Most museums and shops are closed on France's jours fériés
(public holidays). When a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, expect
to see a lot of shuttered storefronts on that Monday or Friday as well.
The doors of banks are good places to check for announcements of long
France's national day, 14 July, commemorates the 1789 storming of the
Bastille prison, the event that kicked off the French Revolution. Across
the country, the holiday is celebrated with serious abandon, especially
in Paris, where the day ends with a massive fireworks display and throngs
of people in the streets.
Comme A Vienne Opera Comique
Here's a musical tradition to welcome in the New Year. The Viennese New
Year’s Day concert, aparody of Vienna’s Musikverein by Opera
Comique each New Year’s Day at the Salle Favart in Paris. Call (33)
825 00 00 58 for more information.
Salon du Mariage
Anyone planning a wedding should not miss this exposition for future brides
complete with fashion shows and consultants provided by the local merchants.
Hosted by The Carrousel de Louvre in early January. Call (33) 4316 4747
for more information.
Colette Winter Sale
For the most fashionable clothing brands, at substantially reduced prices,
make sure you visit Colette on the rue Saint Honore, in mid-January, when
it holds its annual sale. The famous upscale department store is where
you can pick up the finest in men’s and women’s fashion, cosmetics,
sportswear, technology, art, music and home décor. Au Bon Marche,
Printemps and many other famous shops also hold their annual sales events
Salon du Meuble
The Porte de Versailles Convention Center hosts an international exposition
of the best furniture makers and dealers from over 40 countries, most
of which is open only to the international trade, but some times also
have been reserved for the general public. Usually held in mid-January.
Call (33) 43 95 10 10 for more information.
Fete des Rois
The patissieres of Paris bake special galette des rois pastries, some
of which contain a china figurine, as part of the traditional Epiphany
celebrations. Usually in early January. Call (33) 892 683 000 for more
The town of Lyon hosts this international competition between chefs, begun
about 20 years ago as the Salon des Metiers de Bouche, to showcase the
town of Lyon as the world’s culinary capital. Currently, it is held
in conjunction with Eurexpo at Lyons’s Exhibition Center and partly
sponsored by chef Bocuse’s restaurant L’Auberge du Pont de
Collonges in Lyon. Held in late January. Call (33) 04 72 42 90 90 for
The Porte de Versailles Convention Center hosts an exposition of cutting
edge European men’s and women’s clothing in one of largest
fashion trade conventions in the world. Held in late January. Call (33)
43 95 10 10 for more information.
Maison et Objet
The latest in home décor is exhibited each year at the Paris-Nord
Villepinte exhibition hall. Held in in late January. Call (33) 48 63 33
70 for more information.
French Holiday Fair
The Salon des Vacances is a one-stop way of learning about regional events
and travel options throughout France, held at the Porte de Versailles
Convention Center in late January and early February. Call (33) 43 95
10 10 for more information.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese community celebrates the new year with parades, food, live
entertainment and other festivities throughout the Quartier Chinois, from
Place d’Italie to the Porte de Choisy in the 13th arrondissement.
Usually held towards the end of January. Call (33) 892 683 000 for more
Andros Trophy Finals
Tthe Stade de France hosts some of the world’s biggest names in
car racing for this annual competition of skill and daring on an iced
track. Held in early February. Call (33) 55 93 00 00 for more information.
Open Gaz de France
The Stade Pierre de Cubertin hosts the best female tennis players in the
world at this annual competition for a prize of over a half-million dollars.
Call (33) 4431 4431 for more information.
Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
The Forum des Images in Paris hosts an annual screening of new films produced
by and about the gay community. Call (33) 892 683 000 for more information.
One of the biggest conventions for rare book dealers and collectors in
Europe is held at the Carrousel du Louvre at the same time as the Great
Wines Fair. Call (33) 4316 4747 for more information.
Great Wines Fair
Held at the same time as the Bibliophile Fair in the Carrousel du Louvre,
this is a rare opportunity to see the finest grand vins of France, representing
over 100 chateaux, collected in one place. Call (33) 4316 4747 for more
As part of the Paris Expo, the Porte de Versailles Convention Center hosts
an annual exposition of classic, vintage and contemporary racing cars,
boats, motorbikes, accessories and even toys in the middle of February.
Call (33) 45 95 10 10 for more information.
Tournoi de Judo
The Bercy Palais Omnisports hosts an annual tournament for practioners
of judo, in mid-February, with programs and workshops for everyone from
beginners to masters. Call (33) 40 02 60 60 for more information.
