Top things to do in Paris in December


Latest tragic events in Paris emphasize that we are living in a world where a terrorist attack can happen anywhere at any time … at a running race, on a plane, in a nightclub, a train station, in a skyscraper, a concert hall … I did not post on this topic but today I would like to say that we cannot stop traveling, give up enjoying a nice time with friends or relatives in Boston, Bali, Madrid, London, New York or … Paris!

Life goes on in Paris and like most Parisians, I use metro without any fear and enjoy having a drink at a terrace, visiting an exhibition or going to cinema or a restaurant as before. Christmas time is coming and Paris remains one of the best places to live or to go!

  • What a great reason to start my monthly list of recommendations with “Frontières”, at Musée de l’Immigration, an excellent way to understand the role and the contemporary stakes of borders in the world. This exhibition “tombe à pic” considering the international events.
  • La Maison de Victor Hugo propose a new exhibition “Eros Hugo – Entre pudeur et excès”, a topic quite “osé” for this old house and certainly another opportunity to visit or revisit this famous corner of Place des Vosges…
  • New reopening last month for Musée Rodin with this tasteful exhibition “La sculpture a du goût”, a combination of sculpture and chocolate, to be “dévorée” only with the eyes…
  • Another very nice exhibit about fashion and clothes at the end of the 19th century in one of my favorite places, le Palais Galliera : « La mode retrouvée » a very good overview on the way how to be dressed for a Parisian “raffinée” during this period, as all the presented clothes belonged to a Countess “riche et célèbre
  • Leonardo de Vinci was and still is a genius. If you have never been in Clos Lucé (Amboise at the Loire Valley) where you can see many of his inventions, you should be interested by this exhibition at the Pinacothèque, without any restriction for your children
  • If you are visiting Le Marais and would like to know more about its recent transformation, don’t miss to enter Musée Carnavalet to visit “Le Marais en héritage” about former projects of this part of Paris, some of them having been fortunately cancelled, like the “Marché des Enfants rouges” for example.
  • Maybe you already know “La Hune” this famous bookshop located between Les Deux Magots and le Café de Flore. It recently closed and reopened as a gallery to another side of the Place Saint Germain des Près. Since the beginning of November, it presents Elliott Erwin’s photography, a master in this art.

Christmas is approaching … If I really like this time of preparation, shopping and tasting on Christmas markets in my native region, I’m a bit disappointed from Christmas markets in Paris and would prefer walking through nice illuminated areas as are most of food streets (rue Cler, rue Daguerre, rue Levis, …) or covered passages (Galerie Vivienne for example)

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