Top Paris events in November 2019 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 end of the month, you'll even find a few traditional Paris Christmas markets beginning to open.
Top photo: Bouquiniste on the Left Bank of the Seine River
Christmas Window Displays in Paris - 2019
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. The imaginative Christmas window displays enchant adults and children alike - and of course draw shoppers inside where more dazzling decorations create holiday cheer.
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: Through November 1, open 10am-7pm each day (dates and times to be confirmed for 2019) Location: Porte de Versailles, Pavilion 5 Getting there: Metro station and Tramway: Porte des Versailles, 15th arrondissement Tickets: 14€ adults, 6,50€ children from 3-12, free for children under 3 - available through Fnac or Ticketmaster, and also at the door More information: Salon du Chocolat website
Christmas at Disneyland Paris Starts in November
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 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 99 - January 5
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:
November Concerts in Paris - 2019
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!
Armistice Day Ceremony in Paris - November 11, 2019
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:
The Paris Choral Society presents In Memoriam, a special concert dedicated to the 101st anniversary of the end of World War I at the American Cathedral (23 Avenue George V, 8th arr) on November 30. (date to be confirmed for 2019)
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:
Van Gogh: The Starry Night
@ L'Atelier des Lumières, through Dec 31- Monumental floor-to-ceiling digital imagery accompanied by original music immerses you in Van Gogh's life and art, followed by two short films in Paris's new immersive Digital Arts Center located in a former iron factory. Tickets 14.5€ online (L'Atelier website) Where: 38 Rue Saint Maur, 11th arrondissement Metro: Rue Saint-Maur
Picasso: Magic Paintings
@ Picasso Museum, October 23 - February 2020 - This special exhibit focuses on Picasso's paintings completed between 1926-1930, and explores his experimentation in the context of Surrealism, psychology, and his fascination with magic. Admission: 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
Leonardo da Vinci
@ Musée du Louvre, October 24 - February 24, 2020 - This highly-anticipated blockbuster show marks the 500th anniversary of the painter's death and brings together 5 core works, includinging the Mona Lisa, plus many more of his paintings and drawings. The show is free, with the cost of regular admission, but you must reserve a date and time-slot ticket in advance online. Book as far in advance as possible to get your preferred date/time. Location: Rue de Rivoli, 1st arrondissement
Closed: Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
Tickets: 17€ (purchased online); includes admission to permanent exhibits as well; free for under 26 Stay nearby:Hotels near the Louvre Nearest Metro: Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre, Pyramides More info: https://www.louvre.fr
@ Musée Marmottan Monet, September 13 through January 26, 2020 - Piet Mondrian is known best for his abstract works featuring blocks of red, yellow, and blue - so don't miss this rare chance to see some of his stunning figurative work. Open Tuesday - Sunday; 10am-6pm. General admission 12€; includes this exhibit Location: 2 rue Louis Boilly, 16th arr
Nearest Metro: La Muette More info & tickets:https://www.marmottan.fr
The Alana Collection: Masterpieces of Italian Painting
@ Musée Jacquemart-André, September 13-January 20, 2020 - Over 75 masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Lippi, Tintoretto, and other Italian Renaissance masters from the privately-held Alana Collection will be on loan from the U.S. Location: 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 8th arr.
Nearest Metro : Saint Philippe du Roule
Open: Daily, 10-6pm, and until 8:30 on Mondays during special exhibitions
Tickets: 14.5€ (includes permanent collection and this exhibition)
Toulouse Lautrec: Resolutely Modern
@ Grand Palais, October 9 - January 27, 2020 - Focus is on Toulouse-Lautrec's artistic ambition to show the many faces of modern society. Closed on Tuesdays. Tickets 16€ Location: Grand Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 8th arr
Nearest Metro: Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau More info: https://www.grandpalais.fr
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