International Circus Festival of Tomorrow
See top circus performers from all over the world in one place, in mid-February
at the Cirque d’Hiver, when they hold exhibitions and workshops
for newer performers. Call (33) 47 00 12 25 for more information.
Festival of St. Valentine
Here's your chance to be romantic. The city of Paris re-assigns its many
illuminated, digitized message boards to display sentiments of love, and
allows individuals from all over the world to post their messages on them
as well via www.paris.fr. on Valentine’s Day. Call (33) 892 683
000 for more information.
International Agriculture Show
Le Salon d’Agriculture is held each year at the Porte de Versalles
Convention Center, from late February to early March, where you can see
exhibits on hunting and fishing, and sample some of the finest examples
of regional French cooking. Call (33) 43 95 10 10 for more information.
The Carrousel du Louvre hosts an exposition of the world’s finest
coffee producers, towards the end of February, which includes free tastings
of over 300 blends, and other informative programs. Call (33) 45 03 21
26 for more information.
Paris Fashion Week
The Carrousel de Louvre hosts the final leg of a world-wide tour of fashion
designers and models, as they exhibit their latest creations in early
March. Call (33) 4316 4747 for more information.
Festival of the Imagination
The music and art of the world’s cultures is celebrated throughout
the month of March at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, as representative
top artists and musicians come to lecture and exhibit their crafts. Call
(33) 45 44 72 30 for more information.
Readings, competitions, performances and many other events occur in the
streets, museums and a variety of other venues all over town, as Paris
celebrates the art of poetry, starting on the second Monday in March.
Call (33) 53 800 800 for more information.
Young filmmakers are featured and celebrated by the Ile-de-France Film
and Theatre Association, in a number of screenings and other programs
offered at the Forum des Images and other venues, in mid-March. Call (33)
44 76 62 00 for more information.
Stock Car Racing
The Bercy Palais Omnisports hosts stock car drivers from a number of European
countries in this annual competition for the European championship in
mid-March. Call (33) 40 02 60 60 for more information.
International Women’s Film Festival
The Maison des Artes, Cinema La Lucarne and Cinemas du Palais in Creteil,
Ile-de-France host screenings of recent films produced by women, some
of whom will be present to meet the participants and established directors
and producers also attending. Usually held in mid-March. Call (33) 4313
1919 for more information.
Festival des Artes Martiaux
The Bercy Palais Omnisports hosts martial arts masters and enthusiasts
from all over the world at this major exposition which examines and illustrates
the differences between every school of martial arts currently in practice.
Call (33) 40 02 60 60 for more information.
Paris Film Festival
The Cinema Gaumont Marignan serves as the center for screenings of recent
locally produced works, as well as the works of promising young directors
from all over Europe. usually held in late March and into early April.
Call (33) 45 72 96 40 for more information.
Festival of Short Shorts
For two evenings in April, the Forum des Images screens entries in this
semi-annual competition of the latest short films, videos and animations
of under 3 minutes, for which a prize is awarded to the winner on the
final night. Call (33) 44 76 62 00 for more information.
This foot race commences with a food festival featuring spaghetti bolognaise,
then proceeds around the monuments flanking the Champs Elysees and extends
out to the town of Auteuil. Held during the month of April. Call (33)
41 33 15 68 for more information.
The Paris Blues Festival is on the streets of Seine St. Denis, a northeast
suburb of Paris, which attracts new as well as famous blues musicians
from all over the world. Held during the first week in April. Call (33)
49 22 10 10 for more information.
Fitness and Well-Being Expo
The Porte de Versailles Convention Center hosts the Cote Bien-Etre, which
features exhibits on fitness, dieting, exercise, nutrition and a variety
of massage and other therapies. From the end of April through the beginning
of May. Call (33) 49 09 60 98 for more information.
Foire de Paris
The Porte de Versailles Convention Center hosts the Paris annual fair
from the last part of April into early May, which features exhibits on
homes and gardens. Call (33) 44 95 10 10 for more information.
Everything is closed in Paris on May 1, except the Eiffel Tower, and the
Bastille is the focus of an annual parade down the Champs Elysees, organized
by the labor unions. Call (33) 323-6316 for more information.
Annual Jazz Festival
From the conclusion of the Foire de Paris in early May through the month
of July, jazz musicians from all over the world come to play in the Parc
Floral every weekend. Call (33) 55 94 20 20 for more information.
Printemps des Musees
For one day in May, you may be able to see a number of the important exhibits
on your list, as many museums in the city will offer free admission. Call
(33) 40 15 36 00 for more information.
