works from other major artists such as Rodin, Bourdelle, Brancusi, Lipchitz, and Zadkine in this exhibit devoted to the Swiss artist's early works as he transitioned from classical modernism to avant-garde surrealism and abstraction. Tickets: 13€ Location: 61 rue de Grenelle, 7th arr Nearest Metro: Rue du Bac More info: www.museemaillol.com
Private Collections: A Journey of Impressionists to the Fauves
@ Musée Marmottan Monet, September 13 through February 10, 2019 - On display will be 60 seldom-shown pieces from private collection by monet, Degas, Renoir, Rodin, Claudel, Seurat, Bonnard, Derain, Matisse, Gauguin, and other important artists from Impressionism to Fauvism. Open Wednesday - Monday; 10am-6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays. General admission 11€; includes this exhibit Location: 2 rue Louis Boilly, 16e Nearest Metro: La Muette More info: www.marmottan.fr
Caravaggio's Roman Period
@ Musée Jacquemart-André, September 21-January 28, 2019 - Extraordinary masterpieces gathered from major Italian museums and the Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg showcase Caravaggio's late 16th century-early 17th century Roman period and explore his revolutionary impact on art as well as his links with the collectors, other artists, poets, and scholars of his time. Tickets 13.50€ Location: 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 8th arr.
Nearest Metro: Saint Philippe du Roule
Picasso: Blue & Rose Masterpieces!
@ Picasso Museum, September 4 - January 6, 2019 - This special exhibit brings together Picasso's recognized masterpieces from all over the world - some of which will be shown in Paris for the first time - and explores what "masterpiece" means in the context of Picasso's massive body of work.
Admission: Exhibit included with museum admission of 12.50 €; free admission and priority access when you have a Paris Museum Pass Location: 5 rue de Thorigny, 3rd arrondissement; closed Mondays
@ Grand Palais, September 26, 2018-January 21, 2019 - This live show immerses you in dazzling 18th century Venice during its most prosperous period of great theater, entainment, music, and art. Closed on Tuesdays. Tickets 15€ Location: Grand Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 8th arr
Nearest Metro: Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau More info: https://www.grandpalais.fr
Handel's Messiah Sing-Along
Have you ever wanted to celebrate the holiday season by singing Handel's Messiah as part of a large group of enthusiastic singers?
You can do this on Sunday, December 8 at 3pm (dates/time to be confirmed for 2019) as the Paris Choral Society leads their annual Messiah Sing-Along of Part 1 and the famous Hallelujah Chorus at the American Cathedral (23 Avenue George V, 8th arr) - or, if you prefer, just listen. If you don't know the words or already have a score, you can rent or buy one at the door.
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