Free activities around Paris during Christmas time

Free activities around Paris during Christmas time

Paris, the City of Light, shines even brighter during the holiday season, offering a multitude of free activities to enjoy the Christmas spirit. Here is a selection of activities not to be missed:


1. Christmas Markets: An essential Parisian tradition. You will find markets such as those at the Tuileries, La Défense, and some pop-up markets at Temple in the Marais. From November 28 to December 31, the Paris City Hall transforms into a Christmas village, with bright decorations, a climbing wall, a toboggan run, and even the presence of Santa Claus.

2. Christmas Window Displays: Parisian department stores, such as La Samaritaine and Printemps Haussmann, decorate their windows with magical themes, providing a free and captivating visual spectacle for all ages.

3. Christmas Illuminations: Paris lights up with thousands of lights during the holidays. Places like Bercy Village and the Champs-Élysées offer spectacular illuminations. As every year, the Jardin des Plantes transports you with its themed illuminations. This year, the theme is the jungle.

4. Christmas Villages Near Paris: Less than two hours from the capital, villages like Provins, Janvry, and Senlis offer Christmas markets and other activities, immersing visitors in a festive universe.

5. AMI Paris Free Ice Rink: The clothing brand AMI Paris sets up a temporary ice rink in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palais-Royal, offering a unique experience from December 16 to 31.

6. Rue des Bulles: Rue des Martyrs is adorned with balloons reminiscent of champagne bubbles, with musical animations every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until December 31.

7. "Un Autre Noël" (Another Christmas) at the Musée du Quai Branly: The Musée du Quai Branly offers "Un Autre Noël," a cultural and solidarity event. This year, on December 27, you can participate in the 17th edition of their toy drive. In addition, free workshops from 2 pm to 6 pm, combining culture and solidarity, are on the program.

8. "Astre" at Saint-Eustache Church: Saint-Eustache Church hosts a free light work for the festive season. From December 14, 2023, to January 30, 2024, "Astre," created by fashion designer Clara Daguin, will illuminate the venue with modernized traditional icons, illustrating her contemporary vision of Christmas and the nativity. It is a unique visual experience that invokes hope and hospitality in the heart of the capital.


Thus, Paris offers a wealth of free and magical activities to celebrate the end-of-year holidays, inviting residents and visitors to explore and enjoy the Christmas spirit. All just a few minutes from our hotel, Bonsoir Madame.

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