Vintage Car Rally
During the month of May, vintage car owners compete in a race up the Montmartre
hill, the steepest and tallest, with local café and bars providing
a variety of food and other events. Call (33) 46 06 79 56 for more information.
Environment and Lifestyle Show
Exhibitions on the latest in recycling waste and renewable energy are
featured at this annual exposition, a part of the Paris Expo, held at
the Port of Versailles Convention Center during the month of May. Call
(33) 43 95 10 10 for more information.
Users of Shockwave Flash on French-language Web sites attend a convention
at the Centre Pompidou to see the latest in computerized animation techniques,
during the month of May. Call (33) 48 24 96 45 for more information.
The Great Paris Steeplechase
The Hippodrome Auteuil hosts this famous annual horse race patterned after
the British Grand National, at the end of May. Call (33) 40 71 47 47 for
Foire du Trone
For the entire month of May, the Pelouse de Reuilly hosts this famous
traditional fair which dates back to the 1100s, where traditional pig-shaped
bread is sold, and there is an abundance of rides, live entertainment,
freak shows circus performers. Call (33) 46 27 52 29 for more information.
La Quinzaine des Realisateurs features films shown at the preceding Cannes
Film Festival, screened for Parisians at the Forum des Images. Held the
last part of May through the beginning of June. Call (33) 44 76 62 00
for more information.
If you are shopping for reasonably priced, high-quality original art,
your best bet is to attend this traveling art show held from late May
to late August at La Samaritaine in the 1st arrondissement, which features
a rooftop café from which you can also get a panoramic view of
the city. Call (33) 42 21 88 43 for more information.
Hour-long theatrical programs are presented each Wednesday for children
between 3 and 10 years of age at the Parc Floral. From mid-May until mid-September.
Call (33) 55 94 20 20 for more information.
Le Golf National course in the suburbs of Paris hosts this famous annual
tournament towards the end of June. Call (33) 3043 3600 for more information.
Paris Pride Parade
The annual festival of the gay community, with live entertainment, refreshments
and assorted festivities extends from Republique to Boubourg along the
Champs Elysees in the Marais distict. Call (33) 892 683 000 for more information.
Le Carre Rive Gauche
The antique art dealers of Paris display selected objects on the rue de
Bac along the Seine, an annual event which includes a cruise that stops
at selected points of interest. Held in mid-June. Call (33) 42 60 70 10
for more information.
Paris Air Show
Le Bourget Airport in Le Bourget, Ile-de-France hosts an exposition for
the aerospace industry that features the latest air and space travel technology.
Held in mid-June. Call (33) 4450 1998 for more information.
Fete de la Musique
Paris hosts musicians from all over the world who perform in a variety
of venues around town on June 21, the longest day of the year, in this
annual celebration of music. Call (33) 892 683 000 for more information.
A beautiful fireworks show is presented at the Ile Saint Louis, and watched
from the Quai Saint Bernard on the evening of June 24, the shortest night
of the year, in honor of St. John the Baptist. Call (33) 892 683 000 for
European Health-Sports Games
Cyclists race through the streets of Paris from Bercy to Reuilly in Vaires-Sur-Marne
in late June. Call (33) 40 02 60 60 for more information.
International Rose Competition
The Parc du Bagetelle is filled with the smell of roses entered in an
internationally judged competition held through the beginning of July.
Call (33) 40 67 97 00 for more information.
The music of Fryderyk Chopin is played and celebrated at the Orangerie
de Bagatelle. Held from through mid-July. Call (33) 892 683 000 for more
Summer Clothing Sales
Last year’s men’s and women’s designer and casual fashions
are on sale for at least half off at l’Habilleur in the district
of Marais and at Galeries Lafayette on the boulevard Haussmann. Held from
late June through early August. Call (33) 4887 7712 and (33) 42 82 34
56 for more information.
Choral Music Festival
The Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres and Eglise Saint-Louis-en-L’ile
present choral music by artists from all over the world, including gospel
and spiritual as well as traditional and classic church works. Held throughout
the summer, from late June to early September. Call (33) 44 62 00 55 for
The Hippodrome de Longchamp hosts Solidarite SIDA’s annual fundraiser
for HIV/AIDS research and treatment, which includes live music, circus
performers, mime artists and other events during the first week in July.
Call (33) 44 30 75 00 for more information.
