Even if the big fireworks and the concert originally organized for new year by the city have been cancelled out of prudence in times of covid, with a mask and vaccination, Paris is still up and running. Here are a few ideas of venues and show you should no miss, especially if you came to the French capital with your family !
Napoleon X Playmobil
Want to know more about the French emperor 200 years after his death ? In the Church of the Invalides, where he is buried, you can learn everything about his life, from his native Corsica to the crown of the emperor, and from the battlefields to his exile in Saint-Hélène… 13 historical scenes explained with… Playmobil.Until January the 9th, 10am – 6 pm, closed the 25th of December and January the 1st. Musée des Armées, Hotel National des invalides, 129 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, m° Invalides. Info.
Fashion X Cinema : Jean-Paul Gaultier at the Cinémathèque
Recently relocated in a brand new building near the Gare de Bercy, la Cinémathèque Française harbors and displays treasures from the 7th art. Infamous and provocative french designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is the very special guest of this Temple of Cinema with a special exhibit on Fashion on screen and may workshops for the families. Until January the 16th, Cinémathèque Française, 51 rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris, m° Bercy. Info.
Celebrating New Year with music
It is a tradition stemming from Vienna, but Paris has also its new year concert(s). Two of them will get you acquainted with French music and celebration.
- On December 30 and 31, you can listen to the National Orchester of France in the iconic auditorium of the Maison de la radio, not far from the Eiffel Tower. Dedicated to “Offenbach ans Friends” the concert will star conductor Cristian Măcelaru, violonist Sara Nemtanu and pianist Seong Jin-Sho.
- On December 2, you’ll have another traditional new year’s concert at the brand new Philharmonie designed by Jean Nouvel. Les Siècles conducted by François-Xavier Roth will invite you to dance the french waltz…
December 30 and 31 8 pm, Maison de la Radio, 116 avenue du Président Kennedy, 75116 Paris, m° Passy or La muette. Info. And January 2, 16h30, Philharmonie de Paris, Salle Boulez, 221 avenue Jaurès, 75019 Paris, m° Porte de Pantin. Info.