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November is one of the best times to enjoy Paris with fewer crowds. See your favorite works of art in person at the Louvre or start your holiday shopping with a trip to the grand magasins.
As the temperatures drop and Parisians bundle up in style, visitors have a chance to enjoy the city with fewer crowds. See the masterpieces at your favorite museum, visit special autumn exhibitions, enjoy a vin chaud while warming up in a café or hit the boutiques and grand magasins for an unforgettable holiday shopping experience. If your travels will bring you to Paris in November, here are some of the top events and things to do.
30 October, 2017 - 5 November, 2017
After the Grand Slam, the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 is one of the biggest tennis competitions in the world. Events are held throughout Europe, North America and Asia, and this year Paris will host the final round at the high-tech indoor stadium at the Bercy Palais Omnisports complex. Tennis lovers travel from around the world to see the finals at the ATP World Tour Masters 100 tournaments.
Address: Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
6, 8 & 10th November, 2017
For a family night to remember, head to Disneyland Paris for the Bonfire Spectacular to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day. After a fun day of adventures at Disneyland Paris, enjoy the magical show of fireworks, live entertainment and a floating bonfire on Lake Disney. Dates may change close to the event due to poor weather so be sure to check the website before you head out.
8 November. 2017 - 7 January, 2018
This fall the Maison Européenne de la Photographie will be exhibiting the work of Chinese photographer Zhong Weixing, who began this project in 2015. He brings together the faces of some of the world's greatest photographers in his new exhibition of portraits. Collaborating closely with his subjects, his work captures the elusive essence of the photographer's soul behind each face. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 11am until 8pm and tickets are £8.
9 - 12 November, 2017
The beautiful Grand Palais in Paris is the setting for Paris Photo, an international fair of photography from the 19th century to the works of contemporary artists. Founded in 1996, the event will bring to Paris about 100 exhibitors as well as art enthusiasts, editors and galleries from around the world.
Address: Grand Palais
11 November, 2017
This French national holiday honors members of the armed forces who died or were injured during war and is celebrated on the day the armistice was signed at the end of WWI. A solemn ceremony takes place at the Arc de Triomphe where the president lays a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Some museums or monuments may be closed or have limited hours on this day, so we always recommend checking in advance.
Address: Arc de Triomphe
Hours: Wreath-laying 11am; vigil 9pm
14 - 21 November 2017
Film lovers will want to head to 17th arrondissement near Montmartre for the Paris Short Film Festival held at the Cinéma des Cinéastes. This is one of the most important short film festivals around the world, with each entry running no longer than 25 minutes. The festival is held in several buildings around throughout Montmartre and tickets are €6.
15 - 19 November 2017
If you love crafts of any kind then you’ll want to plan a visit to the Créations et Savoir-faire and the Marie Claire Idées convention to discover all the latest trends and equipment needed for crafts and design. Over 250 exhibitors will be showing in four categories: Needlework, Paper and Colors, Decoration and Lifestyle, Fashion Trends and Accessories. Whether you love knitting, scrapbooking, embroidery or any other home craft, this expo is a marvelous chance to be inspired at every turn!
Address: Porte de Versailles
Hours: Daily, 9:30am - 6:30pm (Friday until 9pm; Sunday until 6pm)
Price: €12; concessions €6-€9; under 6s free
25 November, 2017 - 3 December, 2017
This annual show is one of the biggest events in the equestrian world. Over 400 exhibitors are expected to attend, and more than 2,000 horses. A kid's village is on site where children can take a short riding lesson and at night the magical performance of Nuit du Cheval takes place. The event takes place on the outskirts of the city at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center.