What to do in Paris with children during the Christmas break 2019

Published by Julie M. · Photos by My B. · Published on 20 December 2019 at 10h34 · Updated on 17 April 2020 at 14h29
Christmas break is coming! But here’s the question? What to do in Paris with children from December 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020? Maybe you want to meet Santa Claus, attend a magical show, slide on fresh snow or fly in the air? So, here’s the program! Without further ado, let’s discover the major events held in Paris during the French Christmas break!

Christmas presents are not ready yet that you have to think about entertaining the kids during the Christmas break. Because yes, the key to success to spend happy and merry Holidays is organization. Fortunately, Sortiraparis is here to help you with this task and reveal you all the outings likely to please your children.

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Whether it's raining, sunny or even cold, we always have wonderful family outings in Paris!

Among the key events:

Patinoire du Marché de Noël des Tuileries 2019, les photosPatinoire du Marché de Noël des Tuileries 2019, les photosPatinoire du Marché de Noël des Tuileries 2019, les photosPatinoire du Marché de Noël des Tuileries 2019, les photos Ice skating rinks in Paris and Ile de France for the Holidays 2019/2020
Since Christmas is just around the corner, going ice skating with children or your friends is a true delight! Everyone likes it, falls and laughs. But where can we go ice skating this year? Places are less common, so let’s explore the possibilities.

Trocadéro on Ice 2011, Hautes AlpesTrocadéro on Ice 2011, Hautes AlpesTrocadéro on Ice 2011, Hautes AlpesTrocadéro on Ice 2011, Hautes Alpes Christmas Markets in Paris
Paris, its Christmas markets, sounds like the Christmas Holidays are coming really soon! Starting mid-November, wooden chalets and lights will be animating the streets and will offer you an enchanting journey to the land of Santa Claus. For this Christmas 2019 in Paris, discover the various venues welcoming you with open arms for a stroll or a shopping with a flavor of cinammon and fir.

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Since the Holidays are coming very soon, department stores’ Christmas windows are backfor children's and adults' greatest joy! Discover the magic expecting you this year in the magical window displays.

Illuminations des Champs-Elysées 2013 avec Laetitia CastaIlluminations des Champs-Elysées 2013 avec Laetitia CastaIlluminations des Champs-Elysées 2013 avec Laetitia CastaIlluminations des Champs-Elysées 2013 avec Laetitia Casta Christmas lights 2019 in Paris, dates and program!
For the Holidays, Paris sparkles and dazzles. Discover the program of the lights 2019 from the Champs-Elysées to Bercy Village, without forgetting the very smart Faubourg Saint-Honoré. A shimmering journey likely to blow you away!

Au pays du Père Noël au théâtre des MathurinsAu pays du Père Noël au théâtre des MathurinsAu pays du Père Noël au théâtre des MathurinsAu pays du Père Noël au théâtre des Mathurins Christmas shows 2019 for kids in Paris
With the Holidays coming, shows for kids are everywhere to be found. This December, your little ones will have their eyes sparkle. Musicals, enchanting and extraordinary shows, Sortiraparis guides you to make Christmas magic rock in your kids’ hearts this winter 2019.

Nouvel an 2020 sur les Champs Élysées : spectacle et feu d'artifice sur l'Arc de TriompheNouvel an 2020 sur les Champs Élysées : spectacle et feu d'artifice sur l'Arc de TriompheNouvel an 2020 sur les Champs Élysées : spectacle et feu d'artifice sur l'Arc de TriompheNouvel an 2020 sur les Champs Élysées : spectacle et feu d'artifice sur l'Arc de Triomphe New Year’s Eve 2019 on the Champs-Elysées: Show on the Arc de Triomphe
To mark the New Year, Paris City Hall invites all Parisians and tourists to gather around on the Champs-Elysées. This Monday December 31, 2018, at nighttime, a wonderful light and sound show expects you on the Arc de Triomphe.

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For the Holiday season, from December 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020, the Parc Zoologique de Paris expects children with lovely animations. Lights and animals’ Christmas are on the menu. But Santa Claus is also said to come.

Foire du Trône 2018Foire du Trône 2018Foire du Trône 2018Foire du Trône 2018 Jours de Fêtes 2019, the funfair returns to La Villette
The funfair returns to La Villette Place de la fontaine-aux-Lions from Saturday December 7, 2019 to Saturday January 4, 2020. On the menu? About sixty attractions for children and adults!

