Paris Seasonal & holiday activities

Our most recommended Paris Seasonal & holiday activities

Paris: Open-Top Christmas Bus Tour

1. Paris: Open-Top Christmas Bus Tour

Let yourself be carried away by the magic and romance of Paris from the open top of an electric green bus. Pass by Opera, Place Vendôme, Concorde, Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, the big department stores, and many more.  Discover the "City of Light" and immerse yourself into the Christmas spirit. Admire the city illuminated with Christmas lights and listen to an audio commentary that includes traditional Christmas songs. Share this special moment with your loved ones.

Père Lachaise Cemetery: Walking Tour

2. Père Lachaise Cemetery: Walking Tour

Visit one of Paris’ quirkier landmarks, the Père Lachaise Cemetery, on a walking tour with an expert guide. Don’t miss the most visited cemetery in the world during your stay in Paris, with over 3.5 million visitors every year. See the final resting places of many famous artistic, literary, and historical figures, including Marcel Proust, Edith Piaf, Delacroix, Jim Morrison, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and many others. Explore the grounds of the 19th-century cemetery with your guide, whose commentary will balance humor with historical accuracy. Let them share secrets with you about the cemetery and some of its famous residents. Highlights include the quaint cobbled paths, elaborate tombs, and stunning decorative funerary art.

Paris: New Year's Eve Dinner and Cabaret Show

3. Paris: New Year's Eve Dinner and Cabaret Show

Upon arrival at this famous Parisian cabaret, you will be welcomed by actors, dancers, and artists, plunging you into a surreal and surprising atmosphere. After you take your seat, you will enjoy a gourmet 3-course French dinner with selected Bordeaux wine and champagne before the artists present to you a truly magical Parisian experience. Enjoy the event in the mythical Paradis Latin Hall, as you witness a one-of-a-kind night of cabaret. The show, "L’Oiseau Paradis" is a tantalizing night of sensuality, poetry, emotion, humor, and new technologies directed by Kamel Ouali. Silver Menu Starter New Year’s Eve amuse-bouche (Scallops tartare perfumed with truffle, mash and chips of Jerusalem artichoke) Flower of foie gras from Paradis Lobster avocado, in fine shellfish jelly, tuile with squid ink Main Roasted veal back, mashed potatoes with black truffles, Périgord sauce Dessert Candy Apple: Caramelized apple brunoise in look-alike candy apple Or Gold Menu Starter 20g Sologne caviar and blinis, French vodka New Year’s Eve amuse-bouche(Scallops tartare perfumed with truffle, mash and chips of Jerusalem artichoke) The colors Paradis Salmon-Caviar Flower of foie gras from Paradis Lobster avocado, in fine shellfish jelly, tuile with squid ink Roasted veal back, mashed potatoes with black truffles, Perigord sauce Candy Apple: Caramelized apple brunoise in look-alike candy apple Mr Pierre Hermé’s macaroons Or Platinum Menu 20g Sologne caviar and blinis, French vodka New year’s Eve amuse-bouche (Scallops tartare parfumed with truffle, mash and chips of Jerusalem artichoke) The colors Paradis Salmon-Caviar Flower of foie gras from Paradis Lobster avocado, in fine shellfish jelly, tuile with squid ink Artichoke soup and black truffle, Puff pastry brioche with mushrooms and truffles Roasted veal back, mashed potatoes with black truffles, Perigord sauce Candy Apple: Caramelized apple brunoise in look-alike candy apple Mr Pierre Hermé’s macaroons Drinks Mineral water Wine* at discretion during dinner Champagne* " Brut " of the brand at your discretion all night long

