Friday
Dec012017

Paris Events Calendar - December 2017


Click here for a list of the city's best Christmas Markets for 2017

December 1-3
Looking for a unique musical experience in a cozy setting? Book your tickets for the Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Orchestra, "Wine by the Glass" concert and wine tasting. Sinfonietta is "a concert series which blend and cross genres through the exploration and rediscovery of a significant and sometimes overlooked repertoire, offering fresh and innovative experiences to its audiences." This weekend there are two "private residence" concerts and one at the iconic Reid Hall in the Latin Quarter. The program is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in B flat Major K. 254: I. Allegro assai (1776), Valentin Silvestrov: «Moments of Mozart» (2007), and Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op.97 “Archduke” (1811), with commentary in French and English to help better understand the pieces, and wine afterwards with the musicians. Tickets just €25! Book here in English.

December 1-16
There's nothing like Christmas in Alsace, but if you can't make it to Strasbourg the next best thing is the Marché de Noël Alsacien on the square in front of the Gare de L'Est Train Station (10th), 9am-8pm.  Pretzels, ginger bread, foie gras, vin chaud and many other regional specialities! 

December 2
The 41st annual AAWE Bazaar at the American Church of Paris (65 Quai d'Orsay, 7th), a giant second-hand sale of quality clothes, jewelry, handbags, accessories, English books, toys, children's and baby clothes, white elephants, and baked goods. The Bazaar also continues the long tradition of American women coming together once a week to create and craft hand-made items, for sale at the Handicrafts table. Open 9:30am-5pm. Entrance €2, free for kids, proceeds go to charities in France and abroad helping women and children. 

December 2-3
Don't miss this unique Marché de Noël "De L'Economie Circulaire" at La Recyclerie (right outside metro Porte de Clignancourt, 18th), from noon-8pm. Free entry. There are 15 stands from local start-ups selling everything from hi-tech to toys and home  made jam! Also stands for food and drink.

December 2-10
The annual Féeries d’Auteuil takes place at the non-profit children's organization Apprentis d'Auteuil (40 rue Jean de la Fontaine, 16th, M° Jasmin or Eglise d'Auteuil) with a Christmas market, food stands, flea market, concerts, vintage carrousel and nativity scenes, from 11am-7pm. Live singing performances on Sat-Sun at 5:30pm. 

December 2-3rd, 8-10th, 15-17th and 22-24th
The Boutique Ephérmère is a market featuring 35 stands with 80 different designers from all over Europe who create unique gifts: stationary, jewelry, bags, and other fun accessories and gifts. Open December 3-4, 9-10-11, 16-17-18, and 21-22-23-24 from noon-8pm, At the Galerie Joseph, 7 rue Froissart, 3rd. Free entry.

December 3
Berkeley Books and the Academy of American Poets Fall 2017 series on American poets in Paris present a poetry reading this Sunday by Jennifer K. Dick starting at 7:30pm. Libations offered, along with musical interlude by Bremner Duthie. Free entry, limited space (so don't be late!) At 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 6th. 

December 7-24
The cult musical dance show STOMP! is on at the Folies Bergere, info and tickets here.

December 8 (through January 14th)
The famous street artist JACE has a show "Je t'aime, un peu, beaucoup... Gouzou! " (on the theme of love), at the Mathgoth Gallery (34, rue Hélène Brion, 13th). The vernissage is the th December from 6pm, and the show continues through JAnuary 14th (Wed-Sat 2-7pm). 

December 9-10
Meet five local artists in their ateliers this weekend to check out their latest works over afternoon tea: Marcus McAllister - Colette Billaud - Anne Meunier - Josette Vigneau - Nicole Pavlowsky at 152 Rue St-Maur, 11th, free entry, open from 2-7pm. (Code rue : 49735 Escalier A code A2897, 1e étage à droite) 

December 9-10
Just two days for the Norwegian Marché de Noël at La Recyclerie (right outside metro Porte de Clignancourt, 18th), from noon-8pm. Free entry. There are stands for food, drink, decor, and music.

December 9-17
See the circus acrobatic show from New Guinea, Boulevard Conakry, performing their mesmerizing fusion of traditional dance and circus acrobatics at the Quai Branly. Tickets €20.

December 14
Le Food Market is a monthly open-air food market in Belleville along the boulevard between metros Ménilmontant et Couronnes. This month's theme is Charistmas, of course! Unlike most food markets, this one isn't for purchasing ingredients to take home and cook up, but is a market of food stands, where none of the dishes are more than €10. There are seating areas to sit and enjoy your food. Dress warm! From 6-10:30pm.

December 26 - January 7
If you saw Midnight in Paris you'll recognize the Musée des Arts Forains, a private museum of antique carnival and fair rides and decor in a stunning setting, open by reservation only for the holidays, La Festival du Merveilleux. Guided tours of 2 hours by an elf, where you'll get a chance to go on the rides and attend a magical music show. Tickets €14, tours daily (including Christmas), in French with an English handout. 10am -- 6pm 

Through December 28
The Marché de Noël La Défense opens in late November for its 23rd year in a row with 250 chalets featuring gifts, food and Christmas decorations. Since the Champas-Elysées fair was cancelled (the contract for the company running it was not renewed by the City Council), this is the largest Christmas MArket in the Paris area (reachable on Line 1 of the metro). Free entry, open Mon-Thurs and Sunday 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. More markets will open around Paris in December. 

Daytrips from Paris

December 16-17
The town of Provins, with medieval ramparts making it a UNESCO listed village, hosts a two-day Marché de Noël Médiéval with a Living Nativity show in the church. You can easily catch the train from Paris to Provins for the day, but I should warn you it's pretty crowded! Two separate markets, one in the "upper" town that has a Medieval/Renaissance Fair style, and a more traditional French Marché de Noël in the "lower" town. In between is the Tour César, a tall dungeon tower that used to protect the city, and the church hosting the free Nativity Concert several times each day. There is no entry fee for the fairs, but there are long lines for the stands, especially the food, so be prepared with a picnic basket! 

