Although it may not be the liveliest month in Paris as locals seem to settle in for winter hibernation, November does still bring some excitement, especially this year. In addition to the yearly Beaujolais Nouveau and Paris Photo fair, a temporary exhibition on the Eiffel Tower and a brand new circus show also made our Paris to-do list this month.
The grey days of fall may have arrived in Paris, but don’t let the weather get you down. There’s still plenty to do in the city. From interesting endroits open only one day a year to an annual, nation-wide wine celebration, these are the events not to miss this November in Paris!
Open just one day a year for the Catholic holiday La Toussaint (All Saints’ Day), this special cemetery in Montmartre merits a visit if you happen to be in the French capital on November 1st. The smallest cemetery in Paris, it contains only 85 graves and is one of only two burial grounds in the city neighboring a parish church. This charming and usually closed-to-the-public spot is perfect for a contemplative stroll and an authentic and rare Parisian experience atop the highest natural point in Paris.
November 1, 2019 | 08:30 – 17:00
Cimetière du Calvaire, 2 Rue du Mont Cenis, 75018 Paris
Metro Abbesses or Anvers
This year marks the 130th anniversary of Paris’s most iconic landmark, our very own Dame de fer. And what better way to wish her a bon anniversaire than by attending a temporary exhibition retracing her history? Now through November 24th, visitors can learn all about the Eiffel Tower – and for free! – thanks to this unique, interactive expo taking place right on the esplanade underneath la tour.
September 28 – November 24, 2019
Eiffel Tower, Parc du Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
Metro Bir Hakeim, Motte-Picquet Grenelle, or Ecole Militaire
Every day 10:00 – 20:00
For any photographers in Paris this month, be sure to stop by the Grand Palais November 7-10 for the 22nd edition of this international photo fair. Featuring artist talks, exhibitions, and awards, as well as a program dedicated to film and video, the world’s largest photo fair is a must for les fans de photographie, amateur photographers, and professionals alike.
November 7-10, 2019
Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Metro Champs-Elysées Clemenceau
Thurs – Sat, Nov 7-9: 12:00 – 20:00
Sun, Nov 10: 12:00 -19:00
Tickets 25€ – 32€
Looking for something un peu différent to do while in Paris this month? Make your way to the ParisLongchamp Racecourse for what promises to be a spectacular show from Parisian performing arts company Cirque de Paname. Starting November 14th, a giant custom-made-dome plays host to this eye-popping hour-and-a-half-long spectacle. Music, dancing, acrobatics, and more are all on the menu, along with some innovative and immersive surprises. The cirque is open to audiences 4 and up.
November 14, 2019 – February 23, 2020
Hippodrome ParisLongchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris
Metro Porte Maillot
Tickets starting at 39€ for adults and 35€ for children under 12
Sad that you won’t be in Paris this December to enjoy the holiday festivities? Lucky for you, the annual Christmas Market at the Tuileries Garden is opening November 15 this year, so you’ll still be able to get a feel for Paris at Christmas. Come for some chocolate, vin chaud, or to pick up some handmade Christmas gifts.
Nov 15, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris
Metro Tuileries or Concorde
If your favorite time of day is wine o’clock, don’t miss this very French fête. Every year on the third Thursday of November, the country celebrates Le Beaujolais Nouveau, the worldwide release of the latest batch of wine from the vineyards in the Beaujolais region. So wine lovers, head to your preferred bar à vins in Paris – or try one of our favorites (more to come soon!) – to partake in the festivities.
More on this annual oenological event très bientôt.
November 21, 2019