What's Happening in Paris This Week

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December 7-8

Open Studios in the 20th arrondissement

Artists open their studios to the public for Les Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers du Père Lachaise Associés.

Various locations in the 20th arrondissement, Paris

Through January 19

Festival of lights

Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Throughout December

Festive activities

Magical châteaux, ice skating and family fun: a comprehensive list of Paris’s Christmas events.

Various locations, Paris

Throughout December

Christmas markets

Mulled wine and gifts galore: a full list of Christmas markets in Paris.

Various locations, Paris

December 22-January 6

Fairytales for Christmas

Festive fun for all the family as classic children’s tales come to life at Noël aux Gobelins.

Mobilier National, Paris

December 26-January 6

Holiday wonderland

The nineteenth-century photobooth takes centre stage at this year’s edition of the Festival du Merveilleux.

Musée des Arts Forains, Paris

December 4-8

Horse show

Horse-lovers unite for a weekend celebrating all things equestrian at Paris Horse Show.

Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris

December 6

Star chefs at home

The best chefs in the field leave their kitchens for one night to cook for eight in your home – Paris reservations for Grand Fooding open November 25.

Various locations

Through December 6

Feminism on film

Women’s rights meet cinema at the Festival Droits des Femmes & Cinéma.

Various locations, Paris

Through March 8

World’s Fair architecture

An exhibition at the Musée Roybet Fould, Architectures Éphémères, looks at temporary buildings created for 19th-century World’s Fairs in France.

Courbevoie, île-de-France

Through January 25

Alfred Hitchcock retrospective

The master of suspense is celebrated in a two-month-long retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française.

Cinémathèque Française, Paris

Through December 24

African music and film

The Africolor cultural festival puts African music in the spotlight. Above: Afriquators, an orchestra celebrating the golden age of African music, will perform at the festival (© Peter Lippmann).

Various locations in Paris suburbs

Through December 8

Engraving festival

Engravers from around the world gather for the nineteenth Biennale Internationale de la Gravure.

Sarcelles, France

Through December 21

Experimental audiovisuals

Vidéobox welcomes Fresnoy, an internationally recognized incubator for emerging, innovative artists in the audiovisual field.

Carreau du Temple, Paris

Through December 31

Cultures of the world onstage

Music, dance, theater and ritual performances from around the world at the Festival de l’Imaginaire.

Various locations, Paris

Through February 9

Art of tomorrow, today

Performances and installations using new technology are on show at the Biennale Némo.

Various locations, Île-de-France

Through December 31

Contemporary arts festival

The Festival d’Automne presents leading talents in art, dance, film, theater and more from around the world.

Various venues, Paris & Île de France

December 6

French film with English subtitles

Lost In Frenchlation presents Hors Normes (The Specials), directed by Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache.

Studio 28, Paris