Paris lights up this week with Christmas decorations, a photo exhibit celebrating Americans in Paris, an arts festival open to all, and a DIY expo for crafty people.
You know it’s the start of the holiday season when the Champs-Elysées lights up the night with its Christmas Illuminations. This year, the ceremony kicks off on November 22 at 6pm with special guest, actress Lily-Rose Depp. But the star of the show is the amazing view of Paris’ most famous street twinkling with the holiday spirit. Not to be outdone, the Faubourg Saint-Honoré neighborhood is holding its own Wintertime in Paris celebration, with a lighting ceremony on November 16. Visit the WEBSITE for information and to buy tickets for the tombola, a chance to win 45 luxury prizes from the biggest names in jewelry, fashion, hotels, spas and more (part of the proceeds go to the Laurette Fugain Association, which supports leukemia research). And while strolling through Paris, be sure to stop by city’s department stores, who go out all at this time of year with their holiday window displays, a treat for young and old.
Champs Elysées Illuminations
When: November 22, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Where: avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris
Winter Time in Paris
When: November 16, 2017 – January 27, 2018
Where: rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris
Stay tuned for more ideas to celebrate Christmas in Paris!
Lost Americans in Paris
Gertrude Stein dubbed them “The Lost Generation”: a group of writers, musicians and artists that made their home in Paris in the 20s and 30s, including Hemingway, Steinbeck and Fitzgerald. A new large-scale photography exhibit, La Génération Perdue, pays homage to this period when American artists sought a creative sanctuary and public recognition far from home. Using images from the book La Génération perdue. Des Américains à Paris, 1917-1939, the exhibit captures the spirit of the “Années Folles”, a time of relative peace and rich artistic and cultural collaboration that has been celebrated in movies such as “Midnight in Paris.” It’s photographic proof of the lure France has long held for American artists.
When: Nov 7, 2017 – Jan 15, 2018
Where: Façades along the rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris
Making art accessible to all is the goal of the Festival To Gaether, a weekend of music, theater, art, dance, fashion, food & drink and more at the Carreau du Temple. By presenting a multitude of different disciplines and promoting collaborations between emerging and established artists, and between artists and the public, the festival hopes to demonstrate to all visitors the power of art to bring people together. And best of all, entrance is entirely free!
When: Nov 18-19, 2017, Sat. 10am-midnight, Sun 10am – 7pm
Where: Carreau du Temple, 2 rue Perrée, 75003 Paris
Hand-made for the holidays
Sponsored by Marie Claire Idées magazine, the Creation & Savoir-Faire Expo is the number one exhibition for fans of DIY: sewing, fashion, home decoration, creative cooking, crafts, beauty, knitting, scrapbooking. You’ll find tons of new ideas, new trends and new materials to feed your creative spirit. With 350 exhibitors and over 500 workshops (origami, needlepoint, Christmas decorations, candlemaking and much more), it’s also the perfect place to find inspiration for hand-made holiday gifts for the ones you love.
When: Nov 15 – 17, 2017, 9 :30am – 6:30 pm (6pm Sunday)
Where: Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles – Pavillon 7.3, 1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris