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What to do at Christmas in Paris: entertainment, restaurants and exhibitions for the 2021 holidays


Between the illuminations, the windows of the department stores, the exhibitions or the restaurants transformed into chalets, here is something to enjoy the joy of the holidays with the family!

The capital puts on its festive clothes.

The opportunity for department stores to unveil their magical windows with, this year, the big return of those of La Samaritaine, while skaters will be able to dance to the sound of Disney at Galeries Lafayette.

Fans of ski resorts will take advantage of the holidays to reconnect with raclette, lovers of Paris can dine in front of the Eiffel Tower.

And to close this special year, La Villette is draped in lights, commensurate with its vegetation and its unique architecture, while gigantic animal statues illuminated at nightfall take over the Jardin des Plantes.

Happy Holidays !

An illuminated garden, to marvel

Gigantic animal statues, illuminated at nightfall, take over the Jardin des Plantes.

Jardin des Plantes / Photo press

Their scales, feathers or sharp claws shine in the night.

Dimetrodons, tyrannosaurs, chalicotherium and other creatures with unpronounceable names illuminate the

Jardin des Plantes


The fruit of the research and reconstruction work of the Muséum's paleontologists, more than a hundred original light structures represent the astonishing species that have populated the Earth over the past 600 million years.

We marvel as much as we learn.

From € 12 to € 15.

Until January 30, 2022.

Evolution in the process of illumination, Jardin des Plantes

, 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris.


: 01 40 79 56 00.

A roller dance floor, for Disney fans

For Christmas, the Galeries Lafayette turns into a giant rollerblading track.

An atmosphere to the sound of the great classics of Disney +.

Illustration / Galeries Lafayette

Skating to the sound of

This blue dream

, zigzagging to the rhythm of

It takes little to be happy

and twirl on the notes of

Libérée, delivered

… Until December 23, the fourth floor of Galeries Lafayette hosts a roller dance track for skating on the greatest songs of the great Disney classics, while iconic characters from Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars come to life in shop windows.


Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, 40 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris.


: 01 42 82 34 56.

A hotel, to make the most of Christmas

Located in an elegant Haussmannian building, the hotel is just 500 meters from the Opéra Garnier and the Galeries Lafayette.

M Social Hotel / Photo press

What if the ideal base in Paris for the holidays was in the 9th arrondissement?

New establishment open this summer, the

M Social Hotel Paris Opera

is just a few steps from the department stores (enough to admire the Christmas windows).

163 welcoming rooms with contemporary design to discover all that the capital has to offer, from the Louvre to the Sacré-Coeur, via the Champs-Élysées or the Moulin Rouge.

From € 210 per night per room with breakfast.

M Social Hotel Paris Opera, 12 bd Haussmann, 75009 Paris.


: 01 49 49 16 00.

A poetic journey, for a night stroll

At La Villette, the


of the 1024 architecture tandem.

Parc de La Villette / Photo press

Three installations will illuminate the nights of

Parc de la Villette

for an immersive and magical experience.

The first,

From the light Flow

, signed by the group F, declines the marvelous, connected to the electronic and delicate landscapes of Scott Gibbons.

Along the Canal Saint-Martin, bluish flashes with the


of the 1024 architecture tandem, and in the park, the achievements form delicate electronic landscapes, like these luminescent circles, the work of Lélia Demoisy, which evoke the plant world.


Until January 2, 2022.

Lights !, La Villette

, 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris.


: 01 40 03 75 75.

A gourmet tea, for comfort

During the end of the year celebrations, the Hôtel de l'Abbaye, the best-kept setting in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, offers a Christmas tea-time.

Hôtel de l'Abbaye / Press photo

An intimate establishment with 44 rooms, the

hotel de l'Abbaye

is a historic address in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Its cozy lounge with fireplace and glass roof is hosting a Christmas tea-time this year.

Mini-brownies, gingerbread,



carrot cake are drizzled

with a cup of Mariage Frères tea or a glass of champagne.

Like at home, or almost!

From € 25, € 37 with a glass of champagne.

Christmas tea time at the Hôtel de l'Abbaye, 10 rue Cassette, 75006 Paris.


: 01 45 44 38 11. Until March 2022.

A mountain evening, to get together as a tribe

Built in 1911, the Terrass '' Hotel has been one of the key places of Montmartre for more than a century.

Terrass '' Hotel / Photo press

In the heart of Montmartre,

Terrass '' Hotel

has been transformed into an altitude refuge.

Mountain atmosphere, fir trees, raclette with friends in a chalet that can be privatized (

package of € 600 for 2 to 10 people with unique menu including raclette with a glass of wine)

, comfortable seats in (fake) animal skins, hot wine bar and cider , cozy plaids, hot dog with mountain sausage or even croziflette… Until February 24, 2022, everything has been designed to transport Parisians to the top of the peaks.

Terrass '' Hotel, 12-14 rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris.

Reservations for Thursday raclette evenings and for the privatization of the chalet by email or by phone on 01 44 92 34 18.

A calendar, for a giant Advent

The giant Advent calendar of the Samaritan woman promises you surprises to discover until December 24.

