Paris in Winters: Things to Do, Places to Visit & Events 2020

Things to Do in Paris in Winter

Go ice-skating at Grand Palais, Relive Your Childhood at Disneyland Paris, Enjoy Seine River, Watch a Cabaret Show, See the Parades for the Chinese New Year, Food and Wine at Le Marché de Noël, See the fine arts at Opera Garnier, Shop at Christmas Markets.

From Christmas Carnivals of Le Marché de Noël to the lit-up streets near Notre Dame, Paris in Winters opens its gates to the world's most exquisite winter expeditions. The town otherwise known for the majestic Eiffel Tower in winters undergoes a complete transformation and gives its visitors an authentic taste of Parisian zeal and glamour. 

The best part of a winter trip to Paris is that the weather is not too cold as other European destinations so the tourists can be seen basking in the mild winter sun as well. It is the time when tourists while going through the flea markets of Les Halles sit back and relax at the street plazas to enjoy some of the famous Wines and Cupcakes.

The story doesn't end here; there are innumerous activities and things to do in Paris in winter.  Apart from the special winter delights, the magnificent walls of some of the most significant historical buildings such as the railway station of Musee d'Orsay, the Louvre, attracts a hoarding crowd equally.

The snow alleys of Grand Palais, the nightlife of Latin Quarters, the Opera and other activities too, have their own fervour during the chilling weather. Additionally, the town also hosts several cultural as well as culturally enriching programs, sessions and events. Every corner from the first Avenue to 34th Arrondissement to the Banks of River Seine is decked up for the festivities onboard.

Here are some of the best things to do in Paris in winters:

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Average Winter Weather and Temperature in Paris

Average Winter Weather and Temperature in Paris
Paris in winters remains chilly with a damp rainy climate sometimes accompanied by dirty snow. But, the temperature always falls in between an average range of 6 to 3 degree Celsius (32 F to 46 F) which is often called the Atlantic Winter.

Parisian Winters:
Paris's climate is mostly affected by the North Atlantic currents causing an Oceanic winter throughout. The winter climate also sees foggy skies because of the accumulation of the Atlantic's sea fog with a damp and chilling characteristic weather. The Sun is scarcely seen during winters in the Parisian sky making the climate colder. 

Parisian Rain:
The ocean current prohibits the accumulation of frosts and flurries on the ground whenever the snowfall occurs. These currents are usually accompanied by moderate rainfall of about 1.8 inches in Paris all the year-round. Such rains are mostly chilling instead of being humid hence giving an advantage to the tourists.
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What to Pack for Paris in Winters

What to Pack for Paris in Winters
Paris in winters is mostly cold and rainy. But the climate is not at all adverse and requires no extreme preventive measures against the cold. All you need to pack is a warm winter coat and some warm second layer clothing. In addition to this, you must also include boots and rainy weather gear for extra protection against unpredictable showers and frost.

Here are some of the essentials you must pack for our winter trip to Paris:

Thin Sweaters and Coats -
The winter appears to be chilling because of the North Atlantic Currents, but you don't need to pack heavy winter-wear as your insides would be sweltering. Still, to be on a safe side, you can include one or two winter coats in case the temperature falls below 3 C.

Trousers -
Paris in winters is usually damp and dull, making it difficult to wear jeans as it would take extra time in drying. Hence, packing warm pants for the trip not only protects you from the adversaries of climate but can be pulled off easily while travelling.

Woollen Socks -
The chilling air often freezes the feet of the travellers during their expedition. Cotton socks fail in giving you warmer feet in Paris. Hence, a pair or two of woollen socks would be better protected against the cold.

Comfortable Boots -
Paris may be a grand market for all the major footwear brands, but the damp streets make it difficult to do things in winter while wearing a stylish pair of shoes. Don't let the rumours fool you and pack some comfortable boots and shoes protecting you from cold as well as the dampness.

Rain Gears -
It always rains in winters in Paris. So having a raincoat, umbrella, puffer coat or other rain gear would act as further protection.

