Top Paris events in November 2021 include Armistice Day ceremonies, lots of wonderful concerts and museum shows, and the chance to immerse yourself in all things chocolate at the popular Salon du Chocolate show packed with demos, tastings, and even a fashion show.
By the second week in November, the big Paris department stores unveil their spectacular holiday window displays and dazzling lights and decorations begin to sparkle across the city.
You may notice the days getting shorter and the air crisper, but November weather in Paris usually offers mellow sunny days for enjoying the changing leaf hues.
Stroll through any of the city's many parks such as Tuileries Garden and Luxembourg Garden to soak up the fall foliage colors and enjoy the last late-blooming flowers.
Want to get a taste of the holiday season? Toward the middle of the month, you can start visiting festive Paris Christmas markets and enjoying the hot mulled wine, regional food specialties, and gift shopping. Or head to Disneyland Paris where Christmas celebrations begin during the second week of November.
French holidays in November: All Saints Day (November 1) and Armistice Day (November 11) are public holidays, so banks, many stores and businesses, post offices, and some restaurants (especially outside of central Paris) will be closed.
Please note: The Toussaints school holiday weeks take place across France between October 23 and November 8 this year, which means that some attractions may be more crowded than usual.
Top photo: Bouquiniste on the Left Bank of the Seine River
Concerts in Paris - November, 2021
From rock to indie to jazz, from opera to ballet, you'll find every type of music you can imagine at top concerts in Paris during November 2021:
Short days and chilly nights make November an especially good month for classical concerts held in centuries-old churches. Look for candlelight concerts for a special experience!
Check the lineup to find top concerts, opera, ballet, and other music shows happening throughout November, and get your tickets now:
- Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Madeleine Church - Nov 26
- Piano Passion - Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre Church - Nov 26, 28, 29
- Candlelight Concert: Liszt, Satie, Beethoven - Saint Ephrem Church - Nov 26
- La Traviata: Opera a Palazzo (with champagne and cocktails) - Hotel Dosne-Thiers - Nov 26
- Four Seasons, Ava Maria, & Famous Concertos - Madeleine Church - Nov 27
- Candlelight Concert: Chopin, Bach, Moussorgski, Rachmaninov - Saint Ephrem Church - Nov 27
- Candlelight Concert: Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schubert - Saint Ephrem Church - Nov 28
- Alcina - Palais Garnier (Paris Opera House) - Nov 28
Christmas Window Displays in Paris - 2021 Schedule
Five famous big Paris department stores - Galeries Lafayette, Printemps Haussmann, Bon Marché, BHV Marais, and the newly reopened La Samaritaine - reveal their spectacular decorations in early November, usually during the second week of the month but sometimes even earlier, with one reveal happening on October 29 this year. The imaginative Christmas window displays enchant adults and children alike, and become more fantastic with animations and music each year - and of course draw shoppers inside where even more dazzling decorations create holiday cheer.
Galeries Lafayette boasts the most elaborate - and most anticipated - windows, inspired by a different theme each year. The focus this year will be on Christmas magic - so expect to see enchanted windows, giant trees, and animations on a magical wonderland, with the show repeating every half hour.
Want to join the crowds of fans that gather for each Parisian department store's annual holiday windows "reveal" ceremony?
Here's the store window unveiling schedule for 2021:
- Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche (Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche - 24 rue de Sèvres, , Paris 7) - Christmas windows for this year's special theme; inside the Rive Gauche store, look for 4 huge Christmas trees with unique decorations - starts October 29
- BHV Marais (52 rue de Rivoli, Paris 4) - Christmas windows this year will feature Switzerland - starts November 9
- La Samaritaine (19 Rue de la Monnaie, Paris 1) - A magical moment for sure when this famous historic department store reveals its holiday windows for the first time in many years on November 9
- Galeries Lafayette (40 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9) In addition to the fabulous Christmas windows, don't miss the gigantic Christmas tree, with a glass walkway for closeup views and selfies - starts November 17
- Printemps Haussmann (64 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9) - Christmas windows on display: starts mid-November
Armistice Day Ceremony in Paris - November 11, 2021
Pay your respects to those who died or were injured during war - almost 1.6 million French soldiers died during World War I and II combined - on Armistice Day, November 11. Armistice Day was established on November 11, 1918 as combat ended during World War I - the "war to end all wars."
