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 2023.
For additional suggestions, check the following posts:
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tours
- River Seine Boat Cruises
- Tickets to the Eiffel Tower
- Tourist Attraction Discount Passes
- What's the Weather in Paris in November?
The following list will include several activities that are either family-friendly, free to enjoy, or fun after dark.
1. Go on a Walking Tour
Although it tends to get a bit colder in Paris during this time of year, there should still be plenty of sunny days to enjoy.
If you're looking for something to do on a nice day, it's hard to beat one of our free Paris walking tours!
In addition to fully guided pay-what-you-wish tours which cover a variety of different subjects and locations, we also offer a self-guided walking tour with 19 stops.
We also offer audio tours of both Paris and Montmartre.
If you have a smartphone and some earbuds, this is an easy way to take a tour on your own whenever you want, regardless of what time it is!
If all else fails and the weather isn't too good, you can always enjoy our video tour of Paris which covers the Latin Quarter and Notre Dame.
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!
Their Disney Enchanted Christmas celebrations mean the park turns into a Christmas wonderland.
The holidays are celebrated 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!
The celebrations begin November 11th, 2023 and run until January 7th, 2024.
For more fun things to do with your kids, check our post covering family-friendly activities in Paris.
3. Attend a Cabaret Show
If you're looking for something that is a bit more stereotypically Parisian, why not see a cabaret?
The Moulin Rouge is known for its live music, extravagant costumes, and beautiful performers in a luxurious environment.
Performances run regularly year-round, and we recommend getting your tickets a few months out as they do tend to sell out.
The Crazy Horse Cabaret Show has been driving audiences wild since 1951, and it didn't earn that name by chanceVisitors can expect a variety of sensual dancers and incredible visual effects.
Alternatively, you may also enjoy the Paris Paradis Latin Cabaret Show, at the oldest cabaret theatre in Paris.
Check out more nighttime activities in our post Things to do at Night in Paris.
4. Attend an Art Fair
Paris Photo, an art fair dedicated to photography, has been taking place since 1997.
Hundreds of exhibitors from around the world bring their photographs to Paris' Grand Palais Éphémère.
Some truly brilliant photographs can be found here, pictures that capture an emotion or a moment in time.
The creators of the fair promote inclusion, which means all are welcome and no one need worry that only collectors and curators will be there.
The art fair takes place November 9th-11th.
For more information, visit the Paris Photo website.
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.
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 the Paris Christmas Markets
If you want to get into the holiday spirit, visiting one of Paris' many Marché de Noël will surely take you there.
Dozens of big and small markets pop up around Paris in November.
You'll find Christmas lights and decorations, carnival rides, ice skating rinks, and sometimes Santa makes a visit.
And of course, it wouldn't be a Christmas market without delicious food and drink.
Mulled and spiced wines, roasted chestnuts, crepes, cheeses, macarons, and so much more are sure to make your tastebuds sing.
Below are just a few of the Christmas market's you'll find in Paris:
- La Défense Marché de Noël | The biggest Christmas market in Paris
- Hôtel de Ville Marché de Noel | Often said to be the most beautiful market
- Place des Abbesses Marché de Noel in Montmartre | A good place to find local art
- Eiffel Tower Marché de Noel | This market has amazing foods
- Tuileries Garden Marché de Noël | This massive market is packed with activities
7. Go to a Concert
Paris is one of the most popular cities in the world, so a number of musical artists perform here throughout the year.
- Glen Hansard | November 2nd
- 50 Cent | November 3rd
- Greta Van Fleet | November 9th
- Queens of the Stone Age | November 7th
- Macy Gray | November 7th
- Madonna | November 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th
- Hozier | November 29th
- Pitchfork Paris | November 6th-13th | Grande Halle de La Villette | feat: Marro, Gurriers, Sam Akpro, and more
Check here for even more concerts in November in Paris.
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
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, five of the biggest department stores in the city hold special window display shows featuring animated scenes, holiday lighting, festive music, and much more.
You can view the windows are these locations:
- Galeries Lafayette
- Printemps Haussmann
- BHV Marais
- Bon Marche
- La Samaritaine
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 Attraction Discount Pass
With a tourist attraction discount pass, you’ll get to see much more at a bulk discount - up to 55% for some popular attractions!
The passes give you bulk discounts since you're getting entry to multiple attractions upfront. You'll also get to skip box office lines at participating locations!
- Arc De Triomphe
- Paris Aquarium
- Paris Opera House
- Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours
- And much more.
For more information on all the discount passes available, check out our full pass comparison post.