Paris events in December focus on the holidays as lavish holiday decorations and sparkling lights 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!
Sparkling lights and decorations, the smell of roasting chestnuts, cups of hot mulled wine, and Swiss-style chalets overflowing with special holiday foods, gifts, and decorations . . . Christmas Markets, a tradition since Medieval times, pop up all over Paris starting in late November.
Here's the 2017 Paris Christmas Market Schedule where holiday cheer, drinking, dining, and shopping will keep you merry until well into the night:
Christmas Village at La Défense: November 23-December 28, 2017
Christmas Market at Notre Dame Cathedral - December 15-24, 2017
Champs-Élysées Christmas Market - Cancelled for 2017
Holiday Lights & Decorations
Built during the Middle Ages at the historic heart of Paris, Notre Dame Cathedral embodies the splendors of Gothic architecture.
From the outside, you can admire the high towers, flying buttresses, and ornate carvings and numerous statues of saints and martyrs along the sides.
Inside, light streams in through spectacular stained glass windows. You can wander around and admire the hundreds of statues, sculptures, and paintings.
More to Enjoy: Climb up to the tower for a close-up look at the cathedral's famous gargoyles and some of the best views of Paris. Experience Notre Dame's magnificent organ by attending an evening concert.
Paris Insider Tip: If the weather is good, walk around the outside of the cathedral to the lovely gardens on the south and east sides.
December Concerts in Paris - 2017
- Elton John at AccorHotels Arena - December 1 - Tickets
- Satie, Liszt, and Beethovan: Piano at Saint Ephrem at Saint-Ephrem Church - Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 26, 30 - Tickets
- Depeche Mode at AccorHotels Arena - Dec 3 Tickets - Dec 5 Tickets
- Alice Cooper at L'Olympia - December 7 - Tickets
- Mariah Carey at AccorHotels Arena - December 9 - Tickets
- Vivaldi's Four Seasons at La Madeleine Church - December 9, 15, 23, 25, 28 - Tickets
- Don Quixote: Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris at Opéra Bastille - Dec 11, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30 - Tickets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert at Palais des Congrès - Dec 16 Tickets - Dec 17 Tickets
- Concert at La Sainte-Chapelle at Dec 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 - Tickets
- Chopin with Candlelight at Saint Ephrem Church - Dec 25, 31 - Tickets
Paris Exhibits - Shows to See during December
Pop Art - Icons that Matter
@ Musée Maillol, September 22 - January 21, 2018 - Over 200 pieces of art by Gauguin immerse you in the artist's creative process in this show focusing on how he pushed the limits of his time. Open Sunday, Monday, Thursday 10am-8pm; Wednesday, Friday Saturday 10am-10pm; Tickets 15€.
Location: Grand Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 8e. Nearest Metro: Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau
More info: www.museemaillol.com
The Art of Pastel from Degas to Redon
@ Petit Palais, through April 8, 2018 - More than 60 works by Pop Art artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg from the Whitney Museum in NYC will be shown for the first time in Paris. Admission (ncludes the show) 13€.
Location: 61, rue de Grenelle, 7e. Nearest Metro: Rue du Bac
More info: www.petitpalais.paris.fr
@ Musée Marmottan Monet (Rue Saint-Martin, 4e), September 14 through January 14, 2018 - On display for the first time will be works from Monet's own private collection by Cezanne, Morisot, Rodin, Renoir, Delacrois, and other important artists. 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