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What To Do in Paris in December

Your Guide to What’s Happening in Paris this Month
Typical Christmas market stand
December 8, 2023
Whether you’re a huge fan of Christmas or aren’t at all into the holiday, the Paris cultural calendar is chock-full of things to do this December. We’re rounding up the highlights for you here so you’ll have lots of options to make the end of year exceptional.

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There’s always plenty happening in Paris in December, with all the holiday festivities and fun winter activities. But beyond the typical Christmas-related things to do and see, there are loads of other interesting events on the agenda.

Here are our picks for the things you won’t want to miss if you’re in Paris this December:

Happening Every December in Paris

Things To Do in December, 2023

Happening Every December in Paris

Illuminations at the Jardin des Plantes | November 22, 2023 — January 21, 2024

If you’re in Paris this December with little ones, you won’t want to miss the giant illuminations in the Jardin des Plantes. The annual event has been brightening up Paris winters for the past several years, becoming a favorite family outing around the holidays.

Dates, times, and ticketing information are available on the Jardin des Plantes’ website (French only).

November 22, 2023 – January 21, 2024
Jardin des Plantes
Place Valhubert, 75005 Paris

Illuminations at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris 2023-2024
Credit Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Jardin des Plantes de Paris © China Light Festival B.V. et Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co.,Ltd.

Paris Christmas Markets | Through early January

Throughout December, Christmas markets pop up in nearly all of the neighborhoods of Paris. You’re sure to stumble upon some while walking around the city, but these Paris Christmas Markets are among our favorites:

Tuileries Christmas Market

Officially called The Magic of Christmas, or La Magie de Noël, the giant Christmas market in the Tuileries Gardens is one of the best and one of the most popular. Here you’ll find original and artisanal Christmas gifts or to enjoy ice skating at the temporary ice rink.

Dates TBA
Tuileries Gardens
Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris

Happening This December in Paris

French Movie Nights with Lost in Frenchlation | December 3 – 28, 2023

Each month, our amis at Lost in Frenchlation set up multiple showings of French films with English subtitles in cinémas throughout the city. These gatherings are an excellent chance to take part in current French culture without a language barrier. Here’s what’s playing this December in Paris:

  • Sunday, December 3: Bernadette + Women of Paris Tour at Le Balzac
  • Friday, December 8: Simple Comme Sylvain + LIF 8 year anniversary at L’Entrepôt
  • Sunday, December 10: L’Abbé Pierre + Serve the City Paris Christmas Solidarity Event at Luminor
  • Thursday, December 14: Rien à Perdre + Q&A with the director at Luminor
  • Monday, December 18: Flo + Q&A with the director and main actress at L’Arlequin
  • Thursday, December 21: Je ne Suis pas un Héros + Q&A with the director at L’Arlequin
  • Thursday, December 28: Les Bronzés Font du Ski + Stand-up comedy show at Luminor

7 dates from December 3 – 28, 2023
Various theatres around Paris
Reserve your tickets

Lumières en Seine | November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024

The Lumières en Seine event transforms the gardens of Domaine de Saint Cloud into a winter wonderland with an enchanting light display. Journey through a world of fire gardens, frosted forests, and illuminated waterfalls, with a merry-go-round and Santa’s sleigh adding to the festive atmosphere.

November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
National Estate of Saint-Cloud, 92210 Saint-Cloud
Tickets: €27 for open tickets, €20-€22 for dated tickets (discounts for children and specific days available on the official website).

Holiday lights on the Seine, Lumières en Seine Domaine de Saint-Cloud
Photo via Facebook, Lumières en Seine

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