FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS

 

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 on the Swarovsky decorated christmas tree!

 

Christmas Markets | Now – January 4
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 11th, 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.

 

Longines Paris Masters | Now – December 4
Paris Norde Villepinte
ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte
Metro : Parc des Expositions (RER B)
Price : Varies depending on day
The Longines Paris Masters will be arriving in France on December 1st for it’s European leg of the Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping.  The show attracts nearly 200,000 visitors each year who gather to share their love and passion for show jumping in a well known and unique atmosphere. See the link above for full information on tickets and location.

 

Salon du Cheval de Paris | Now – December 4
Paris Nord Villepinte
ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte
Metro : Parc des Expositions (RER B)
Price : From 8 – 28 euro
The Salon du Cheval de Paris is the largest equestrian event in France which hosts over 450 exhibitors, 2000 horses, and 150,000 visitors each year. If you have a deep interest in horses or the skill of horse riding and show jumping, then this is the event for you. Learn all about horse care, horse riding sports and the beautiful creatures themselves, and attend some of the major judging events happening throughout the week.

 

Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmand | December 2 – 5
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.

 

Wine Mondays | December 5 (monthly event)
Le 114 Faubourg 
114 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Metro : Miromesnil (9, 13)
Price : 130 euro
Starting on October 10th, Le Bristol will be hosting Wine Mondays once a month for an evening of wine appreciation. A leading French wine grower will be present to present their favoured vintage wines, matched with a four-course tasting menu created specially by chef Jean-Charles Cauquil.

 

Paris Courts Devant | Now – December 6
Various locations
Price : 6 euros
This is one of the most important short film festivals in the world with many entries coming from different locations of the world. Each film runs no longer that 25 minutes tickets are only 6 euros each. Check out the link above for full information on location, cost and where to buy tickets.

 

Salon Nautique International de Paris | December 3 – 11
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!

 

Les Agaçantes | December 10 – 11
Galerie Joseph
236 rue Saint-Martin, 75003
Metro : Arts et Métiers (3, 11)
Price : Free
Les Agaçantes are organising their second christmas market at the beautiful Galerie Joseph. Young designers will be at their stands selling fashion clothing, accessories, toys and local products, and on hand to give you information about their goods and advice on christmas gifts! Enjoy all this with a glass of champagne whilst you shop!

 

Noël en Bio | December 9 – 12
Parc Des Expositions
ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte
Metro : Parc des Expositions (RER B)
Price : Free upon invitation
It only seems fair that there should be a salon dedicated to organic Christmas foods and thankfully, this year there is! Expect to have dance sessions, meditation and yoga workshops as well as Christmas food tastings in a organic friendly and festive atmosphere.

 

Disney Sur Glace – 100 Ans de Rêves | December 7 – 18
Zénith de Paris
La Villette, 75019 
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : From 33 – 55 euro
If you’re looking for the perfect family outing for Christmas then this is it! Watch all your favourite Disney Characters take part in this Disney show on ice, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Dingo, and discover the magical world of Disney with original music and a wonderful show. Pre-book your tickets online now!

 

Noël Gourmand | December 16 – 19
Carousel de Louvre
99 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 
Metro : Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (1)
Price : 10 euros , Free under 18 years
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.

 

Africolor | Now – December 24
Various locations in Paris
Price : Varies depending on concert
The 28th edition of the Africolor Music Festival is making a return once again this year. The festival is dedicated to the celebration of African Music and performers who’ll be taking to the stage at various venues located around Paris. Check out the full program for more information on the upcoming acts and how to purchase tickets.

 

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 and will continue throughout the entire Autumn. See the link above to see what shows will be happening and how to buy tickets.

 

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.

 

SHOWS

 

Christmas at Cathédrale Notre- Dame de Paris | December 2016
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris
Metro : Cité (4), Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame (4)
Price : Free
Every year at the Notre-Dame the children’s choir sing Christmas carols during this festive period. A nativity scene is set up on the steps outside of the cathedral and all people are welcome to go and listen, sing along and attend the christmas services during the month of December. There will be a special midnight mass on Christmas eve too for all those looking for an unforgettable Christmas experience in Paris.


