Things To Do In Paris –
December 2014

Things to do in Paris December 2014. 'Tis the season d'être joyeux. If you're lucky enough to be in Paris during the biggest month of holidays, you will be rewarded with some of the most magical events of the year. The city sparkles with a million fairy lights, and hundreds of decorated trees line boulevards throughout the city.

Christmas In Paris

You'll want to make sure to take in the Christmas decorations in front of the Grand Magasins, along Champs Élysées and on Place de la Bastille. Bundle up and visit the Christmas markets of Paris where you sample seasonal specialties, sip vin chaud (warm spiced wine) and be dazzled by the twinkling lights.

One of our favorite things to do in Paris in December is to plan a day trip to the Champagne region, where we taste stars!

This December is even more special than usual, for it's the world premier of a new musical, An American in Paris. This adaptation of the film classic will be staged at the beautiful Theatre de Châtelet, before it moves to Broadway in March. Not to be missed!

Christmas in Paris is a busy season. Concerts, dinners and special events sell out quickly at this time of year, so we recommend you book your Christmas in Paris events as early as possible.

Don't forget New Year's Eve. There's nothing more magical and memorable than spending the last evening of the year in an historic church or cathedral listening to classical music, or cruising down the river Seine admiring the city lights.


Before-You-Go December 2014 Checklist

  • Get a Paris City Pass
    Our best travel tip? A city pass. This will give you free entrance to all of the city's best museums and monuments plus unlimited rides on the Metro and buses.
    Read Our Guide toParis City Passes »
  • Second best tip: Set Up Your Paris Airport Transfer in Advance
    By private car, shuttle van, taxi, train or bus.
    Here's Our Complete GuideParis Airport Transfers »
  • Also, Book Your Activities in Advance
    Don't wait until the last minute, many activities and events fill up quickly.
    Read The GuideNight in the City of Light »

Most Popular Activities

Things to do in Paris December 2014

Champs Elysées Christmas Lights & Seine River Cruise

Christmas Lights & Seine River Cruise

Seine River Cruises: Read Our Complete Guide »

Set aside an evening for a magical Christmas night taking in the stunning seasonal lights along the Avenue Champs Elysées. Start with a Seine River Cruise to see more of the sparkling Christmas lights of Paris. After your illuminations tour, you're taken to your reserved table at a restaurant on the Champs Elysées for a wonderful dinner with wine.
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Paris, paris – Private Walking Tours

A Paris Insiders Guide favourite

Paris Paris

That's not a typo. These Insiders walking tours are named for one our fave Paris books, Paris, paris and are conducted by the author, David Downey, and his photographer wife, Allison Harris. If you read the book you'll know that David really knows Paris and talks about it in a thoroughly engaging way. And that's exactly what these private tours are like. Highly recommended.
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Christmas at Moulin Rouge

Christmas at Moulin Rouge

Dinners & Shows at Moulin Rouge: Our Complete Guide »

Take in a festive Christmas dinner and show at this icon of Montmartre. It's a special Christmas dinner of traditional French cuisine served in many courses with the best champagne. This popular event sells out early for most dates, but even faster during the holidays. So, be sure to book early!
Christmas Dinner at the Moulin Rouge Book Right Now! »

Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise

Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise

Experience the best of Paris by night. The evening starts at Restaurant 58 on the Eiffel Tower. Then take a tour to see the lights of Paris on the Seine River Cruise. The evening culminates at the number-one rated cabaret show in Europe, Moulin Rouge's show Feerie, complete with champagne. All the details have been arranged for you, just relax and enjoy yourself.
Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise More Info »

Skip-the-Lines Eiffel Tower Tours

A Paris Insiders Guide favourite

Eiffel Tower Tours

The Eiffel Tower: The Complete Guide »

Don't be left out in the cold! The wait to get up the Eiffel Tower is at least two hours long, even in December. But don't worry, we have a solution. Book a Skip-the-Lines Eiffel Tower Tour and your guide will walk you past the ticket lines and into the elevator for the tower. You've got better things to do in Paris than to stand in line!
Eiffel Tower Tours – Booking & Information »

Private Nighttime Tour + Dinner – NEW!

A Paris Insiders Guide favourite

Private Nighttime Tour

Private City Tours: Our Complete Guide »

We love to let someone else do the work and simply enjoy ourselves. So, our Paris Concierge has created a few special tours — cruise through the city in a private car for an illuminations tour, then dine at a luscious restaurant, where your table has been reserved.
Private Tour + Dining Read About All the Options »

A Parisian Night on the Town

A Paris Insiders Guide favourite

A Night on the Town

In the city world famous for its nightlife here's how to get the full Paris nighttime experience. A fabulous dinner, with a wine tasting, followed by a jazz club and a night tour combined with a cabaret in Montmartre. These mix-and-match ideas come from our Paris Concierge, so you know it's going to be a great evening! Let me think...maybe dinner on the Eiffel Tower?
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Private Airport Transfer

A Paris Insiders Secret

Airport Transfer

Airport TransfersRead Our Complete Guide »