Every day a number is revealed in the calendar and a surprise for each day before Christmas.

Stephane sby balmy

For her first Christmas, the


invites you to experience an enchanted break in her French winter garden.

Between the windows of the Pont-Neuf in the rue de Rivoli, the choreographed & sung animations and the thousands of gift ideas, every day (at 12:24), the Crieur de la Samaritaine unveils a new box of an Advent calendar giant and the surprise it hides.

There are gifts to be won, many experiences to live and special attentions imagined for the occasion.


Samaritaine, 9 rue de la Monnaie, 75001 Paris.


: 01 88 88 60 00.

A magical show, to spoil young and old

La Féerie des Eaux, the magnificent Christmas spectacle of the Grand Rex, returns from November 27, 2021 to January 2, 2022 with the film

Tous en Scène 2.

Press photo

Want to impress your toddlers?

Here are two surprises for the price of one.

On the stage of the Great Hall of the

Grand Rex

, a pool installed at the back of the stage projects 1,200 water jets over 15 meters high with music and light effects.

The Christmas show will precede the screening of the animated film

Tous en scene 2 this year


From 11 to 15 €.

Until January 2, 2022.

Le Grand Rex, 1 bd Poissonnière, 75002 Paris.




, for a world tour of Christmas meals

It's the return of the traditional Food Market Christmas market!

The holidays are coming and our desires for raclette, mulled wine and chocolate with it.

Press illustration / Food Market

On a diet, go your way!


Food Market

, a monthly rendezvous on Boulevard de Belleville well known to gourmets, is back with a special edition for the holidays.

Among other festivities, we will taste a


, a Danish holiday meal revisited as a burger, poutines embellished with duck confit or even Appie ciders in a hot version.

And, as a bonus, no dish exceeds 10 euros.

Free entry.

The Food Market Christmas market.

Thursday, December 9, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Boulevard de Belleville.

Festive workshops, to learn how to use your ten fingers

The Father Christmas workshop is installed on the roof of the Hotel Fouquet's Paris and welcomes you there for original activities.

Barrier / Photo press

Try out embroidery, introduce your offspring to pastry making or discover the art of cocktails alongside the hotel's head barman (and Meilleur Ouvrier de France) Stéphane Ginouvès.

All December, the

hotel Barrière Le Fouquet's Paris

organizes workshops on its roof, the ideal pretext for a winter afternoon with the family where children will be invited to create a personalized treat, with a different recipe for each session.

Gourmets can extend the evening at the Joy restaurant, installed on the roof for the occasion and revamped into a "fairy garden".

From € 59 / child (from 8 years old) and € 79 / adult.

Fouquet's Paris Christmas Workshops.

Until December 22.

A table to admire the Eiffel Tower

Located on the Bateaux-Mouches rooftop, near Place de l'Alma, Mademoiselle Mouche will welcome its first customers from December 9.

Mademoiselle Mouche / Press photo

Mademoiselle Mouche

, the rooftop of the Bateaux-Mouches company, now offers a restaurant open in winter, perfect for a Christmas in Paris!

The bohemian chic vegetal decoration of this transparent dome is signed Luc Deschamps.

Most ?

The breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower.

On the plate: lobster pasta, twisted burger, matured Galician prime rib ... The menu has a few surprises in store such as totally regressive churros or the cookie and its CBD ice cream ... 50 € for the restaurant, 13 to 15 € for cocktails.

Mademoiselle Mouche, Port de la Conférence, Pont de l'Alma.

75008 Paris.

Opening on December 9.

Brunch in your room, to avoid a hangover

The hotel, nestled in the Trocadéro district, offers various offers to brighten up this festive season and feast.

Hilton / Photo press

Opened in May 2021 in the very chic 16th arrondissement, the

Canopy by Hilton Paris Trocadéro

is the first of its kind in France and the thirtieth in the world.

A new lifestyle brand that offers its guests the opportunity to take full advantage of Paris for the end-of-year celebrations, in particular with offers for Christmas or New Year's Eve dinner.

On January 1st in the morning, the hotel will concoct a “Hangover” brunch served in your room and made up of fresh, seasonal winter products… but also champagne and Valrhona chocolates.

Enough to start the year in style.

“Hangover Brunch”, package from € 477 including one night with breakfast included.

Canopy by Hilton Paris Trocadéro, 16 av.

d'Eylau, 75116 Paris.


: 01 45 50 50 70.

A few sculls from Paris, for a raclette in the cable car

In Asnières, the restaurant Le Splash becomes, for one season, Chez Monix, a mountain winter restaurant.

Press photo

Throughout the winter, the Splash bistro, located on the banks of the Seine in Asnières, is transformed into an alpine resort.


to Monix!

Raclette, fondue, stewed or grilled dishes on the barbecue… Enough to keep your body warm, all in an Alpine chalet.

And for more privacy, we prefer lunch or dinner in one of the 22 cable cars.

The decor, particularly neat, reproduces the magic of a mountain village.

All that's missing is real snow.

Chez Monix at Splash, port Van Gogh, 92600 Asnières-sur-Seine.


: 01 47 98 30 45.

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