To Be In Paris For The Holidays – An Even Better Idea

"Paris is always a good idea," Audrey Hepburn famously said. That's so true, and we think Paris is an even better idea during the holidays. Parisians genuinely know how to celebrate, and that's never more clear than at Christmas time, around New Years, on Bastille Day of course, and even on Valentine's Day.

The whole city seems to participate, and there's a sense of… well, celebration in the air. During the holidays — any holiday — is a great time to be in Paris. Let's explore some of those special times of year when Parisians celebrate life, even more than usual!


Popular Day Trips from Paris

A Day in the Champagne Region, with Hotel Pick-up & Lunch
A small-group tour led by an expert guide to the Land of Champagne for a day-long tasting of the bubbly. Inclues lunch & pick-up at your Paris hotel.
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Visit the Chateaux of the Loire Valley and Taste the Region's Wines
Visit the magical castles of the Loire Valley in a day that also features a guided tasting of the best regional wines. Includes Paris hotel pick-up.
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Christmas in Paris

Christmas in Paris

The biggest holiday of the year is Christmas and, in fact, all of December leading up to it. The shops are aglow with fantastic window displays. Food stores are bursting with stacks and stacks of seasonal specialities like oysters and foie gras and bouches noels.

In the streets, which are also lit up with colorful displays, people are rushing about, but with smiles on their faces. And there's a lot to do during Christmas in Paris. We share our favorite activities, point you to the traditional Christmas markets, and tell you how you can listen to Christmas concerts in historic churches.

New Years in Paris

New Years in Paris

New Year's Eve, or La Réveillon de Saint Sylvestre as it's known in France, is a fabulous night in the City of Light and we try to be in Paris for it every year. There are tons of special dinners at all the restaurants as well as celebration dinner cruises on the Seine.

It's a very good night to take in a stunning show at one of the cabarets the city is so famous for — like Lido de Paris, Paradis Latin, and of course Moulin Rouge. In addition, there are a surprising number of classical music concerts that evening as well. Check our guide and start your planning!


The Highest-Rated Paris Activities

The Food & Wine of the Marais
Starting at the oldest food market in the city, follow your expert guide through the historic Marais neighborhood to visit the top food & wine shops, tasting the best of French food.
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VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
This romantic, VIP dinner cruise is the #1 nighttime activity. Be sure to choose the Service Privilege option for the best seating, the most champagne, the best meal, and the ultimate experience.
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Easter in Paris

Easter in Paris

Stroll along the food shopping streets of Paris as Easter approaches and stop to marvel at the amazing displays in the chocolate shops. Parisians have turned Easter into another fabulous food holiday, and it's great to be a part of it. It's also a time when church bells will be ringing and children will be participating in Easter Egg hunts.

It's a big celebration of spring and faith and a great time to get out on the river for a cruise, or head out to Versailles fo the day. We'll tell you all about the most fun things to do, Easter concerts, and church services.

Bastille Day Celebrations

Bastille Day Celebrations

It's called Le Quatorze Juillet and La Fête Nationale and it's the festive celebration of the storming of the Bastille, the beginning of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789.

Everyone has the day off and store and services are closed so toute la monde can enjoy the parade along Champs Elysées, the huge free concert, and the amazing fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower in the evening. We have the complete list of the festivities, the history of the day, and even tell you about the Fireman's Ball!


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Plan a Romantic Valentines Day in Paris

Valentines Day in Paris

It's the City of Romance, after all, and Paris is never more romantic than on February 14. Le ville is filled with flowers, chocolates, and champagne — and that's everyday, not just on Valentines Day!

To help you plan your romantic February visit, we've collected sixteen of the best things to do in Paris with that special someone.

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