What's Happening in Paris This Week

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December 11-21

Affordable Gifts by Artists

Special sale of original and reasonably priced holiday gifts created by a group of Paris artists associated with the Cinémorphe immersive theater collective. Open 4pm-9pm. Closed December 13-14. Above: drawing by Macdara Smith.

10, rue Bichat, 75010 Paris

Throughout December

Christmas markets

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

Various locations, Paris

December 12

Santa Dash

Thousands of people in Santa costumes take to the streets of Issy-les-Moulineaux for the 44th edition of the Corrida de Noël, a 10K run.

Issy-les-Moulineaux, Île-de-France

December 11-22

Culture in the 12th arrondissement

Festival 12×12 showcases the best sculpture, photography, dance, music and theater of the 12th arrondissement.

Various locations, 12th arrondissement of Paris

Through January 5

Elizabeth Taylor retrospective

The iconic American actress’s career is explored through screenings of her films. Photo: La Cinémathèque Française.

La Cinémathèque Française, Paris

Through January 30

Evolution in lights

L’Évolution en Voie d’Illumination: this year’s Jardin de Plantes festive illuminations will focus on the process of evolution.

Jardin de Plantes, Paris

Through January 2

More illuminations

A number of light installations will light up the Parc de la Villette during the festive season. A lantern parade will take place on December 4.

Parc de la Villette, Paris

Through January 2

Fabulous lights

The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte will be decorated with lights inspired by animals from fables for Vaux-le-Vicomte en Lumières. 

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Île-de-France

December 26-January 2

Holiday wonderland

The Festival du Merveilleux returns, celebrating all things fairground.

Musée des Arts Forains, Paris

Throughout December

Festive activities

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

Various locations, Paris

Through January 8

Student art show

Students at Beaux-Arts de Paris present original work during Le Théâtre des Expositions.

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris

December 17-January 11

Anselm Kiefer

The renowned German artist presents “Pour Paul Celan,” an exhibition about European collective memory that incorporates the poetry of Romanian poet Paul Celan.

Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris

Through December 18

Looking forward

GESTE Paris 2021, an art exhibition/conference will include meetings with artists and installations on the theme of imagining the future. Make an appointment on the website.

10 Rue Croix des Petits Champs, Paris

Through January 1

The Music of Cole Porter

The show “Cole Porter in Paris” celebrates the music of one of the best-known American ex-pats in Paris during the Roaring Twenties.

Thêatre de Châtelet, Paris

Through December 22

African music and film

The Africolor cultural festival puts African music in the spotlight.

Various venues, Paris suburbs

Through January 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

Through January 16

Fashion meets film

Some of cinema’s most iconic costumes along with the films in which they appeared will be on show at the Cinémathèque, selected by a legend of haute couture for Cinémode Par Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Cinémathèque Française, Paris

December 9

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents A Good Man, directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar.

Luminor Hôtel de Ville, Paris

Ongoing

Save the Musée de l’Éventail

A crowdfunding campaign is underway to help save the Musée de l’Éventail, Paris’s museum of fans and fan-making.

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