Noël en Seine 2017, croisières sur la Seine IlluminéeNoël en Seine 2017, croisières sur la Seine IlluminéeNoël en Seine 2017, croisières sur la Seine IlluminéeNoël en Seine 2017, croisières sur la Seine Illuminée Noël en Seine 2019, Christmas cruises on the lit Seine river
Paris emblematic Seine river is lit to take tourists and locals into the magical and wonderful universe of Christmas. From November 28, 2019 to January 5, 2020, come and enjoy a magical journey along the Seine and its boats dressed to the nines.

La Patinoire de Noël de la Grande ArcheLa Patinoire de Noël de la Grande ArcheLa Patinoire de Noël de la Grande ArcheLa Patinoire de Noël de la Grande Arche Grande Arche rooftop Christmas ice skating rink 2019
For this Christmas 2019, La Défense Grande Arche ice skating rink is back, 110 meters above the ground, for a new season. Come and skate with your family or friends and enjoy 360° panoramic views of Paris from December 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

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Little by little, Christmas is settling in at Disneyland Paris… For the winter season and the Holidays – from November 9, 2019 to January 6, 2020 – the theme park offers several events and festive moments.

Noel au Parc Astérix 2019, sapinNoel au Parc Astérix 2019, sapinNoel au Parc Astérix 2019, sapinNoel au Parc Astérix 2019, sapin Christmas break 2019 at Parc Astérix
For the first time this year, Parc Asterix opens for the Holiday season – December 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020. The occasion to meet the Gallic Santa Claus and discover the park with Christmas colors and also ice skate and discover the sled track.

Les Enchanteurs de Noël 2019, Les Enchanteurs de Noël 2019, spectacle magique et féerique au cœur du Château de VincennesLes Enchanteurs de Noël 2019, Les Enchanteurs de Noël 2019, spectacle magique et féerique au cœur du Château de VincennesLes Enchanteurs de Noël 2019, Les Enchanteurs de Noël 2019, spectacle magique et féerique au cœur du Château de VincennesLes Enchanteurs de Noël 2019, Les Enchanteurs de Noël 2019, spectacle magique et féerique au cœur du Château de Vincennes An enchanting Christmas 2019 at the medieval village of the Château de Vincennes
From Saturday December 7 to 21, 2019, be ready to live a magical Christmas with “Les Enchanteurs de Noël” providing fantastic shows and animations. In the heart of the historic site of the Château de Vincennes, come with your family for a journey through time, at the era of minstrels, knights, wizards and other jugglers…

Thoiry Lumières Sauvages 2019 - photos Thoiry Lumières Sauvages 2019 - photos Thoiry Lumières Sauvages 2019 - photos Thoiry Lumières Sauvages 2019 - photos Thoiry Lumières Sauvages 2019: The Evolution Odyssey in lanterns is coming
Zoo de Thoiry creates the event once again by inviting you – from October 27, 2019 to March 8, 2020 – to its magical universe. Over 600 giant light sculptures expect you this year for a walk down the evolution odyssey.

Océan en voie d'Illumination, le festival des lumières du Jardin des Plantes 2019Océan en voie d'Illumination, le festival des lumières du Jardin des Plantes 2019Océan en voie d'Illumination, le festival des lumières du Jardin des Plantes 2019Océan en voie d'Illumination, le festival des lumières du Jardin des Plantes 2019 Océan en voie d’illumination, Jardin des Plantes light festival 2019: our pictures
Jardin des Plantes light festival is coming back in November 2019 for a 2nd edition focusing on Oceans! Giant light animal statues will go bright as nightfall to amaze children and adults. A lovely light show to discover from November 18, 2019 to January 19, 2020.

Les Dimanches au Galop 2018Les Dimanches au Galop 2018Les Dimanches au Galop 2018Les Dimanches au Galop 2018 Super Sunday at Vincennes – Hippodrome de Paris for free - Winter 2019-2020
Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes relaunches the family Superdimanche (Super Sunday) from November 17, 2019 to February 23, 2020. Planned for this good deal for a fun Sunday out with the kids? Sulky, merry-go-round, playground areas, races and crêpes to make the entire family happy.