Things to Do in Paris in Winter

03

Relive Your Childhood at Disneyland Paris

Relive Your Childhood at Disneyland Paris
Located 32 km from Paris, the town of Chessy proudly gives you a gateway to the animated paradise created by Walt Disney. The theme park is spread over the area of a 19.42-metre square and is one of the most sought after places to visit in Paris in winter.

You can have one day or multiple day's trips to the theme park as per your convenience. The tickets for both adults as well as children are available as per the package and the staying options they choose. Several nearby cheaper hotels are giving a single day or more staying options.
 
Location: Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Chess

Tickets:  € 87-220 for adults and € 80-200 for kids

Timing: 7:30 am onwards everyday except some National Holidays and Festivities
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Enjoy Seine River Cruise

Enjoy Seine River Cruise
The basin of Seine River carves is the commercial waterway for Paris of about 777 kilometres. Cruising through the same route is one of the best things to do in Paris in Winter with mild foggy dreamlike weather all around the riverside.

There are several breathtaking sites near the bank of river Seine including the gothic Notre Dame Church, Palais de Justice, Louvre and its beautiful surroundings, making it virtually a picnic spot for the tourists. You can also go for a short boating trip around the place at the minimal cost of 11€.

Several reputed cruising companies are providing the visitors with an alternative for the cheaper wooden boats. You can pre-book your cruise and go on a trip across the river channel which was once the native place of Celtic Tribe. Apart from this, there are several street book shops offering books in all languages at cheaper costs.

Location: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
05

See the Fine Arts at Opera Garnier

See the Fine Arts at Opera Garnier
Also known as Palais Garnier, Opera Garnier is the oldest of all the Opera houses in Paris with facilities to accommodate 2000 spectators. The place is known for several notable performances like that of Don Giovanni, Phillip Sly and others. The prices for all seating arrangements differ and depend upon the availability of tickets.

For instance, a regular ticket for classic balcony or the upper-end seat for Don Giovanni's show costs 22 to 27€ while the lower row costs about 17 to 19 € as per their availability. People also come to watch the Baroque Architecture of the Palais as well.

Location: 8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France

Timing: 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Tickets: 10€
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Dine at Latin Quarter

Dine at Latin Quarter
The area between the 5th and 6th Arrondissement is known as the Latin Quarters in Paris. The street is a homage to the vibrant Latin Culture and serves everything which is Latin from food to arts crafts. Presently the place is among the top historic places to visit in Paris in winter, Latin Quarter was home to several great thinkers and artists of France.

Reputed restaurants such as Café de Fleur, La Nouvelle Seine etc. are some of the best dining places. The street also serves the best authentic French Seafood to its visitors.

Location: 5th and 6th arrondissement Paris, France
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07

Visit Parisian Museums

Visit Parisian Museums
Museums and arts hold a special place in Paris's detour. The historic town has numerous historically significant museums with remarkable architecture and stories. Here are some of the Parisian Museum which can be visited when you are planning a trip to Paris in winters:

1. Musee d'Orsay:
The building was once a railway station and now hosts paintings and sculptures from all over the world.

Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
Hours: 9:30am to 6 pm 

2. Louvre Museum:
The museum is home to the world-famous Mona Lisa and other Da Vinci's works. Additionally, it has exquisite sculptures, paintings and historical artefacts from Celtic French Civilisation.

Location: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Hours: 9 am to 9:45 pm on Wed and Fri and 9 am to 6 pm on Thu and Sat

3. Petit Palais:
The beautiful building is currently hosting all the contemporary French artworks and some of the other European Antiques.

Location: Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm

4. Musee Rodin:
The museum has one of its kind Sculpture gardens and a Baroque Architecture worth seeing. 

Location: 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France
Hours: 10 am to 6:30 pm Sunday

5. Musee Nissim de Camondo:
A homage to 18th-century France, Musee Nissim de Camondo is a shrine to antiques, sculpture and other historically significant artworks from 18th Century France.

