What to Do in Paris in November

In this post, we will provide our top 10 ideas for fun things to do in Paris during the month of November.

We include a variety of fun events, activities, attractions, and festivals. This post has been updated for 2021.

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

The following list will include several activities that are either family-friendly, free to enjoy or fun after dark.


1) Make a Trip to the Louvre

Winter is actually the quietest time to visit this famous museum because there aren’t as many tourists coming to Paris during this time of year.

If you want to see famous works of art such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, it’s best to make your trip sometime between late November and early January.

 

 

You can also avoid the crowds by either visiting after 3 pm or taking a skip-the-line guided tour of the Louvre.

Not only is this the best time to experience the famous museum, but there are also several opportunities to get admission either for free or at a discount with Paris tourist passes.

For more details, please read our post covering how to get tickets to the Louvre.


2) Take the Kids to Disneyland for the Holidays

Christmas might be a month away, but that won’t stop Disneyland Paris from starting the celebration now! 

Disneyland Paris typically starts off its holiday celebrations sometime in November.

They celebrate the holidays in style with several fun activities including a Christmas parade, seasonal sing-alongs near the giant Christmas tree, street performances featuring your favorite Disney characters, and more.

 

 

Each of the holiday activities available at this amusement park will be included with general admission, so you don’t have to pay anything extra to enjoy the festive fun.

Official dates for 2021 have yet to be announced, but chances are these holiday events will start in November. Also, keep in mind that a health pass will be required to enter the park.

Purchase tickets or learn more.

For more fun things to do with your kids, check our post covering family-friendly activities in Paris.


3) Attend a Sporting Event

Following the pandemic, many sporting events are still up in the air in Paris. Thankfully, there are a few Paris Saint-Germain FC football matches scheduled for November.

The Rolex Paris Masters are also scheduled to take place at AccorHotels Arena from October 30th – November 7th.

 

 

Supercross de Paris is also scheduled for November 6th and 7th at the Paris La Défense Arena. Fans of Motorsports will definitely want to attend this event!

We don’t yet know whether or not these events will move ahead as planned, but there’s a good chance you’ll be able to see at least one live sport this month.

Find all sporting events in Paris here.


4) See a Cabaret Show

Many feel that a trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to Moulin Rouge. That said, sometimes it can be difficult or quite expensive to see a show at this historic location.

Even if you can’t get a ticket there, you might want to consider one of the other popular options in this city.

 

 

The Crazy Horse Cabaret Show has been driving audiences wild since 1951, and it didn’t earn that name by chance.

Visitors can expect a variety of sensual dancers and incredible visual effects.

Alternatively, you may also enjoy the Lido de Paris Cabaret Show, another popular burlesque production that has been around since 1946 and remains a hit with audiences today.


5) Pay Your Respects on Armistice Day

Every November 11th, the city of Paris honors its fallen heroes from WW1 and WW2 with a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe.

During this event, the French president will lay a wreath near the eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of all French troops who died in these wars.

 

 

If you want to come and pay your respects, plan on getting up early so you can get there soon enough to get a good view when it all begins at 11 am.

It’s worth noting that most hop-on-hop-off bus tours include a stop near the Arc de Triomphe, so this could be a good way to get there if you’re planning on using one of these services.

This is one of the best free activities during the month of November. For even more great ideas that won’t cost you a thing, please read our post covering free things to do in Paris.


6) Enjoy an Exploration Game

If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional walking tour, there are a few different mystery games you may want to consider.

These outings give you the task of solving a puzzle using clues from some of the most notable locations in the city as you explore and enjoy some sightseeing.

 

 

The following games are currently available and you can enjoy them both during the day and after dark:

This is a wonderful activity you can enjoy at night this November. For more nighttime ideas, make sure to read our post on things to do after dark in Paris.


7) Go to a Concert

Paris is one of the most popular cities in the world, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that a lot of musical artists like to perform here throughout the year. 

November will be no different, as there are several notable concerts taking place this month.

 

 

Here are a few of the most notable concerts happening this month:

You can find all the concerts in Paris here.

Most of these concerts take place at night, making them a great after-dark activity.

If you’re looking for more fun things to do when the sun goes down, please read our post about the best evening activities in Paris.


8) Enjoy Holiday Window Displays with the Family

While this type of event has fallen out of favor in other countries, it wouldn’t be the holidays in Paris without some of the most impressive window displays you’ve ever seen!

Every November, four of the biggest department stores in the city hold special window display shows featuring animated scenes, holiday lighting, festive music, and much more.

 

 

If this sounds like a fun activity, consider going to one of the following locations:

  • Galeries Lafayette
  • Printemps Haussmann
  • BHV Marais
  • Bon Marche

For more information about this event, please read this guide to holiday window displays in Paris.

This is a wonderful family activity, and you can find more like it on our post covering family-friendly things to do in Paris

Since you don’t have to pay a thing to enjoy these attractions, it’s also one of the most affordable activities available in November.

Check our article about free things to do in Paris for more ideas that won’t cost a thing.


9) Take a Food Tour

If you’re looking for some help finding the best food to eat in Paris, there are several great tours led by professional guides which cover some of the tastiest meals in the city.

In addition to tours that cover some of the best dishes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there are also outings covering beer, wine, and even chocolate!

 

 

Here are a few excellent options you may want to consider:


10) Save Money With a Tourist Pass

No matter where you’re planning to go to in Paris this November, you can save quite a bit of money using a tourist attraction discount pass.

While some of these services offer admission to dozens of attractions over the course of a set number of days, others allow you to pay one flat price for a specific number of activities.

 

 

In addition to the discounts, it’s also worth noting that most of these services offer skip-the-line access at several notable landmarks.

Here are a few of the more popular attractions included with various Paris tourist passes:

  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • River Seine Boat Cruise
  • Grevin Wax Museum
  • Montparnasse Tower
  • Opera Garnier Tour
  • Picasso Museum
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Wine Tastings
  • Notre Dame
  • The Louvre
  • Pantheon
  • And more!

Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you could save anywhere from 15% – 50% off general admission prices.

For more details, please read our post covering Paris tourist passes.

 


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Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers.

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