Through December 30th
If you want to see the best and largest Christmas Market in France, don't miss the Marché de Noël de Strasbourg, in Alsace-Lorraine, where the entire city is decorated with a dozen separate markets, the towering Cathedral, and countless events throughout the month of December. It's a doable daytrip (2:15hrs by TGV from Paris), but I recommend staying overnight if you can to have time to visit the museums and enjoy the streets after the daytrippers have left. Avoid weekends if possible. Read Heather's post from last year here.

Through January 7
The family-owned Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (the 17th-century palace that inspired Versailles) becomes a Christmas wonderland in December, decorated from top to bottom, each room in a different holiday theme, fireplaces ablaze, and holiday music playing. And at night the château facade and the gardens are lit with festive lights. It's a magical experience, not to be missed! There are even carriage rides on the grounds. Open the weekends of December 2-3, December 9-10, December 16-17, and every day from December 23-January 7 (closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day) from 10:30am-6pm. Entry €18.50 for adults, reserve in advance online (where you'll also find the schedule for the shuttle from Melun train station to the chateau). 

Other Official Paris Calendar Links

▪   For general events around Paris: Que Faire à Paris?

▪   For mainstream events visit the: Paris Office of Tourism

Wednesday
Nov012017

Paris Events Calendar - November 2017

November 4-12
The 42nd annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine: produce, meats, cheeses, artisan oils, wines, essential oils, herbs, teas, cosmetics, beauty products, household cleaning products, clothing, shoes, accessories, home decor, books, gardening supplies, as well as stands for environmental tourism, different green activist groups such as Greenpeace, etc. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €10, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010.  

November 11 Armistice Day (Bank holiday)

November 14-20
The Blue Note Festival is one of the most prestigeous jazz festivals in Paris (and that's saying a lot in the city that loves jazz!) takes place this year in the Salle Pleyel (including Van Morrison), the New Morning jazz club, and the Flow péniche. Tickets starting at €25.

Through November 15
The famous street artist Thoma Vuille, aka Monsieur Chat, has an exposition of his smiling yellow cat artworks at the Hotel Molitor lobby (13 rue Nungesser et Coli, 16th). Free entry. 

November 16
Although it's rather low-key in France compared to the hype it gets in America, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival takes place in wine bars throughout Paris today. Read all about the history and the different varieties (good, bad, ugly) and where to celebrate in Paris in this excellent article by Aaron Ayscough, The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau (read the 2014 update here and his current on-location exploration of the Beaujolais region here)And for fun, here's a link to the little video I made at the Beaujolais dinner I attended in 2010 with Meg Zimbeck of Paris by Mouth and Bryan Pirolli. 

November 16-26
Looking for locally-brewed beer? The Brasseurs de France are selling their "Made in Paris" beer brewed from hops grown in the Bois de Vincennes. Find it for just 10 days at the Chai de Bercy (41 rue Paul Belmondo, 12th, Bercy Park). Open Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm.

November 18
The charity thrift stores Emmaüs are holding their annual Brocante Solidaire & StreetArt expo, noon-7pm at L'Aérosole (54 rue de l'Evangile, 18th). In addition to some great clothes, furniture and bric-à-brac, there are also food trucks, street art demos and DJ's for a festive atmosphere. 

November 18-19
La Cité de L'Architecture at Trocadéro is celebrating its 10th anniversary with Portes Ouvertes alll weekend (free entry). 

November 19 & 25
Twice a year the Paris municipal gardens sell their surplus seedling plants to the public for just €1 each. The next two are November 18th from 10am-2:15pm at the Arènes de Lutèce (5th), and November 25th from 10am-2:15pm at the Parc Monceau (8th). From experience, I recommend getting there at 9am and bringing a friend so you can tag-team bathroom breaks and coffee runs. And bring something sturdy to carry them home! Ten plants per person while supplies last.

November 23 - December 28
The Marché de Noël La Défense opens in late November for its 23rd year in a row with 250 chalets featuring gifts, food and Christmas decorations. Since the Champas-Elysées fair was cancelled (the contract for the company running it was not renewed by the City Council), this is the largest Christmas MArket in the Paris area (reachable on Line 1 of the metro). Free entry, open Mon-Thurs and Sunday 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. More markets will open around Paris in December. 

November 25
Tonight the city is hosting the Course des Lumières, an after-dark 10k run and 4k walk to benefit the Curie Institute (cancer research). If you'd like to participate (need to raise €200 minimum), it's not too late! Check out their website to sign up or support one of the runners/walkers by making a donation here.

November 26
Author, poet and presenter of the popular Canadian travel TV show, "Next Stop Paris", Lisa Pasold will be reading from her latest novel The Riparian tonight at Berkeley Books in Paris (8 rue Casimir Delavigne) from 7:30pm. All welcome, libations and musical entertainment included, free entry, buy a book (or five). 

December 2
The 41st annual AAWE Bazaar at the American Church of Paris (65 Quai d'Orsay, 7th), a giant second-hand sale of quality clothes, jewelry, handbags, accessories, English books, toys, children's and baby clothes, white elephants, and baked goods. The Bazaar also continues the long tradition of American women coming together once a week to create and craft hand-made items, for sale at the Handicrafts table. Open 9:30am-5pm. Entrance €2, free for kids, proceeds go to charities in France and abroad helping women and children. 

Other Official Paris Calendar Links

▪   For general events around Paris: Que Faire à Paris?

▪   For mainstream events visit the: Paris Office of Tourism