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Unicorn at Le Musée des Arts Foirains by photographer Francis Beddok AKA Paris-émoi ©2011
Holiday fair at Le Musée des Arts Forains
Step back in time and enter the world of the Paris Carnival Museum, le Musée des Arts Forains. This treasure trove of carnival and amusement park rides and acts is normally open to private groups and journalists, but for the third year in a row, they’re open for the last week of the year, December 26 through January 2.
It’s truly like a trip to a fair or carnival with so much to see and do. Play carnival midway games and ride on beautifully preserved working amusement rides, including a spectacular carrousel. A traditional circus calliope toots out classic old melodies, entertaining vaudeville and circus act performers take the stage every half hour. Lay your centimes down as the barker calls out results at the racing waiters relay game. Catch aerialists performing directly above the audience à la Cirque du Soleil and of course everyone has a great time.
For peeks at last year’s event, catch these videos:
Photographer Francis Beddok found this captivating unicorn in Paris, and you’ll also find druids, jugglers, musicians and street performers waiting at Le Musée des Arts Forains during their all too brief holiday celebration.
Don’t miss welcoming the new year with a stop at the mistletoe kissing area.
Very limited dates of December 26, 2011 through January 2, 2012.
Want to go?
Tél: 01 43 40 16 22
53, avenue des Terroirs de France, Paris 12th
Métro: 14, Cour Saint-Émilion
Open: 10am through 6pm
Entry: Adults €10, children 2-12 €5 and children under age 2 admitted free with adult
Francis Beddok AKA Paris-émoi is a Paris-based photographer who captures sacred sites and profane sights in Paris. Please click on his name to view his photographs published by BonjourParis every other week.
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