Paris: Private Christmas Photoshoot with VIP Option

4. Paris: Private Christmas Photoshoot with VIP Option

Turn your visit to Paris into a memory that will last a lifetime with a private Christmas photoshoot. Let your photographer take snapshots of you at various locations. Use props to help capture the festive spirit. Receive your digital photos at the end. Choose between a regular or a VIP experience. Receive a PDF guide with instructions and tips for the photoshoot before you arrive, as well as a guide to Paris. Make sure to dress in cozy sweaters and Christmas attire to create the perfect winter holiday vibes. Meet your photographer in the center of the city and get started. Opt for a regular photoshoot lasting 45 minutes and take photos at the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, and the Place Vendôme. Choose the VIP option of 1 hour and 40 minutes and visit the Eiffel Tower, the Place Vendôme, the Parvis de l'hôtel de ville, the Tuileries Gardens, and more. Allow your photographer to give you tips and tricks on the best poses. Receive Christmas hats, candies, and sparklers to capture endearing memories. After 24 hours you will receive a secure link to view and download the professionally edited, high-resolution digital photos.

Paris: Cabaret Christmas Eve Dinner and Show

5. Paris: Cabaret Christmas Eve Dinner and Show

Upon arrival at this famous Parisian cabaret, you will be welcomed by actors, dancers, and artists, plunging you into a surreal and surprising atmosphere. After you take your seat, enjoy a gourmet 3-course French dinner created & signed by Guy Savoy 3* with selected wine and champagne before the artists present to you a truly magical Parisian experience. Listen to an exceptional singer in the mythical Paradis Latin Hall and enjoy a one-of-a-kind night of cabaret. The new show, 'L’Oiseau Paradis' is a tantalizing night of sensuality, poetry, emotion, humor, and new technologies. Christmas Eve Gala Menu Paradis Latin‘s Royal Apéritif Salmon-Caviar Vol-au-vent Mr Pierre Hermé Christmas dessert Mineral water Half bottle of wine Half bottle of Champagne

Paris: Dark City Secrets Walking Tour

6. Paris: Dark City Secrets Walking Tour

Throughout your 2-hour guided tour you will discover the dark side of the center of Paris. Choose between a shared or private experience, which will begin at the former main site of the bloody and popular public executions, which were both adored and appreciated by Parisians. You will see how cruelly they used to punish convicted criminals, as well as the occasional unfortunate innocent person too. Paris is a haunted city with plenty of ghosts and phantoms. One famous French poet became the ghost that today haunts a theater, another one was injured during a fire and has since never left the Opera House. You'll learn about the "evil queen" of France, and how another spirit haunted her all the way up until her final days. Demons and devilish beings are everywhere in Paris, with the Notre Dame Cathedral containing plenty of them on its exterior. On this facade, there are so many creepy and mysterious signs and symbols, which require a thorough investigation to properly appreciate it. You will learn how a gypsy cursed a house in the Latin Quarter, causing its owner to die. This was followed by more people mysteriously dying there. You'll hear the spine-chilling story about this most famous cursed Parisian place, before your chilling tour finishes at the meeting point with the story of a vampire.

Christmas in Paris: The Champs Elysées & the Arc de Triomphe

7. Christmas in Paris: The Champs Elysées & the Arc de Triomphe

Join an expert local guide and discover the magic of the holiday season in Paris. Your guide will take you to the Champs Elysées, one of the world’s most famous streets, lit up every year to celebrate the holiday season. The switching on of the Christmas lights on the Champs Elysées signals to everyone in France that the holiday season has begun, and it’s here that Parisians gather on 31 December to see in the New Year. Pass by the Elysée Palace where the French President lives, and see iconic sites such as the Lido cabaret, and the famous Fouquet's restaurant, where you can perhaps indulge in some French celebrity spotting! We’ll stop at the celebrated patissier Ladurée, where you will be treated to delicious French macarons from their delightful pastry store and tearoom. What better way to see the Christmas lights across Paris than from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous monuments in the city? Built by Napoleon Bonaparte to celebrate his great military victories, the terrace on the top offers some of the best views over the city. Your guide will explain the history and significance of this magnificent monument, before providing you with skip the line tickets to ascend to the top. Admire the sparkling Champs Elysées laid out at your feet and enjoy the breathtaking views of the dazzling Eiffel Tower shimmering nearby.

