What are you up to this weekend (December 14 to 16, 2018) in Paris and in Île de France? Without further ado, check the unmissable events happening this new weekend in Paris!
This weekend's unmissable events:
Grand Palais des Glaces
Did you like the Grand Palais des Glaces? Well, you should know that France's biggest ice skating rink is back for its 4th edition from December 16, 2018 to January 9, 2019 for delicious skating moments.
Espèces en voie d'illumination, Jardin des Plantes first light festival
Espèces en voie d'illumination is the name of Jardin des Plantes very first light festival to discover from November 16, 2018 to January 15, 2019 and admire the giant light animal statues.
Christmas 2018 at L'Aquarium de Paris
L’Aquarium de Paris is getting ready to celebrate Christmas and plans many activities (shows, workshops and diving Santa Claus) to make us experience an ungrogettable moment with the family or friends!
Grande Arche Rooftop 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 8, 2018 to January 6, 2019, we rush and skate on the recently renovated rooftop.
Alsatian Christmas market
From December 5 to 21, 2018 the famous Alsatian Christmas Market is taking over again Paris Gare de l’Est. For slighlty over two weeks, producers and artisans will be here to make you discover typically Alsatian culinary treasures! And what about going there to unearth good products and discover new flavors thanks to the many scheduled tastings?
Christmas Market at Les Halles
This year, the Canopée des Halles hosts its very first Christmas market! Meet from Saturday December 1, 2018 to Sunday January 6, 2019 to discover a huge Christmas tree as well as 50 exhibitors ready to tell you everything about world craft, local products and animations.
Jardin des Tuileries Christmas Market
This year, Champs-Elysées Christmas market moves to the Jardin des Tuileries. After an eventful power struggle between Marcel Campion and Paris mayor, carnies have finally found the perfect spot to provide a great Christmas market in the heart of the French capital. From November 24, 2018 to January 6, 2019, it’s a new Christmas market with many French products that awaits you.
La Défense Christmas Market
True Christmas village, La Défense Christmas Market is back from Wednesday November 21 to Sunday December 29, 2018. For this 24th edition, dozens of 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!
Christmas at Château de Vaux le Victomte
For Christmas, from November 24, 2018 to January 6, 2019, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte turns into an enchanting castle. With its tale-like decors, its lights, and for the first time this year a light festival in the forest, little ones and grown-ups will be happy.
Christmas lights 2018: 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 launch this Thursday November 22, 2018! They'll last until January 9, 2019.
Christmas lights 2018: Avenue Montaigne
From November 20, 2018 to January 2, 2019, Avenue Montaigne shines bright to celebrate the Holidays 2018. Shimmering Christmas trees, magical decors and stores open on Sundays, December will be festive in Avenue Montaigne! This year, Comité Montaigne reveals an exclusive program called Christmas Montaigne, here’s the program…
Christmas lights 2018: Bercy Village
Bercy Village, one of Paris most dynamic neighborhoods, does it again this year with a wonderful action of decorating and lights for the Holidays. Festivities kick off on Thursday November 15, 2018.
Paris Galeries Lafayette Christmas tree
It's already Christmas at Galeries Lafayette. This year, a giant Christmas tree is to be discovered under the cupola, window themed on dreams and animations.
Galeries Lafayette Christmas Windows
For this year, Galeries Lafayette switches to Christmas time on Wednesday November 7, 2018. On the menu: giant tree to discover under the cupola, cuddle toys in the windows thought up by kids
Concerts and shows:
Thoiry Lumières Sauvages
Zoo de Thoiry creates the event by inviting you – from October 28, 2018 to March 10, 2019 – to its magical universe. Over 600 giant light sculptures take us to a journey through China and its tradition. A trip to be blown-away!
Cirque du Soleil
From October 25 to December 30, 2018, Cirque du Soleil is back in Paris for its yearly show and presents Totem at Plaine de Jeux de Bagatelle.
Origines at Cirque Alexis Gruss
Company Alexis Gruss will present “Origines” its 44th creation in Paris at the Chapiteau Alexis Gruss from October 20, 2018 to March 10, 2019. A show in tribute to the equestrian tradition in circuses.
Extra, Bouglione circus new show
From October 6, 2018 to March 17, 2019, 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 “Extra”. If you love extraordinary shows, don’t miss this one!
Jean-Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show
As a couturier deeply tied up to performing art and burlesque, Jean-Paul Gaultier promises his Fashion Freak Show is one to be remembered. This revue-show is performed at the Folies Bergère starting September 18, 2018.