This is our other best Insiders tip — arrange a transfer from the airport in a private car. It's easy to get tired when traveling, so it's good to have some comfort when you finally arrive. We recommend our Paris pal Manu to meet you at the arrivals gate in his Mercedes S-Class. Honestly, it's the only way to do it!
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Top Day Trips From Paris

Things to do in Paris December 2014

Private Tour of the Loire Valley Chateaux

Loire Valley Castles

Loire Valley Tours: Our Complete Reviews

Your driver picks you up at your Paris address and whisks you to Chateau Country. With your private guide you explore Château d'Amboise, Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord. In between castle visits, enjoy a three-course lunch (included) at an 18th-century inn nearby. This VIP tour includes pickup and drop-off, lunch and private guide.
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Best of Paris & Versailles Day Trip

Including Seine River Dinner Cruise

VIP Palace of Versailles Guided Visit

Versailles Tours: Our Complete Guide »

On this action-packed full-day tour, experience the best of Paris and Versailles. Tour the top Paris attractions & lunch at the Eiffel Tower. (You skip the line-ups with your priority-access ticket.) In the afternoon, you're whisked to the Palace of Versailles, and then finish your day with a sunset Seine River dinner cruise. Numbers are limited, so book well in advance.
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Spend a Day in the Legendary Champagne Region

A Day In Champagne

VIPs: Read our guide to Private Day Trips to Champagne »

A day spent in the magical kingdom of Champagne will highlight your holiday visit to Paris. Starting from your hotel your driver/guide takes you through rolling hills and world-class vineyards to Reims, capital of the Champagne region. After touring the historic city the champagne houses beckon and your sampling begins!
A Day in ChampageComplete Information & Booking »

70th Anniversary D-Day Tours

A Paris Insiders Guide favourite

D-Day Tour

Seventy years have passed since the Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, the brave action that spelled the beginning of the end of WWII. Take a day to step back in time, exploring the beaches, the monuments and the museums on a trip that returns you to Paris the same day.
D-Day Tours Complete Information »

Essential Day Trips from Paris

Trips from Paris

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These are just a few of the glorious things to be found not that far outside the gates of Paris. Our times in France are always more memorable when we take a day or two to experience the wonders of the country that are within easy reach of Paris. We've taken the time to review our favourite day trips.
Essential Day Trips from Paris Our Recommendations »

Paris Pass Discounts – Exclusive to You!

Paris Pass Discounts

Paris Pass is offering a special discount, exclusively for our readers, but only for a limited time.

The Paris Pass saves you a lot of money and time, getting you inside almost all the museums for free (and as many times as you want) and giving you unlimited rides on the Metro.

With this special offer you will save an additional 10% on all 4-day and 6-day Paris Passes. What used to be just a good deal is now a great deal. And, since the clock doesn't start ticking on the Paris Pass until you first use it, you can buy it way in advance.

Thanks to Paris Pass for making this special offer to our readers.

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Top Food & Wine Activities

Things to do in Paris December 2014

Dinner on the Seine + Cabaret at the Lido

Dinner on the Seine + Cabaret at the Lido

Start your evening at a private table on a glass-covered bateaux, enjoying a 3-course meal with wine as you take in the sights of Paris from its famous river. Your driver then whisks you over to the Avenue des Champs-Elysées to see the glittering cabaret show at the equally-glittering Lido. What we like about this is that everything is included, you are picked up at and returned your Paris address.
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Gourmet Christmas Tour of Paris

Gourmet Christmas tour of Paris

The tour begins at the Saint-Sulpice Christmas Market to sample regional specialties, vin chaud, and Christmas delicacies. Visit Paris food shops to learn about the Thirteen Desserts of Christmas. Your tour ends in a stylish Parisian tearoom, where your culinary guide will tell you more about festive French traditions.
• Every day in December, except Sundays
Gourmet Christmas TourMore Information & Booking »

Classic French Cooking & Baking

Easy Classic French Cooking

Cooking Classes in Paris: More Reviews »

Is there better place to get an introduction to French cooking than in Paris? In the popular cooking class a Paris chef guides you in creating an entire French mealentrée, plat et dessert. At the end of the tutorial, sit down and enjoy your creations. There are also other delicious courses covering croissants, brioche and desserts
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Wine Tasting in the Heart of Paris

Wine Tasting

This fun and informal wine tasting covers a lot of wine territory in an hour or two. The professional French sommeliers (who speak English) deliver an extensive tasting of wines – from Alsace, Champagne and Bordeaux, to Burgundy and the Rhone – in a charming wine cellar steps from the Louvre.
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Yachts de Paris Gourmet Dinner Cruise

Gourmet Dinner Cruise

More Food & Wine Activities: Our Complete Reviews »

Pure Paris luxury! Hop on the only luxury yacht sailing the Seine, the Don Juan II, for a three-hour cruise. Along the way you'll be seated at a private table for a gourmet meal prepared by a Michelin chef. This relaxing evening cruise combines romance, traditional French fine dining, and a tour of the City of Lights along the banks of the River Seine.
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Procrastination? Bad!