Location: 63 Rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris, France
Hours: 10am to 9 pm and 10 am to 5:30 pm on Sundays
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Go Ice-Skating at Grand Palais

Go Ice-Skating at Grand Palais

Le Grand Palais, located in Paris, is rated France's largest skating rink along with all the other skating arenas. Located in 5th Albert Avenue, the 3000 sq ft snow-clad rink welcomes both novices as well as professional skaters from all over the globe.

Kids are also given a particular separate arena with additional safety and a magical skating experience. The place even hosts several activities such as night parties, DJ events, sports events and other top-rated things to do in Paris in Winters. The site is known to accommodate circa 3000000 people and is also one of the most visited places in Paris.

Location: Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France

Tickets:  €17 for adults and €12 for kids

Timing: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

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Watch a Cabaret Show

Watch a Cabaret Show
Cabaret has its roots in Paris since its beginning in the 1800s. The French term' Cabaret' was used for a social gathering or festivities serving Alcohol. Presently the burlesque dance form is known to tell the exciting as well as romantic French tales.

There are several street cabaret performances in Paris as well as Carnival shows at several famous places to visit in Paris in winter. Still, the three significant centres, namely Lido de Paris, Moulin Rouge and Crazy Horse Paris, remain the chief patrons of the best Cabaret performances. 

Lido de Paris
Location:116 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
Price: 57 to 84 €

Moulin Rouge
Location: 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
Price: 64 to 94 €

Crazy Horse
Location: 12 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
Price: 57 to 94€
10

See the Parades for the Chinese New Year

See the Parades for the Chinese New Year
Paris hosts the most prominent Chinese Lunar New Year AKA Spring Festival named Quartier Asiatique. The Carnival lasts for two weeks with a massive Asian crowd and several cultural programs including the infamous Lions and Dragon show, the special fireworks and typical Asia Cuisine. It starts from the 25th of January and lasts for two forthcoming weeks.

The streets from tang Asian Supermarket to the neighbouring predominantly Asian localities are best among all the attractions to see. The program every year gathers more than 2 lakh performers and around four lakhs of spectators from all over the world. All these programs can be enjoyed on the street with zero cost for watching; you only need to pay for what you buy or choose to eat.

Location: 44 avenue d'Ivry  Paris, France
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Food and Wine at Le Marché de Noël

Food and Wine at Le Marché de Noël
The Stanley Christmas Market supports a six-day event of Le Marché de Noël sponsored by the Food and Agriculture department of France. The fest is one of its kinds where the Cheese meets the Wine and several 'wine talk' sessions telling the history and technique of winemaking and other delicacies.

New additions in the wine segment are also introduced during the three different talk sessions.The crowd from all over Paris, as well as the tourist strata, gathers at the Christmas market to taste the finest of wine and cheese delicacies made by the expert.

Among all the places to visit in Paris in winter, the Christmas market hosting Le Marché de Noël is the cheapest with minimal cost of tickets for the talk sessions and cultural programs only. The overall price of the expedition includes 20 to 50€ and the price of wine as per your preference.
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Shop at Christmas Markets

Shop at Christmas Markets
The traditional Christmas market reeking of French pleasures are found in every quarter of the French streets. These markets are known for the ethnic street shows, carnivals, food fiestas and the street shopping hubs. Here are some of these Christmas Markets famous among the places to visit in Paris in winter:

Marche De Noel at Notre Dame:
The major attraction of this Market includes roasted Cheese, chestnuts and wine chalets, and lasts from mid-Dec. to Christmas Eve. Wine shopping at Marche de Noel is the principal activity of this area and is always on top of the things to do in Paris in winter.

Le Village de Noel at Les Halles:
Les Halles is a mini Chrismas Carol world with all its Christmas themed markets, food and activities. With around 60 chalets on display, the Market hosts one of its kind 'write a letter to Santa' events for all age groups. The program starts late in December and Ends around the 31st of December.

Abbesses at Montmartre':
It is a small hillside market with 20 chalets only but famous for its hillside views. The place opens its gate in late November and closes around the 15th of January.

