Christmas Church Services, Nativity Scenes

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Masses

Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre
Additional questions about Christmas activities:  Email : adoremus at
Parvis du Sacré Coeur, Paris 18th
Metro: Anvers
Bus: 30, 31, 54, 80, 85, Montmartrobus
Annual Program, including holidays

December 24  :
– 6 p.m. : First Nativity Vespers
– 10 p.m. : Organ concert
– 11 p.m. : Christmas Eve chorus sung by the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacré-Coeur of Montmartre
– Midnight : Midnight Mass (Father Jean LAVERTON, Rector)

December 25
– 11 a.m. : Christmas High Mass
– 4 p.m.:  High Vespers (Vêpres solennelles)
Other Christmas Masses: 7 a.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Bring in the New Year : December 31
– 10 p.m. : Mass for Peace  You may stay for the night of adoration. Sign up and reserve in advance. Call  01 53 41 89 03
January 1: Holy Mary, Mother of God (Sainte Marie Mère de Dieu)
– 11 a.m. : High Mass
– 4 p.m.: High Vespers (Vêpres solennelles)
Other Masses: 7 a.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Eglise de la Madeleine
1, place de la Madeleine, Paris 8th
Metro: Madeleine/RER: Auber
December 24 Midnight Mass
9:30 p.m.: Doors open
10 p.m.: Midnight Mass and music by the chorus of the Madeleine

December 25
11 a.m. High Mass with the chorus of the Madeleine
4 p.m. Traditional organ Christmas recital (Organiste: François Henri Houbart)

Notre-Dame de Paris
Approximate Holiday Schedule for Notre-Dame de Paris – use their calendar for specific information
December 24
4:30 p.m.: First Christmas Mass
6 p.m.: Family Mass
Around 7 p.m.: The children’s procession to the nativity scene
8 p.m. International Mass
11 p.m.: Christmas Eve vigil begins
Christmas Choir of children and adults
11:55 p.m.: The ringing of the large tenor bell named Emmanuel
Midnight: Midnight Mass

December 25
8:15 a.m.: Ringing of the bell, Emmanuel
8:30 a.m.: Mass of the Aurore
9:30 a.m.: Solemn “Laudes” of Christmas Day
9:45 a.m.: Ringing of the bell, Emmanuel
10 a.m.: Gregorian Mass
11:15 a.m.: Ringing of the bell, Emmanuel
11:30 a.m.: High Mass
12:30 p.m.: Ringing of the bell, Emmanuel
12:45 p.m.: Mass

4:30 p.m.: Organ Concert
5:15 p.m.: Ringing of the bell, Emmanuel
5:45 p.m.: Solemn vespers (chants/songs, prayers, psalms or other readings)
6:15 p.m. Ringing of the bell, Emmanuel
6:30 p.m.: Evening Christmas Mass

Nativity Scenes (Crèche)

Notre-Dame de Paris
Nativity Scene – (use Google Translate) November to February
The creche opens on the first Sunday of Advent every year, A transparent vase is next to the nativity scene. Visitors are invited to write a “message of peace” and drop it in the vase. These messages and their intentions are prayed for during the last Mass of the evening.

Paroisse Catholique de la Madeleine (Crèche)
Crèche à l’Eglise de la Madeleine – second Saturday in December at 5 p.m. to last Friday in January
Check church Website for choir information or the entertainment magazine l’Officiel des spectacles.

Artists/sculptors/designers usually design the annual nativity scene
1, place de la Madeleine, Paris 8th
Metro: Madeleine
RER: Auber

Saint-Vincent de Paul Church – close to the gare du Nord
5, rue de Belzunce, Paris 10th

Eglise Saint-Georges-de-la-Villette
112, avenue Simon-Bolivar 75019 Paris
Metro: Bolivar
Full price : 2 euros
Proceeds go to the La Luciole Association
Discount price : 1 euros

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre

Eglise Notre-Dame de Lorette
18bis, rue de Châteaudun, Paris 9th
Metro: Notre-Dame de Lorette

Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours Basilica
– close to the Père Lachaise cemetery
Basilique Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours
55, boulevard de Ménilmontant, Paris 11th
Metro: Père Lachaise

Eglise Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois
2, place du Louvre, Paris 1st
Metro: Louvre Rivoli

Eglise Saint- Laurent – – close to the Gare de l’Est
119 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, Paris 10th
Metro: Gare de l’Est

Eglise Saint-Louis d’Antin – close to the Saint-Lazare station
63, rue Caumartin, Paris 9th
Metro: Havre Caumartin

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