We Don't Like Having To Say We Warned You

Every month we tell readers not to wait until the last minute and every month there are some travellers who end up disappointed. Paris is a busy place, with lots of visitors interested in experiences. This is especially true in late December. So, it's important to plan in advance, and to book in advance.

Also, of course, it's way more fun and more relaxing to have some of your itinerary pre-planned. It just makes it easier to relax and enjoy the whole Paris experience.

And, if you're going to be in Paris for more than just a couple of days, opt for a comprehensive city pass. Our article comparing the Paris city passes can help.

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The Best of Paris Events

Things to do in Paris December 2014

Christmas & New Years at Disneyland Paris

Christmas & New Year at Disneyland Paris

A million lights will twinkle on Main Street USA. Disneyland Paris is transformed into a winter wonderland with garlands, decorations and wandering carollers bringing the spirit of Christmas to the Magical Kingdom. Every evening, just as the sun is setting, expect to see a glimpse of Père Noël at Sleeping Beauty's Castle. New Year's Eve will be an all-out celebration with a fireworks extravaganza.November to January
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Christmas Markets In Paris

Christmas Markets

Although the weather can be chilly, if you bundle up just a little you'll be able to walk all over Paris and take in the seasonal lights, decorations, markets and food shops brimming with holiday delights. If you only make it to one Noël market, make it the Champs-Elysées Christmas Market. It's the largest, stretching from from Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. Or, shop these Christmas markets in the City of Noël

  • Trocadero Christmas Market and Ice Rink, 16th Arrondissement
  • Saint-Sulpice, 6th Arrondissement
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 6th Arrondissement
  • Place de la Nation, 11th Arrondissement
  • Place des Abbesses in Montmartre, 18th Arrondissement
  • Gare de l'Est, 10th Arrondissement

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Paris is pretty darned special with its Christmas lights. Parisians generally prefer an elegant, understated light display to tiers upon tiers of twinkles. The Paris Noël light shows includes the clever and beautiful window dressings at the Grand Magasins, the big department stores. Most years our favorites are the displays at the Bon Marché, the luxe department store on the Left Bank.

  • Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Boulevard Haussmann, 9th Arrondissement
  • Le Bon Marché, on the border of the 6th and 7th Arrondissements
  • Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, 8th
  • Place Vendôme, 1st
  • Notre Dame, Île de la Cité, 4th

The Best of Classical Music

Things to do in Paris December 2014

Christmas Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle

A Paris Insiders Guide favourite

La Sainte Chapelle

Be dazzled with Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Albinoni's Adagio, Corelli's La Folia in the contemplative setting of La Sainte Chapelle. The Les Solistes Français will perform along with other top classical musicians.
• December 19 to 29
Book Tickets In Advance To Ensure Your VIP Seats »

The acoustically-perfect Saint Chapelle is our favourite venue in Paris for classical music. Don't miss it!
Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle in DecemberA Complete List »

An American in Paris: The Musical – World Premiere!

An American in Paris

This new stage adaptation from the 1951 film classic starring Gene Kelly will premiere in Paris at the charming Theatre du Châtelet before heading to Broadway in March. Here's your chance to see this classic story of a young American man trying to make a name for himself in Paris at the end of World War II.
• Many dates in December and January
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The Nutcracker – Paris Opera Ballet

The Nutcracker

Imagine seeing this holiday classic ballet performed in Paris at the Opera Bastille! Tickets are they are limited, so you must book now if you don't to miss the dreamlike whirling of dancing sugar plums, snowflakes and fairies. Music by Peter Tchaikovsky and original choreography by Rudolf Nureyev.
• Opéra Bastille
• December 8, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22
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Music at La Madeleine

La Madeleine

Mozart's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, The Four Seasons, and works by Vivaldi, Schubert and Albinoni are featured at various concerts in December at the Greek temple cum church in the center of Paris, Eglise de la Madeleine.
• December 6, 28, 29, 31; January 01, 02, 03, 04
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New Year's Concert at La Sainte Chapelle

New Year's Concert at La Sainte Chapelle

Enjoy the last few evenings of the year…in Paris…in a classical church…listening to music by Johann Strauss and Mozart. Les Solistes Francais orchestra and solist Paul Rouger will make it a memorable night in the City of Music. If we haven't mentioned it already, La Sainte Chapelle is our readers's favourite music venue in Paris.
• December 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
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What's New at the Museums

Things to do in Paris December 2014

The Mayans, 3000 years of Civilization

The Mayans

Guided by the stars, the mysterious civilizations of the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans flourished for more than 3,000 years. These ancient cultures advanced the knowledge of art, mathematics, astronomy and even architecture. Quai Branly has put together the biggest exhibition ever dedicated to this Mayans.
• Quai Branly. Ends February 8.
Website »
• Entrance to the museum is free with The Paris Museum Pass »

Rhodes: A Greek Island and Gateway to the East


Discover the exceptional riches of Rhodian archeology from the Bronze Age to the Archaid period including clues to the Colossus — one of the Seven Wonders of the World. See unique gold and silver works, collected during extensive periods of excavations by French, Danish, British and Greek archaeologists.
• The Louvre. Ends February 10.
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