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Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are well underway!
There are lots of them, and they're in full swing. The two largest are opening mid-month this year:
- till January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- till December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense
December 15-early January
All of the Manèges, aka Carrousels de Paris, in the 3rd through 20th arrondissements of Paris are free for children for the holidays (my favorite is in the Jardins du Trocadéro, but the lines are longest). See the full list here. Open daily 11am-9pm.
Winter is circus time in Paris! Lots of options--for example the Cirque du Soleil (Dec. 7-11) with this year's Varekai performance. At the Accorhotels arena (12e), seats from 37€ to 80€. But there are lots of others. See the complete list for other circus and circus-like spectacles.
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I'm always trying to find French rock-pop music that doesn't make me want to throw up. But this talented four-man band with the unfortunate name of "Marshmallow" actually made me want to go buy the album.
Guest writer Mark Thompson writes about some of the best upcoming indie and rock music concerts in Paris for the end of January and coming in February, including punk goddess Patti Smith, French Beatles tribute band The Rabeats, and Concrete Knives.