Holidays & Closing Days

Don't let unexpected closing days and special holiday operating hours catch you off guard during your trip. Before you leave, make sure your plans don't conflict with any holidays in Paris.

Holidays & Closing Days

As you plan your Paris itinerary, it’s helpful to note any holidays or special days on the Parisian calendar that you may run into during your trip. In addition to several major public holidays, a lot of businesses in Paris observe different operating hours on Sundays. Rest assured though, even on the largest major holidays, there is always something to do in Paris! The city’s beautiful gardens and parks, the stunning Eiffel Tower and magical Disneyland Paris are just a few examples of attractions open 365 days a year.

Closing Days

Many museums, monuments and other tourist attractions regularly close one day a week. While planning your sightseeing in Paris, keep in mind that many museums are closed on Mondays or Tuesdays. Versailles, the Musée d’Orsay, Musée Carnavalet and the Musée Rodin, to mention just a few are closed on Mondays. While the Louvre, Musée de l’Orangerie, Pompidou Centre and others are closed on Tuesdays. Click here to check the closing days for the main museums and sites in Paris.

Sundays in Paris

Throughout France, Sundays are traditionally a day of rest. Banks, shops, supermarkets and many restaurants are closed across the country. This mostly holds true in Paris as well, though shops in popular tourist areas (e.g. Champs Elysées) remain open seven days a week. You’ll find that many restaurants in high profile areas also open on Sundays.

Public Holidays in Paris

France observes around a dozen national and religious holidays each year. Shops, supermarkets and many restaurants around the city close on these days. Museums, monuments and other major tourists attractions, however, remain open on most holidays with the exception of 1 January, 14 July (Bastille Day) and 25 December. Exact opening dates and times for places of interest in Paris vary, so be sure to check on them beforehand.


2024 2025

 New Year’s

1 Jan 2024 1 Jan 2025

 Good Friday

29 Mar 2024 18 Apr 2025

 Easter Monday

1 Apr 2024 21 Apr 2025

 May Day

1 May 2024 1 May 2025

 Victory in Europe Day

8 May 2024 8 May 2025

 Ascension Day

9 May 2024 29 May 2025

 Whit Sunday

19 May 2024 8 Jun 2025

 Whit Monday

20 May 2024 9 Jun 2025

 Bastille Day

14 Jul 2024 14 Jul 2025

 Assumption of Mary

15 Aug 2024 15 Aug 2025

 All Saints’ Day

1 Nov 2024 1 Nov 2025

 Armistice Day

11 Nov 2024 11 Nov 2025

 Christmas Day

25 Dec 2024 25 Dec 2025

 St Stephen's Day

26 Dec 2024 26 Dec 2025


School Holidays in Paris

Schools in Paris and Ile-de-France have set schedules fixed by the Government School Calendar. Private schools, however, may have different schedules for the school holidays. School vacation times often mean that museums and sights geared toward children and families are busier than other times of the year. Paris falls in the Government School Zone C, and the main dates are listed below. For more information about school holidays in other areas of France, please visit the French Government Department of Education website (in French)

  2024 2025

Winter Holiday

11 Feb - 25 Feb 2024 16 Feb - 02 Mar 2025

Spring Break

07 Apr - 21 Apr 2024 13 Apr - 27 Apr 2025

Summer Holiday

07 Jul - 01 Sep 2024 05 Jul - 01 Sep 2025

Autumn Break

20 Oct - 03 Nov 2024 18 Oct - 03 Nov 2025

Christmas Holiday

22 Dec 2024 - 5 Jan 2025 20 Dec 2025 - 5 Jan 2026


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