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.

 Holiday

 2018

 2019

 New Year’s

 1 Jan 2018

 1 Jan 2019

 Good Friday

 30 Mar 2018  19 Apr 2019

 Easter Monday

 2 Apr 2018  22 Apr 2019

 May Day

 1 May 2018  1 May 2019

 Victory in Europe Day

 8 May 2018  8 May 2019

 Ascension Day

 10 May 2018

 30 May 2019

 Whit Sunday

 20 May 2018

 09 June 2018

 Whit Monday

 21 May 2018

 10 June 2019

 Bastille Day

 14 Jul 2018

 14 Jul 2019

 Assumption of Mary

 15 Aug 2018

 15 Aug 2019

 All Saints’ Day

 1 Nov 2018

 1 Nov 2019

 Armistice Day

11 Nov 2018  11 Nov 2019

 Christmas Day

 25 Dec 2018  25 Dec 2019

 St Stephen's Day

 26 Dec 2018  26 Dec 2019

 

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)

 

 2018

 2019

Winter Holiday

 17 Feb - 4 Mar 2018

 24 Feb - 10 Mar 2019

Spring Break

 14 Apr - 29 Apr 2018

 21 Apr - 05 May 2019

Summer Holiday

 7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018

 6 Jul 2019 - 02 Sep 2019

Autumn Break

 21 Oct 2018 - 4 Nov 2018

 19 Oct 2019 - 3 Nov 2019

Christmas Holiday

 23 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019

 20 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2020

 

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