December 6, 2016
It’s that time of year again, when Paris seem to hold an extra dose of magic. Aside from ice skating en plein air and strolling the Christmas markets along the Champs-Élysées and Boulevard St Germain, here are some of our favorite happenings this month.
Shakespeare & Company book store is a go-to for Anglophone Parisians and visitors alike, but their speaker series offers a supplementary reason to head to Seine-side shop. On December 8th, authors Elaine Sciolino & John Baxter discuss the merits of two iconic Parisian areas, also the subjects of their recent books: rue des Martyrs and Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
If the first week of December has you wanting to ease into the holiday spirit, plan to check out a foodie Marché de Noël this Thursday instead, put on by Le Food Market. Homemade foie gras, a new take on boudin blanc, oysters, spiced vin chaud,… all the necessary ingredients for a wintery feast will be available along Boulevard de Belleville.
One notable harbinger of the holiday season is the setting up of the city’s Christmas markets. They are plentiful, but we’re excited for one with a fresh twist: the Marché de Noël Norvégien, or the Norwegian Market, at La REcyclerie from December 10-11. Pick up unique artisanal gifts from the 12 makers showcasing their creations alongside a glass of gløgg, Norwegian mulled wine.
Take a break from the holiday festivities to indulge in some quality short cinema. From December 15 – 18, the Paris edition of nation-wide Fête du Court Métrage will be hosted by Carreau du Temple. Over the course of the four days, visitors can enjoy screenings, live shoots, workshops for young and old, master classes and more. For details on the full schedule, peek here.
To enjoy a bit of vegetation during the chilly winter months, check out L’Heure Bleue at Les Docks at Cité de la Mode et du Design, on view until February 5th. In addition to exploring the mythical enchanted forest created by designer Marianne Guedin, guests can also take advantage of various floral ateliers, from flower crown creation to bouquet arrangement.
The Centre Pompidou is paying homage to American artist, Cy Twombly, until April 24th. The first complete retrospective of the enigmatic modern creator’s work, the exposition features 140 of his expressive abstract paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs. It’s a must-see.
Who doesn’t seek to close out the year with a bang? Aside from the usual New Years Eve festivities, consider taking a 2.5-hour trip to New York City Paris, no plane ticket needed. The Châtelet Theatre is currently presenting a tap-intensive musical, 42nd Street, set just after the stock market crash of 1929. The show is on view until January 8th and is the perfect year-end show for Broadway enthusiasts and general admirers of a good spectacle alike.
Written by Erin Dahl
Erin's had a whimsical affair with Paris since her first trip as a wide-eyed teenager. Though she currently lives in Brooklyn where she writes travel blog Carry On To with a fellow New Yorker, Erin returns to Paris as often as possible, constantly seeking out her new favorite address or event. Erin is Editor for The HiP Paris Blog as well as Paris Operations Manager for Haven in Paris.
Website: Carry On To
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