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Christmas - Noël

Christmas all year round

Groceries open at Christmas

Restaurants open for New Year's Eve and Christmas

Holiday Shopping Hours

Christmas markets

Christmas farmer's market

Manger scenes and light spectacle - Notre Dame

Ice skating

Paris church concerts

Midnight mass

Christmas lights and windows

Ice skating (locations, dates, times, holiday hours)

Christmas festivities from the Paris Tourist Office


Free Merry-go-round/Carrousel rides

Christmas all year round

It's Christmas in Paris anytime!" You can find Paris souvenirs to hang among your holiday decorations at La Colomberie.

They have a room devoted to only Christmas ornaments and includes a section with those ornaments with words or images about Paris. La Colomberie is located in the 6th arrondissement between Place de l'Odéon and Place H. Mondor Carrefour de l'Odéon.

Their green storefront address: 7, rue de Condé, 6th arrondissement, telephone: 01 43 26 36 47.

Shopping for Christmas decorations

Another place to find Paris holiday decorations is in the Marché aux Fleurs on l'Ile de la Cité Le Jardin de Chantal.

Not only can you buy flowers and plants in the "Côté Jardin", but inside their shop is the "Esprit Déco".
Chantal Somenzi has an assortment of decorations for the garden and for Christmas. Her shop is located at 25, place Louis Lépine, Marché aux Fleurs, 75004 Paris, Metro: Cité, Telephone 01 43 26 67 41.

The department stores put out their Christmas decorations to begin selling around the first week in November (or before).


The Christmas windows generally go on display the first week of November.


Holiday Shopping Hours

Department and larger stores will be open the three Sundays before Christmas as is tradition.



Groceries open at Christmas

Mini grocery store, complete with dairy products, dry goods, can goods, wine and beverages are open holidays and evenings when regular groceries are not. Some even carry packaged bread; although boulangeries in some neighborhoods will be open.


If you are around the 13th arrondissement, Tang Frères, a Chinese grocery will most likely be open, as well as restaurants. Their main address is 48 avenue d'Ivry,168 avenue de Choisy or 8, rue Nicolas Appert in the 13th.


Village Fermier de Noël  ( Farmer's market and Christmas market, arts and crafts)

 in Vanves

Admission is free


The market is situated in the heart of old Vanves.

Metro: Line 13, station Plateau de Vanves-Malakoff (a shuttle bus will take you to to rue Jean Bleuzen).


Restaurants open New Year's Eve and Christmas


Restaurants open late


The FLO brasseries are listed below with website addresses for more information such as how to find them.
Be sure to click on "English version" at the top of their page or go directly to the English version
Due to time constraints I was not able to translate all of the date and time information.

Brasserie Flo
7, cour des Petites Ecuries (entrance at 63, rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis) 75010
Métro : Château d’eau
Telephone : 33 (0)1 47 70 13 59 Fax : 33 (0)1 42 47 00 80
Open 7 days a week from noon to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Valet parking available evenings: Tuesday to Saturday

5-7, rue de la Bastille 75004
Métro : Bastille
Telephone : 33 (0)1 42 72 87 82 Fax : 33 (0)1 42 72 97 68
Open 7 days a week from noon to 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 1 .m.

Weekends and holidays open all day non-stop from noon to 1.m.

16, rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis 75010
Métro : Strasbourg Saint-Denis
Telephone: 33 (0)1 47 70 12 06 Fax : 33 (0)1 42 47 00 65
Open 7 days a week from noon to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Valet parking evenings Tuesday to Saturday

La Coupole 
102, bd du Montparnasse 75014
Métro : Vavin
Telephone : 33 (0)1 43 20 14 20 Fax : 33 (0)1 43 35 46 14
Open 7 days a week from noon to 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday evening; Friday and Saturday until 1:30 a.m.

Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


Dior Christmas 2007 Place Vendome
Le Boeuf sur le Toit 
34, rue du Colisée 75008
Métro : Saint-Philippe du Roule ou Franklin-D.Roosevelt
Telephone : 33 (0)1 53 93 65 55 Fax : 33 (0)1 53 96 02 32
Open 7 days a week from noon to 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Valet parking available from noon  Tuesdays to Saturday

Le Vaudeville 
29, rue Vivienne 75002
Métro : Bourse
Telephone : 33 (0)1 40 20 04 62 Fax : 33 (0)1 49 27 08 78
Open 7 days a week from noon to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Breakfast Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Terminus Nord 
23, rue de Dunkerque 75010
Métro : Gare du Nord
Tel : 33 (0)1 42 85 05 15 Fax : 33 (0)1 40 16 13 98
Open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Brasserie Balzar 
49, rue des Ecoles 75005
Métro : Cluny La Sorbonne
Telephone : 33 (0)1 43 54 13 67 Fax : 33 (0)1 44 07 14 91
Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to midnight

Au Pied de Cochon
6, rue Coquillière - 75001

Telephone: Open 24 hours

La Lorraine
2, place des Ternes - 75008 

Telephone - Open 7 1.m. to 1 a.m.

Le Grand Café
Opéra- 4, Boulevard des Capucines 75009

Telephone - Open 24 hours

Chez Jenny
39, Bld du Temple 75003 

Telephone - Open noon to 1 a.m.

Champs Elysées, 9-11, rue du Colisée - 75008


La Taverne
24, Boulevard des Italiens-75009


12, place de Clichy 75009

Telephone Open noon to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight

Le Procope
13 rue de l'Ancienne Comédie - 75006


Christmas lights and Christmas windows


Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, BHV and le Bon Marché for Christmas

The major department stores will begin their lightings window displays around the first week in November.



As is tradition, they will be open the three Sundays before Christmas.


Most stores will be open between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays.


Christmas Illuminations (Illuminations de Noël)


Download the route of illuminations in the different arrondissements


More than 100 Parisian streets in the City of Lights light up for the holidays until mid-January.


Some of the major thoroughfares:

Avenue des Champs-Elysées
last week of November to mid-January

avenue Montaigne
last week of November  to January

Haut de la Butte Montmartre (On top of Montmartre)
December to the end of January 2008


Place Vendôme

Candelabras are decorating the main avenue of Place Vendome.

Place Vendôme, rue de la Paix, rue de Castiglione et rue Saint-Honoré
November to January

rues Lepic, Abbesses (Village Lepic/Abbesses) 75018

December 1, 2007 to mid-January


Midnight mass


l'Officiel des Spectacles provides a long list of Catholic and Protestant services for Christmas in its December issues. 


Look for the title: "Offices de Noël" in the front of the magazine. You will find catholic, protestant and eastern orthodox information.


Buy l'Officiel at any newsstand; a new edition comes out every Wednesday.


For up-to-date information, visit the Catholic Parishes website


The Paris churches have their individual schedules; this is a list of highlights:


Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Christmas activities This website page  provides all of the dates and times and events.


The light show "Lumen de Lumine"

An audiovisual show projected on a large transparent screen over 100 m² attached to nave. Presented for everyone, this is a presentation about the Mystery of Christmas with the liturgy of the Nativity and great works of art: painting, sculpture, architecture, icons, stained glass....all shown with background music from the grand organ of the cathedral and the choir of the Notre-Dame de Paris.... translated from l'officiel des spectacles magazine


Wednesday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m.; Monday and Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Saint-Eustache - follow this link for Christmas information

How to find the church

Metro: Les Halles, line 4, exit rue Rambuteau (just north of Les Halles)


l'Eglise de la Madeleine - for all concerts and choir information, click on "Musique".


l'Eglise Saint-Germain des Prés

December 24: 7 p.m. (mass for families and the elderly)

December 25: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.



List of all organ and choir concerts taking place at Saint-Eustache.


Cathédrale de Notre-Dame


The concert agenda


l'Eglise de la Madeleine - visit their website for the current concert and choral information for Christmas.


For additional concerts in the various Paris churches visit my concert page and Notre-Dame concert prices and Sunday organ information.