Christmas Concerts at La Sainte-Chapelle | Now – December 28
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!

 

Le Nez Rouge | Now – December 31
Bateau Théâtre Le Nez Rouge
Face au 13 Quai de L’Oise, 75019
Metro : Ourcq (5)

Price : 20 euro
Le Nez Rouge presents to you the festival of artists lasting for 30 days during December 2016. Over 105 artists will take to the stage each night to celebrate the opening of the new converted boat venue, Le Nez Rouge. Stand up comedy, musicians, short films, cabaret and much more is coming your way at only 20 euros per ticket!

 

Le Lac des Cygnes | December 5 – 31
Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012
Metro : Bastille (1, 5 & 8)
Price : 200 euro
It only seems apt that the most famous of ballets will be performed during December over the Christmas period. Tickets are running out extremely fast so there are only a few left available for purchase. Make sure you get online quickly to get yours!

 

Lucky Peterson | December 28 – 31
Sunset Sunside Jazz Club
60 Rue des Lombards, 75001
Metro : Châtelet (1, 4, 7, 11, 14)

Price : From 30 – 50 euro
Legendary musician, Lucky Peterson, will be in Paris for 4 nights only at the very end of 2016 and performing at the renowned jazz club, Sunset Sunside. The singer, guitarist and keyboard player is expected to wow the audience with his famous sounds of jazz and blues. Pre book your tickets now online!

 

Oliver Twist – Le Musical | Now – January 1
La Salle Gaveau 
45-47 Rue La Boétie, 75008
Metro : Miromesnil (9, 13)
Price : From 14 – 84 euro
A group of 15 dancers, actors, singers and an orchestra of 7 musicians have all come together to perform one of the most famous musicals of all time; Oliver Twist. Although the show is performed in French, there will be English subtitles available for any non French speakers wanting to go and watch the show! Get your tickets now before they all sell out.

 

Les Trois Mousquetaires | Now – 2017
Dôme des Paris – Palais des Sports
34 Boulevard Victor, 75015
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price : From 39 euro
Everyone knows the story of the Three Musketeers and we are so excited that it’s coming to Paris! Reserve your spaces now online and go and watch the fantastic performance of the three musketeers protecting the kingdom!

 

Le Fantôme de l’Opéra | Now – January 31
Théâtre Mogador
25 Rue de Mogador, 75009
Metro : Trinité – d’Estinne d’Orves (12)
Price : From 25 – 250 euro
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the famous Phantom of the Opera, the show will be performed for the first time in France AND in French. Tickets are selling out fast so be sure to book yours in advance to secure a date!

 

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

 

Edme Bouchardon | Now – December 5
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris
Métro : Louvre – Rivoli (1)
Price : 15 euro
Edme Bouchardon was considered an exceptional artist of his time and even became a sculptor for the King. His style was a balance between classical influence and nature which is conveyed through his drawings, terracotta models and marble sculptures. This exhibition will be the first large-scale monograph on Bouchardon’s oeuvre, and an opportunity to acknowledge him as one of the leading protagonists of Neoclassicism.

 

Roger Tallon, Le Design en Mouvement | Now – January 8
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Metro : Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (1)
Price : 13 euro
The late Roger Tallon was one of the great pioneers of French industrial design. The exhibition sets out to explore every aspect of his personality and work, which is made possible by the fact he donated archives to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs before he died in 2011. The exhibition will display the objects, drawings, and models that he made up for each piece of work he did.

 

Oscar Wilde | Now – January 15
Petit Palais 
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau
Price : 10 euro, Reduced – 7 euro, Under 18 – Free
For the first time in France, the Petit Palais will present a major exhibition on the famous writer, Oscar Wilde. Petit Palais will retrace the life and work of the French speaking writer with some never shown before manuscripts, photographs, drawings, caricatures and personal effects.

 

The Color Line | Now – January 15
Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac
37 Quai Branly, 75007
Metro : Pont de l’Alma (RER C)
Price : 9 euro, Reduced – 7 euro
The exhibition The Color Line looks back on the dark period of slavery in the United States through the cultural history of its black artists, the prime target of this discrimination. On display will be painting, sculpture, photography, cinema, music, literature from over 150 years.