Alsatian Market at Gare de l'Est:
The Market is famous for culinary delights, especially the cupcakes called Alsatian Brioche. The market festivities last for the first two weeks of December only.
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Drink the Best "Chocolat Chaud" at Angelina's

Drink the Best "Chocolat Chaud" at Angelina's
Le Chocolat Chaud is the best Hot Chocolate available in the entire Paris. The Angelina Tea House is the only place serving the quoted drink at Rue Rivoli. The warm drink is a must for all the travelers who visit Paris in winters because of its ability to warm your body up.

The tea house also serves several savouries for our pallets which can be found only in Paris. While trying the infamous drink, you can also try the Mont Blanc dessert at Angelina's Tea Shop as well. The shop lies on the street-facing Tuileries and is surrounded by a fleeting market of Souvenir shops. You can also go for convenient and cheap shopping across the Rivoli streets. 

Location: Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris, France

Timing: 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
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Stroll around Champs-Elysées

Stroll around Champs-Elysées
The streets of Champs-Elysees are given the title of the world's most beautiful avenue. A stroll down the road would give you a glimpse of all the significant places of 17th Century France. The architecture around the road is particularly famous for its lined up fashion stores including Louis Vitton, Cartier and others. Several restaurants and hotels too are a significant part of the street.

Some Famous Activities at Champs:

- Step in and have a glimpse of the best Perfumes at Guerlain
Celebrate the best contemporary cabaret at Le Dido
Dine at Fauquet Restaurants frequented by Celebrities
Visit Petit Palais and watch all the significant relics from the past
An auction or show at ArtCurial
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Attend a Reading at "Shakespeare and Company" or Barkley's

Attend a Reading at "Shakespeare and Company" or Barkley's
Both the bookstores are a leading name in serving the Parisian audience as well as the visitors with English literature as well as other critical written pieces. Located at 6th Arrondissement, Paris Shakespeare and Company has an existing building serving both as a store and a reading juncture for the visitors.

All the major works from Voltaire to contemporary writers along with other fictional, non-fictional works can be found easily in the store. The shop opens at 10 am daily and commences around 10 in the night. Le Berkleys is located on 7th Avenue and open daily at ten and closes late at 11 pm. 

Shakespeare and Company’s Location: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

Barkley’s Location: 34/36 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris, France
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  1. Should I visit Paris in the winter?

    Yes, one can easily visit Paris in winters as the mild climate allows the tourists to travel rather easily. Moreover, the winters in Paris are comparatively warmer to other European destinations. Hence, you would be exempted from carrying the extra heavy woollen clothes.
  2. What to wear in Paris winter?

    Paris has damp and rainy winters with chilling winds. Therefore, you can opt for wearing something waterproof or having double layers. You don't need to have an extra thick layering or woollen covering, but usual sweaters, scarves, gloves and boots would be good.
  3. Is it worth going to Paris in December?

    Yes, December is the busiest of the months in Paris. Apart from the favourable climatic conditions, the perk of visiting Paris lies in its Christmas delight. There are several fests, carnivals, Christmas Markets and other holiday programs being conducted during the holiday season. If the climate remains stable, you may also get a glimpse of a frosty snowfall.
  4. Where to stay in Paris in winter?

    There are several places to stay in Paris in winters. It depends totally upon your budget as well as a preference to select a location of your choice. However here are some of the most sought after places to live in Paris:

    1st Arrondissement:
    The area is best for the sightseers as one can easily have the glimpse of banks of Seine, take a glimpse of louvre, pay a short visit to the Tuileries Garden etc.

    11th and 13th Arrondissements:
    The area is a paradise for those who live to please their taste buds. The area between these two Arrondissements is known for serving the best of Parisian Cuisine.

    7th Arrondissement:
    The Arrondissement gives you a view of Eiffel Tower from your hotel and is budget-friendly. Some of the most beautiful French Architecture can be seen in the hotels in this area.
  5. Is Paris worth visiting in winter?

    Yes, the climatic conditions, as well as some of the most famous cultural festivals which happen only in winters, are reasons enough for the winter trip. You can make most of this trip because of the mild and chilling weather, and the several fun places such as the Latin Quarters, Flea Markets etc that would brighten up your mood.

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