Golden League Athletics
The Gaz de France is held at the Stade de France, where the world’s
best athletes meet in a variety of competitions and athletic events during
the first week in July. Call (33) 55 93 00 00 for more information.
Antiques dealers and collectors convene at the Stade Charlety in early
July for this annual antiques exposition sponsored by the Haute Vallee
de la Loire. Call (33) 2 37 24 51 60 for more information.
Mode et Mariage
The Porte de Versailles Convention Center hosts an exhibition in early
July of the latest trends in wedding fashion, presented by international
fashion designers. Call (33) 43 95 10 10 for more information.
International Cinema Meetings
The Rencontres Internationales de Cinema a Paris are held at the Forum
des Images, where French independent film directors present their latest
works which are voted on by the members in front of the viewing public.
Held druing the first two weeks in July. Call (33) 44 76 62 00 for more
Paris Haute Couture
All of the famous fashion designers of Paris display their latest creations
on the runways of various venues at this annual invitation-only event
organized by the Federation Francaise de la Couture. Held in early to
mid-July. Call (33) 14 266 6444 for more information.
The most important holiday in France happens in mid-July, when the commencement
of the French Revolution by storming the Bastille and the ideals of liberte,
egalite and fraternite are celebrated all over the country. Dancing, military
parades and ceremonies, and general festivities center around the place
de la Bastille and all along the Champs Elysees. Call (33) 892 683 000
for more information.
Quartier d’Ete and Paris Plage
After Bastille Day, through mid-August, is an excellent time to visit
Paris, when most of the town is on vacation, and a number of dance and
music festivals are held around the city for those who remain for the
hottest part of the year. Land along the Seine’s right bank, near
the Hotel de Ville and Pont Neuf, is converted to a sunbathing beach.
Call (33) 44 94 98 00 for more information.
Cinema Festival and Dancing
Classic films are screened at the Parc de la Villette most evenings as
the sun is setting, where you can bring a picnic and enjoy perfect evenings,
and you can dance to live orchestras and bands from all over the world
on Sundays. Held during July and August. Call (33) 40 03 75 75 for more
The Parc Andre-Citroen, Parc de Bercy and the famous Pere-Lachaise Cemetery
created by Napoleon offer guided walking tours of their beautiful gardens
in English and French, where you will learn a great deal about Paris history
and culture. Held during July and August. Call (33) 40 71 75 60 for more
Arenes de Montmartre
Traveling theatre troupes perform in the tradition of the Italian commedia
dell’arte at this outdoor playhouse through mid-September. Call
(33) 48 40 27 71 for more information.
The off-beat is celebrated in this annual film festival at the Forum des
Images. Held from late August to early September. Call (33) 44 76 62 00
for more information.
Classical Music Festival
The Parc Floral hosts the Festival Classique au Vert open-air concerts
presented by orchestras from all over the world during August and September
weekends. Call (33) 55 94 20 20 for more information.
The Viaduc des Artes hosts jewelers, glass blowers, sculptors and other
craftsmen in this annual exposition of the arts, beginning in September
and extending throughout the Fall on a variety of dates. Call (33) 44
75 80 66 for more information.
A number of cultural and ethnic venues of significance to French history
and culture present a variety of live music and other programs as the
end of summer is celebrated throughout the month of September, and into
October. Call (33) 58 71 01 01 for more information.
A number of venues all over Paris host a four-month-long arts festival
which includes dramatic performances, movies, live concerts, such as the
month-long outdoor jazz festival in the Parc de la Villette, dance and
opera, and is the largest festival of its kind in the world. Held the
throughout the Fall. Call (33) 53 45 17 00 for more information.
Pret a Porter
The Porte de Versailles Convention Center hosts vendors of ready to wear
women’s clothing in an exposition for international designers and
buyers, preceding Paris Fashion Week held at the Carrousel du Louvre.
Held in early September. Call (33) 43 95 10 10 for more information.
The Paris Bercy Palais Omnisports hosts this annual convention of old
coin and post card dealers and collectors, in mid-September. Call (33)
40 02 60 60 for more information.
Fete de l’Humanite
The far left-wing newspaper hold its annual party in the Parc de la Corneuve,
complete with food booths, family activities, outrageous speeches and
serious political discussions. Call (33) 49 22 72 72 for more information.
The French government holds open-house towards the end of September during
the annual Journees des Patrimoine, where visitors and residents can tour
the homes of politicians and their office buildings. Call (33) 40 15 37
37 for more information.
The brass bands and horses in full ceremonial dress are paraded by the
French Presidential Guard at the Casernes des Celestins on the last weekend
in September. Call (33) 49 96 13 33 for more information.
