December Events in Paris: David Lebovitz, Permaculture, Christmas Markets & More

by Emily Dilling

Heading out to a cozy rustic bar in Paris like La P'tite Soeur in Montmartre will surely help to ban the winter blues.

As winter settles into Paris and the weather gets cold, it may be hard to find motivation to get out of your cozy Paris apartment. Luckily this month brings with it several weekly events to add to commit to your calendar and inspire you to get out of the house.

La Maison Rose in Montmartre is part of Team Trail's Paris itineraries around Montmartre, a great way to spend December in Paris (left). Something else to do in Paris this winter is a ceramics workshop at bar and art hub Ground Control (right). Top image: La P’tite Soeur. Above images: Montmartre Session – Team Trail/Ceramic Painting Workshop – Ground Control

Wednesdays in December are full of fun options including weekly ceramic painting workshops at 12th arrondissement community space Ground Control. Stay out late on Wednesday nights for the nocturnes at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, when this museum/aquarium stays open until 9 pm. If you’ve got apéros on your mind, head to 18th arrondissement bar La P’tite Soeur every Wednesday evening for their seafood apéro featuring oysters, mussels, and more!

What to do in Paris in December? Pretend you're at the seaside, and have oysters at La P'tite Soeur bar as it's the season (left). Museums like the Palais de la Porte Dorée are also open late at night some week days in winter (right).Seafood Apero – La P’tite Soeur/Les Nocturnes – Palais de la Porte Dorée

Those who want to combine sports and socializing should head to Montmartre mid-week. Wednesday night Team Trail sessions include an hour and a half of cardio while climbing the stairs of Montmartre and finish with a beer in a local bar. And if you want to get your hands dirty or are craving some nature time, check out the permaculture garden classes hosted by Les Grands Voisins.

Even if it's winter in Paris, learning how to set up your own urban garden is always a good idea, especially at arty community headquarters Les Grands Voisins.Gardening Classes – Les Grands Voisins

Lovers of Japanese pop culture will delight in this month’s Manga Exhibition at La Villette (November 29- December 30) and Trésors de Kyoto (until December 26).

Paris December events include the annual Japanese Manga Exhibition at La Villette (left). Trésors de Tokyo exhibition poster (right).Manga Exhibition – La Villette

Other cultural events this month include a performance of choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Rain (December 6) and Espèces en Voie d’Illumination, a luminous stroll through the Jardin des Plantes featuring nature’s most magnificent creatures (until January 6),

Paris in winter is all about the lights, and a number of light shows takes place throughout the city.Espèces en Voie d’Illumination – Jardin des Plantes/Village de Noël – La Défense

Score some personalized Christmas gifts at David Lebovitz’s book signing event on December 2nd at La Cuisine Paris Cooking School. You can also get in the Christmas spirit at Paris Marchés de Noël, such as the Village de Noël La Défense and holiday festivals like the Jours de Fêtes à La Villette.

Author David Lebovitz's books about living in Paris are among our favorites, including 'L'Appart, the Delights and Disaster of Making Paris My Home' (left). And 'The Perfect Scoop' that has 200 recipes for ice cream and sorbets (right).David Lebovitz

And finally, sometimes a simple stroll around the City of Light is enough: The Christmas season also brings with it the stunning window displays in department stores across the city, as well as dazzling Christmas lights that decorate the streets of the city.

Winter in Paris is all about the Christmas lights and department stores' whimsical window displays including at Printemps Haussmann, which always dons a gigantic Christmas tree under its glass cupola. Corinne Moncelli/Valentina F

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Emily Dilling

Emily Dilling is a France based writer and author of My Paris Market Cookbook: A Culinary Tour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes. In 2005 Emily moved to Paris from her native California and began exploring the cities markets, restaurants, and cafés. In 2010 she founded the blog Paris Paysanne, where she writes about her favorite addresses and artisans in the city. Emily currently lives in the Loir-et-Cher region of France, where she writes and works in the grapevines. View Emily Dilling's Website

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