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Is it your first time traveling to Paris? In that case, you’d better be prepared to brave the cold weather. As sweet as autumn was, it was just too short! November is usually when the proper cold of winter sets in. The mood of the entire city also seemingly mimics that of the weather. But no worries, November is quite a lovely time of year in Paris! It’s a month that transitions between Halloween festivities to the warmth of Christmas’ atmosphere. Read our quick overview on what to expect of Paris in November 2019!
Weather in November
November’s weather is actually quite different from October’s because of the end of daylight savings. This month, the struggle to wake up in the morning will be less as the sun will be up as earlier around 7:45am. For those who are aiming to catch wonderful Parisian sunsets from some of Paris’ best rooftops, make sure you get there before 5:00pm! Daylight becomes a scarce resource in French winter. As for the temperatures, if you’re a fan of winter fashions, November is a great time! Expect an average temperature of about 11C with lows dipping to 6C.
Events happening in November:
Paris Photo Exhibition
When: November 7-10
Paris Photo is an annual fair that takes place for three days in mid-November. For the occasion, over 140 galleries from 33 different countries exhibit exceptional works to the public in the nave of the Grand Palais. 27 international publishers will also be there, offering a complete overview of photography today. The exhibition is designed to promote artistic photography and celebrate contemporary creativity. There will be different kinds of programs you can attend like talks, book signing, and even film screenings.
Visit the official Paris Photo website for more information.
When: November 11
November 11th marks Armistice Day in France which commemorates the end of World War I. It is a solemn occasion where French people pay their respects to those who sacrificed their lives in the effort to win the war. As tradition dictates, precisely at 11:00am on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minute of silence is offered. French Republic President Emmanuel Macron is also expected to make an appearance on the Champs-Elysées.
INSIDR Tip: If you’re interested in catching a glimpse of the President, make sure to head to the statue of Georges Clemenceau, at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe. Otherwise, avoid the famous shopping avenue until after the parade when the roads have re-opened and when the crowds have dispersed.
When: November 21
To all the French wine lovers out there, it’s Beaujolais Nouveau once again! As per tradition, Beaujolais nouveau wine will be released for sale on the 3rd Thursday of November! But why is this wine so special? It’s basically a kind of red wine made from Gamay grapes from the Beaujolais region that’s only fermented for a few weeks. Some people hate it, some people love it, but overall, it creates a lively atmosphere across several restaurants and bars in France!
If you want to go wine tasting in Paris, check out this affordable tasting session with Duclot La Cave—one of the best wine cellars in France. Use our code INSIDR to get a sweet discount off your tickets.
Christmas Tree lighting at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
When: November 23
Galeries Lafayette Hausmann becomes even more popular in the Christmas season. Towards the end of November, the famous department store will be unveiling their 2019 holiday windows! This year’s theme is “La Ruche de Noël” or Christmas beehive. Galeries Lafayette Haussmann will be attracting adults and children alike like honey does to bees. There will be 11 different window scenes with 12 different bee characters. The iconic Christmas tree will also be following the theme and INSIDR has gotten access to attending the tree-lighting ceremony so make sure that you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Attractions to visit in November
Christmas lights on Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Beginning November 20, Wednesday, the charismatic street of Champs-Elysées will once again be illuminated for the most wonderful time of the year! The local Paris government is currently hard at work on putting the final touches to making sure the lights go on as scheduled!
While you’re there to take your souvenir items, don’t miss the Longchamp flagship store on 77 Avenue des Champs-Elysées. In partnership with INSIDR, Longchamp is offering our travellers a free VIP shopping experience! What it includes:
- a guided tour of the flagship store
- some free champagne you can enjoy while shopping
- getting your purchased handbag or wallet embossed for FREE
- plus an exclusive surprise gift at the end!
It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Like we said, it’s free but all you need to do is reserve your spot here. Hurry up before all slots get booked!
Christmas Markets in Paris
We’ve created a map that features all of the city’s best holiday season markets where you can taste some delicious vin chaud as well as shop for very special Christmas-inspired souvenirs that you can bring home with you.
Click here to open our 2019 Paris Christmas Markets map!
Christmas windows on Grands Boulevards
One of the best things about Christmas in Paris is the slew of heart-warming Christmas decorations along the Grands Boulevards. This is consistently spear-headed by Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, Printemps, and LE BHV MARAIS. We invite you to make a slight detour before you rush inside these premium department stores. Make sure that you take a moment to enjoy the holiday window decorations as each year, a special theme is followed.
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