Whether it is a sunny weekend or not, you will find something to do in Paris and in Île de France. A perched ice skating rink, Christmas at the Invalides, many exhibitions, Pierre Hermé’s new hot spot without forgetting the various Christmas Markets… In short, there is something for everyone to enjoy this weekend in Paris, December 15, 16 and 17, 2017.
What are you up to this weekend (December 15, 16 and 17, 2017) in Paris and in Île de France? Without further ado, check the unmissable events happening this new weekend in Paris!
Fairs and Festivals:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Symphonic cine-concert
Second film of the Harry Potter saga, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” will be screened in Symphonic cine-concert on December 16 and 17, 2017 at Paris Palais des Congrès.
Disney on Ice at Paris Zénith
From Wednesday December 6 to Sunday December 17, 2017, Disney on Ice 2017 is back at Paris Zénith for children’s and adults’ greatest pleasure. This year, Disney invites you to discover Walt Disney’s imaginary universe!
La Fresque at Chaillot
Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj takes his public through an ancestral Chinese story, getting through paintings and pictures. “La Fresque” will be performed from December 7 to 22, 2017 at Chaillot.
Singin’ in the Rain
Because the Théâtre du Châtelet is closed for renovations for still a long time, the staff keeps on making us dream! From November 28, 2017 to January 11, 2018, the Théâtre du Châtelet takes over the nave of the Grand Palais for 47 exceptional performances of its very famous musical: Singin’ in the Rain!
Christmas at the Invalides
The Invalides is not hosting a Christmas Market this year but a lovely program to please everyone. Saint Barbara Day, entertainments, illuminated dome, guided tours and Escape Game await you from December 15 to 31, 2017.
Christmas in Provins
On December 16 and 17, 2017, Provins invites you to come along and discover the magic of Christmas of yesteryear. On the menu: Christmas Market, living nativity scenes, shows, Santa Claus’ steam train and many other uncommon or traditional animations.
Christmas at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
For Christmas, from November 25, 2017 to January 7, 2018, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte turns into an enchanting castle. With its tale-like decors, its lights and the coming of Saint Nicholas, little ones and grown-ups are about to be happy.
Grease at Paris Théâtre Mogador
On September 17, 2017, Théâtre Mogador reopens with Grease for the greatest pleasure of musical lovers! From September 19, 2017 to January 31, 2018, come and dance your heart out with Sandy and Danny.
Quintessence, Cirque Alexis Gruss’ show
From October 14, 2017 to March 4, 2018, Cirque Alexis Gruss presents its new show “Quintessence”. Gathering three generations of the Gruss family and working with the Farfadais company, the circus offers an exceptional moment on three levels with 40 horses and 23 artists. A bold show perfect for the Holidays.
Exploit, the Bouglione Circus new show at Cirque d’Hiver
From October 14, 2017 to March 4, 2018, within the beautiful setting of Cirque d’Hiver and a stone’s throw from the Place de la République, the Bouglione family displays its talent in a new show called “Exploit”. If you love extraordinary shows, don’t miss this one!
Art and Cultural Exhibitions:
From December 8, 2017 to January 21, 2018, Paris Cité de la Mode et du Design promotes Estonia through a series of events: pho exhibitions, street art works, sauna, pop-up store…
Degas, Danse, Dessin, the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay
From November 28, 2017 to February 25, 2018, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris hosts a great exhibition dedicated to the book “Degas, Danse, Dessin” written by Paul Valéry and published in 1937. This key book in the field of modern art offers the museum to explore the friendship between the artist and the writer, mixing texts and pictures.
Marie Curie, first woman at the Panthéon
This fall 2017, the Panthéon celebrates Marie Curie’s career, a female scientist buried at the Panthéon, through a temporary exhibition. A few meters from the scientist’s vault, scientific tools, original documents and belongings tell the impressive story of this woman who changed the world. To be visited from November 8, 2017 to March 4, 2018!
Visitors to Versailles 1682-1789 at the Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles sheds light on the Visitors to Versailles throughout this exhibition in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a wonderful presentation, discover all the personalities who – since the construction of the palace – came to the palace upon the King’s invitation or for diplomatic business. You too become a Visitor to Versailles from October 24, 2017 to February 25, 2018.
Picasso 1932, erotic year at the Musée Picasso
The Musée National Picasso decided to recount the painter’s life during the year 1932, a year full of productions. An exhibition in partnership with the Tate Modern in London running from October 10, 2017 to February 11, 2018.