Join this ambitious walking marathon that extends from the Eiffel Tower
to the Chateau de Versailles at the end of September. Call (33) 30 21
10 25 for more information.
The largest antiques fair in Paris is held during the last half of September
only once every two years, the next one to be presented at the Carrousel
de Louvre in 2004. Call (33) 43 24 44 63 for more information.
Every year, and concurrent with the Antiques Biennal every other year,
the Carrousel de Louvre also hosts an exhibition of paintings, sculptures,
videos and photographs by promising new artists from all over Europe,
during the last two weeks in September. Call (33) 56 26 52 00 for more
Art in the World
The Pont Alexandre III along the Seine hosts an exhibition of newer artists
from over 50 countries during September and October. Call (33) 42 76 47
42 for more information.
Grape Harvest Festival
The vineyards of Montmartre, the only wine-growing area in Paris, are
showcased in this annual celebration of the grape with tastings, theatrical
performances and other festivities, on the first weekend in October. Call
(33) 46 06 00 32 for more information.
The Association Syndrome de Benjamin sponsors a march to benefit the trans-gendered
community, commencing at place Denfert-Rochereau at square J Antoine,
during the first week in October. Call (33) 43 57 21 25 for more information.
For one night in October, all of the museums, libraries, monuments and
churches remain open, and district governments provide breakfast in the
morning for all of the visitors who are still awake at dawn. Call (33)
4450 1998 for more information.
Lucien Barriere Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
The most important annual horse race in France is hosted by the Hippodrome
de Longchamp during the first week in October. Call (33) 44 30 75 00 for
The Parc de la Villette, the largest unobstructed green area in Paris,
hosts an exposition of Portuguese artists, photographers and sculptors
to introduce Parisians to the culture of Lisbon. Held October through
January. Call (33) 892 683 000 for more information.
Pre-1940 vintage car owners race from the Jardin d’Acclimatation
in Paris to Deauville’s Place de la Mairie in Normandy. Held during
the first week in October. Call (33) 43 34 97 78 for more information.
World of Games
The Espace Auteuil hosts Monde de Jeu, where state of the art computer
games, multi-media and board games, as well as toys are exhibited in this
hands-on annual festival during the first week in October. Call (33) 49
91 75 12 for more information.
International Contemporary Art Fair
Galleries and collectors of contemporary art come to the Port de Versailles
Convention Center to participate with artists in the annual Foire Internationale
d’Art Contemporaine held in mid-October. Call (33) 41 90 47 80 for
Paris Fashion Week
Following the Pret a Porter at the Porte de Versailles Convention Center,
the Carrousel de Louvre hosts an exhibition of women’s ready to
wear designers from all over the world in mid-October. Call (33) 4316
4747 for more information.
La Semaine de Gout
Each region in France celebrates its particular gastronomy in this nation-wide
festival of food and wine tastings and cultural celebrations for a week
in mid-October. Call (33) 14 296 7000 for more information.
Lire en Fete
Literature is celebrated with a variety of festivities in mid-October
at this annual event which also includes live readings of important works
at the Bibliotheque Nationale. Call (33) 49 54 68 64 for more information.
Marche au Chocolats
The Bourse de Commerce de Paris hosts an annual exposition of French chocolatiers,
douceurs and confectioners, with lots of free samples, in mid-October.
Call (33) 42 85 18 20 for more information.
JVC Jazz Festival
Jazz musicians from around the world come to play in a variety of venues
throughout Paris. Call (33) 46 21 08 37 for more information.
Paris Capitale du Cinema Art et Essai
Le Republique, Le Latina, l’Harlequin and Le Balzac invite movie
fans to watch an unlimited number of screenings at half price, in mid-October.
Call (33) 42 76 63 29 for more information.
Le Salon du Chocolat
The Carrousel de Louvre hosts tastings and demonstrations by renowned
chocolatiers and douceurs, including participants from the Cordon Bleu
cooking school, at this annual exhibition, which features a Chocoland
for children who can experiment with chocolate makeup. Held from the end
of November to the beginning of December. Call (33) 4316 4747 for more
Tennis Masters Series
The Paris Bercy Palais Omnisports hosts the final round of the Masters
Series, from the end of November to the beginning of December. Call (33)
474 38000 for more information.
Paris International Photo Fair
La Maison Europeenne de la Photographie and other venues throughout Paris
dedicate the month of November to exhibiting works which inspire amateur
photographers and encourage an interest in photography as an art form.
