Concerts and Family Outing

Our picks for the festive season!

Gwendolien Rummelhardt’s picks

There are always a great many concerts on in Paris during the Christmas period, and these days there are as many in small places of worship as in there are in the big concert halls.

La Grande veillée de Noel
Bach: Jesu, joy of man’s desiring
Caccini’s Ave Maria
Vivaldi: Selected works
Mozart: A Little Night Music
Handel: Lascia ch’io panga; Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
Religious and secular carols: Les anges dans les campagnes, Minuit, chrétiens, etc.
Performers: Les Solistes Français, Paul Rouger, Diana Higbee

Saturday 22 December at 9pm
Eglise Saint Germain des Prés 75006 Paris –

Chants de Noël
Orchestre Paris Classik, Stéphane Hénoch (violin) and Claire Cervera (mezzo-soprano)
Programme: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Schubert and Caccini’s Ave Maria, and a selection of Christmas carols.

Tuesday 25 December at 5pm
Eglise Luthérienne des Billettes 75004 Paris

Christmas and New Year concerts with the Radio France Choir and Philarmonic Orchestra.
Saturday 22 December at 8pm : Mandolin concertos, echos from the Most Serene Republic’s heyday, choral arrangements by the young Mozart: an Austro-Venetian evening, equal parts classical and baroque, light and festive. In a word, a gift.

Monday 31 December at 8pm
Christmas and New Year concerts with the Radio France Choir and Philarmonic Orchestra.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,The Nutcracker Suite, op. 71a
Josef Strauss, Ohne Sorgen! (“Without a care!”), polka
Johann Strauss II Emperor Waltz
George Gershwin Extracts from Porgy and Bess:Summertime, I loves you Porgy, What do you want with Bess? Bess, you is my woman now, An American in Paris

116 avenue du Président Kennedy
75016 Paris
Metro: Line 6: Passy – Line 9: Ranelagh – Line 10: Javel-André Citroën
Bus: Routes 22, 52, 62, 70 and 72

Laetitia’s picks :

Le Cirque Phénix
Equestrian vaulting and acrobatics, quadrille, juggling, comedic routines, aerial ballet, trapeze and trick riding that will take your breath away! This aerial and equestrian show aims to celebrate the origins of the modern circus, born of a meeting between military cavalrymen and travelling entertainers.

from 24 November 2018 until 30 January 2019
Chapiteau Cirque Phénix
Pelouse de Reuilly, 75012 Paris

Three-act ballet by Rudolf Nureyev, the star principal.
With music from Prokoviev, the celebrated Russian composer who also wrote Peter and the Wolf.

Sunday 30 December 2018
Opéra Bastille - 75012
Métro Lignes 1, 5 et 8 Bastille

Doisneau and music at the Philharmonie
Parisians in the streets, local dances, restaurants above cabarets – this skilful photographer captured Paris in black and white, crossing paths with hundreds of jazz musicians and stars of his era.

from 4 December 2018 until 28 April 2019
Philharmonie de Paris
221 Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris 19
Official website :

Meiji, Splendours of Imperial Japan
On the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, the Guimet Museum presents an exhibition on this profoundly modern era. Visitors are taken to the heart of the Empire of the Rising Sun, revealing the rapid social and technological change during the period.

from 17 October 2018 until 14 January 2019
Musée Guimet
Place d’Iéna
75116 Paris 16
Metro ligne 9 station Iéna