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Holidays & Closing Days

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.

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.




 New Year’s

 1 January 2015

 1 January 2016

 Good Friday

 3 April 2015

 25 March 2016

 Easter Monday

 6 April 2015

 28 March 2016

 Labour Day

 1 May 2015

 1 May 2016

 Victory in Europe Day

 8 May 2015

 5 May 2016

 Ascension Day

 14 May 2015

 8 May 2016

 Whit Sunday

 24 May 2015

 15 May 2016

 Whit Monday

 25 May 2015

 25 May 2016

 Bastille Day

 14 July 2015

 14 July 2016

 Assumption of Mary

 15 August 2015

 15 August 2016

 All Saints’ Day

 1 November 2015

 1 November 2016

 Armistice Day

 11 November 2015

 11 November 2016

 Christmas Day

 25 December 2015

 25 December 2016

 St Stephen's Day

 26 December 2015

 26 December 2016


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).




 Back to School

 Tuesday 2 September 2014

 Tuesday 1 September 2015

 Half Term (Toussaint)

 Saturday 18 October 2014

 Monday 3 November 2014

 Saturday 17 October 2015

 Monday 2 November 2015

 Christmas (Noël)

 Saturday 20 December 2014

 Monday 5 January 2015

 Saturday 19 December 2015

 Monday 4 January 2016

 Winter Half Term (Hiver)

 Saturday 14 February 2015

 Monday 2 March 2015

 Saturday 20 February 2016

 Monday 7 March 2016

 Easter (Printemps)

 Saturday 18 April 2015

 Monday 4 May 2015

 Saturday 23 April 2016

 Monday 9 May 2016

 Summer Holidays Begin

 Saturday 4 July 2015

 Saturday 2 July 2016


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