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Think of Paris and what comes to mind? The majestic Eiffel Tower against a sapphire sky? Romantic boat trips on the Seine? Fashionable folks enjoying coffee and croissants at a chic café? Well, Paris has all of this and much more…

The aptly-nicknamed ‘City of Light’ is a shining beacon of style, culture and culinary invention. Explore the eclectic areas of this captivating city on Paris holidays. Stroll down the famous Champs-Élysées, stopping to take in the iconic Arc de Triomphe and stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral. See the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre and priceless Picassos at the Pompidou Centre. Indulge in luxury shopping at the world-class Galeries Lafayette department store or browse for bargains at a flea market. In the evening, dine on exquisite French cuisine at a Michelin-starred restaurant or sip champagne at a trendy rooftop bar while gazing at the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower.


Find out what's on in Paris this October

Paris is enriched with autumn hues come October. With the overcrowding of the summer a distant memory – shopping, sightseeing and wandering become a more enjoyable experience. Cars, Comic Con and chocolate are all on the agenda this month, which begins with a nocturnal art trail and ends with the spooky celebrations of Halloween.

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1-7 October

See Paris like you’ve never seen it before… On one night a year, the Nuit Blanche de Paris invites you to explore the city’s museums and culture on a nocturnal art trail. Beginning at sunset on the first Saturday in October, 3 October this year, many museums, cultural institutions and other public and private spaces are open free of charge, throughout the night.

From 7 to 11 October the Fete des Vendanges de Montmartre brings together the local community for the Montmartre wine harvest. Perched high on the hill of Montmartre, this tiny private vineyard celebrates its unique vintage offering with local musicians, artisan food and classes. There is also a parade and fireworks, which light up the spectacular Sacre Coeur.

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8-14 October

On 10 October hundreds of classic cars make their way through the streets of Paris for the Vintage Car Parade, as part of the annual vintage car and collector show, Automédon. Starting at 10am, the cars will criss-cross their way through the city. See them crossing the Seine towards the Trocadéro or passing the iconic Arc de Triomphe.

Don’t miss the last chance to enjoy free concerts in the parks and gardens of Paris during the Music Kiosks festival, which ends on 31 October. Or head outside of the city centre to the magnificent Château de Versailles for The Musical Gardens, which runs until 27 October.

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Musee DArt moderne.

15-21 October

See the best of contemporary Asian art at the Paris Asian Art Fair, which is showing for a short period from 18 to 22 October. The exhibition is taking place at the Carrousel du Louvre, opposite the famous glass pyramid. Although, installations will also be set up throughout the city in various museums and galleries.

Or visit the Musee D’Art Moderne for Shadows, an exhibition that celebrates Andy Warhol’s series of abstract photos of shadows on printed canvas. This striking, multi-coloured collection features 17 silkscreened canvases – which total more than 130 metres. The exhibition is open every day except Monday.

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Commic con.

22-28 October

Join the masses at the French capital’s favourite pop culture event, Comic Con Paris, from 23 to 25 October at La Villette Paris. Meet creators, artists and actors, or spend the day mingling with fellow enthusiasts.

From 28 October to 1 November, Salon du Chocolat will entice you to Porte de Versailles for five days of chocolate-themed entertainment. Chocolate lovers won’t be able to resist the fun and delicious activities, with live demonstrations, pastry workshops and a chocolate bookshop – which will leave your mouth watering. Don’t miss the shows highlight – the famous Chocolate Fashion Show.

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Disneys halloween festival.

29-31 October

Don’t miss the last chance to celebrate Disney’s Halloween Festival at Disneyland Paris, which ends on 1 November. Discover spooky sights and sounds as you explore the park - with grinning pumpkins, funny ghosts and eerie surprises around every corner.

On 31 October you’ll be treated to the Mickey’s Halloween Celebration. Watch as Disney characters in seasonal costumes pass by, in this bewitching procession. Face painting, games and performances make this event a family favourite.

Find out what's on in Paris this November

Paris in autumn is ideal for romantic breaks – sit chatting in cosy cafés with coffee (and cakes), after strolling along the banks of the windswept Seine. The winter is on its way, but there is still lots to do and see. Film festivals, ballets and arts galore make November in Paris a time to remember.

