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What’s open on Christmas and New Year day in Paris

by stillinparis

You are Visiting Paris on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day and you want to know what  is open and things to do on this period.

During those two days most of stores are closed, many Museums and Monuments are also closed but some of them are still open. You can do  other activities like out-door Ice Skating. You can also have a river boat cruise in Paris on New Year Day.

You’ d rather do  shopping in many Christmas markets that are open during this season to prepare your New year’s eve in Paris. We have listed Monument and Museums which are open those Days. Other available activities are listed.

Food markets and some shops are still open on New year day.

Museums and Monuments open on Christmas Day (25 Dec 2023)


Jacquemart André Museum : Art museum , Exhibiton : Désire et Volupté ( Desire and sensuousness)  collections (Jeans Baptiste Pater, Jean Honoré Fragonard)

Natural History Museum (Galeries are closed : kids, Evolution).  the Zoo and the Garden are open

Centre Pompidou : Contemporary and Modern Art

L’Atelier des Lumières – private museum about painting

Musée de Montmartre (famous for its garden designed by Renoir)

La Bourse de Commerce (Pinault collection)

Espace Dali

Musée Maillol

Musée Grévin


Troquadero Aquarium

Eiffel Tower

Sacré Coeur Basilique  – A wonderful  Choir and Christmas Concert is organized four Christmas day in the Basilica

Notre Dames Cathedral – Many people from all around the world gather on 24 Dec and Christmas Day for the special office. Wonderful celebrations are organized with a special choir and Concert.

Zoological Park of Paris

Many restaurants are open and propose special Christmas menu.  Read our selection of restaurants for Christmas in Paris

Museums and Monuments open on  New year’s Day (1 Jan. 2024)


Orsay Museum : on of the best museums in Paris. You can many focused masters’ works :  Van Gogh, Cezanne, Pierre Bonnard, Gustave Courbet)

Jacquemart André museum : Art museum

Orangerie Museum : one of the best art museum in Paris ( see some interesting Exhibitions)

Natural History Museum (some Galeries are closed: kids, Evolution …)

Quai Branly Museum :  primitive art Museum, many collection of piece from African, Asian, Oceanian and American civilizations

Institut du Monde Arabe (Arabic World Institute)

Espace Dali

Musée de Montmartre (famous for its garden designed by Renoir)

Atelier des Lumières

Musée Maillol

Musée du Luxembourg


Troquadero Aquarium

Sacré Coeur Basilique

Notre Dames Cathedral

Eiffel Tower

Other Activities available

Christmas Dinner Cruise in Paris
Christmas Dinner Cruise in Paris

Lunch and dinner Cruises for Xmas day

For Xmas, you will be able to have an unforgettable Chritsmas Dinner on the Seine River.

Many compagnies propose gourmet dinner with a wonderfull view on Paris Monuments.

>> Book your Christmas dinner in Paris

Ice skating rinks

Ice Skating at Grand Palais - Paris
Ice Skating at Grand Palais – Paris

-Tocadero on Ice at the Trocadero Garden

-Open air ice skating rink at Hotel de Ville (City Hall)

Shopping or eating in the Champs Elysées Avenue

read more :

New year’s eve in Paris

Visiting Paris in December

Christmas Markets in Paris

Visiting Paris in January

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