The Top 50 Events & Activities In Paris For November 2015

Things to do in Paris November 2015. The days are shorter and, even though there's a tinge of winter in the air, Paris events in November are gathering steam. For starters, November is the official Month of Photography in Paris with forty exhibits to choose from throughout the city. The hub of the activity is in the Marais at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.

There are some don't-miss classical music concerts at La Sainte Chapelle and the brand new Philharmonie de Paris in Parc Villette. There are also powerful opera & ballet performances at Palais Garnier and at the spectacular Opera Bastille. Tickets are selling fast for both these classic events so book now before they're all gone!. And finally, for our readers Paris Pass is offering an exclusive 10% discount when you use Paris Insiders Exclusive Code: INSIDERGUIDE. It's a great way to save money and avoid standing in ticket lines.

Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in Paris November 2015

Paris Perfume Workshop – NEW!

Paris Perfume Workshop

While in France, the country that practically invented the art of the scent, why not join a perfume workshop to learn about its history — and even how to make your own! After learning the ABCs of perfume including the characteristics of distinct families of scents you dive in to make your own unique perfume to take home. The workshop is led by an expert who teaches at the school of Perfumery in Versailles. How cool is that?
Paris Perfume WorkshopInformation & Booking

Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise

A Tower. A River. A Cabaret.

Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise

Combine three elements for the best of Paris nightlife. Dinner on the Eiffel Tower, a Seine River cruise and a show at the legendary Moulin Rouge. Admire the views of the Seine while dining high above at restaurant Eiffel 58, then head to the river for an illuminations cruise. End the evening at Moulin Rouge for champagne and the hit cabaret, Feeire. The best part — all the details are taken care of. Remember, you're on holiday!
Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise Booking

Movie Tour of Montmartre – NEW!

Woody Allen. Nicole Kidman. Amelie.

Movie Tour of Montmartre

"Discovered Montmartre like I never have before…Tour guide was brilliant!"

Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge, Audrey Tatou in Amelie. All these blockbuster movies have one thing in common — they were shot on location in the iconic Paris neighborhood of Montmartre. On this tour you learn why so many directors have chosen this historic pocket of Paris as their backdrop. Stroll down cobblestone streets past churches, shops and compact apartment buildings to see the "reel" locations of the movies we all love.
Movie Tour of MontmartreMore Information & Booking

Paris Romance Tour

Champagne. Chocolates. A Private Limousine.

Paris Romance Tour

These are the 3 magic ingredients you need to treat your loved one to a private tour of the world's most romantic city. Relax, sip champagne, nibble on fine chocolates from Fauchon and enjoy the views as your private chauffeur takes you on a magical nighttime ride through the best of Paris in a stretch limousine. Champs-Elysées, Notre-Dame, the Louvre, Palais Garnier, Place Vendôme and Place de la Concorde. Then, as the grande finale, the limo will stop at the Eiffel Tower where you'll drink in the views.
Paris Romance TourInformation & Booking

Walking Tour + Skip the Line at Notre Dame

Walking Tour + Skip the Line at Notre Dame

It's an Insiders Secret to save time by skipping the long lines on guided tours. This one is the perfect introduction to the original center of Paris — the historic Île de la Cité. Not only will you marvel at the ancient sites so important to the city's history, but there's also a guided tour of the interior of the famous cathedral. To top it off (so to speak) you also get a skip-the-line visit to the Notre Dame bell towers, complete with gargoyles!
Walking Tour + Skip the Line at Notre Dame Bell TowersInfo & Booking

A Parisian Night on the Town

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A Night on the Town

In the city world famous for its nightlife you really want to get a taste of the full Paris evening experience. How about fabulous dinner, perhaps with a wine tasting, perhaps followed by a jazz club and maybe even a night tour combined topped off by a cabaret in Montmartre. These mix-and-match ideas come from our Paris Concierge, so you know they're going to be a great evening!
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Skip the Line at the Louvre Museum

A Paris Insiders Guide Recommendation

Skip the Line at the Louvre Museum

60,000 square feet, 35,000 pieces of artwork tracing the history of mankind since 450 BC. Do you really want to wait in line and then wander around till you're lost? Instead, join a fascinating walking tour that gets you inside with skip-the-line fast access tickets, then experience a guided tour of the highlights of the world's most popular museum — Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace and other influential pieces.

Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Tour + River Cruise

Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Tour + River Cruise

The Eiffel Tower is another place where you want to try to avoid the long lineups. That's where this two-in-one activity comes in handy. At the Tower, your guide whisks you past the ticket lines and up to the second level viewing platform. Your ticket also includes access to the very tippy-top. Afterwards, it's a short stroll to the banks of the Seine where you board your bateau for a one-hour cruise along the river. You have better things to do in Paris than to stand in line!
Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Tour + River CruiseInformation & Booking

Airport Transfers

Airport Transfer

Of all the advice we give about Paris travel, this is often the most appreciated. Arrange for your transportation from the airport into central Paris before you leave home. Then, when you get to Paris tired from jet travel, you'll avoid that certain "arrival stress". Many readers like to book this shuttle van service right to their hotel.
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That's a good tip, but here's our very best advice. The Insiders Secret way to get from the airport is to arrange for transfer in a private, luxurious Mercedes S-Class. If you're like us, you'll appreciate the extra comfort of a private ride after the long flight. We highly recommend our Paris pal and professional driver, Manu, to meet us at the arrivals gate and whisk you into the city!
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Fave Day Trips From Paris

Things to Do in Paris November 2015

Best of Versailles with Skip-the-Line Access

Versailles Guided Tours

Instead of worrying about trains, brochures and guide books, why not go the "royal route"? From your hotel, your driver/guide takes you to the royal estate. There, you use your priority tickets to a skip the lines and head directly into this most grand of chateaux. The guided tour includes the Hall of Mirrors, the state apartments, and royal chambers. Then stroll through the equally-stunning gardens until lunch (included) on the Grand Canal. Later there's time to visit Marie Antoinette's fantasy village farm and the Grand Trianon.
Best of Versailles with Skip-the-Line AccessComplete Information & Booking

Helicopter Tour to Versailles – NEW!

Book before December 31 and save 40%

Helicopter Tour to Versailles

To really feel like royalty opt for this memorable helicopter ride out to Versailles. Soar over Paris and the grounds of Versailles to take in the incredible view, then land for a glass of bubbly, a few photos and a brief history of the chateau. On the return flight get a bird’s-eye view of the best of Paris — Trocadero, Montparnasse, La Defense and the Eiffel Tower. Take to the skies on either a morning, afternoon or evening private Paris helicopter tour.
Helicopter Tour to VersaillesInformation & Booking

Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Region

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Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Regio

Pop! That's one of our favorite sounds and it can only be made by opening a bottle of real champagne. Only an hour from Paris, you can visit the Grand Maisons de Champagne to hear plenty of popping! Your private driver picks you up at your Paris address and whisks you off to Epernay and Reims, through rolling hills and world-class vineyards. You can taste the Grands Crus as well as bubbly from small family producers.
Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne RegionDetails & Booking

Visit the Chateaux of the Loire Valley

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

Chateaux of the Loire Valley Day Tour

Perhaps the most famous area of France outside of Paris is the Loire Valley with its magnificent castles. The best way to visit this Valley of 1000 Castles is on a tour with an expert guide — an easy day trip from Paris. You are guided through three of the most spectacular chateaux in the region — Chateau Amboise, Chateau Chenonceau and the amazing Chateau Chambord.
Chateaux of the Loire ValleyComplete Details

D-Day Tour – Remembering WWII

D-Day Tour

Although it took the Allied Forces 70 days to get from the shore to liberate Paris, it will only take you a few hours to get from Paris to the historic D-Day beaches of Normandy. Perhaps the most important battle site of World War II, the landing beaches still evoke powerful memories and emotions. Visit the most important sites on a day trip from Paris that returns you to Paris the same day.
Historic D-Day TourComplete Information

Essential Day Trips from Paris

Trips from Paris

For VIPs & the Adventurous — Private Day Trips from Paris

We've only had room for a few of the most popular day trips from Paris. There are so many things to see from Paris just outside the city gates that we've written about them in many articles. So, to read our reviews and recommendations on even more day trips, click on the link below.
Essential Day Trips from ParisOur Recommendations

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Paris Pass Discounts

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Classical Music, Opera & Ballet

Things to Do in Paris November 2015

Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle + Champagne

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

La Sainte Chapelle

See the restored and sparkling rose stained-glass wall (it took 7 years and cost €9.5 million). The entire glass wall was dismantled piece by piece and cleaned with lasers. Experience favorite classical works performed by talented solists and ensembles in this spectacular example of French Gothic architecture. To enjoy a glass of champagne before or after the concert at a local brasserie, choose "VIP + Champagne" or "A + Champagne" when booking.
Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle in November 2015The Complete List

Concerts at La Madeleine

Concerts at La Madeleine

Experience classical music in this famous Parisian neo-classical church. Outside, Église de la Madeleine features 52 Corinthian columns, each 20 meters high. Inside, there's the historic pipe organ, built in 1846 and still used today for concerts today.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons – November 1, 9, 13, 14 – Information & Tickets
Mozart's Requiem – November 28 – Information & Tickets
Église de la MadeleineComplete List of Concerts, November 2105

Concerts at Saint-Ephrem

Set in the heart of the city in the Latin Quarter, Saint-Ephrem garners postive reviews as an ideal venue for classical music. Located near the Sorbonne, the church is classified as a historic building — monument historique.

Other Recommended Classical Music Concerts

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker – Paris Ballet

Paris Ballet

Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker has been a leading figure in modern dance with her influence extending as far as Beyoncé! Here's your chance to see a compilation of de Keersmaeker best works covering a decade from 1986 to 1995. See her compelling modern dance performed with music by classical composers — Schonberg, Bartok & Beethoven.
• Palais Garnier – October 22 to November 8
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Nureyev's La Bayadère – Paris Ballet

Paris Ballet

Once upon a time there was a French choreographer named Marius Pepita who churned out hits for the Kirov Ballet like Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake. In 1877 he also produced La Bayadère, an exotic ballet set in mythical India. Although popular, the ballet remained unknown outside Russia until 1961 when a young Rudolf Nureyev stunned Paris audiences with his performance. Then, in the last year of his life, Nureyev produced a new version of the work in Paris. Here's your chance to see his masterwork!
• Palais Garnier – November 17 to December 31
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L'Elisir d'Amore – Paris Opera

This Italian classic two-act opera was first performed in Milan in 1832. Written by Donizetti, it it one of his most often performed libretto. Why? We guess it's because everyone loves comedy. This melodramma giocoso (comic opera) follows the tale of a poor peasant Nemorino, in love with a beautiful landowner Adina, who torments him with her indifference.

Moses und Aron – Paris Opera

Paris Opera

This 3-act opera was written by Arnold Schöneberg, the Jewish composer who rose to fame with his Book of Exodus. Although he converted to Protestantism, Schöneberg eventually returned to his Jewish roots. This philosophic opera centers on the two brothers, Moses and Aaron, one representing radicalism and the other compromise. Performed in German, with English and French surtitles.
• Opera Bastille – November 3, 6, 9
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Le Chateau de Barbe-Bleue & La Voix Humaine

Le Chateau de Barbe-Bleue & La Voix Humaine

Composer Béla Bartók, inspired by fellow Hungarian poet Béla Balázs, wrote this one-act opera that was first performed in Budapest in 1918. Combine Bluebeard's Castle with a performance of Jean Cocteau's La Voix Humaine, a one-act lyrical libretto, and you have a stellar evening with the Paris Opera Company.
• Palais Garnier
• November 23, 29, 29. December 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.
Le Chateau de Barbe-Bleue & La Voix HumaineInformation & Tickets

Music Performances at Salle Gaveau

Salle Gaveau

Once upon a time there was a Parisian piano maker by the name of Joseph Gaveau. He did so well in business that he decided to build a 1,020-seat concert hall in 1905. The concert hall is found in the heart of Paris, in the 8th Arrondissement), and is still an active venue for classical and jazz concerts. In November 2015 there are five wonderful performances — you should try to take in at least one.

The Top Food & Wine Activities

Things to Do in Paris November 2015

Gourmet Walking Tour

Gourmet Walking Tour

There's really no place other than Paris where so much good food is crammed into such a small space. On this gourmet walking tour a experienced guide takes you to a lot of different food markets in the space of just a few hours. In the morning you explore the Latin Quarter markets and food shops, or, if you opt for the afternoon tour, you'll learn all about the foods of Montmartre.
Gourmet Walking Tour in ParisInfo & Booking

Don Juan II Gourmet Dinner Cruise

A Paris Insiders Guide Readers' Favourite

Gourmet Dinner Cruise

Drop this casually into a conversation with friends — "Oh, while we're in Paris we're going to have a three-course gourmet meal on a private yacht while cruising past the lights of the city."

