“It’s cold outside…” but luckily you can find vin chaud and roasted chestnuts on every street corner, plus plenty to keep you occupied until Noël.
While it’s too cold for most outdoor sports at the moment, it’s the perfect time to strap on a pair of ice skates. There’s rinks being set up all around the town but by far the most impressive is at the Grand Palais. €15 is a bargain considering the location and you can enjoy it from December 14th until January 4th. Other ice skating rinks can be found in front of Hôtel de Ville (the most popular seasonal ice skating venue in town) and at the Christmas Market of Champs-Elysées.
Speaking about Christmas Markets, they are popping up all over town so you will never be too far away from a huge selection of festive treats. Montmartre is lucky enough to have not one but two markets within a short walk of each other.
If you like traditional Christmas music then you don’t have to look further than your local church, but if you like it a little more SISTER ACT then check out the Gospel Dream with a full choir, pianist and trumpet player playing in churches across town from December 2nd to 31st.
Theatre & Dance
It’s quite unbelievable it’s taken them this long to adapt this film to the stage, but it has happened: An American in Paris will be showing at Châtelet Theatre from December 1st until January 4th. We already know that Gershwin’s score is beautiful, but will the lead live up to Gene Kelly?
If you’d prefer something a little more alternative then check out Plexus at Thêatre de la Ville from December 26th to the 4th of January. It features a highly skilled Japanese dancer performing amidst over 5000 nylon strings suspended vertically on the stage. Difficult? Yes. Intriguing? No doubt.
Camille Henrot’s work has been described as portraying the ‘digital sublime’. In other words, the overwhelming abundance of images that confront us every day. She managed to successfully convey this in film and has now put this theory into some very bizarre sculpture with The Pale Fox showing from December 2nd to the 20th. Hmmm.
If anyone can be credited with ‘creating’ the Western genre, then it is John Ford. Who better to give a retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française. Amazingly they are showing over 80 of his films including, quite fittingly, a retelling of the three wise men from the nativity in 3 GODFATHERS (1948).
We wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.
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