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Calendar of Paris Events

April 24-May 22
April 26th is the Journée Nationale de la Déportation (National Day in Memory of the Deportation) in memory of the victims and the heros of the Nazi deportations during WWII. There are several events in Paris commemorating the solemn event, including a ceremony at the Mémorial National des Martyrs de la Déportation at the Square de l’Île-de-France (the eastern tip of the Ile de la Cité, behind Notre Dame) at 9:45am; a ceremony at the Mémorial de la Shoah (17 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, 4th) at 3pm; and a ceremony at the Memorial Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe at 6:30pm. 

April 25
Internationally renowned peace activist Ravi Shankar will be in Paris tonight for a presentation, "Discourse, Music & Meditation" from 7-9pm at the Maison de la Mutualité (24 rue Saint Victor, 5th), tickets €15-€50.

April 30
Paris is the host city for the 2015 International Jazz Day, with a live broadcast performance at the grand UNESCO headquarters (7th) with internationally renowned jazz artists including Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves. Other events will take place around Paris including at the Club Rayé. Check out the website for the program. And read this Guardian article for a rundown of the best jazz clubs in Paris.

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Thursday
Dec272012

Disneyland Paris for the Holidays

As nice as it is to go home for the holidays, if you're stuck in Paris and feeling homesick, there's no better place than Christmas at Disneyland Paris! Yes, it was a bit chilly, but the decorations were gorgeous, and it even "snows" on Main Street (just flurries, but they're pretty and it's fun watching the kids try and catch snowflakes on their tongue).

Since it's the 20th anniversary of the park (the 10th anniversary of Disney Studios next door), each evening is concluded with a spectacular multimedia show, Disney Dreams, which I wrote about in my last newsletter -- totally worth staying until the end! The Christmas decorations and Disney Dreams show will be on until January 6th.

You can buy your tickets online a few days in advance to get better rates than at the gate, but the best deal of the moment is through FNAC: a Family Pass for one day, two parks (both Disneyland and Disney Studios) is just €114 for three people of any age, so you can be three adults, valid any day except December 31st, through February 28th, 2013. You can also get a regular day pass for both parks for one person for €45, good on the same dates. You can buy these at FNAC if you don't want to navigate their website.

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Reader Comments (1)

Looks beautiful at Christmas. Do they have any special decorations over the Spring and Summer?
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

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