In a somber ceremony at the base of the Arc de Triomphe,the French president inspects the troops and lays a red, white, and blue wreath near the eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which honors all French troops who died in the war. A solemn vigil takes place at the Tomb in the evening. Both remembrances always occur on November 11.
When: Wreath-laying 11am, vigil at 9pm
Want to know more? Visit the Georges Clemenceau Museum (8 rue Benjamin Franklin, 16e); Clemenceau became France's prime minister in 1917 and orchestrated both France's final assaults on the Axis powers as well as the armistice agreement after the Allied victory. Usually open only in the afternoon; check hours
Visit World War I battlefields - These special small-group and private tours take you to visit the most famous World War I French battle sites, museums, and memorials:
- World War I Battlefields - Explore sites of important battles involving American troops at Aisne, Marne, Belleau Wood, Cote 204, the Museum of the Great War in Meaux, and cemeteries. Private tour for a group of up to 7 - More
- Verdun and Meuse-Argonne - Tour these famous battlefields as well as the Fort of Douaumont, Château-Thierry, the Romagne War Museum, the Trench of Bayonets, and cemeteries - More
- Somme - Visit the famous battleground, Deville Wood cemetery, war memorials, and the Great War Museum in Peronne - More
Paris Christmas Markets Opening in November
Sparkling lights and decorations, the smell of roasting chestnuts, cups of hot mulled wine, and Swiss-style chalets overflowing with special holiday foods, hand-crafted gifts, and decorations . . . Christmas Markets, a tradition since Medieval times, pop up all over Paris starting in mid-to-late November.
Paris Christmas Market openings confirmed (so far) for November include the Tuileries Garden Christmas Market, Saint Germain Christmas Market, and La Defense Christmas Market.
Things to Do in Paris in November
Visiting Paris in November? Enjoy these fun activities, including a few indoor choices in case the weather turns chilly:
- Paris Wine & Cheese Lunch - Love wine and cheese? In this small group experience in a beautiful tasting wine bar in a 17th century "hotel particulier" (private mansion) near the Louvre, you'll try 5 wines from different French regions and savor them with perfectly paired French cheese and charcuterie as you learn about their unique flavors and origins. Book now
- Paris Catacombs Skip-The-Line Ticket & Audio Guide - This best-selling experience takes you far below the streets of Paris into an immense maze of tunnels and rooms containing the skulls and bones of about 6 million Parisians. By the time you leave, you'll know all about where the dead go when Paris cemeteries fill up. Perfect adventure for a rainy day! Book now
- Moulin Rouge Show with Dinner Options - Enjoy a delicious dinner (vegetarian and vegan options available) and fantastic performance of the Féerie show at the legendary Moulin Rouge for a quintessential Paris night on the town! Book now
Salon du Chocolat 2021
Part trade show, part entertainment, the Salon du Chocolat lets you immerse yourself in all things chocolate as over 500 chocolate producers, pastry chefs, candy makers, and artisans from around the world present five days packed with activities and events. You can attend cooking demos by top chefs at the Pastry Show, discover the wonders of chocolate at the Cacao Show, indulge in tastings at the Chocosphere, and enjoy a fashion show with models dressed in chocolate. Kids at this family-friendly event love the fun workshops set up just for them - and of course, the chocolate.
When: Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2021, open 10am-7pm each day
Location: Porte de Versailles, Pavilion 5
Getting there: Metro station and Tramway: Porte des Versailles, 15th arrondissement
Ticketmaster, and also at the door
More information: Salon du Chocolat website
Christmas at Disneyland Paris Starts in November 2021
Enchanted Christmas celebrations start at Disneyland Paris in early November and continue into January with plenty of entertainment and holiday spirit for everyone.
