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What's On In Paris In December

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Updated: 15 November 2016
The end of 2016 is filled with new beginnings in Paris, thanks to the opening of a new cultural center and floating theater. The festive season is also well underway, with Christmas markets and carol services popping up everywhere, and two major fashion charity sales mean that retail therapy has never been better for the soul. Whatever warms your heart on a cold December day, you’ll find it on our cultural calendar below.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1st – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th

Portobello mushrooms │© chefkeem ; Vintage clothing │© Unsplash ; Guitar │© tresdetres ; Dancers │© fsHH
Portobello mushrooms │ | © chefkeem ; Vintage clothing │| Unsplash ; Guitar │| tresdetres ; Dancers │| fsHH

FOOD │ Treat Your Tastebuds to a Day at the Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands

📅 Friday, December 2nd – Monday, December 5th

The Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands is Paris’ ultimate gathering for foodies. Since 1996, it has been presenting the newest and best from the world of gastronomy and is the perfect place to pick up ideas and ingredients to make your end-of-year celebrations extra special. More than 350 gourmet producers will be present, from France and around the world, as well as chefs, cooking teachers, and bloggers.

Tickets: 10€

📍 Espace Champerret, 6 rue Jean Oestreicher, 75017 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 55 34 37 60

CULTURE │Celebrate the Inauguration of the Centre Social et Culturel Rosa-Parks

📅 Saturday, December 3rd – Friday, December 23rd

The Centre Social et Culturel Rosa-Parks, which will serve inhabitants of the Portes de La Chapelle, d’Aubervilliers, de La Villette neighborhoods, is celebrating its opening with three weeks of festivities. On the opening night, you can expect to see some amazing street art and a photography exhibition, eat great food, and listen to a variety of concerts. Paris Anti-Discrimination Week will also feature prominently in the calendar of events over the following weeks.

Tickets: Free.

📍 Centre social et culturel Rosa-Parks, 219 boulevard Macdonald, 75019 Paris, France, +33 (0)6 35 18 04 52

FASHION │ Do Some Good by Shopping at the Braderie de la Solidarité d’Autremonde

📅 Saturday, December 3rd Sunday, December 4th

This is the 23rd Braderie de la Solidarité d’Autremonde, an event created in 1994 by a group of young volunteers in order to raise funds for a Christmas party for homeless people. Every year, the biggest names in fashion, design, and beauty donate thousands of items from their collections to the charity. Proceeds now go to a range of services for people in precarious situations, including migrants.

Tickets: 2€

📍 Mairie du 20e arrondissement, 6 place Gambetta, 75020 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 43 14 77 82

MUSIC │ Pick Up a Pick at the 2nd Salon de la Guitare at La Bellevilloise

📅 Saturday, December 3rd Sunday, December 4th

The Salon de la Guitare is back for its 2nd edition at the ever-popular La Bellevilloise concert venue in the 20th. The guest of honor this year is Jean-Pierre Favino, who has been creating top-quality acoustic guitars at his workshop for 70 years. Meetings for professional musicians, conferences, concerts, and the chance to try and buy exceptional instruments are all on the agenda.

Tickets: 10€ for the weekend and 6€ for the day.

📍 La Bellevilloise, 19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 53 27 35 75

MUSIC │ Waltz Your Way Around the Coolest Cultural Center in Paris at the Orchestra Ball

📅 Sunday, December 4th

The most fashionable cultural center in the capital, Le Centquatre, will host its most prestigious orchestra for one night of incredible music – from Offenbach to Satie via Galliano and Piaf – and dancing: the Orchestra Ball. More than 50 top performers will play over the course of the evening and, for all those reluctant dancers out there, professionals will be on hand to show you how it’s done.

Tickets: 8€ and 5€ for reduced rate.

📍 Le CENTQUATRE, 5 rue Curial, 75019 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 53 35 50 00

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th

Smoking pipes │© 947051 ; Jesse Owens │© WikiImages ; Christmas decorations │© erA_Blackout ; Carollers │© RonPorter
Smoking pipes │ | © 947051 ; Jesse Owens │| WikiImages ; Christmas decorations │| erA_Blackout ; Carollers │| RonPorter

ART │ Get Beneath the Canvas at the René Magritte Art Conference

📅 Tuesday, December 6th

The René Magritte Art Conference is being held to coincide with the major exhibition of the artist’s work currently underway at the Centre Pompidou, ending on January 23rd. Art historian Françoise Gagliano will lead the encounter, which offers a re-reading of Magritte’s emblematic works. If you have already seen the exhibition, this evening might settle any lingering questions you have and, if you haven’t, it’ll set you up for an even more profound experience.