Step out at night for a three-hour nighttime cruise for a special, romantic way to combine fine dining and a tour of Paris. This epicurean activity is arranged by our Paris Concierge, so you know it's going to be great.
Gourmet Dinner Cruise Inquiry Form & More Info

Wine Tasting in the Heart of Paris

Wine Tasting

Under the guidance of a professional French sommelier (who speaks English) spend a fun afternoon in an informal wine tasting. This covers a lot of wine territory an hour or two, covering the important wines and regions of France. There's an extensive flight of wines — from Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone.
Wine Tasting in the Heart of ParisLearn More
Wine Tasting with Cheese & Charcuterie LunchHave Even More Fun

Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour

Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour

Paris, chocolate and pastries. Hmmm, could those be three of our favorite things? Just like our readers we love this guided walking tour concentrating on Paris dessert specialities, including desserts from the regions of France. There's plenty of sampling of course!
Chocolate & Pastry Walking TourComplete Information

Private Tours of The Paris Food Scene

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

Private Food Tours

Private food tours give you a real insight into the city's food culture and a chance to design a tour that suits your interests. Our Paris Concierge has created cooking classes, market tours, wine tastings and chocolate walks to give you and your group a hands-on gourmet experience. If want a truly special food activity in Paris, try one of these.
Private Food ToursRead All About Them

Preferred Restaurant of the Month

Our Review & Recommendation

La Régalade Conservatoire

La Regalade Conservatoire

Serving up the same classic bistro dishes that make the original La Régalade so very popular, Chef Bruno Doucet continues the tradition of giving people what they want, but this time (in his third La Régalade-themed restaurant) its in a chic modern bistro, found in the 5-star Hotel de Nell.
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The Best Events in Paris

Things to Do in Paris November 2015

Bastille Modern Art Fair

Bastille Modern Art Fair

Over 500 artists will gather for the annual Grand Marché d'Art Contemporain (modern art show). Browse the extensive art collection but don't expect art bargains, this is a serious art show. Don't worry: even if you're not an art collector, you'll enjoy the artistic atmosphere.
• Place de la Bastille 75012
• October 29 to November 2

Armistice Day, November 11

Armistice Day

Armistice Day in Paris is remembered with a military parade followed by the President of France laying wreaths during a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe.
• Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle
• November 11
• 11:00 am: wreath-laying ceremony
• 9:00 pm: Vigil Ceremony

November is Photography Month

Photography Month

La Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) and other venues throughout Paris dedicate the month to exhibiting works from around the world. The Paris International Photo Fair, the central event, is held in mid-November at the Carrousel de Louvre. It's a great time to be in Paris.
La Maison Européenne de la Photographie
MEP Website

Salon de la Photo

Salon de la Photo

Also in November is the giant trade show at the Paris Expo, out at Porte de Versailles, where you'll have a chance to see all the all the latest in international photography, equipment and other displays. It's a world photo gala!
• Paris Expo, Pavilion 4), 1 place de la Porte de Versailles 75015
• November 5 to 9

New Exhibits at the Museums

Things to Do in Paris November 2015

Who's Afraid of Women Photographers?

Women Photographers

This stellar exhibition explores the impact that women photographers made in photography from its invention in 1839 up to 1945. See rare works produced by these women in the burgeoning years of photography. The exhibit offers a rare view into works of women photographers from around the globe. Part of the exhibit is at L'Orangerie, in the Tuileries, the other part is at Musée d'Orsay.
• Ends January 24, 2016.

Splendours & Miseries – Prostitution in France (1850 –1910)

Splendours & Miseries

This is the first exhibit that focuses on the role that prostitution played in works by Manet, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Munch and other important modern painters who were fascinated by brothels and prostitutes.
• Musée d'Orsay. Ends January 2016

Pablo Picasso & the Modern Masters

Pablo Picasso & the Modern Masters

In this one-of-kind exhibit, Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and Guernica will make a rare appearance together. They are display along with works by David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Martin Kippenberger, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons. You don't want to miss the chance to see the Picassos.
• Grand Palais – Ends February 29, 2016


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