FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS

 

Africolor Music Festival | Now – December 24
Various locations in and around Paris
Price : Varies depending on concert
The Africolor music festival is dedicated to celebrating African music in numerous concerts in and around the city of Paris. The long running festival reaching it’s 27th edition this year is sure to bring vibrancy, energy and incredible sounds from artists coming from all over Africa. Check the link above to see a full programme of all the concerts going on this month.

 

Le Festival d’Automne à Paris | Now – December 31
Various Theatres around Paris
Festival d’Automne à Paris office – 156 rue de Rivoli, 75001
Price : varies depending on show
The Paris Autumn festival incorporates all of the arts from dance, music, cinema, visual arts and theatre – something for everyone to enjoy! Performances and shows will take place in 40 different theatres around Paris starting September 9 and going on throughout the entire Autumn. See the link above to see what shows will be happening and how to buy tickets.

 

Christmas Markets | Now – January 4 2016
Various locations in Paris
It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again! The Christmas markets are opening! The biggest one in Paris, on the Champs-Elysées, opens November 15th, with over 100 adorable wooden chalets, selling everything from hot wine and churros, to mittens and hats, to ornaments and trinkets. The other larger, well-known markets take place at the Place des Abbesses in the 18th arrondissement and Place Saint Sulpice in the 6th arrondissement.

 

Christmas Windows at the Grands Magasins | December
Boulevard Haussman, 75008
It’s that time of year again where the christmas festivities begin and most importantly, the shops decorate their vitrines in fabulous sparkling displays of christmas magic! Whether you need to go to Printemps or Galeries Lafayette to shop or not, wandering past these shops windows is a must to get into the festive spirit. You can’t miss out onthe Swarovsky decorated christmas tree!

 

Christmas at Disneyland Paris | Now – January 7 2016
Disneyland Paris
77777 Marne-la-Vallée
RER A : Marne-la-Vallée
Price : Prices vary – see website for full price listing
Looking for a fun and festive family activity this christmas? Disneyland has the most magical setting with thousands of twinkling fairy lights making it feel like a real winter wonderland. Kids can visit Father Christmas, the whole family can join in on christmas carols and soak up the atmosphere with all the special events for Christmas and New Years at Disneyland.

 

Le Grand Tasting | December 4 – 5
Carrousel de Louvre
99 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Metro : Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (1)
Price : 1 day pass – 25 euros, 2 day pass – 30 euros
Le Grand Tasting is one of the best wine festivals offering the opportunity for guests to taste some of the world’s finest wines. This December will be the 10th edition and with tastings, events and conferences happening over the 2 days it’s sure to be an educational and enjoyable festival. For all the wine connaiseurs in Paris, this is the event for you!

 

Gucci Paris Masters | December 3 – 6
Parc des Expositions de Paris Norde Villepinte
ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte
RER B : Parc des Expositions
Price : Varies from 8 euros – 165 euros (see programme for full price listing)
The Paris International Show Jumping competition is coming to Paris at the beginning of December, taking place at the second largest convention centre in France – Parc des Expositions. Attracting crowds of enthusiasts and top show jumpers, this event is sure to be a success and enjoyable for those with a passion for show-jumping.

 

Children’s Book and Press Fair | December 2 – 7
Espace Paris-Est Montreuil
128 rue de Paris, 93100
Metro : Robespierre (9)
The Children’s Books and Press Fair welcomes over 400 editors to present their new literature, fiction or reality. Have the chance to meet authors, illustrators and editors at the fair, participate in workshops and listen to readings by the authors themselves.

 

Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmand | December 4 – 7
Paris Espace Champerret 
6 Rue Jean Oestreicher, 75017
Metro : Louise Michel (3)
Price : 10 euros
The Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmand is a food technology show where varied gourmet products are exhibited by producers of various regions in France. Find out about the authentic and on trend food products of different regions and see how the food is processed with different machinery and equipment.

 

Salon Nautique International de Paris | December 5 – 13
Porte de Versailles, 75015
Pavillions 1, 2.1, 2.2 and 4
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)

Price : 13 euros (in advance) Students – Free, Groups – 10 euros
Every year the Nautic gives you the opportunity to discover the new models in the nautical world. From Sailing boats to motor boats, board sports, boat hire, equipment and much more, you will be able to see over 1,400 different brands being showcased throughout the show’s period. Meet other professionals and join other skippers and share your passion of water sports! Be sure to book tickets in advance to get the lower rates!

 

Noël Gourmand | December 11 – 14
Carrousel du Louvre
99 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Metro : Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (1)
Price : Free Entry
The Noël Gourmand trade show is coming to Paris for 4 days only and will showcase the talent and expertise of the best artisans in France. Prepare yourself for a deliciously gourmet Christmas period and discover regional dishes, farmhouse cheese, salted meats, foie gras, chocolate & confectionary and much much more.

 

SHOWS

 

La Bayadère Ballet | December 3 – 31
Opéra Bastille 
Place de la Bastille, 75012
Metro : Bastille (1, 5, 8)
Price : 144 euros – 178 euros per person
La Bayadère ballet tells an exotic, yet impossible, love story between a dancer and a warrior in India. The ballet was first performed in St Petersburg in 1877 and remained unknown for a very long time in the west, until the Kirov ballet put on a production of it at the Palais Garnier in Paris and stunned everyone with their incredible performance. Get booking soon by clicking on the link above before tickets run out!

