It’s Christmas! The sunny weather on Tuesday December 25, 2018, is an invitation to take a stroll in Paris. So, what if after opening presents, we go out in town and make the best of it to visit museums and monuments open on this magic day?
This Christmas won’t be a white one, and on Tuesday December 25, 2018, it’ll be rather pleasant to hit the streets in Paris. For this Christmas 2018, Sortiraparis editorial board lists Paris Monuments and Museums open. So that means you’ll find something entertaining for the whole family!
Monuments open on December 25, 2018:
- Eiffel Tower: 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Built for the World Fair 1889, the Eiffel tower was said to be dismantled in 1909, but the scientific experiments made possible because of its height saved it. On the 2d floor, the view is a must, you will discover the impressive panorama of Paris monuments (for Parisians, it’s a lovely reminding session but a fascinating discovery of the city for tourists).
- Notre Dame: 8 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
With its thirteen million visitors a year, Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the must-see places in the French capital. A cult place as much as a monument and a witness of Paris history since its construction.
- Domaine de Saint-Cloud: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; museum from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The hydraulic system enlivens the gardens with a temporary entertainment, that you will discover throughout a walk. All along the walk, the water goes from pools to fountain to spring out 30-m away at the Grand Jet before finishing its race in the whirling pool of the Grande Cascade, the highlight of the show to be seen in July and October only!
- Château de Chamarande: 9 a.m-5 p.m.
Go discover the funny creatures of the Château de Chamarande from May 31 to December 30, 2018. Philippe Pasqua settles his Allegories, giant metal sculptures, in the garden... Wonderfu!
- Montparnasse Tower: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Enjoy views on Paris at 200 meters above the ground. And for the school break, the Montparnasse Tower Observatory Deck offers an uncommon activity: Bubble Foot to try from October 19 to November 4, 2018.
- La Défense Grande Arche tower: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Find yourself 110 meters above the ground at La Défense featuring wonderful views over Paris and the western suburbs. And for the Christmas break 2018, La Défense Grande Arche welcomes a man-made ice skating rink covering 300sqm (you can rent skates for €3).
- Château de Breteuil: 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Discover the history of the Château de Breteuil and its fantastic furniture thanks to the guided tours held all day long. In the afternoon, the castle story-tellers make you travel through Charles Perrault’s tales: Donkeyskin, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots…
Museums open on December 25, 2018:
- The Atelier des Lumières: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
A new place to be discovered, the Atelier des Lumières is about to rock Paris 11th arrondissement with a Digital art center set in a former smelting plant from the 19th century. For its opening, Atelier des Lumières will offer a 30-minute immersion into Gustave Klimt’s work thanks to over 120 video-projectors! The first exhibition of the Atelier des Lumières is dedicated to Klimt and Hundertwasser!
- Musée Grévin: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Created in 1882 by journalist Arthur Meyer, Musée Grévin is now one of the most visited places in the French capital! The year 2018 marks 135 years of existence so, to pay it tribute, go to discover or rediscover its greatest was figures!
- Musée Maillol: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Musée Maillol dedicates an exhibition to Giacometti. The surrealist artist - known for his primitive-inspired sculpture - is given pride of place with 50 works from the Fondation Giacometti, through a beautiful tour. To see!
- Musée Jacquemart-André: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
In this beautiful private mansion purchased by Edouard André for his wife Nélie Jacquemart, we find the beautiful collection of art passionate, as well as their living place, left as it used to be, including the reception rooms, the music room and the dining room.
- Espace Dali Paris: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Confidential museum in Paris, Espace Fali has been welcoming the greatest private collection of Salvador Dali's work for 25 years. After closing for 4 months for embellishment works, Espace Dali is to reopen on April 13, 2018 with a new visit route, a new offer thought to revitalize the museum.
No need to go to these museums closed on December 25, 2018:
The Louvre, Centre Pompidou, the Grand Palais, the Musée d'Orsay, the Cité des Sciences, the Musée de l'Homme, the Musée du Quai Branly, the BNF, the Petit Palais, the Musée d’Art Moderne, the Musée Carnavalet, the Palais Galliera, the Musée de la Vie Romantique, the Musée Cognacq-Jay and the Halle Saint-Pierre.
We wish you all a very merry Christmas!
Last updated on 25 December 2018