Paris Update Events 18.12.2023

Links to events happening this week in Paris

December 21

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Je Ne Suis Pas un Heros, directed by Rudy Milstein.

L’Arlequin, Paris

Through December 21

Contemporary arts festival

The Festival d’Automne presents leading international talents in art, dance, film, theater and more.

Various venues, Paris & Île de France

November 18-December 24

African music and film

The Africolor cultural festival puts African music in the spotlight.

Various venues, Paris suburbs

December 29

Costume ball

The Hôtel de la Marine puts on a costume ball, with a free performance in the courtyard. Visitors with tickets can participate in dances in the ballroom.

Hôtel de la Marine, Paris

Through December 31

Hollywood’s Comic Heyday

Twenty-five of Hollywood’s most brilliant comedies, from The Lady Eve to To Be or Not To Be, will be screened during this retrospective. Pictured above: Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve.

La Cinémathèque Française, Paris

Through December 31

Free outdoor concerts

Free music in the bandstands of Paris’s parks and gardens for Kiosques en Fête.

Various locations, Paris

Throughout December

Festive activities

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

Various locations, Paris

December 20-January 4

King of blockbusters

The David Lean retrospective will feature such blockbusters as Dr. Zhivago, The Bridge On the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia, as well as more intimate films like Brief Encounter.

La Cinémathèque Française, Paris

December 27-January 7

Holiday wonderland

The Festival du Merveilleux returns with a fabulous celebration of all things fairground.

Musée des Arts Forains, Paris

Through January 8

Holiday markets

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

Various locations, Paris

Through January 10

The lights go on

A list of all the holiday illuminations in Paris.

Various locations, Paris

Through January 14

Art in theater

The works of 50 artists fill the Bernard Jordan gallery space in the Théâtre du Rond-Point’s O. Bookstore for the exhibition “Le Bal du Rond-point.”

Théâtre du Rond-Point, Paris

Through January 21

Dalí illuminated

Paintings by Salvador Dalí are transformed for the immersive light installation L’Art dans la Nature in the Parc de la Villette.

Parc de la Villette, Paris

Through January 21

Illuminated jungle

Jungle en Voie d’Illumination: this year’s festive illuminations in the Jardin de Plantes light up the world of the jungle. Pictured above: a chameleon.

Jardin de Plantes, Paris

January 18-February 18

Timely contemporary art

The Festival Hors Piste returns with artworks and events on the theme “The Rules of Sport.”

Centre Pompidou, Paris

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