Noël a Vaux le Vicomte 2019Noël a Vaux le Vicomte 2019Noël a Vaux le Vicomte 2019Noël a Vaux le Vicomte 2019 Christmas at the Château de Vaux le Vicomte 2019
For Christmas, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte turns into an enchanting castle with thousands of colors. From November 23, 2019 to January 5, 2020, with its fairytale-like decors, its lights, and its light festival in the French formal garden, and for the first time, a video mapping show on the chateau façade, little ones and grown-ups will be happy.

OUVERTURE EXCEPTIONNELLE ET SANS RESERVATION POUR UNE SEMAINE DU MUSEE DES ARTS FORAINS OUVERTURE EXCEPTIONNELLE ET SANS RESERVATION POUR UNE SEMAINE DU MUSEE DES ARTS FORAINS OUVERTURE EXCEPTIONNELLE ET SANS RESERVATION POUR UNE SEMAINE DU MUSEE DES ARTS FORAINS OUVERTURE EXCEPTIONNELLE ET SANS RESERVATION POUR UNE SEMAINE DU MUSEE DES ARTS FORAINS The Festival du Merveilleux 2019 of the Musée des Arts Forains
From December 26, 2019 to January 5, 2020, the Musée des Arts Forains invites us to discover the 10th edition of the Festival du Merveilleux. About ten days devoted ot entertainments and wonders expect (big) children in the temple of funfair so that you can make your Holidays even more enjoyable.

Le Grand Palais des Glaces 2019, la patinoire géante - les photosLe Grand Palais des Glaces 2019, la patinoire géante - les photosLe Grand Palais des Glaces 2019, la patinoire géante - les photosLe Grand Palais des Glaces 2019, la patinoire géante - les photos Le Grand Palais des Glaces, 2019-2020, the giant ice skating rink returns in Paris - Video
Have you enjoyed Le Grand Palais des Glaces? Well then, you’ll be delighted to know that the world’s biggest ice-skating rink is back for a 5th edition from December 13, 2019 to January 8, 2020 for delicious moments of ice skating.

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For this Christmas 2019, how about sharing some sweet treats and other chocolates with your guests? Many pastry chefs and chocolate-makers take the Holiday Season to heart and create beautiful pieces to give or to get.

Le Top des bûches de Noël 2019 à ParisLe Top des bûches de Noël 2019 à ParisLe Top des bûches de Noël 2019 à ParisLe Top des bûches de Noël 2019 à Paris The best yule logs 2019 in Paris
For many people, the Holidays rhyme with Christmas presents, snow and cold. But for others, winter rhymes more with gastronomy with its chestnuts, its turkey and… its yule log. And as each year, it’s the same thing, pastry chefs work themselves to death to offer you the best yule log, the most original one, the most beautiful one and the most exquisite one. Ladurée, Lenôtre or even La Maison du Chocolat, without forgetting Christophe Michalak, Pierre Hermé and Christophe Adam… Discover now the best yule logs 2019 in Paris!

Top des meilleures galettes des rois à Paris 2020Top des meilleures galettes des rois à Paris 2020Top des meilleures galettes des rois à Paris 2020Top des meilleures galettes des rois à Paris 2020 The best Epiphany Cakes 2020 in Paris
Sortiraparis tells you what Epiphany Cakes you can enjoy for Epiphany 2020. Epiphany cakes available in Paris you can eat on Sunday January 5, 2020 as well as all January 2020 long!

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Going to a restaurant with your kids should not be stressful and can also become a real pleasure if you find the right spot. Sortiraparis selected the finest places in Paris and its surroundings, where you will be able to eat properly without running after your children.

L'Heure du Goûter au Shangri-LaL'Heure du Goûter au Shangri-LaL'Heure du Goûter au Shangri-LaL'Heure du Goûter au Shangri-La The best places for an afternoon snack in Paris!
A gourmet break in Paris is just perfect with terraces and cozy addresses open all afternoon long. With the critically acclaimed top pastry chefs, we can brag about having very tasty gourmet breaks in Paris!

Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Keep reading to discover the Christmas shows and entertainments in museums and monuments.

For more ideas to celebrate Christmas in Paris, check our guides out:



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From 21 December 2019 to 5 January 2020

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