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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Check out the Paris Tourist Office’s guide to Christmas in Paris.
- And, the Sortiraparis’ guide to New Year’s Eve.
- Find out how to pack for Paris.
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