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The cherished period of the school holidays is fast approaching!
Are you planning to spend a few days with your family in Paris for the holidays? If so, this article is for you!

We have prepared a selection of activities to answer the question: What to do in Paris with the children during the Christmas holidays?

Whether they are sporty, playful and cultural, our suggestions are, in particular, aimed at families. Whether you’re Parisian all year round, this article is also for you!

Take advantage of the holidays to share moments with your children and create memories.

Here we go! There will be something for everyone!


The simplest and most economical

In Paris, one of the simplest and most magical activities for the little ones is the Christmas lights.

Actually, nothing could be simpler: cover up and admire!

You can also admire the capital from the roofs also known as rooftops. The views from the rooftops of Galeries Lafayette or Spring will appeal to children and adults alike. Don’t forget to immortalize this moment 🙂

Read our article about this here: https://wanderworld.fr/notre-selection-de-rooftops-parisiens/.

Masha and Michka on the Roof of the Great Ark


This year again, Masha and her bear Michka meet your children as young as 4 years old on the Roof of the Great Arch of Defense on December 16, 17, 27 and 29, 2017! Your kids to meet the characters and enjoy the Christmas ice rink.

For 4 afternoons, families will be able to access the roof by panoramic elevator, admire the view of the District of Defense, the Christmas Market and the brand new U Arena.

On the ice rink,children and parents can rent skates and meet their favorite characters as guests, with the music of the series in the background. Families can also participate in a special photocall and drink hot chocolate.


For the older ones, other beautiful ice rinks are also waiting for you on the roof of the Montparnasse Tower or on the Champ de Mars! (see below) Kids love gliding, and now is the time or never.

Kapla exhibition at City Hall, free entertainment for children


From December 2, 2017 to January 7, 2018, discover Paris in KAPLA at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris.
Indeed, in the boutique space on Rue de Rivoli, the City Hall of Paris unveils a dozen Parisian monuments and scenes of tales and legends made of KAPLA wooden planks. One marvels at the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame de Paris and the Hôtel de Ville, as well as Christmas characters made by the Kapla Centre in Paris.

More than just an exhibition, it’s an opportunity to take advantage of the construction workshops offered by the Kapla Paris Centre for free. Accompanied by animators, children aged 5 to 12 build their sculptures in Kapla every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and every day during the holidays (participation: 1 parent and 1 child – duration of the workshop: 1:15). Thank you City Hall for thinking of our children!


Free rides

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To the delight of children, 4 Paris rides are free from December 16 to January 1, including, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. These rides are located in Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Place d’Italia, Gare Montparnasse and at the foot of the Sacred Heart.


The Great Skateway on the Champ de Mars

Unfortunately, the experience of the Grand Palais des Glaces and its sumptuous ice rink is not repeated for this winter.

On the other hand, the city of Paris does not lack other sublime sites where to install a large ice rink during the winter season. Ice skating at the foot of the Eiffel Tower is what the Champs de Mars Christmas Village makes possible.

It is home to many cabins specializing in handicrafts, Christmas decorations and good local products for gourmet gifts at the foot of the tree.


Le Petit Québec – Little Villette

Quebec moves to Paris at the end of the year! Caribou, whales, beavers and moose, for example, adorn the façade and inspire the shapes of a lantern parade.

Tales especially around a bivouac but also maple syrup treats. And that’s not to mention the musical igloo, the LEGO table® all dressed in white and the Little movie…

Head to Little Villette to enjoy a little bit of Canada in Paris (free and free access; group booking only).


The enigma of covered passages


Under the covered passages, actors are suitable for a surprising visit to the atmosphere of 19th century Paris.

The plot that catches you immediately plunges you into which the décor of these beautiful glass windows.

The tour lasts 1 hour and a half and you are asked to show up 15 minutes before the start. Book your seat quickly, as the last tickets in December leave very quickly at the arrival of the Christmas holidays! > http://bit.ly/2BBM0b6


We hope to have answered your question: what to do in Paris with the children during the holidays!

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