Paris Events December 2011: What to See and Do in Paris

Paris Events December 2011: What to See and Do in Paris
December 2011 Events in Paris ASSORTED PARIS EVENTS Christmas Markets in Paris Christmas markets abound in Paris, and are located throughout the city: avenue des Champs-Elysées, Place Saint Sulpice, boulevard St. Germain, Place d’Italie, La Défense and Place de la Nation. Ice Skating Rinks at Hôtel de Ville and Tour Montparnasse 12:00-10:00pm Mondays through Fridays and 9am-10pm Saturdays and Sundays (rental skates available). GENERAL EVENTS Le festival des meilleurs vins-Le Grand Tasting (Wine Tasting) 2, 3 Wine tastings, workshops & music with over 100 châteaux pouring their best wines at the Carrousel du Louvre. Grab a glass and have a little patience as this event sees over 20,000 visitors in the two days it is held. Gucci Masters International Horse Jumping Competition, part of Salon du Cheval de Paris 2-4 International horse jumping competition. Salon du Cheval de Paris 3-11 Prestigious international equestrian competitions, including the Gucci Masters (above) and the World Arabian Horse Championship. La Course en Escarpins (Paris High-Heeled Relay) 3  3:30pm start Join hundreds of women in high heels at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and participate in this relay telethon. High Fashion and Tea at the Hotel Bristol Thés à la Mode 3 Enjoy an elegant tea and fashion event. Paris Boat Show—Salon Nautique de Paris 3-11 Porte de Versailles transforms to a nautical dream for this fantastic show that draws over 250,000 visitors annually. Ongoing exhibits, demonstrations, and events including a stand-up paddleboarding race on the Seine on Sunday, December 4. Cirque du Soleil 4 November– 18 December “Corteo” in an extended performance by Cirque du Soleil Vignerons en Seine—Winemakers of the Seine (Wine tasting) 10, 11 Head to Bercy for a wine tasting featuring 22 of the finest organic wines in France. Salon des Grands Vignobles 16-18 Join a group that tastes fine wines and foie gras on the Seine on Maxim’s, Port de Suffren below the Eiffel Tower. French All-Star Basketball Game 29 The best French professional basketball players hit the Bercy courts. Lumen de Lumine, Light Born of Light at Notre Dame Through 31 December See the nativity recounted on a 100m screen and hear the music come alive.  This free exhibit is held within Notre Dame. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris Holiday concerts Throughout the month. Galeries Lafayette, 1st floor of Galeries Lafayette Coupole through January 7 Antidote 7, a graphic art exhibit by artist Jean-Marc Ballée MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS (ART, FILM, PHOTOGRAPHY & MORE) Archaeological Crypt of Notre Dame – Crypte Archéologique du Parvis Notre Dame Et Lutèce devint Paris, through February 26 Armor Museum—Musée de l’Armée Napoléon III et L’Italie, through January 15 Beaux-Arts de Paris Soudain, Déjà, through January 8 Massimo Berruti, through December 3 Vernissage de l’Exposition des Lauréats des Prix des Amis 2011, through January 10 Branly Museum on Quai Branly—Musée du Quai Branly PhotoQuai 2011 through December 4 at satellite exhibit locations Samouria, Armure du Guerrier, through January 29 Bourdelle Museum—Musée Bourdelle Antoine Bourdelle / Que du Dessin, through January 29 Carnavalet Museum—Musée Carnavalet People of Paris in the 19th Century, through February 26 Cartier Foundation Gallery—Fondation Cartier Mathematics – A Beautiful Elsewhere, through March 18 Children’s Interactive Art Museum—Musée en Herbe Keith Haring Hieroglyphs, through Dec. 31 Cinema Museum—Cinémathèque Metropolis, through January 29 City of Science & Industry Museum & Children’s Museum—Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Tous Connectés, through December 31 Océan, Climat et Nous, through June 30, 2012 Gaulois: Une Expo Renversante, through September 2012 Costume & Theater Set Design Museum—Centre National du Costume de Scène L’Art du Costume à la Comédie-Française, through December 31 Decorative Arts Museum—Musée des Arts Décoratifs Hussein Chalayan, Récits du Mode, through December 11 Maarten Baas, Curiosities, through February 12 Stefan Sagmeister (advertising art), through February 19 Goudemalion, Jean-Paul Goude Retrospective, through March 18 Eugene Delacroix Museum—Musée national de Eugène Delacroix Homage to Delacroix Fantin-Latour, Manet, Cézanne, through March 19 European House of Photography—La Maison Européenne de la Photographie (AKA “MEP”) L’Age d’Or de la Photographie Albanaise, through January 8 Fernanda Magalhaes, Rogério Reis, Edu Simoes, through January 8 Rome + Klein Photographies 1956-1960, through January 8 Martine Franck, Venus d’Ailleurs, through January 8 Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson Lewis Hine, through December 18 Giverny Impressionism Museum  (by Monet’s gardens) — Giverny Impressionists Museum no shows Grand Palace Museum, Palace of Discovery—Grand Palais/Palais de la Découverte Des Jouets et des Hommes (Toys and Men), through January 23 Game Story: A History of the Video Game, through January 10 Le Cheveux, through August, 2012 Grand Palace National Gallery—Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso…l’Aventure des Stein, through January 16 Holocaust Memorial Museum—Mémorial de la Shoah Cinema and the Shoah, through February 20 Des JO de Berlin aux JO de Londres (1936-1948), through March 18 Jacquemart-André Museum–Musée Jacquemart André

Lead photo credit : Hotel de Ville ice skating rink at night. Photo: OTCP/ David-Lefranc

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