What to do with children during the Christmas vacations in Paris 2023

Published by La Rédac · Photos by My de Sortiraparis · Published on December 23th, 2023 at 02:23 p.m.
The Christmas vacations are fast approaching! What to do in Paris with the kids from December 23, 2023 to January 7, 2024? We've put together a list of the most enchanting things to do with the whole family this festive season!

Can you feel the magic of Christmas coming on? It's hard to escape the festive cheer! During this festive season, Paris is decked out in its finest lights, and everyone rivals each other in ingenuity to make the capital even more enchanting. More than ever, the City of Light lives up to its nickname: with its illuminations, animated shop windows, Christmas markets and other festive events, the magic of Christmas enchants the Paris region.

For the Christmas vacations, which run from December 23, 2023 to January 7, 2024, a wonderful program awaits both young and old alike. With Christmas window displays, festivals of lights, illuminations and new activities, there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy! Here are some great ways to get in theholiday spirit!

And don't forget to stay tuned: this guide is updated as we make announcements and discoveries. To make sure you don't miss out on any of the ideas for family outings during the 2022 Christmas vacations in Paris and the Ile-de-France region, be sure to check this page regularly!

Ideas for family outings in Paris and the Ile-de-France region during the 2023 Christmas vacations

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Merry Christmas to all families!

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Dates and Opening Time
From December 23th, 2023 to January 7th, 2024

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