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

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

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December 2011 Events in Paris

Skating at Hotel de Ville. Photo: Melisa Vazquez

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 DecemberCorteo” 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

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

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

Grand Palace National Gallery—Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

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

Jeu de Paume

  • Jahnu Adoor, Barua Gopalakrishnan, North East by South West, through January 22
  • Diane Arbus, through February 5
  • Audrey Cottin: Charlie & Sabrina, through February 5
  • Blow Up / Cycle “Side Effects,” through March 15

Jewish Art & History Museum—Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme

Legion of Honor Museum—Musée National de la Légion d’Honneur

  • Permanent collection on view

Louvre Museum  — Musée du Louvre

Luxembourg Garden Museum—Musée du Luxembourg

MacValMusée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne

  • art films by Danish artist Jesper Jest, through February 5

Maillol Museum; Dina Vierny Foundation—Musée Maillol

Maison de Balzac

Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris

Malmaison—Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois Préau

  • Permanent collection

Maritime Museum at Palais de Tokyo—Musée Nationale de la Marine

Modern Art Museum of Paris—Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Mona Bismarck Foundation  & American Cultural Center/Gallery

  • The Wyeths, Three Generations of American Art, through February 12

Montparnasse Museum—Le Musée du Montparnasse

  • Les Chemins de la Déportation, through December 30

National Library of France—Bibliothèque nationale de France (François Mitterand Library)

  • Casanova, la passion de la liberté through February 19

Natural History Museum — Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

  • Parcours à la Ménagerie, through December 31
  • Invisible, Zoom sur le Plancton, through December 31

Nissim de Camondo Museum

  • Permanent collection

Orangerie Museum—Musée de l’Orangerie

  • L’Espagne Entre Deux Siècles de Zuloaga à Picasso, through January 9

Orsay Museum—Musée d’Orsay

Palais Garnier

  • No current exhibition

Munch at Pompidou

Paris City Hall Gallery—Hôtel de Ville

  • The Drawings of Sempé, through February 11
  • “The Chic Parisian,” through February 25

Petit Palais Fine Arts Museum of Paris—Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

Pinacothèque Art Museum of Paris — Pinacothèque

  • Giacometti et les Étrusques, through January 8

Pompidou Modern Art Museum—Centre Georges Pompidou

  • Edvard Munch, l’oeil Moderne 1900-1944, through January 9
  • Des Années 1960 à Nos Jours, through February 13
  • Danser sa Vie, opens November 23rd through March 5

Red House Foundation (Albert de Galbert Foundation)— La Maison Rouge

Musée Rodin

Romantic-Writers Museum—Musée de la Vie Romantique

  • La Nouvelle Athènes, permanent exhibition
  • Paris Proche et Lointain, Patrick Faigenbaum, February 12

Skilled Arts & Crafts Museum — Musée des Arts et Métiers

Versailles Palace— Château de Versailles

Zadkine (sculpture) Museum & Garden—Musée Zadkine

  • Closed through February 2012 for maintenance

MUSIC VENUES (POP, ROCK, R&B, JAZZ, CLASSICAL)

Autour du Piano

Series of intimate recitals and concerts at several locations, including the Jacquemart-André Museum, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, and the Foundation Dosne-Thiers. Please click name for schedule.

Bercy

14 Coldplay

16-18 Notre-Dame de Paris—Concert Homage

Châtelet Theater Grand Foyer Concerts— Grand Foyer du Châtelet

2  Soirée Classique: Irakly Avaliani, piano; Beethoven, Brahms

Cigale Theater—La Cigale

1-3   Elisabeth Buffet

4   Medi Christmas Party CANCELLED

5   Blankass

6   Moriarty

7   L

8   Carmen Maria Vega

9   Nigel Kennedy et Son Groupe

10   Richard Gotainer

10   Red Bull Mini Drome

12   J Cole

13   K’s Choice en Acoustique

14-30   Audrey Lamy –Derniers Avant Vegas

Olympia Concert Hall— L’Olympia

5,6   Ogres de Barback

12   You and the Night Music

18   Zut

19   Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers

20   Michael Gregario

21-30   Dora the Explorer

26   Music

27   Jerome Commandeur

Le Palais des Congrès de Paris

1-3  Ballet Flamenco—Cristina Hoyos

2     Robin des Bois

12   Appel National Pour la Tsedaka

13    Hair

15    Le Grand Ballet de Cuba

17   Orchestre National de France

20 December —01 January   Le Ballet MOÏSSEÏEV

Palais des Sports

Adam and Eve, opening January 31st

Salle Pleyel (Classical, Jazz & World Music)

1   Yuga Wang

2, 9, 10, 16   Orchestre Philiharmonique de Radio France

3   Rolando Villazon

4, 7   Cecilia Bartoli

6, 11   Orchestre Colonne

10   Aldo Ciccolini

11   Orchestre National d’Ile de France

13   Les Grandes Figures

14   Prélude

14, 15. 21  Orchestre de Paris

17   Orchestre National du Capitole du Toulouse

19   Orchestre Français des Jeunes

20   Norma de Bellini

23   Les Lumières de la Ville

Stade de France

No December concerts

Zénith Concert Hall—Le Zénith

Through December 11th Disney sur Glace

13   Paul Kalkbrenner

15,16   Ben l’Oncle Soul

17   Nolwenn Leroy

20   Shy’m

21   Merry Christmas Gospel Tour

JAZZ CLUBS & CONCERT VENUES

Sunside/Sunset

Le Caveau de la Huchette

Rhoda Scott at Sunset

Le Duc des Lombards

Le Caveau des Oubliettes

Le Baiser Salé

Le Méridien Etoile

  • 6-10   Chicago Blues Festival
  • 31  Gerry Messon and the Creole Caïmans

New Morning

  • 12  Jeff Lorber Fusion

Le Petit Journal Montparnasse

Swan Bar

AUTHORS, BOOK-SIGNINGS & LITERARY EVENTS

American Library in Paris

  • 7 Evenings with an Author: Screening of Roth on Roth

Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore

No events announced as of publication date

Shakespeare and Co.

  • 5   Three prize-winning poets read: Amina Said, Vénus Khoury-Ghata and Marilyn Hacker
  • 7   Margo Berdeshevsky, Between Soul and Stone
  • 8   Elena Azzoni, My Year Straight – book signing
  • 12   Piers Faccini and Dom Pinto, acoustic concert
  • 14   The Cinema Suitcase
  • 19   Sure Thing theatre performance, Jacques Lecoq and Lorenza Gentile

Village Voice Bookshop

  • 8   Denis Hirson will read from his latest book, The Dancing and Death on Lemon Street and Worlds in One Country

W.H. Smith

  • No author events scheduled

OPERA, BALLET & THEATRE PERFORMANCES

Opéra Garnier [Palais Garnier]

  • La Cenerentola: Conductor Bruno Capmpanella, through December 17
  • Onéguine: Choreographer John Cranko, December 9-30

Opéra Bastille

  • La Force du Destin – Conductor Philippe Jordan, through December 17
  • Cendrillon – Choreographer Rudolf Noureev, through December 30

Royal Opera House of Versailles

  • Amadis de Gaule – Choreographer Natalie van Parys, December 10 and 12
  • Blanche-Neige – Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, December 16-23

Lisa Buros-Hutchins is the BonjourParis calendar editor and she owns Your Paris Experience, a private travel consultancy offering a wide array of services, from trip itinerary planning and phone consultation to specific itemized services. Please visit Lisa’s website for further information. Your Paris Experience is pleased to offer BonjourParis Premium Members a 10% discount on the public price of all services.

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