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What to do in Paris over Christmas and New Years


what to do in paris over christmas and new years

If you are traveling to Paris in November, Armistice Day is November 11 so be sure to check what is open/closed in advance.

Beaujolais Nouveau is November 15. The Festival takes place on the third Thursday of November every year. Make sure to check for here for bars in Paris that are participating by Arrondissement.


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Create your own Buche de Noël at La Cuisine in a special class on December 20. Spots will fill up quickly so book in advance.


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High Tea for Christmas

The Peninsula

George V

The Bristol


what to do in paris over christmas and new years

Plaza Athénée


what to do in paris over christmas and new years everyday parisian

Le Meurice To book reservations contact here for more details.


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Where to Eat on Christmas

Café Constant is open and they will be serving a Christmas menu (close to the Eiffel Tower)


what to do in paris over christmas and new years

La Reserve has a Christmas menu (close to Champs Élysées)


what to in paris over christmas and new years

Le Comptoir du Relais will be serving their regular menu (Close to St Germain de Près/Odeon)

Both Café Constant and Le Comptoir dur Relais are in my Where to Eat in Paris Guide and I enjoy them both.

Ice Skating

Le Grand Arche – December 15-January 14. 10 euros per adult and 5 euros for kids. Bring gloves!

Eiffel Tower Ice Rink

December 15 – February 19. Free with access to Eiffel Tower costs between 3 euros and 11 euros. Bring gloves. Visit the official Eiffel Tower website for more details.

Christmas Lights in Paris


what to do in paris over christmas and new years

Visit the Grand Magasins


Galleries Lafayette at Christmas

Galleries Lafayette at Christmas

Make a visit to Printemps and Bon Marché on the Left Bank to look at the Christmas windows and see the decorations. Galleries Lafayette has a huge display in the center of the store.

Christmas Markets in Paris

  1. Christmas Markets at Notre Dame Cathedral

    from 14 December 2018 to 23 December 2018

    Square René Viviani – 2 rue du Fouarre, Paris

    December 14 – 23rd

  2. Hôtel de Ville

    December 14 – January 6th.

  3. St Germain de Près Christmas Market

    In front of the Church

    December 1 – January 1

  4. Gare de L’Est

    Traditional Alsace Market

    Bretzels, Gingerbread, and decorations

    December 5 – December 21

  5. Les Halles

    A Christmas Village under the canopy at Les Halles

    December 1 – January 6th

Where to Celebrate New Years Eve coming soon!

If there is anything I missed or you have specific questions about celebrating the holidays in Paris, please comment below and I will add them to the post.

Merci xo

P.S. Don’t miss what to pack in the Winter. If you are still searching for accommodations for the holidays, I recommend these 10 Hotels in Paris.

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  1. If you are planning to go to evenving mass at Notre Dame on Christmas Day, Cafe St Regis on the "island" right near the church is open Christmas Day. Even had some tasty Buche de Noel! In fact, it’s our favorite stop year round.

  2. I went to Paris the first week of December last year and there were very few Christmas markets set up that early. But there were so many other things to do! Taking the metro to Arc de Triomphe and walking up to the top and then walking back down Champs Elysee and seeing all the Christmas lights was one of my favorite things.
    I would recommend some fleece lined leggings to wear under pants if it’s really cold….makes a world of difference when you’re walking around and trying to stay warm. 😁

  3. Would love to know your thoughts on what to do in Paris over Easter! 🙂 (One day I’ll be in Paris over Christmas, that is for sure.)
    Thanks for the beautiful article!

    • Hi Barbara,

      I have been to Paris over Easter. Everything runs pretty much as usual. If you are thinking more specifically for services, I don’t know much about that to give you advice. I will take a look at Easter approaches and let you know if I find anything going on in the city that you might be interested in.

    • Sorry, this is not Jason, I’m Barbara Livieri. I have manage 2 squarespace accounts. One started by Jason. LOL