Tickets: Free.

📍 Bibliothèque Rainer Maria Rilke, 88 Ter boulevard de Port-Royal, 75005 Paris, France

FILM │ Witness a Moment in History with La Couleur de la victoire by Stephen Hopkins

📅 Thursday, December 8th

La Couleur de la victoire (The Color of Victory) by Stephen Hopkins is being shown as part of Documentary Month at the Mémorial de la Shoah. Written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, it follows the African-American athlete Jesse Owens in his preparations for the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic Games. At the time, Owens is battling with racism in his personal life and the United States is struggling with its decision on whether to compete in Nazi Germany.

Tickets: 5€ and 3€ for reduced rate.

📍 Mémorial de la Shoah, 17 rue Geoffroy L’Asnier, 75004 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 42 77 44 72

FILM │ Watch La Mariée by Joël Curtz at SENSOPROJEKT #3

📅 Friday, December 9th

La Mariée (The Bride) by Joël Curtz is a documentary film that tells the harrowing story of Pippa Bacca. The Italian artist and her creative partner, Silvia Moro, left Milan on March 8, 2008, on a hitchhiking mission through Europe to Jerusalem. They planned to wear wedding dresses for the duration, an outward display of the message of peace they were carrying. On March 31st, Bacca disappeared. Her murdered body was found several weeks later.

Tickets: 8€ and 5€ and 4€ for reduced rate.

📍 Carreau du Temple, 4 rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris, France

DESIGN │ Find a Glittering Gift at a Designer Christmas Market Where Everything is 50€ or Less

📅 Saturday, December 10th Sunday, December 11th

Les Agaçantes are organizing this amazing design and fashion-oriented Christmas market where the prices are low and the quality high. Clothing, accessories, toys, and local products will be on offer, and creators and designers will be on-hand to provide advice and information on their products. You can also enjoy a glass of champagne or wine while you shop and a few tasty nibbles as well.

Tickets: Free.

📍 Galerie Joseph, 236 rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris, France

MUSIC │ Get Into the Festive Spirit at a Christmas Carol Concert

📅 Sunday, December 11th

This Christmas Carol Concert at the Eglise St Denys du St Sacrement offers a little slice of English festive cheer in Paris. The songbook will include all the classic songs familiar to Anglophone ears in an atmosphere that hopes to replicate King’s College in Cambridge or Salisbury Cathedral.

Tickets: Free.

📍 Eglise St Denys du St Sacrement, 68 bis rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 42 72 73 76

MUSIC │ Get a New Perspective on Global Warming at the Concert Climat

📅 Sunday, December 11th

Concert Climat is a musical evocation of humanity’s fight against climate change. ‘Eaarth’ is the 1st part of a trilogy of jazz septette suites inspired by readings of literary works by Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, and James Hansen. Composed by French-American pianist and trombonist Joe Makholm, Concert Climat was created by the Paris Jazz Repertory Septet during the COP21 conference in Paris in December 2015.

Tickets: 20€

📍 Sunset & Sunside, 60 Rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 40 26 46 60

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18th

Sewing machine │© jackmac34 ; Sculpture │© pixel2013 ; Camera │© Unsplash ; Screening │© PublicDomainPictures
Sewing machine │ | © jackmac34 ; Sculpture │| pixel2013 ; Camera │| Unsplash ; Screening │| PublicDomainPictures

FASHION │ Find Designer Labels and Fight AIDS at Les Créateurs Ont du Coeur

📅 Wednesday, December 14th Saturday, December 17th

This major fashion flash sale will help the work of the ARCAT Association that helps people living with HIV and contributes to research for a cure. Thousands of items from designers including Louboutin, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chloé, Isabel Marant, Zadig & Voltaire, IKKS, and John Galliano will be sold at 30% to 90% off retail prices.

Tickets: 2€

📍 Bastille Design Center, 74 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 44 93 29 29

ART │ Reshape Your Understanding of Sculpture at the Salon Sculpturum

📅 Friday, December 16th Sunday, December 18th

The Salon National de la Sculpture at the Parc Floral is a unique event on the Parisian arts calendar, bringing together more than 1,300 works of sculpture by artists from France and abroad. The pieces on display represent the best of classical, modern, and contemporary styles and employ a variety of materials including marble, wood, bronze, stone, glass, steel, stainless steel, and papier mâché. The range of prices is also very wide, so you might just be able to take home a piece that catches your eye.

Tickets: 7€ and free for students.

