Paris Update Events 01.12.21

Links to events happening this week in Paris

Throughout December

Christmas markets

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

Various locations, 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

December 2-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 4-5

Charity sale

Nearly 100 creators come together to sell clothes, decorations and more in aid of Prométhée Humaine, a charity supporting street children in Madagascar, Senegal and Haiti.

Métro Filles de Calvaire, Paris

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

December 9-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 8

Camille Claudel

The pioneering 19th-century sculptor is celebrated at the Musée de Rodin on her birthday with guided tours and conferences.

Musée de Rodin, 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. Above: “The Secret of the Ferns” (2021) © Anselm Kiefer, Photo: Georges Poncet.

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

December 3-6

Gourmet food fair

Just in time for Christmas, the Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands brings together 300 gourmet food producers from the regions of France.

Espace Champerret, Paris

December 3-4

Wine fair

The Grand Tasting features both big-name wineries and up-and-coming ones, along with master classes and food-and-wine pairing workshops.

Carrousel du Louvre, Paris

December 2-5

Independent winemakers’ fair

French winemakers bring their vintages to Paris for the 40th annual Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants.

Porte de Versailles, 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

December 3-4

English-language book sale

SOS Help is back with a classic “Bag of Books” Sale: pay €15 to enter and take as many books as you want. Proceeds benefit the English-language SOS Helpline.

Bill and Rosa’s Book Room, Boulogne-Billancourt

Through December 1

Local photography

Photography takes centre stage at the Rencontres Photographiques du 10e. 

Various locations, Paris 10

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 3

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Les Magnétiques, directed by Vincent Maël Cardona, followed by a Q&A with the two lead actors and the sound director.

L’Entrepôt, Paris


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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