Thursday, December 8, 2011

Paris in December! Whats on!

Christmas Markets!
(contact us for more markets near your B&B neighbourhood)
TIP: Check the local free Paris guides (sold at newsstands) for exact open dates - as these are subject to change. Markets are generally closed Christmas Day too!

  1. La Défense - With 350 stands, the largest and most festive Christmas markets (fave) in the surreal setting of high-rise buildings. 

Open: November 23rd - December 27th, 2011. 
Metro: La Defense

 2. Christmas Market and Ice Rink at Trocadero -  Over 120 stands peddling Christmas goods, an ice-skating rink and "snow villages". This one's ideal for the kids. 
Open: Daily December 8th - January 2nd, 2012. 
Metro: Trocadero

 3. Christmas Market and Santa's Village at Saint-Sulpice
Open: daily December 1st - December 24th, 2011. 
Location: Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris 6th arrondissement 
Metro: Saint-Sulpice

4. Place des Abbesses - nestled in the heart of the quaint Montmartre neighborhood.

Open: daily in December. 
Location: Place des Abbesses, 18th arrondissement
Whats Open Christmas Day?
1. La Tour Eiffel
2. Curiosite et Magic!
Click here
3. Centre Pomidou Museum! (Modern Art) Click here
4. Salvador Dali Museum (Montmartre) Click here

5. All 3 ice rinks - Hotel de Ville, Montparnasse, Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand. click here

 6. The Grand Roue Ferris Wheel.

 7 Parisian Cemetaries - Pere Lachaise, Montparnasse, Montmartre. Click here

8. Many shops on the Champs Elysees
9. Many shops and cafes around Rue des Rosiers in the Marais should be open as usual on Christmas Day

10. Movie Theatres - find the English-Language ('VO') films without French dubbing ('VF') along the Champs Elysees and the Forum Les Halles and all of the MK2 cinemas.
TIP: Get a copy of Pariscope at any newsstand - for a Whats On guide to Paris. On sale every Wednesday!

Christmas Shows in Paris!

1. Moulin Rouge. Click here

2. Opera de Paris. Click here for sessions
3. Lapin Agile. click here

Restaurants Open Christmas Day!

Well known Brasseries (such as those run by Brasseries Flo and Freres Blanc) and restaurants remain open for Christmas Day. Such as La Coupole, Julien, Le Vaudeville, Bofinger, Le Boeuf sur le Toit.

Refer to this great new blog we have just discovered for a complete list of open restaurants for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! PARIS BY MOUTH

Christmas Lights Tour!

 Many of our B&B hosts offer guided tours (by car) of the spectacular christmas light show 'Paris by Night'! Enquire for booking details:

  • Christmas Decor at Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Bercy Village Christmas lights (12th arrondissement)
  • Champs Elysees Christmas Lights and decor (8th arrondissement)
  • Avenue Montaigne lights (8th arrondissement)
  • Place Vendome (1st arrondissement)
  • Disneyland Paris - a great way to spend Christmas with the kids!  

Christmas Eve!
If a more traditional Christmas appeals, the archbishop of Paris will officiate at the midnight mass at Notre Dame Cathedral. There is a 6pm mass for the kids too! TIP: Arrive Early! Metro: Notre Dame de Lorette Other midnight mass locations:

  • Sacre Coeur Basilica Midnight Mass and mass at 7pm! Address: Parvis du Sacré Coeur, Paris 18th. Metro: Anvers  
  • Midnight Mass at Eglise de la Madaleine and Nativity - doors open 9.30  Address: 1, place de la Madeleine, Paris 8th Metro: Madeleine/RER: Auber
Wishing you all a
wonderful and safe
festive season!

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