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Take advantage of the festive season in Paris to see a concert by candlelight. Enjoy a full range of options such as classical takes from modern bands such as The Beatles or Coldplay to more traditional concerts such as Mozart’s Requiem or Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Imagine the beauty of Sainte-Chapelle’s stained glass as you enjoy a Christmas concert at this beautiful venue. Other locations and dates are available if you’d like to experience a concert in one of the famous churches of Paris.
The holiday season is just around the corner! It wouldn’t be Christmas in Paris without the famous holiday windows at the big department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps Haussmann, Bon Marché, BHV Marais and La Samaritaine). This year, don't miss joining adults and children alike as they marvel at the latest holiday scenes!
For a more adult experience, sip a vin chaud (hot mulled wine) at one of many Christmas Markets around Paris. The Eiffel Tower Christmas Village will operate on Quai Branly from November 29th, 2023 to January 1st, 2024. The Tuileries Garden Christmas Markets is a combination carnival and holiday market, sure to delight both young and old.
For a more nature themed nocturnal experience, check out the Jardin des Plantes’ Festival of Lights. Running from November 22nd, 2023 to January 21st, 2024, this is a great family activity.
An American might automatically think of Thanksgiving when you mention a Thursday in November, but to the French it means one thing: wine! Held annually on the third Thursday of November, this year on November 16th join the French in celebrating the arrival of the new Beaujolais Nouveau. That's the date the new wine will be released for sale and when it will be possible to taste the latest vintage everywhere in the city. It’s a fun night to pop into a local café and partake in this annual tradition.
It's always big news when a Van Gogh exhibition comes to town, and from October 3rd to February 4, 2024 you can learn about the last months of Vincent Van Gogh’s life as the Musée D’Orsay will exhibit his final works from his last days in Auvers-sur-Oise. Get the most out of your visit to the exhibition by combining it with a Musée d'Orsay Private Tour. Plus, if the exhibition inspires you to explore more, you can also enjoy a charming day trip to Auvers-sur-Oise, located about an hour northwest of Paris. Why not book a nice lunch and stroll the village, retracing Van Gogh’s final days?
Local Tip: Due to the popularity of the “Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise: The Final Months” exhibit, it's highly recommended to book your visit in advance. That will give you a guaranteed entrance time slot to ensure you see the exhibit during your visit. Book online here.