Ice skating in Paris


Ice skating in the winter in Paris


Hôtel de Ville Skating rink 75004
December 1 to March
Métro: Hôtel de Ville

Open: Monday to Thursday: noon to 10 p.m.
Friday: noon to midnight
Saturday: 9 a.m. to midnight
Sunday : 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Group lessons: Saturday and Sunday mornings: 10 a.m. to noon

Acces to the skating rink is free ; You are “invited” to bring your own skates
Skate rental is available (size 25-49 – European)
Size 27 and smaller are free

la Bibliothèque François Mitterrand skating rink

(Patinoire de la Bibliothèque François Mitterrand) 75013
At the angle of the streets Grands Moulins and Olivier Messiaen (Quartier Paris Rive Gauche)
Métro: Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

Open every day 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Acces to the skating rink is free ; you are « invited » to bring your own skates
Skate rental are available (size 25-49 – European)
Size 27 and smaller 2 euros

Montparnasse skating rink 75014
Patinoire de Montparnasse
December 1to March
Parvis de la gare Montparnasse –
Métro Montparnasse-Bienvenüe / Gaîté

Open : Monday to Friday noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Group lessons: Saturday and Sunday mornings: 10 a.m. to noon
December 24, 25, 31 and January 1: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission to the skating rink and the bobsled is free
You are “invited” to bring your own skates
Skate rental are available (size 25-49 – European)
Size 27 and smaller are free

Museums open on Christmas day and New Year's Day:


Musée de la curiosité et de la magie (Museum of Magic)

Musée de l'erotisme (Museum of Erotica)

Musée Fragonard, 9 rue Scribe (closed Christmas, open New Year's)

Musée Grévin

Institut de monde arabe

Musée Jacquemart-André

Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaisme (Museum of Jewish Art and History)

  (open Christmas, closed New Year's)

Musée d'histoire naturelle (Natural History Museum)

Musée d'art moderne et Centre Pompidou

Musée Salvador Dali

Tour Eiffel

Tour Montparnasse

Tours de Notre-Dame

Villette/Cité des sciences

l'Eglise Saint-Louis on the Ile Saint-Louis

I will have to check events for this church

Begun in 1664 based on the plans of le Vau, the church was built in 1726 and dedicated to Saint-Louis Louis_IX_of_France (b. 1215 d.1270).
The unusual clock tower houses a clock that hangs perpendicular to the street, which dates from 1741.
The church has many possesses many works of art dating from the 1700s.


Carrousels (Merry-go-rounds)

Wooden horses and illuminated carrousels for the big and small infants out there are available for free (except in the 1st and 2nd arrondissements) between December 22 and January 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

3rd arrondissement
Square du Temple
Métro : Temple

4th arrondissement
Place de l'Hôtel de ville ( 2 merry-go-rounds)
Métro Hôtel de Ville

5th arrondissement
Bordure square Saint Médard
Métro Censier - Daubenton

6th arrondissement
Place de l’Odéon
Métro Saint sulplice

7th arrondissement
Place Joffre
Métro Ecole militaire

8th arrondissement
Place de la Madeleine (derrière l'église de la Madeleine au début de la rue tronchet)
Métro Madeleine

Place de la Concorde
Métro Concorde

9th arrondissement
Place Lino Ventura (hauteur rue des martyrs)
Métro Pigalle/Anvers

10th arrondissement
Square Alban Satragne, 107 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
Métro Gare de l’Est

11th arrondissement
Place Léon Blum
Métro Voltaire

12th arrondissement
Avenue Daumesnil (hauteur mairie du 12ème)
Métro Dugommier

13th arrondissement
Place d'Italie
Métro Place d'Italie

14th arrondissement
Angle rue Didot / Rue d'Alésia
Métro Alésia

15th arrondissement
Place Raoul Dautry
Métro Montparnasse Bienvenue

16th arrondissement
Place du Trocadéro
Métro Trocadéro

17th arrondissement
Place Docteur Félix Lobligeois
Métro Rome ou Brochant

18th arrondissement
Square Louise Michels (ex-square Willette)
Métro Anvers

19th arrondissement
Place Armand-Carrel
Métro Laumière

20th arrondissement
Place Gambetta
Métro Gambetta