 

Spectaculaire Second Empire | Now – January 16
Musée d’Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Solférino (12) Musée d’Orsay (RER C)
Price : 12 euro, Reduced – 9 euro, Under 18 – free
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Musée d’Orsay is looking at the entertainments and festivities of the Second Empire and at the different “stages” on which our modernity was invented. The lay-out of the paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings and jewellery from the Second Empire creates a portrait of this prolific and brilliant era, so rich in contradictions.

 

Un Suédois à Paris au 18 Siècle – La Collection Tessin | Now – January 16
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris
Métro : Louvre – Rivoli (1)
Price : 15 euro
Count Carl Gustaf Tessin acted as Swedish ambassador in Paris from 1739 to 1741 and became a very passionate collector of paintings and drawings and acquired much of his art work at the Crozat sale in 1741. When he returned to Sweden he was obliged to sell his art due to being heavily in debt. The exhibition will showcase some of these classic pieces and will provide insight into the art market and Parisian taste in the mid-18th century.

 

L’Enfer selon Rodin | Now – January 22
Musée Rodin
79 Rue de Varenne, 75007
Metro : Varenne (13) Invalides (8, 13)
Price : 10 euro, Reduced – 7 euro
The exhibition “Hell according to Rodin” invites the public to take a look into the gates of hell with over 170 works, including 60 drawings which are rare to see on public display, as well as numerous sculptures. Rodin presents a spectacular view of Hell as we believe it to be with imposing doors that never open.

 

Mexique 1900 – 1950 | Now – January 23
Grand Palais 
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : 14 euro, Reduced – 10 euro
This exhibition is the largest event dedicated to Mexican art since 1953. Offering a panorama of famous artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo, the exhibition tour is a testament to the vibrant artistic creativity of the country throughout the twentieth century. Develop an understanding of Mexico’s identity through the artwork displayed at this exhibition.

 

René Magritte | Now – January 23
Le Centre Pompidou 
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004
Metro : Rambuteau (11)
Price : 14 euro
René Magritte, a Belgian artist and one of the key figures of modern art, will have her well known, and less familiar, works of art displayed at the George Pompidou Centre. Offering a new approach to her work, the art work on show is drawn from leading public and private collections.  Check out the website for further details and to purchase tickets.

 

Ludwig Van Le Mythe Beethoven | Now – January 29
Philarmonie de Paris
Cité, 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : From 5- 10 euro
Beethoven’s life and legacy have become phenomenons that reach well beyond the realm of high culture. The Ludwig van exhibition reproduces his fascinating aura of popularity, which rivals that of political icons and rock stars.

 

Les Peintures Américaine des années 1930 | Now – January 30
Musée de l’Orangerie 
Jardin Tuileries, 75001
Metro : Concorde (1)
Price : 9 euro, Reduced – 6.50 euro
The 1930s were the years where modern art came onto the scene in the United States. Joining together with the Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibition will feature a set of fifty to sixty photos taken from prestigious American Public Collections as well as private collections. The diversity of the photos reflect the time of richness during the pre WWII period.

 

L’Art des Studios d’Animation Walt Disney : Le Mouvement par Nature | Now – March 5
Art Ludique – Le Musée
34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013
Metro : Gare d’Austerlitz (5,10, RER C)
Price : 16.50 euro, Reduced – 11 euro
The Art Ludique museum has collaborated with the Walt Disney Animation Research Library to write and create this exhibition. With a selection of 350 exceptional art pieces, the presentation will highlight the studio’s modernism and artistry for almost a century.

 

Frédéric Bazille – La Jeunesse de L’impressionnisme| November 15 – March 5
Musée d’Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Solférino (12) Musée d’Orsay (RER C)
Price : 12 euro, Reduced – 9 euro, Under 18 – free
The exhibition invites us to take a look at an artist who, in spite of his early death, was a key figure in the birth of Impressionism. The most recent research and scientific studies in particular shed light on Bazille’s methods of working and his links with Monet and Renoir, and reveal evidence of works that were thought to have disappeared – the missing links in an unusual body of work.

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