Gauguin the alchimist
From October 11, 2017 to January 22, 2018, the Grand Palais dedicates a large retrospective to Paul Gauguin. For the first time ever, the artist is presented under various lights, him, who take several arts up but with the same passion. So, you will discover a rich collection of 55 paintings, 30 ceramics, 30 sculptures and wooden objects, 15 engraved woods, 60 etchings and 35 drawings. Be ready to be blown away!
Barbara, the great exhibition at Paris Philharmonie
From October 13, 2017 to January 28, 2018, Paris Philharmonie hosts a brilliant exhibition focused on French singer Barbara. From her childhood to her greatest hits without forgetting her amorous and friendly intimacy, the tour is complete and ends in a garden as a symbol for the artist to escape from the world. Don’t miss it!
Musée Yves Saint Laurent
The Musée Yves Saint Laurent officially opens on October 3, 2017 in Paris. But you can visit for free and before everyone else on Sunday October 1, 2017. This will be the occasion to return on the life of a symbol of the French Haute couture.
Irving Penn at the Grand Palais
From September 21, 2017 to January 29, 2018, the Grand Palais hosts a beautiful retrospective on Irving Penn. This is the occasion to know more about one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century and celebrate the centenary of his birth.
Icons that Matter
The Musée Maillol welcomes a beautiful exhibition focused on Pop Art collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. For the very first time in France, works by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and many others are exhibited following the story of post-war American art.
Christian Dior at Paris Musée des Arts décoratifs
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior, the Musée des Arts décoratifs orchestrates a wonderful exhibition about Christian Dior (1905-1957), the house designer. From 5 Juy 2017 to 7 January 2018, this huge retrospective features more than 400 dresses, come and visit the exhibition through a staged journey designed with genius by Nathalie Crinière.
Parisian Nights, the free exhibition at Paris City Hall
Parisian Nights are the theme of Paris City Hall’s major exhibition running from November 25, 2017 to January 27, 2018. Through this exhibit, discover facets of Paris by night, from the 18th century to nowadays featuring over 300 works including paintings, photographs, movies and archive documents. Restaurants, cabarets, theaters and movie theaters will hold no more secret.
Christmas lights 2017 on the Champs-Elysées
Friends, Christmas is just around the corner and with it, it brings its share of magic in Paris. Among the enchanting moments, the beautiful Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysées scheduled from Wednesday November 22, 2017! The lights will remain until January 8. This year's edition sponsor has an international aura since it's Lily-Rose Depp.
Printemps Christmas Windows 2017
For the Holidays 2017, Printemps department store puts on a great spread with 160 trees scattered across the store and 70 puppets on display in the Christmas windows giving life to enchanting characters illustrating travel and thought up in collaboration with famous brands. A décor to be discovered from Tuesday November 7, 2017 in presence of Nicole Kidman. Head to Printemps to discover the décor with your family and to enjoy Christmas magic in Paris.
Galeries Lafayette Christmas Windows 2017
This year, Galeries Lafayette are on Christmas mode from November 2017. On the menu, a giant Christmas tree to discover under the cupola, funfair-inspired window and animations of which the program is yet to come! The launch is scheduled on November 8 with Beth Ditto who will perform a showcase after the launching of the windows!
Winter Journey at the Palace of Versailles
It is now official, the great art exhibition of the Palace of Versailles we all are interested in is entrusted to the Palais de Tokyo, in charge of embellishing the groves with works of art. From October 21, 2017 to January 7, 2018, curator Jean de Loisy promises us a wonderful winter journey!
César, the retrospective at Paris Centre Pompidou
Major sculptor of the Nouveau Réalisme, César’s work is to be rediscovered from December 13, 2017 to March 23, 2018 at Paris Centre Pompidou. 20 years after his death, the artist from Marseilles is still in the news with its sculptures criticizing the society and our overconsumption. We love it!
Special effects at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
From October 17, 2017 to August 19, 2018, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie hosts a great exhibition about special effects. A very exciting invitation to discover the magic behind the most impressive special effects in film history.
Meteorites at the Muséum National d’Histoire naturelle
Within the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, a beautiful exhibition about meteorites is held alongside dinosaurs’ skeletons. This is what awaits you from October 18, 2017 to June 10, 2018. Sometimes huge, sometimes small, from various materials, meteorites are displayed in a wonderful setting accessible to the (young) astronomy enthusiasts!
Don’t forget to have a look at the best exhibitions running this December for further ideas!
The best bars, terraces and restaurants in Paris this winter 2017
This winter, some Parisian establishments and hotels decided to offer temporary bars, terraces and even restaurants with hot cocoa for some, cocktails and mulled wine of others and even typical dishes likely to fulfill your taste buds. Sortiraparis invites you to have a round of these winter bars, terraces and restaurants open for the Holidays.