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Bastille grand marche art contemporain.

1-6 November

For those looking to pick up a piece of art, the Grand Marche d’Art Contemporain concludes 2 November. Almost 500 artists will display their new works at studio prices, alongside practical workshop tuition in painting, drawing and sculpture at the Place de Bastille.

As one of the best indoor hard court tennis tournaments, the BNP Paribas Masters brings the big names that you would expect. See all the stars, from Djokovic and Federer to Murray, as they compete for this illustrious title at the Bercy Arena between 2 and 8 November.

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Armistice day.

7-13 November

France remembers its fallen heroes on Armistice Day (or L’armistice de la Première Guerre Mondiale) with a military parade culminating at the Arc de Triomphe, where the unnamed soldier is entombed. Followed by a Presidential wreath-laying ceremony on the 11th minute of the 11th hour on 11 November.

The following evening, on 12 November, sees Dutch maestro Andre Rieu entertain the masses with the Johann Strauss Orchestra, and his trusted and world-famous Stradivarius violin. Rieu brings new life to classic waltzes with emotional and theatrical flair, all alongside a magical set at the Zenith.

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Paris photo.

14-20 November

Officially the Month of Photography in Paris - November provides more than forty excellent exhibits, across the city. Perhaps the biggest exhibition is Paris Photo at the glass-enclosed Grand Palais, where 142 galleries will be showing their prints, from 12 to 15 November.

Throughout November and into 2016, visitors to the Galleries Nationales will be mesmerised by Picasso.Mania Work painted and sculpted throughout his career is on display here, including the stunning Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. In a rare move outside of its Madrid home, Guernica will also be wowing crowds in Paris, a true must-see.

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21-27 November

Starting 17 November until 31 December, Nureyev’s La Bayadére will be taking the stage at the Palais Garnier. Produced in the last year of his life, Rudolf Nureyev wanted his exotic version to wow spectators. Expect lavish sets and wonderful costumes on a grand scale.

Film festivals are perfect for this time of year, as you can sit comfortably in the warmth of the cinema. The Courts Devant is an International short film festival with hundreds of films being exhibited, and discussion panels at various venues. Head to Le Cinéma des Cinéastes between 23 and 29 November.

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Paris autumn festival.

28-30 November

Throughout the Parisian autumn, a cultural powerhouse sets up for the changing seasons. The Paris Autumn Festival takes place over many different genres, spaces and dates – from 8 September to 30 December.

The Salon du Cheval at the Parc des Expositions is the greatest equestrian event in France. You can visit our equine friends between 28 November and 6 December. Whether you are involved in the scene, or a beginner looking to gain knowledge of these beautiful creatures, this is a great show.

Find out what's on in Paris this December

Christmas markets, pop-up ice skating rinks and an extra sprinkling of Disneyland Paris magic give the captivating French capital even more appeal in December. Concerts from some international megastars keep the momentum going until 2015 ends with a bang – literally – when the city skies light up with fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

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Christmas Concerts.

1–7 December

Enjoy a feast of classical music with festive flair at the Sainte-Chappelle, while surrounded by the Gothic splendour of this magnificent Parisian monument. Christmas Concerts at Sainte-Chappelle are taking place from 3 to 29 December.

Or indulge a passion for all things nautical at the Paris International Boat Show from
5 to 13 December
. Peruse the latest yachts and motor boats, pick up new equipment and get top tips and advice from sailing professionals at this huge event, taking place at Porte de Versailles.

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8-14 December

Just when you thought festival season was well and truly over... The Winter Camp Festival 2015 will bring a fusion of folk, rock and electro sounds to the lush surrounds of Parc de la Villete. Flavien Berger, Mansfield Tya and Gaspar Claus are among the diverse talent lined up to perform at this indie music festival, from 8 to 12 December.

Then grab your tickets to see the Queen of Pop, Madonna, when the European leg of her Rebel Heart world tour arrives in Paris on 10 December. Tickets are selling fast, so act quickly if you don’t want to miss the Material Girl on legendary form – at Bercy arena.

