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


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

Locate Museums and  see details about their collections

Museums and Monuments open on Christmas Day (25 Dec 2016)


Centre Pompidou – The biggest modern Art Museum in Paris is open on Xmas Day at 11am. Our advice : book in advance a skip the line ticket for the Centre Pompidou

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

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

Institut du Monde Arabe (Arabic World Institute)

La Pinacothèque – private museum about painting

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

Espace Dali

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme


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. 2017)


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

Pompidou Center : Modern art Museum, visit the Kandinsky Library too . Book in advance a skip the line ticket for Centre Pompidou

Look Mickey, Roy Lichtenstein, 1961
© National Gallery of Art, Washington

Jasquemart 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)

Musée Dapper

Grand Palais

Pinacothèque de Paris


Troquadero Aquarium

Sacré Coeur Basilique

Notre Dames Cathedral

Eiffel Tower


Other Activities available everyday

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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