The best yule logs 2017 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 2017 in Paris!
Pierre Hermé opens 86 Champs, his teahouse on the Champs-Elysées
World’s best pastry chef and our Picasso of the pastry, Pierre Hermé, opens his first French teahouse and on the Champs-Elysées! This new temple of love of good food covers 1,000 sqm, with a tea salon, a lovely store and an olfactive experience corner by L’Occitane en Provence: starting from December 8, 2017!
Christmas Market at The Peninsula Paris
A Christmas Market us coming to the terrace Kleber of The Peninsula. From December 1 to 25, 2017, come along and discover this lovely place offering gifts ideas as well as oysters, mulled wine and other sweet treats.
A new Café Pouchkine
Foodies unite! Especially lovers of the delicious pastries offered by Café Pouchkine. The Maison Pouchkine opens a flagship in Paris Place de la Madeleine with a bar, tea parlor and restaurant covering 600 sqm!
Jardin d’Hiver by Westin Paris-Vendôme
From mid-November to early spring 2018, Westin Paris-Vendôme invites you to visit its Jardin d’Hiver, Winter Garden, a temporary restaurant with a green and floral decoration featuring a gourmet and seasonal cuisine likely to seduce your taste buds.
Manufacture Cluizel offers hot chocolates for €1
This is the good deal 2017! Manufacture Cluizel offers hot chocolates for €1 so that you can warm up while visiting the wintery Paris. This is an initiative the chocolate factory renews every year for a week and for our greatest happiness. This year, meet from December 11 to 16, 2017!
“Miracle” pop-up bar at Glass bar
From December 1 to 30, 2017, the famous Parisian cocktail bar nestled in Pigalle, Glass, houses the “Miracle” pop-up bar with a cocktail list offered especially for the occasion!
Grande Arche rooftop turns into a Christmas ice skating rink
How about ice skating while enjoying a panoramic view over Paris and its surroundings? This is La Défense Grande Arche rooftop offers for this winter. From December 15, 2017 to January 14, 2018, we rush and skate on the recently renovated rooftop.
Paris New Christmas Market at Les Halles
A new Christmas Market is coming to Paris starting from this Monday November 27, 2017, the biggest Christmas Market in Paris now that the Champs-Elysées Christmas Market has gone. 70 cabins expect you to promote world’s crafts, local products and animations.
La Défense Christmas Market
True Christmas village, La Défense Christmas Market is back from Thursday November 23 to Sunday December 31, 2017. For this 23rd edition, over 250 Christmas cabins will be set up in La Défense square to one and a thousand Christmas presents ideas. In a festive and magic atmosphere, we stroll with our families, we enjoy some Christmas treats and we make the best of the animations!
Notre-Dame de Paris Christmas Market 2017
Notre-Dame de Paris Christmas Market is back from December 15 to 24, 2017: gastronomy and ethic products made in France, hand-made by artisans or designers await you.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés Christmas Market
Saint-Germain-des-Prés Christmas Market is back in Boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Prés from December 2, 2017 to January 3, 2018. A lovely and authentic Christmas market for a charming walk.
Christmas 2017 at Le Manoir de Paris
From November 17 to December 23, 2017, at Le Manoir de Paris, your deepest fears come to live. This winter, Le Manoir de Paris brings forgotten Christmas legends back to life to live out true terrifying moments. Will you be brave enough?
Grande Roue de Paris is back
The Grande Roue de Paris is back on the Place de la Concorde. If you have ever come to Paris around the holidays you may have seen this incredible wheel. For the 2017-2018 season the wheel is set up from November 17, 2018 to late May 2018 to offer a unique view of the city of lights.
Jump from the top of the Montparnasse Tower
This year, from December 2, 2017 to January 7, 2018, the Montparnasse tower Panoramic Observation Deck innovates by offering us to trampoline on its rooftop to jump to the new year in full grace.
Provins Medieval Christmas Market
Provins medieval city invites you to celebrate Christmas in the weekend of December 16 to 17, 2017. Medieval Christmas Market, living nativity scene, fire-eaters, tales and ice skating rink are on the program of this festive weekend that will bring the magic of Christmas of yesteryear back to life.
Vegan Chirstmas Market 2017 at Paris La REcyclerie
On Saturday December 16 and Sunday December 17, 2017, La REcyclerie hosts Merci Bernard’s vegan Christmas Market, after a first edition last year at the Bar à Bulles. On the menu: festive dishes stands, cosmetics, green decorations and sweets!
Have a nice weekend!
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