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What to do in Paris in December

  • 14/12/2023
  • Le Littré Gazette

Wondering what to do in Paris in December? Every month, the team at Hotel Le Littré in Paris shares its recommendations to help make your stay unforgettable. We’ll keep you up to date with the most exciting temporary exhibitions, must-see events, entertaining family activities and gourmet restaurants not to be missed to delight your taste buds this December.

Ephemeral things to see

Lumières en seine

The enchanting event is back with a brand-new route to close out the year 2023 in the most beautiful way. Two kilometers filled with illuminated tableaus, sculptures, and other works of art will immerse you, whether with family or friends, in the magic of the holiday season. To enhance this spectacle, both young and old can also enjoy the warm and comforting atmosphere of the food court, where they can indulge in hot beverages, sweet delights, and savory treats.

  • Parc St Cloud – Grille Clémenceau, 92210 Saint-Cloud
  • Metro line 10 and stop at Boulogne-Pont de St-Cloud, then cross the St-Cloud bridge
  • Prices : Adults €22 and children €18

The magic of Boulevard Haussmann

Here are a few reasons that might make you want to head to the grand Boulevard Haussmann. Firstly, the two department stores, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, compete ingeniously to create breathtaking window displays and installations inside, transporting visitors to an enchanted world. The streets are also filled with a festive atmosphere, featuring musicians and sometimes choirs that add a musical touch to the ambiance. Additionally, go up to the 7th floor of the department store Galeries Lafayette to discover a terrace and an extraordinary view of the decorated boulevard and the splendid Opéra Garnier.

  • Boulevard Haussmann, 9e Paris
  • Métro ligne 12, s’arrêter à Trinité – d’Estienne d’Orves

The evening of December 31st

The fireworks

It’s one of the highlights of the Parisian New Year! To celebrate the arrival of the New Year in 2023, the Mairie de Paris invites you to join us on the Champs-Élysées on December 31, 2023 from 10pm. From the most beautiful avenue in the world, you’ll be treated to a festive musical show, ending with a memorable fireworks display!

  • Champs Elysées
  • Metro line 13, stop at Champs Elysées Clemenceau

Pour passer de bons réveillons


Experience a memorable New Year’s Eve at Eataly, combining Italian elegance with exquisite cuisine. The atmosphere is festive, bathed in Mediterranean warmth, where every detail contributes to an exceptional culinary experience thanks to refined dishes made with passion and delicious wines…

  • 37, rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 4th arrondissement
  • Metro line 4, stop at Chatelêt
  • Menu around €30 per person


Celebrate the festive season at Braise, where magical flavors meet exceptional cuisine, featuring creatively prepared seasonal ingredients. With family or friends, Braise offers a festive dining experience, perfect for creating memorable holiday memories.

  • 19 Rue d’Anjou, 8th arrondissement Paris
  • Metro line 12, stop at Madeleine
  • Christmas menu approx. 180€ per person

Marsan d’Hélène Darroze

Discovering Hélène Darroze’s Marsan restaurant in Paris is an invitation to an unforgettable gastronomic journey. Located in the heart of the City of Light, it embodies the essence of contemporary French cuisine with a touch of boldness and creativity. Open on December 31 only.

  • 4 rue d’Assas, 6th arrondissement Paris
  • 10 min walk from the hotel
  • Menu approx. 480€ per person

Brasserie Sébillon

A chic brasserie in Neuilly, Sébillon offers some of the best leg of lamb in Paris and exceptional seafood platters for the festive season. The menu is authentic and tasty, so you won’t be disappointed. So let yourself be seduced by the art of French gastronomy!

  • 20 Av. Charles de Gaulle, Neuilly-sur-Seine
  • Metro line 13, stop at Champs Elysées Clemenceau, then Metro line 1 and stop at Neuilly Porte Maillot
  • Christmas menu approx. 80€ per person

Meet Santa Claus

Santa’s extraordinary house

Experience a Christmas adventure from November 04 to December 24, 2023 on the Jablines-Annet leisure island with Santa’s Extraordinary House! Discover Europe’s largest Santa Claus house and take part in a 1h30 interactive show, immersing the whole family in the festive spirit. Make your way through 15 magical rooms, from the elf station to the control tower, as you meet emblematic Christmas characters. Children can take part in workshops, make a teddy bear and write letters to Santa to create lasting memories.

  • 45 chemin de la Grande Voirie, 77 Lagny-sur-Marne
    Prices : Adult: 31.90€* (from 13 years old), Child: 36.90€ (between 18 months and 12 years old), Baby: 12€90 (between 0 and 17 months old)
    Metro line 6 to Nation, then Rer A to Marne la Vallée, then Bus 24 and stop at Ile de Loisirs.