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15–21 December

For the quintessential Parisian Christmas experience, get your skates on (literally) and join the crowds taking to the vast ice rink outside the beautiful Hôtel de Ville. 2015 dates have not yet been confirmed, but this event traditionally takes place in mid-December. Check PARISINFO nearer the time for further information.

Or catch superstar DJ David Guetta spinning his multi platinum-selling sounds on
18 and 19 December. The love is sure to take over when the globally-revered French mix-master plays to his home crowd, at Paris’ Bercy arena.

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22–28 December

Don’t miss festival favourites and indie rock tour de force Florence and the Machine, when they take to the stage of the Zénith de Paris on 22 December. With Florence Welch’s awe-inspiring lead vocals, expect goose bump moments a-plenty as the band perform their smash hit singles, including ‘You’ve Got the Love’ and ‘Dog Days Are Over’.

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in the breathtakingly beautiful setting of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. Services on 24 December traditionally include a family mass and evening concert preceding midnight mass. This is an enormously popular event, so arrive early to ensure a seat.

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Moulin Rouge.

29–31 December

On New Year’s Eve in Paris, the Champs-Elysées is quite simply the place to be. Whether you prefer to join the hordes of revellers in the street or to enjoy a quiet meal at a restaurant with a view – the illuminated Eiffel Tower against a backdrop of exploding fireworks is a stunning spectacle not to be missed.

Alternatively, welcome 2016 in unforgettable style on New Year’s Eve with an evening at Paris’ premier nightspot – the historic Moulin Rouge. Dine and sip Champagne as you enjoy this legendary venue’s spectacular Féerie, featuring sequin-adorned showgirls, high-kicking Cancan dancers and awe-inspiring acrobatics.

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Central Paris

Central Paris

Immerse yourself in culture and indulgent retail therapy in the heart of Paris. Visit the beautiful Place de la Concorde or head to the Place de Vendôme for high-end shopping. See the Mona Lisa and many more priceless artworks and antiquities at the world famous Louvre. Next door, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs celebrates decorative art. Admire the ornate architecture of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Palais Garnier, then rest your weary feet in the gorgeous greenery of the Jardins de Tuileries.

Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe

Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe

Take a stroll down the 2km Champs-Élysées, one of the most famous streets in the world and a thriving hub for shopping and entertainment. A huge array of boutiques, eateries and cinemas await on this attractive tree-lined avenue. When night falls admire the dramatic perspective of the Champs-Élysées carving a path of light from the beautiful Place de la Concorde to the illuminated Arc de Triomphe. The luxurious Four Seasons George V hotel is ideally located for exploring this area.



Explore meandering streets crammed with boutiques, bars, cafés and clubs in lively Montmartre. Take in fabulous panoramic views from the dome of the stunning Le Sacré Coeur Basilica. Soak up the ambience at the charming Place du Tertre and admire works by the great surrealist artist at the Espace Dali. Be sure to reserve tickets for a cabaret show at the famous Moulin Rouge club, and stay at the nearby 3-star Chat Noir hotel.

Left Bank

Left Bank

Immerse yourself in culture in the chic Left Bank area of Paris. Visit stunning historic landmarks including the majestic, neoclassical Le Panthéon. Admire the wonderful architecture of Les Invalides and wander around its museums. Browse the designer boutiques or relax with a coffee in upmarket Saint Germain-des-Prés. Escape the urban throng at the gorgeous Jardin du Luxembourg. Climb to the top of the Montparnasse Tower for magnificent views and see the Eiffel Tower, in its illuminated glory, by night.

Eastern Paris

Eastern Paris

Art lovers will be in their element browsing the many galleries of the Le Marais quarter. Indulge in delectable cake with afternoon tea in the Jewish Quarter. See the glinting gilded figure atop the towering July Column at Place de la Bastille. Visit the final resting places of Chopin, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison at the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Belleville. Admire breathtaking views from the stunning Parc de Belleville. For thriving nightlife, make your way to hip Menilmontant.

Paris weather

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