From October 3, 2018 the MozART Group quartet will come and pour their music and humor at Bobino, in Paris.
Monkey King at Paris Cirque Phénix
Stars of Beijing's Circus are back in Paris from November 24, 2018 to January 20, 2019 at Cirque Phénix with a new breathtaking show: Monkey King.
Campana, Cirque Trottola new show at 104 Paris
From November 23 to December 15, 2018, CirqueTrottola presents its new show, Campana, at 104. A poteic event for the whole family.
A Midwinter Night's Dream
The Chantilly Great Stables performs every year a great show for the Christmas period. From December 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019, let’s welcome “A Midwinter Night’s Dream”.
Art and Cultural Exhibitions:
Michael Jackson: On the Wall, the exhibition
From November 23, 2018 to February 14, 2019, Paris Grand Palais dedicates an exhibition to the King of Pop. An event offering to return on the singer’s career and his influence on the world of music and art.
Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient
From October 2, 2018 to January 21, 2019, the Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient exhibition will bring together 50 haute couture designs inspired by India, China and Japan.
From October 3, 2018 to February 4, 2019, the Grand Palais dedicates a retrospective to the Catalan master, Joan Miró.
From October 3, 2018 to January 14, 2019 if you enjoy Egon Schiele’s paintings, you’ll be happy! An exhibition entirely dedicated to him at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Basquiat, the compelling exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton
It’s one of the most awaited exhibitions in 2018: Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most remarkable painters of his generation will be the subject of an exhibition displayed from October 3, 2018 to January 14, 2019 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. After the Fondation’s first exhibitions, we expect a gathering of the master’s most important pieces, including Riding with Death!
Dazzling Venice, the exhibition at the Grand Palais
From September 26, 2018 to January 21, 2019, the Grand Palais dedicates an exhibition to the Serene and Dazzling Venice. The occasion to discover the history and the daily life of a dynamic and colorful city where arts spread before Napoleon arrived and the Republic of Venice fall in 1797.
Caravage à Rome, the exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André
The Musée Jacquemart-André dedicates an exhibition to Caravaggio (1571-1610) ’s friends and enemies, this painter from the 17th century and father of the chiaroscuro. For this event held from September 21, 2018 to January 28, 2019, 10 masterpieces of the artist will be exceptionally exhibited including 7 never displayed in France before.
Madagascar, arts de la Grande Ile, the exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly
From September 18, 2018 to January 1, 2019, the Musée du Quai Branly dedicates a compelling exhibition to Madagascar, the first exhibition in France to question the history of Art of the Big island. For this major exhibition, over 360 works will be brought together in the museum’s areas especially chosen for their historic and ethnologic interest.
Picasso. Blue and Rose. The exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay
From September 18, 2018 to January 6, 2019, the Musée d’Orsay will dedicate an exhibition to Pablo Picasso. Picasso. Blue and Rose, will return on 6 crucial years in the art of Pablo Picasso, these years of blues followed by joy known as the periods of blue and rose, as a nod to the main colors of his works!
Alphonse Mucha, the exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg
For its September 2018 exhibition, the Musée du Luxembourg pays tribute to Alphone Mucha the representative of Art Nouveau which is forgotten too often. From September 12, 2018 to January 27, 2019, the museum will bring together the major pieces that made his work, from his posters to illustrations, as well as his photographs, his sculptures and his preparatory studies for a compelling rediscovery!
Giacometti, the compelling exhibition at the Musée Maillol
Set in Paris 7th arrondissement, the Musée Maillol welcomes a great exhibition devoted to artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). To be discovered from September 14, 2018 to January 20, 2019.
Art Brut Japonais II, the exhibition at the Halle Saint-Pierre
From September 8, 2018 to March 10, 2019, the Halle Saint-Pierre dedicates an exhibition to raw contemporary art from the country of the Rising Sun, called Art Brut Japonais II [Japanese Raw Art II]. A retrospective as part of the PARIS-TOKYO tandem following a first edition displayed eight years earlier.
Discover the Neanderthal Man at Paris Musée de l’Homme. For this second major exhibition, the museum focuses on another human species that disappeared over 35,000 years ago, after living on the Earth for over 350,000 years.