📍 Parc Floral, Rue de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris, France, +33 (0)6 17 94 64 06

MUSIC │ Chill Out to the Aloha Orchestra at the Supersonic

📅 Friday, December 16th

This group of five multi-instrumentalists inject vocal harmonies into their synth-pop beats. Their sound is a captivating blend of AltJ, Hot Chip, and Local Natives. The Supersonic is a 200-capacity concert hall with the feel of a New York loft.

Tickets: Free.

📍 Supersonic, 9 Rue Biscornet, 75012 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 46 28 12 90

MUSIC │ Heat Up A Cold Winter Night at Afro Souk Beat Machines

📅 Saturday, December 17th

The Afro Souk Beat Machines club night is back at its beloved FGO-Barbara for its latest edition. There will be three rooms and eight hours of music to enjoy, in an atmosphere of warmth and joy: a little patch of Kinshasa in Paris.

Tickets: 15€ and 13€ for reduced rate.

📍 FGO-Barbara, 1 rue de Fleury, 75018 Paris, France, +33 01 53 09 30 70

FILM │ Settle in for Documentary Saturday at the Marguerite Audoux Library

📅 Saturday, December 17th

For their last session of the year, the Marguerite Audoux Library will be showing Yaodong, petit traité de construction (2004), a film by Elodie Brosseau. In China, a community of cave-dwelling artisans share their know-how and rituals.

Tickets: Free.

📍 Bibliothèque Marguerite Audoux, 10 rue Portefoin, 75003 Paris, France

FILM │ Fete Women in Cinema at the Short Film Festival

📅 Saturday, December 17th

As part of the Short Film Festival, the Marguerite Yourcenar Multimedia Library will be screening three films under the title Images of Women. All from 2014, the three short films include the story of a group of 20-year-olds at a service station in the south of France, a portrait of Mademoiselle Kiki, queen of the Montparnasse night, and an examination of sex education by three generations of women on a family weekend break.

Tickets: Free.

📍 Médiathèque Marguerite Yourcenar, 41 rue d’Alleray, 75015 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 45 30 71 41

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25th

Silver jewelry │© pony_up ; Musical band │© Unsplash ; Philharmonie de Paris │© Nich marketing ; Punks │© StockSnap
Silver jewelry │ | © pony_up ; Musical band │| Unsplash ; Philharmonie de Paris │| Nich marketing ; Punks │| StockSnap

ART │ Experience a Part of the Exposition Festival ’12X12′

📅 Saturday, December 17th Saturday, December 24th

The ’12X12′ festival presents the works of 12 artists in residence at the 100ecs, an experimental cultural venue, over the course of 12 days in the 12th arrondissement. For its 7th edition, the Hélène Berr Multimedia Library hosts the works of visual artist and musician Aurélia Nardini. The artist draws inspiration from situations and people she meets to create spaces between documentary and fiction.

Tickets: Free.

📍 Médiathèque Hélène Berr, 70 rue de Picpus, 75012 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 43 45 87 12

DESIGN │ Try Your Hand at Jewelry Making at this Silver Workshop

📅 Monday, December 19th Tuesday, December 20th

This Silver Jewelry Workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill and to create a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift for someone special. The two-day course is led by Catherine Le Poah and will teach you how to make silver earrings and pendants as well as everything you need to know about polishing, cooking, and enameling. There are only ten places available so book fast!

Tickets: 270€

📍 Paris-Ateliers COURONNES, 66 rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 44 61 87 80

THEATER │ Enter Into La Centrale at La Loge

📅 Monday, December 19th Wednesday, December 21st

An original creation by La Loge for the 2016-17 season, La Centrale is set in a mysterious, abandoned power plant somewhere in France. Those who have the courage to enter, emerge transformed. This contemporary family tragedy speaks to the forgotten in our society and has been praised for its chiseled dialogue.

Tickets: 16€ to 12€. In French.

📍 La Loge, 77 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 40 09 70 40

THEATER │ Hear It For the First and Last Time at NEW, the Improvised Musical

📅 Tuesday, December 20th

NEW produces a brand new story every time. The audience provides a title, location, and plot twists along the way, and musicians compose songs on the spot, an illustrator draws and projects images in real time, and actors and singers create lyrics and characters as they go. A team of ten professional artists from the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany are behind the English versions.

Tickets: 20€ to 15€.

