Noël in Paris
For Fouquet's, reservations are probably required.
More Twinkles in the City of Light
Paris:- Saturday, 6. November 2003:- The items below are pretty much the same as those available early in November, but I think the list is a tiny bit more complete as far as special seasonal events are concerned.
For all regular exhibitions and other events, you need to turn to this week's regular Scène column, which was updated within living memory. A new seasonal column has been added that includes suggestions for dining and how to do New Years Eve in Paris.
Contents of This Week's 'Scène's Eves' Page
There are so many items, with some of them difficult to classify, that the following may be a bit of a hodge-podge. Look it over and ye may find.
Seasonal window decorations have evolved from displays of tons of 'Lego' and hundreds of 'Barbies' to elaborate themes this year, with Printemps being the first to be shown on TV-news, last Thursday. Result - there's more to look at for a longer delight. A good viewing time may be before noon on Sunday mornings. Otherwise, let the kids and moms stand in front.
Neighborhoods - 'quartiers' - also put up their own light shows, usually on shopping streets, around markets, or even on the city halls of arrondissements - so you may run into lights of cheer wherever you go in the city. This applies to decorated windows too - with lots of shops having their own seasonal displays.
Ice Skating - the Hôtel de Ville's outdoor ice skating rink will be back in the place in front of Paris' main city hall at the beginning of December. Another one will be placed in front of the Gare Montparnasse. Both will be open for daily twirling until end of February. Skate rentals are usually offered. A third rink is in operation on the Esplanade at La Défense.
Christmas Tree Forest - top Paris fashion designers turn their hands to 100 Christmas trees - to aid the Orphans Foundation of the Apprentis d'Auteuil, by auctioning off printed designs of the trees and their decor. The creations can be seen at the Hôtel Dassault, which is located at 7. Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées. From Saturday, 20. December until Saturday, 3. January. Closed Sundays, Christmas Day and New Years Day, but open from 10:30 to 19:00. Paris 8. Métro: Franklin Roosevelt.
Merry-Go-Rounds - one in most of Paris' 20 various arrondissements, free for kids. The merry-go-rounds - 'les manèges' - begin operation on Saturday, 20. December, from 10:30 to 19:30 daily, and circulate until Sunday, 4. January.
Marchés de Noël
The Christmas markets located around Paris can vary somewhat, but if you only visit two they might seem identical. These markets sell traditional Christmas items, which might not all be made in China - such as the little figures that come from the south of France.
Paris' regular marchés are also open during the festive season and have many edible specialites associated with it. There are several of these marchés in each arrondissement. Some are open six days a week while others operate on two or three days.
Les Voix de la Neva - the vocal ensemble of the city of Saint Petersburg, directed by Oleg Kovalev, will be singing in Russian and other European languages. The dates, times and locations -
Paris de la Musique - chamber music and orchestras give a series of concerts of music by modern composers, at a variety of locations. Continuing until Wednesday, 26 November. Try the Web site for more precise information about this classic and contemporary festival in Paris. RésaTel.: 08 92 70 50 75.
Les Nuits des Musiciens - this 12th edition starts off with mezzo-soprano Hélène Delavault on Thursday, 11. December, followed by Andre Ceccarelli on Friday, 12. December, and wraps up with Souad Massi on Saturday, 13. December. All with varying accompaniment, all beginning at 20:30. All at Le Trianon, 80. Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris 18. Métro: Barbés-Rochechouart. InfoTel.: 01 44 92 78 04.
Musique Sacrée - at Notre-Dame de Paris, with the big organ and traditional Christmas carols, under the direction of Nicole Corti. On Monday, 22. December, at 20:00. Cathedral Notre-Dame, 6. Place du Parvis-Notre-Dame, Paris 4. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 44 41 49 96.
Festival d'Art Sacré - includes 20 concerts, performed in 11 locations in theatres, museums and churches. From Monday, 17. November until Friday, 19. December. Most concerts start at 20:00 or 20:30. Tickets available from FNAC ticket locations and Ticketnet-Virgin, at Carrousel du Louvre, Champs-Elysées and Galeries Lafayette. InfoTel.: 01 44 70 64 10.
Pink Floyd Interstellar - rock sounds and an exhibition about this famous band, grouped together for an extended stay, until Sunday, 25. January. Organized around the idea of the 'Dark Side of the Moon.' Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. On concert evenings, the temporary exhibitions are open until 20:00. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 84 44 84.
Epouses et Concubines - is just one of the dances put on by the company and soloists of the Chinese National Ballet. From Friday, 21. November to Tuesday, 25. November. At the Théâtre du Châtelet, 1. place du Châtelet, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 40 28 28 40.
Zazou - is a musical about love during the occupation, by Jérôme Savary. From Friday, 14. November until Sunday, 11. January. At 20:00 and at 15:00 on Sunday. No shows on Monday, and none on Thursday, 8. January. At the Opéra Comique, Place Boïeldieu, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 08 25 00 00 58.
Gumboots - is subtitled 'Rhythm is a Language,' with this groupe from South Africa. From Tuesday, 25. November until Sunday, 21. December. Except Monday, shows are at 20:00, at 16:00 and 20:00 on Saturday, and at 15:30 on Sunday. At La Cigale, 120. Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris 18. Métro: Barbés-Rochechouart. RésaTel.: 08 92 70 75 07.
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