The Paris International Photo Fair, the central event, is held in mid-November
at the Carrousel de Louvre. Call (33) 44 78 75 08 for more information.
Festival des Inrockuptibles
Les Inrockuptibles, a popular French music magazine, sponsors live performances
by selected popular groups at a number of venues throughout Paris during
the first half of November. Call (33) 892 683 000 for more information.
The Paris Bercy Palais Omnisports hosts an annual motorbike competition
in mid-November. Call (33) 40 02 60 60 for more information.
On November 11 every year, the President lays a wreath at the Tomb of
the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe, in memory of those who
gave their lives in both World Wars. Call (33) 55 37 73 77 for more information.
Salon du Cheval
The Porte de Versailles Convention Center in Paris hosts a variety of
international competitions between champion horses, including an exhibition
of the finest Arabian horses and award-winning showjumpers. Held in late
November through early December. Call (33) 43 95 10 10 for more information.
The shops, lampposts and cafes and historic landmarks along the Champs-Elysees
are lit up with Christmas decorations. Throughout the holiday season.
Call (33) 892 683 000 for more information.
Lalique Ice-Skating Trophy
Champion ice skaters from all over the world put on a show and compete
for this coveted prize, at the Paris Bercy Palais Omnisports in mid-November.
Call (33) 40 02 60 60 for more information.
Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
The Forum des Images presents screening of films by and about the gay
community during the last week in November. Call (33) 44 76 62 00 for
World AIDS Day
December 1 is reserved for dramatic performances, live concerts, exhibitions
and assorted events throughout Paris, coordinated by CRIPS, the Paris
AIDS awareness association. Call (33) 56 80 33 33 for more information.
Prix Culinaire Pierre Taittinger
On December 2, the La Concorde Lafayette Hotel in Paris hosts an invitational
competition among gourmet chefs from all over Europe to determine the
premier representative of French gastronomy. Call (33) 40 68 50 68 for
Le Bal Crillon des Debutantes
On the first Saturday in December, the Hotel Crillon hosts the annual
debutante ball, at which the privileged youth of Paris and other European
venues, dressed in the very best of formal taste provided by top Paris
fashion designers, come to meet each other. Call (33) 44 71 15 00 for
Bring your family to the ice rink in front of the railroad station at
Montparnasse, where you can skate for free, just down the street from
the famous cafes, beginning December and lasting throughout the winter,
as long as the ice is frozen. Call (33) 42 76 40 40 for more information.
Mystery of Christmas
The Nativity story is recreated on the steps of the ancient Cathedrale
Notre Dame de Paris every half-hour during December and January. Call
(33) 42 34 56 10 for more information.
The place de la Bastille becomes a playground for children with lots of
activities, a giant trampoline, holiday make-up artists and many other
holiday surprises during December and January. Call (33) 892 683 000 for
International Boat Show
The Porte de Versailles Convention Center hosts an exposition of the latest
in water craft and boating products with live entertainment and refreshments
in mid-December. Call (33) 41 90 47 47 for more information.
Family Christmas Mass
The Eglise St.-Germain-des-Pres, built in the 6th century and the oldest
church in Paris, presents a month of choral and other holiday programs.
Call (33) 43 25 41 71 for more information.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass
Celebrate a full and traditional French catholic mass at the Eglise de
la Madeleine, built in the 18th century, during the holiday season. Call
(33) 44 51 69 00 for more information.
Basketball All-Star Game
The Bercy Palais Omnisports hosts this annual, final basketball champhionship
event between the best team in France and the best non-French team in
the world at the end of December. Call (33) 44 51 69 00 for more information.
Beginning New Year’s Eve and extending into the new year, Paris
and its surrounding communities celebrate their national heritage with
a variety of events, including the Grande Parade de Chantilly in Chantilly,
Ile-de-France on New Year’s Eve which features floats and live music,
and a repeat performance on New Year’s Day at Disneyland Paris in
Marne La Vallee, Ile-de-France. Call (33) 892 683 000 for more information.
When to Go
As the old song says, Paris is at its best in springtime, even if it
is sometimes a little wet. In winter Paris has all sorts of cultural events
going on, while in summer the weather is warm and lazy - sometimes sizzling.
In August, when Parisians flee for the beaches to the west and south,
many restaurateurs lock up and leave town too, but this is changing rapidly
and you'll find considerably more places open in summer than even a decade
ago. Things can get a bit hectic around Bastille Day and towards the end
of the year so reservations at this time are a good idea.