 

La Damnation de Faust | December 5 – 29
Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012
Metro : Bastille (1, 5, 8)
Price :  Ranges from 5 euros – 231 euros (depending on category, see programme)
Set in the middle ages, the opera focuses on the story of Faust, an unhappy man who chooses to take his own life. Before entering his new world he meets Margeurite and falls in love, but is influenced by other happenings in his life which leads him to choosing nature over love. Find out more in the link above, and be sure to book tickets in advance.

 

Christmas Concerts at La Sainte-Chapelle | December 3 – 29
La Sainte Chapelle
8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001
Metro : Cité (4)
Price : Ranges from 29 euros – 54 euros, Children below 10 – 2 euros
During the festive month of December, well-known classical musicians will be performing at the gorgeous La Sainte Chapelle church. Expect to hear timeless pieces during each concert in the ambience of tall stained glass windows and soaring high ceilings which allow for excellent acoustics. The perfect way to spend a winters night in Paris!

 

Olivier Giraud, How to Become a Parisian in One Hour | Now – December 31
Théâtre des Nouveautés
24 Boulevard Poissonière, 75009
Metro: Grands Boulevards (8,9)
Price: 24-37 euro
Olivier Giraud, who has worked in both America and France, highlights the differences between French and American culture in this hour-long comedy show. Performed in English, spectators from all backgrounds are able to gain cultural insight into the Parisian way of life.

 

Marc Chagall- The Triumph of Music | Now – January 31 2016
Philharmonie de Paris 
221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019
Métro : Porte de Pantin (Ligne 5)
Price : Self-guided visits: 10 euros, Reduced: 5 euros; Guided visits: 12 euros, Reduced: 10 euros
The Philharmonie de Paris exhibition Marc Chagall: The Triumph of Music explores the artist’s creations for the stage, the décors and architectural works he was commissioned to produce, all somehow tied to music. The show brings together some three hundred artworks (paintings, drawings, costumes, sculptures and ceramics), with multimedia installations featuring the ceiling of the Paris Opera thanks to extraordinary technology developed by Google Lab, and photographs (for the most part previously unpublished), including those of Marc Chagall’s studio taken by Izis in the 1960s.

 

Notre-Dame de Paris Concerts | December 1 – April 12 2016
Cathédrale Notre-Dame
Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II, 75004
Metro : Cité, Saint-Michel (4), Hôtel de ville (1, 11)
Price : 29 euros, Reduced – 19 euros, Under 15 – 2 euros
If you’re looking for some heart warming classical music to enjoy on cold winter’s night, then Notre-Dame is hosting several classical concerts throughout the month of December. Be sure to book tickets in advance before they all sell out.

 

The New York Comedy Night | Every Friday at 9:30pm
SoGymnase
38 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (8, 9)
Sebastian Marx in as American Expat living in Paris. He is a standup comedian and can perform in both English and French. He hosts weekly comedy nights featuring the best of English stand up comedy in Paris, with line ups of international and local comedians. Every so often he has an international headliner who is passing through Paris. Be sure to have a night filled of unforgettable laughter and feel at home amongst the English speakers.

 

 

ART & EXHIBITIONS 

 

Esthetiques d l’Amour | Now – January 17 2016
Le Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly, 75007
Metro : Pont de l’Alma (RER C), Alma-Marceau (9)
Price : 15,70 euros , Reduced – 10,10 euros
This exhibition will present works of art collected in the far east of Siberia from the 19th and 20th century which represent the interaction between men, untamed nature and spirits. The decorative art of the people’s of the Amur river basin will be on display to reveal the relationship these people had with the visible and invisible world.

 

Prostitution en France | Now – January 20 2016
Musée d’Orsay 
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Assemblée Nationale, Solférino (12)
Price : Adult – 11 euros, Reduced – 8,50 euros, Child – Free
This is the first major exhibition dedicated to the theme of prostitution in Paris. The exhibition attempts to reveal the way French and foreign artists, who were fascinated in the subject of prostitution, have sought new pictorial sources to represent reality and fantasies of this underworld.

 

Who’s Afraid of Women Photographers? | Now – January 24 2016
Musée d’Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Assemblée Nationale (12)
Price : 11 euros (museum entry fee)
This exhibition is the first gender-based kind to take place in France, exploring the contribution and incredible impact that female photographers have made in the photography world. Rare photographs can be found at the exhibition from the early years of photography between 1839 and 1945, by photographers from France, the UK, the USA and Germany. Part of the exhibition will be held at the L’Orangerie in Tuileries and the other at Musée d’Orsay. Check the link above to find out more information. 

 

Warhol: Unlimited | Now – February 7 2016
Musée d’Art Moderne (MAM)
11 Avenue du Président Wilson 75116
Metro : Alma Marceau (9)
Price : 12 euros, Reduced: 9 euros
As a setting for the first European showing of Shadows (1978-79) in their entirety, the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is devoting a remarkable exhibition to Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Comprising over 200 works, Unlimited highlights the serial side of the Warhol oeuvre – a crucial aspect of his work – and his ability to rethink the way art should be exhibited.

 

Picasso Mania : Grand Palais | Now – February 29 2016
Grand Palais, Galeries Nationales
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : 15 euros
A major new exhibit is coming to the Grand Palais at the beginning of October celebrating the work of Pablo Picasso. The exhibit will take a chronological yet thematic approach to his master pieces, teaming work of those influenced by the artist such as Hockney, Kippenberger etc, side by side with his. You will be taken on a whirlwind tour of all of Picasso’s major pieces of art work through different periods and times, from cubism to his large scale portraits. It is most certainly a highly anticipated event so reservations are recommended!



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