The 1st November marks All Saints Day, an important holiday of remembrance for French people. It’s a public holiday in the city and all the schools are off. Local residents use it as a chance to remember family who have passed away. Joining a local church service is a poignant way to celebrate this religious holiday but you can also choose to just spend time with your family and appreciate the ones who are still here.
Taking place at the Palais Garnier throughout the month of November, you can see Crystal Pite on the stage, at the Paris Opera Ballet. Allow yourself to be swept up in the emotional and physical outpourings typical of the Canadian choreographer's work. A lavish way to spend the evening, it’s a fantastic chance to get dressed up and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment.
Source: Opera National de Paris
Every year on the 11th of November, France celebrates Armistice Day to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France. In Paris there is a parade that takes place in remembrance of the fallen soldiers. It starts at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe. Then it goes from there to Invalides in the 7th. To find the exact route, have a look in the Parisian papers the day before.
Source: Paris Insiders Guide
During the month of November, the department stores and boutiques in Paris begin hanging their Christmas decorations and getting in the festive spirit. Some of the windows in Paris are attractions in themselves, with the major department stores of Galeries Lafayette, Printemps Haussmann, Bon Marché, and BHV Marais going all out to impress their customers. There are also some shops for unique gifts in Paris that are worth checking out to pick up some presents early.
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We already mentioned this in our guide to what to do in Paris in October, but the exhibition is so good that it’s worth repeating. Until the end of February 2020, you’ll be able to see all of the Italian artist's most seminal paintings all in the same place. The landmark exhibition marks the 500th anniversary of the painter's death and brings together five of his core works, including the Mona Lisa. Book your tickets on the La Louvre website and choose a time slot so you can beat the queues.
Is there anything better for getting you in the Christmas spirit than browsing a Christmas market with a mulled wine in hand? We’d be inclined to say no. Paris is full of wonderful Christmas markets of all shapes and sizes. Hand-crafted gifts, delicious French foods and amazing French wines are all in abundance. Visit the market at Les Halles or in Montmartre and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere.
Now that the weather is cold and crisp, you’ll need to warm up after walking around the city. And the best way to warm up in Paris? With a hot chocolate. The best hot chocolate in Paris is thick, rich and creamy. Head to the iconic Angelina bistro for one of the best in the city.
Source: Time Out