Events

What to do in Paris in December

by Ali Postma

Christmas decorations and lights may have been up in Paris since early November, but now it’s December and officially the holiday season. That means it’s time to indulge in all the warming winter dishes (think fondue, raclette, tartiflette), drink vin chaud, go to Christmas markets, and get your gift shopping done (check out our guide). Here are some of my favorite events this month:

Left: a Paris street with Christmas decorations. Right: the exterior of a bistro with tables and chairs and a Christmas tree.
Top: La Cité Fertile. Above: Mathias Reding / Megan Bucknall

Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants – Porte de Versailles – Dec 2-5

After last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19, the 43rd edition of the Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants returns this year. Meet independent winemakers from all over France, taste their vintages, and buy your favorite wines directly.

The Christmas market at La Cité Fertile
La Cité Fertile

Noël d’Éco-Création – La Cité Fertile – Dec 4-5

Buy local, sustainable, and ethical Christmas gifts from 90 exhibitors selling furniture, design, decoration, illustrations, fashion, accessories, jewelry, beauty and health, children’s, gourmet food, and art de vivre products. The market will take place in a fairground, with rides and games open to all, and activities for both young and old. 

Left: the promotional poster for the Christmas market at La Cité Fertile. Right: a sign on a Parisian facade saying 'Les Ballets de Noel' surrounded by Christmas decorations.
Paris Night Market and La Cité Fertile / Pascal Bernardon

Lilly Wood & The Prick – L’Olympia – Dec 7

I first heard Lilly Wood & The Prick live at a festival in Melbourne called So Frenchy So Chic (that’s right, we have a festival dedicated to all things French in Australia). I fell in love with their music and played their hit remix “Prayer in C” on repeat. After the worldwide success of this song and several platinum and gold albums, Lilly Wood & The Prick return to the stage.

Promotional posters for Lilly Wood and the Prick, including tour dates in France.
Lilly Wood and the Prick

Mi-Livre Mi-Raisin (2e édition) – La Bellevilloise – Dec 11-12

Mi-Livre Mi-Raisin is a salon du livre et des vins, or a book and wine fair. There will be 35 publishing houses, 35 natural winemakers, more than 50 authors signing their books, a prize ceremony, a literary happening, plus artisanal beer and a food space.

Left: promotional image for Mi-Livre, Mi-Raisin. Right: the Christmas market at La Cité Fertile.
Mi-Livre Mi-Raisin / La Cité Fertile

Marché de Noël des Illustratrices • SIXN x Le Pavillon des Canaux – Dec 18-19

Discover the creations of 14 of the most talented female illustrators from all over France on the banks of the Canal de l’Ourcq. In addition to the illustrations market, there will also be accessories, ceramics, and illustrated clothes.

Left: promotional image for the illustration Christmas market at Le Pavillon des Canaux. Right: a Paris street with Christmas decorations and the Eiffel Tower at the end.
SIXN and Le Pavillon des Canaux / Mathias Reding

Le Marché de Noël Made in 18e – Le Hasard Ludique – Dec 19

Thirty creators will line the 300m2 terrasse along the petite ceinture exhibiting their creations designed and/or made in the 18th arrondissement—including fashion, decor, jewelry, stationary, and gourmet food products. Discover and support the creativity of the quartier while sipping vin chaud. You could also treat yourself to Sunday brunch at La Cantine de Léon. 

Left: promotional image for the Christmas market at Le Hasard Ludique. Right: a market at Le Hasard Ludique at night time.
Le Hasard Ludique / Charlotte Béjà

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Ali Postma

Ali is from Melbourne, Australia, where she studied Art History and Art Curatorship at university and worked in various art galleries. Passionate about all things arts and culture, she loves French film, Nordic noir, photography, street art and architecture. Addicted to pain au chocolat, Ali is fulfilling her dream of living in Paris. View Ali Postma's Website

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