Christmas shows in Paris and Ile-de-France

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Christmas shows in Paris and Ile-de-France 75000 Paris fr

Christmas lights


In Paris, illuminations highlight its historical monuments, from the Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées and the Rue de Rivoli.

Start from the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy, when night falls, the unique illuminations on the trees, made of coloured LED rings, whose light is reflected in mirrored medallions. Walk down the most beautiful avenue in the world!

A few metres down, still on the Champs-Elysées, is the Place de la Concorde, where one of the most exciting rides of the season is located: the Big Wheel! Perched at over 65m high, it offers a unique view of the Tuileries and the Louvre! Besides the Big Wheel stands the largest Christmas tree in Europe: 35 meters high! From December 6 to January 3.

Disneyland Paris

In Disneyland Paris, for its 20th anniversary, the celebrations will be even more spectacular. During the day, the snow falls repeatedly on the main thoroughfare, but as soon as the night falls, the lighting of the Christmas tree makes the children’s eyes light up before the magnificent Disney Dreams show starts, featuring all your favourite Disney characters and Santa Claus himself!

Christmas shows

Grand Palais in Paris

Why not dream of a pure white Christmas on the ice of the Grand Palais? From mid-December, the vast nave of the Grand Palais is transformed into a giant ice rink (the largest in France) and will host original events. Want to break the ice against breathtaking backdrops? Other ice rinks are also located on the forecourt of the Hôtel de ville, on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower and at the Trocadéro.

Châteaux de Breteuil and Vaux le Vicomte

Other magical places to discover: the chateaux of Breteuil and Vaux le Vicomte. Breteuil offers readings from Perrault's tales on Sundays in a setting created for the occasion, with visits to the illuminated gardens. Vaux le Vicomte is also adorned with thousands of lights and a wealth of sparkling decorations outside as well as in. It offers carousel rides on its forecourt and organizes a show about the Hunchback of Notre Dame in its outbuildings.

Centre des Monuments Nationaux

This festive season can also be an opportunity to learn while having fun! As every year, the Centre des monuments nationaux opens the doors of major historical sites in the Ile-de-France that visitors can discover through fairytale themes with the Contes et Histoires event. You can, for example, investigate in the heart of the Domaine de Saint-Cloud to find the architect of the chateau, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the same vein, with Rêve de Monuments, you can rediscover the Conciergerie and its Gothic vaults that host a wide range of exhibitions based on the subject of dreams.

Medieval town of Provins
December 15 and 16

More traditionally, the medieval town of Provins also celebrates Christmas on 15th and 16th December. Its medieval Christmas market takes you right into the Middle ages with blacksmiths, leather craftsmen, fire eaters, stilt walkers and goblins.

Fairground Art Museum in Paris
From December 26 to January 6, from 10am to 6pm

During the Christmas season, the Music Hall seizes the Fairground Art Museum! This art previously appeared on traveling carnivals in the second half of the 19th century.

Since 1996, the Pavilions de Bercy, timeless place dedicated to daydream, home to one of the largest private collections of art and objects of Forain show from 1850 to 1930. Released showcases museum, rides and treasures of Art Forain tell the story of their past and present, controllers and works come to life in this world of illusion staged.

Musée des Arts Forains – Pavillons de Bercy
53 avenue des Terroirs de France - Paris 12ème Métro Ligne 14 Station Cour St Émilion

Games and attractions, shows every half hour - Price: 12 €, reduced: 10 €

Things to see


  • FIAC - International Contemporary Art Fair

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    From October 20, 2016 to October 23, 2016
    Every autumn, enthusiasts and collectors flock to the French capital for the International Contemporary Art Fair, one of the major events on the contemporary art scene.
  • REMBRANDT at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris

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    From September 16, 2016 to January 23, 2017
    Based around 3 Rembrandt masterpieces held at the Musée Jacquemart-André, this exhibition retraces the pivotal moments through this major Dutch artist’s career.  
  • René Magritte: The treachery of images at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

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    From September 21, 2016 to January 23, 2017
    Paris’s Centre Pompidou unveils an exhibition dedicated to René Magritte’s surrealist work, and his idea that words can be shown in images   

Point of interest

  • Rendez-vous at the Petit Palais, City of Paris’ Fine Art Museum

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    A few steps from the Champs-Elysées on avenue Winston Churchill, the Petit Palais has sat opposite the Grand Palais ever since the Exposition Universelle (International Exhibition) in 1900, a world’s fair to celebrate the achievements of the past century. It is now the City of Paris’ Fine Art Museum. 
  • Grand Palais National Galleries

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    Explore the varied collections of the Grand Palais galleries; from fine art to contemporary works, via science 
  • Rendez-vous at the Palais de la découverte


    Science changes your life at the Palais de la découverte.
  • Orsay Museum

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    Initially designed ans destined to be a central train station, Orsay has been converted into a a museum of art in the 80's.
  • Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides

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    The Army Museum illustrates the specific topics of First World War.
  • Rendez-vous to the Rodin museum in Paris

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    After a complete restoration over the past three years, the magnificent Hôtel Biron, home of the Rodin Museum in Paris since 1919, will reopen its doors to the public on 12 November 2015, the 175th birthday of the famous French sculptor.
  • Rendez-vous at the Musée Rodin, a haven of peace in the heart of Paris

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    After three years of restoration (2012-2015), the Musée Rodin invites you to discover, like never before, the complete works of one of the most famous French sculptors. 
  • The Quai Branly Museum

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    Innovative museum of non-western civilisations, the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum offers visitors a different perspective of Paris.
  • The Louvre Museum

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    A must-see museum - majestic, magnificent, magical. The biggest museum in Europe, the Louvre has not always been a wonderful museum visited by nearly 9 million visitors each year.
  • Museum of Modern Art in Paris

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    Steps from the Eiffel Tower, the Museum of Modern Art of Paris follows the trail of contemporary creation: modern art, design, video, fashion, graphic novels.
  • The Arc de Triomphe

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    Explore the Arc de Triomphe and its roof terrace for impressive views of Paris – commemorate those who have fallen in combat 
  • The Eiffel Tower

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    A look into the story behind France’s and Paris’s most emblematic monument – a must-see attraction on a Paris trip 
  • Rendez-vous in Paris

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    Paris has something for everyone in a multifaceted, magical, mythical... Paris is a multifaceted, magical, mythical & surprising city of romance. You can discover number of events here in one of the most beautiful cities of the world.
  • Opening of the Caves du Louvre

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    Articulated around five senses, go off to explore some wine in Parisian basement!
  • Rendez-vous at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris

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    At the heart of the Jardin du Luxembourg, in the 6th arrondissement in Paris, the Musée du Luxembourg is one of the most significant places of temporary exhibitions in the capital.