You'll find a spectacular giant tree, entertaining shows, festive Christmas parades, and sparkling holiday decorations everywhere. Each year brings new holiday features, lights, and shows at both Disney Parks, an immersive nighttime extravaganza, and singing carols with Santa, Mickey, and Minnie for a magical experience you won't forget. You can even expect snowflakes to fall a few times each day!
When: November 13 - January 9
Disneyland Paris and Transportation
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Paris Exhibits - Must-See Shows for November
November weather in Paris can be tricky, and you should always have a few bad-weather day activities in mind. Visit these museum shows when you want to stay warm indoors and immerse yourself in Paris's top cultural treasures:
Napoleon: The Exhibition
@ Grande Halle de La Villette - This blockbuster show explores the heroic and tragic life of Napoleon Bonaparte and his role in shaping today's France; uses 150+ original artworks, personal items, huge reconstructions, and digitized displays to immerse visitors in decisive moments in French history.
Dates: Now through December 19, 2021
Signac, the Collector
@ La Fab - Explore this extensive exhibition from the personal collection of French fashion designer agnès b (Agnès Troublé) focused on the evolution of graffiti art in Paris and New York.
Dates: Sept 24 - Dec 18, 2021
Location: Metro: François Mitterrand
Tickets: 7€ adults; 4€ students 13-26, 65+; free for under 13 years old
More Information: La Fab website
Paris Museum and Attractions Passes
Get free admission and skip-the-line access to 60+ museums in and near Paris when you have a Paris Museum Pass for 2, 4, or 6 days. (Access to special shows may require an additional ticket.) More info
Christmas Lights Turn On in Paris
Christmas lights ("Illuminations") and decorations start to appear in Paris starting in mid-November and continue through early January (usually until right before the January sales begin).
Where can you see the city's most gorgeous lights? Head to Champs-Elysees, where thousands of strands of lights covering 400 trees light up the famous avenue. A lighting ceremony takes place at 6pm on November 21, with the street pedestrian-only for the occasion. Lights will be on 5pm - 2pm every day through January 9, 2022, except for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve when they stay on all night.
Day Trip to Mont Saint Michel in November
November is the perfect month to visit Mont Saint Michel, the magnificent medieval abbey rising from a tiny island just off the Atlantic Coast between Normandy and Brittany.
Comfortable private coach transportation from Paris makes it possible to visit Mont Saint Michel in just one day, while seeing the lovely French countryside along the way.
Here are two of the most popular day trip choices:
- Full-Day Mont Saint Michel Tour - Small group tour. Explore on your own, after a quick orientation about the most important sights from your guide
- Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Guided Tour - Choose this tour if you prefer a fully-guided experience, including lunch
Paris Hotel Map
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Sunday Afternoon Concerts at the American Cathedral
The American Cathedral of Paris (23 Avenue George V, 8th district) will present Sunday afternoon concerts by local musicians of mostly Classical and Baroque music at 3pm (unless otherwise noted) throughout November. Here is the schedule:
Nov 7: Selections for violoncello and piano by Bazelaire, Fauré, Chopin, Brahms
Nov 14: Selections for oboe and bassoon by Bach, Bartok, Heinichen, Vosk, Morigi, Jolivet, Mozart, Poazzola
Nov 21: Selections for piano by Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Piazzola
Nov 28: Selections for voice and piano by Weber, Schumann, Glinka
Nov 28, 6pm: Selections for Advent by the American Cathedral Choir and Andrew Dewar, organist
Admission: Free but donations are appreciated.
More information: American Cathedral website
Festival of Lights at Paris's Jardin des Plantes - 2021-2022
The annual winter Festival of Lights returns to the Jardin des Plantes (Botanical Garden) in Paris's 5th arrondissement, with giant illuminated statues of animals creating a magical experience during the evening. Each year, the animals represent a different phase of evolution, and this year you'll see creatures that roamed the earth some 500 million years ago as you stroll through the garden's enchanting imaginary universe filled with lights and colors.
Although the exhibition attracts almost 400,000 visitors each year, the garden never seems crowded.
Dates: November 15, 2021 - January 16, 2022
Location: Jardin des Plantes
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