Paris by Night - Tuk tuk Ride

8. Paris by Night - Tuk tuk Ride

There’s so much to see in Paris, and so many of the city’s monuments are even more spectacular when viewed at night. See the landmarks and popular attractions of the City of Light by pedicab, with a driver who knows the city well. The pedicab has a capacity of 2 persons, and your driver/guide will provide commentary as you ride by the city’s iconic sites on either a 1-hour or 2-hour tour. It’s up to you to decide which monuments you’d like to see and hear about. Your sightseeing route could include the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées, Notre-Dame, and the world-famous Latin Quarter. See the Louvre, the Orsay museum, and the Opera as well. In the winter, you won't have to worry about being cold, as you’ll be provided a princess blanket to keep you warm. In addition, there’s also a clear plastic tarp available for inclement weather, to keep you dry without obstructing your view!

Paris: Christmas Highlights Tour in a Vintage French Car

9. Paris: Christmas Highlights Tour in a Vintage French Car

Explore Paris at night under the Christmas lights from the warmth of a Citroën 2CV's soft bench, equipped with comfortable cushions and blankets. Admire the city's famous monuments and squares — from Place Vendôme to Champs Elysées, via Pont Alexandre III and the Louvre — dressed in festive lights. Get picked up from any location in the 1st–20th arrondissements, then enjoy a sparkling drive and a memorable night experience. Take advantage of the traffic-free capital city and let yourself be guided on a magical night drive punctuated by the anecdotes of your driver. As a gift befitting the festive period, receive a Saint James scarf, 100% made in France, for each passenger.

Paris: Moulin Rouge Christmas Dinner and Show with Souvenir

10. Paris: Moulin Rouge Christmas Dinner and Show with Souvenir

Spend an evening during the Christmas season in the magical atmosphere of the Moulin Rouge Paris, entry tickets included. Enjoy a performance of the cabaret show, Féerie, paired with a holiday feast of traditional French cuisine. Take home a gift to celebrate your night. Enter Moulin Rouge and watch as a troupe of 100 artists parades in flamboyant costumes of feathers, rhinestones, and sequins. Marvel at the intricate set designs and enjoy the music performed by 80 musicians and 60 choral singers. Savor a Christmas dinner featuring a traditional French appetizer, starter, main course, and dessert. Along with your meal, enjoy a half-bottle of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée champagne and a Mouline Rouge souvenir per couple. Dinner Menu Amuse-bouche (appetizer): • Small half-smoked salmon filet, crab tarama, and wakame salad Starter: • Raw marinated scallops, a variety of cabbage in various textures, and caviar or • Half-cooked duck foie gras, shavings of homemade duck ham, apple fruit, curly salad with truffle vinaigrette, and gingerbread from Frédéric Lalos (French Craftsperson of the Year in Baking) Main course: • Sea bass filet cooked at low temperature, wilted spinach and lobster salpicon, potato gnocchis, and American sauce or • Filet of farm poultry in a Rossini style, brioche crumble, roasted salsify, parsnip mousseline, and meat sauce with duck foie gras and black truffles Dessert: • Mont blanc filled with blackcurrant, truffled chestnut cream, and Madagascar vanilla chantilly cream

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based on 89 reviews

Our guide was very charismatic and knowledgeable. He answered everyone’s questions and had some really wonderful stories. He also gave everyone tips for other things to do in the city. Great tour.

Sebastian was an amazing tour guide!! We had a great time. He gave us many recommendations and answered any questions we had! Would definitely recommend!

Above and beyond. He was Mason was excellent guide and keep me wanting more dark history

Leo was amazing. He brought the stories to life and made for an exciting night.

Interesting walk with Leo..... lots of good stories. Really enjoyed it!