📍 Feux de la Rampe Theatre, 28 rue Richer, 75009 Paris, France

MUSIC │ Wonder at Daniel Harding and His Homage to Schumann

📅 Wednesday, December 21st Thursday, December 22nd

Daniel Harding continues his homage to Schumann at the Orchestre de Paris with an adaptation of The Paradise and The Peri. Inspired by a Persian legend contained within One Thousand and One Nights, the tale depicts a spirit who must collect the blood of a hero, the sigh of a girl, and the tears of a repentant criminal in order to gain his place in heaven.

Tickets: 50€ to 10€.

📍 Philharmonie de Paris, 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 44 84 44 84

ART │ Shake Things Up at PUNK IS ALIVE!

📅 Thursday, December 22nd Saturday, December 24th

As part of the international colloquium The Punk Scene in France (1976-2016): 40 Years of History, the first academic study of its kind in the country, the photographer Sue Rynski is presenting her work on the underground alternative scene in Paris and Île-de-France at the FGO-Barbara. Rynski is a cult figure from the Detroit rock scene of the late 1970s, and her work expresses the vitality and passion of the musical movement.

Tickets: Free.

📍 FGO-Barbara, 1 rue de Fleury, 75018 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 53 09 30 70

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26th – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31st

Swimming pool │© Unsplash ; Quai de l’Oise │© Luc Legay ; Roald Dahl cover │© Global Panorama ; Basketball game │© tpsdave
Swimming pool │ | © Unsplash ; Quai de l’Oise │| Luc Legay ; Roald Dahl cover │| Global Panorama ; Basketball game │| tpsdave

ART │ Dive Into Piscines Parisiennes à Découvert

📅 Thursday, December 1st Saturday, Friday 30th

The MoKa exhibition, part of a project staggered across 2016, has been designed by Karim Adjali, a lifeguard at the Piscine Dunois, and Olivier Maître, a graphic designer. It is composed of photo montages of Parisian swimming pools, all of which bring in a real or fantastical element to the closed-off world of the municipal baths.

Tickets: Free.

📍 Piscine Dunois, 70 rue Dunois, 75013 Paris, France

MUSIC │ Let Le Nez Rouge Guide You Through December Nights

📅 Thursday, December 1st Saturday, December 31st

Over 30 days in December, 105 artists will take to the stage to celebrate the birth of a new theatrical space in Paris: Le Nez Rouge, a converted boat docked in the canal at La Villette. Shows will include standup comedy, plays, concerts, short films, and cabaret.

Tickets: 20€.

📍 Bateau Théâtre LE NEZ ROUGE, face au 13 Quai de l’Oise, 75019 Paris, France, +33 (0)6 64 11 75 08

ART │ Rediscover Your Youth with the Help of the Fantastic Mr. Dahl

📅 Thursday, December 1st Saturday, December 31st

To mark the anniversary of the birth of the famous English children’s author, Roald Dahl, the Georges Brassens Library is presenting a collection of film posters from celebrated adaptations. There will also be a drawing competition (for 7-year-olds and above) inspired by Dahl’s work.

Tickets: Free.

📍 Bibliothèque Georges Brassens, 38 rue Gassendi, 75014 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 53 90 30 30

THEATER │ Encounter an Alternative Take on NYE with La Femme rompue

📅 Wednesday, December 7th Friday, December 30th

Adapted from La Femme rompue (The Woman Destroyed) by Simone de Beauvoir, this powerful play is directed by Hélène Fillières and stars Josiane Balasko. Alone on New Year’s Eve, a tormented woman avenges herself with a storming monologue while the world gayly rejoices all around. Her words are an opposition to the violent idea of happiness imposed on the world.

Tickets: 12€.

📍 Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, 37 bis boulevard de la Chapelle, 75010 Paris, France

MUSIC │ Behold the Best of Blues with Lucky Peterson’s ‘Love Song’

📅 Wednesday, December 28th Saturday, December 31st

Legendary guitarist, singer, and keyboardist Lucky Peterson is in Paris for four nights to end 2016. Throughout his long and illustrious career, he has pushed back the boundaries of blues, reviving and expanding the genre. These shows are sure to be explosions as much as they are caresses to the ears.

Tickets: 50€ to 30€.

📍 Sunset & Sunside, 60 Rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 40 26 46 60

SPORTS │ Finish 2016 with a Slam Dunk at the All Star Game

📅 Thursday, December 29th

Since its creation in 2002, the All Star Game of the French National Basketball League has been a sell-out event. The 14th edition will bring together all the biggest names from the year under one roof for a day of incredible plays and slam-dunking fun.

Tickets: 67€ to 16€.

📍 AccorHotels Arena Paris Bercy, 8 boulevard de Bercy, 75012 Paris, France