Stephanie Pfriender Stylander: The Untamed Eye at the Galerie de l’Instant
American photographer Stephanie Pfriender Stylander exhibits her work in Paris she created between 1990 and 2006. It’s at the Galerie de l’Instant, from September 10 to November 28, 2018! You’ll discover legendary portraits of Kate Moss as well as of Nicole Kidman and Björk.
Cités Millénaires, voyage virtuel de Palmyre à Mossoul at the Arab World Institute
From October 10, 2018 to February 10, 2019, Cités millénaires, voyage virtuel de Palmyre à Mossoul is the beautiful digital experience offered by the Arab World Institute.
Géométrie Sud, the beautiful exhibition of the Fondation Cartier
Géométries Sud, du Mexique à la Terre de Feu is the beautiful exhibition to be discovered from October 14, 2018 to February 24, 2019 at the Fondation Cartier. In the rooms of the foundation, 250 works from all times offer a real immersion in the geometric abstraction in Latin America.
Picasso. Masterpieces exhibited at Paris Musée Picasso
Picasso’s masterpieces gathered in Paris, here’s Musée Picasso-Paris exploit. The Ladies of Avignon, Les Baigneuses, Arlequin, Three Dancers, The Reaper without forgetting The She Goat, over 20 works of art by Picasso are brought together from September 4, 2018 to January 13, 2019 for our greatest happiness!
Collections Privées, the exhibition at the Musée Marmottan-Monet
This September, the Musée Marmottan-Monet will promote Collections Privées [Private Collections] for a beautiful journey from the Impressionists to the fauve artists. From September 13, 2018 to February 10, 2019, over 60 works belonging to private collectors will be displayed in a very beautiful exhibition.
Caricatures, Hugo à la une at the Maison Victor Hugo
From September 13, 2018 to January 6, 2019, the Maison Victor Hugo dedicates an exhibition to Caricatures of Victor Hugo. Back in the days, the press caricatures Victor Hugo according to his stances and current affairs in 1848. More than an exhibition dedicated to Victor Hugo, the Maison Victor Hugo gives us here an historical analysis of the caricature in the 19th century.
Ron Amir, the exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne
Paris Museum of Modern Art (aka MAMVP) set in Paris 16th arrondissement, houses a compelling retrospective of Israeli artist Ron Amir, entitled “Quelque part dans le désert” [Somewhere in the desert]. Meet from September 14 to December 2, 2018.
COLOURS X COLOURS, the experience at the Atelier des Lumières
From September 7, 2018 to January 6, 2019, the Atelier des Lumières welcomes the experience "Colours X Colours", a 25-minute creation by artists Thomas Blanchard and Oilhack to be enjoyed at the same time as the Klimt exhibition.
A l’Est, la guerre sans fin, the exhibition at the Musée de l’Armée
Running from October 5, 2018 to January 20, 2019, the Musée de l’Armée, Paris, will dedicate an exhibition to the period 1918-1923, an endless war in the east. While conflicts come to an end in Western Europe starting November 11, 1918, conflicts keep on in the East and the Middle-East until 1923, a part of History unknown in France!
Louis-Philippe and Versailles, the exhibition at the Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles dedicates an exhibition to Louis-Phillipe a lost king of France who yet has been determinant in the history of Versailles by turning the palace into a museum focusing on “all the glories of France”. To be discovered from October 6, 2018 to February 3, 2019.
Mr. Men at the Museum, here’s the brand-new exhibition of the Musée en Herbe, the only Parisian museum really dedicated to children starting from 3 years old! From October 4, 2018 to January 20, 2019, discover this playful exhibit suited to little ones.
Don't hesitate to have a look at the best exhibitions in Paris this December 2018.
Le Perchoir Marais switches to Winter 2018/2019 mode with a 100% British decor
Like for every winter, Le Perchoir Marais puts its seasonal coat. This year, the famous rooftop perched on the roof of BHV Marais echoes Mary Poppins’ universe with a British layout and a new cocktail list and food service.
Magical Chalet at L'hôtel du Collectionneur
This winter, the prestigious L’Hôtel du Collectionneur installs a wonderful and magical chalet in its garden. This chalet invites guests to spend a warm and gourmet moment.
Chocolate Bar at the Jardins du Marais
This winter, The Jardins du Marais Paris will make your heart melt and warm you up thanks to the Chocolate Bar by Hugo & Victor that is to be discovered from November 9, 2018!
Winter Chalet at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
From November 24, 2018 to March 15, 2019, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme chalet is back on its winter terrace. For this new edition, the winter chalet has been created from a former sheep pen to give you a cozy and comfortable chalet for a sweet break.
From August 25, 2018, Beaupassage, an exceptional place combining gastronomy, vegetal art and wellness, opens in the heart of Paris 7th arrondissement. Restaurant and wine cellar by Yannick Alleno, Daily Pic by Anne-Sophie Pic, gourmet lounge by Pierre Hermé, bakery by Thierry Marx and even street seafood by Olivier Bellin and Fromagerie Barthélémy, we’ll love to wander around and spend time there!
ABQ, the pop-up bar inspired by Breaking Bad
If you’re part of the many fans of Breaking Bad, don’t miss the return of the pop-up bar inspired by the famous American series. After London, Manchester and New-York, the Breaking Bad cocktail lab is back in Paris for a new unique experience to live until December 2018.
Printemps du Goût: the gourmet shopping mall in Paris
From January 10, 2018, Printemps Haussman reveals a new gourmet address: Printemps du Goût. Christophe Michalak, Akrame Benallal and even Gontran Cherrier, this new one and thousand-flavor spot takes over the two last floors of Printemps de l’Homme.
Forget about Barrio Latino and discover Pachamama! Located within walking distance from Place de la Bastille, this Parisian dinner-club hopes to blow you away by offering a very beautiful immersion into the heart of South America.
Looking for a quirky and unusual restaurant in Paris? You want something new, spectacular, and something awe-inspiring in your plate? Enjoying a meal in a unique setting or context? For uncommon culinary experiences, keep reading!
Paris best Speakeasies
You love speakeasies, these hidden bars that take you back in the prohibition area? Yet, a hidden bar means… it’s hidden! Here’s how you can find the best secret bars in Paris.
Vegan restaurants in Paris
Paris is full of vegan addresses that make vegans happy and the trend is not likely to stop here. So, to help you out, here are the best spots where you can confidently enjoy delicious meals.
The best tea salons in Paris
Feel like gathering your friends around a lovely cup of tea (or a tasty coffee) and a delicious pastry? Head to one of our favorite tea salons in Paris to excite your taste buds and spend a delightful moment in the French capital!
The best Coffee Shops in Paris
Coffee lovers unite! Because a coffee break is a ritual shared by many people worldwide, we decided to make you discover the best coffee shops in Paris.
Sharing, friendliness and quality cuisine are the watchwords of Yansai: this new canteen promoting Asian street food and nestled in Les Batignolles, Paris.
Big Mamma keeps on increasing with a new address that is even bigger, more beautiful and impressive than the previous ones! Entitled La Felicità, this huge Italian restaurant x food-market has opened on May 25, 2018 within Station F in Paris 13th arrondissement. 4,5000-sqm including 1000s-qm of sunny terrace, 3 bars, 5 kitchens, a cafeteria open 24h a day… talk about crazy!
Open for a year in Saint-Ouen, Yaya, the Greek and Mediterranean food restaurant by Juan Arbelaez and Kalios is an authentic invitation to travel for your taste buds. Follow us, we are leaving for Greece.
Meet on Tuesday September 4, 2018 in Paris 2nd arrondissement to discover Jòia: famous Michelin star chef Hélène Darroze’s new Parisian restaurant.
Père & Fish
Fish enthusiasts and pescatarian friends, here’s a good Parisian address likely to delight you! Père & Fish opened on September 3, 2018 in Paris 9th arrondissement giving pride of place to fish burgers but a gourmet version.
Paris Jardin d'Acclimatation new theme park
Paris Jardin d’Acclimatation is getting a makeover and opens from June 1, 2018, a new park featuring 40 attractions including 17 unique rides. The whole in a SteamPunk atmosphere like old-fashioned Paris. Rides for teens too, a park with preserved nature with animals and a sporting tour, as many arguments to renew this theme park, the leisure spot you can’t miss in Paris.
Super Sunday at Vincennes - Hippodrome de Paris
Are you looking for a super great outing deal and for free on Sunday with children? In Vincennes, Paris racetrack offers you to visit the hippodrome with your family and live out unique and free experiences on the Superdimanches, from November 18, 2018 to February 24, 2019. First time on a pony, merry-go-round, playground area, races and crêpes.
Christmas at Disneyland Paris
Little by little, Christmas is settling in at Disneyland Paris… For the winter season and the Holidays – from November 10, 2018 to January 6, 2019 – the theme park offers several events and festive moments.
Have a nice weekend!
From 21 December 2018 to 25 December 2018