public holidays

1 January: New Year’s Day
Between 22 March and 25 April: Easter Monday
1 May: Labour Day
8 May: Victory 1945
20 May: Ascension
30 May: Whit Monday
14 July: Bastille Day
15 August: Assumption Day
1 November: All Saints’ Day
11 November: Armistice 1918
25 December: Christmas Day


January and February

The second Wednesday of January is the day the sales begin and last for five weeks. January and February are low season in Paris, so tourism is in a low ebb compared to the spring or summer, visiting Paris in January and February also provides great opportunities for getting a closer look at some of the city's best attractions, such as Notre Dame Cathedral or the Eiffel Tower. You'll finally be able to take as much time as you want contemplating your favorite monuments or works of art.

March and April

・Paris Marathon
the first or second Sunday of April
The Paris Marathon is one of the most popular marathons in Europe. A scenic race through a beautiful city, passing many iconic sights.

May and June

Paris in May and June are flourishing and buzzing: the entire city is a hyperactive hive of visitors, lush blooms, and excitement. Tourism is at its hilt and even blase natives start to really see the city again, perhaps inspired by the infectious enthusiasm.

・The French Open
over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris
・Fête de la Musique
The Fête de la Musique, also known as The worldwide celebration of music, is an annual music festival taking place on June 21 in cities around the world. It was created by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang.
・Tour de France
toward the end of June-Beginning of July
The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France.

July and August

The best time to visit Paris is from June to August, when the weather is just about perfect. Average highs are in the mid 70s and there are long days of sunshine. Unfortunately, summer is also the most crowded time—and the most expensive.

・Paris Plage
toward the end of July-Beginning of August
Paris-Plages is a plan run by the office of the mayor of Paris that creates temporary artificial beaches each summer along the river Seine in the centre of Paris, and, since 2007, along the Bassin de la Villette in the northeast of Paris.

September and October

・European Heritage Days
European Heritage Days (EHD) is a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission involving all 50 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention under the motto, Europe: a common heritage. The annual programme offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public.
・Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year, usually on the first Sunday in October.
・Nuit Blanche
Nuit Blanche is an annual all-night or night-time arts festival. A Nuit Blanche will typically have museums, private and public art galleries, and other cultural institutions open and free of charge, with the centre of the city itself being turned into a de facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances (music, film, dance, performance art), themed social gatherings, and other activities.

November and December

November is a very cold time to visit Paris, France, when the weather tends to be wet and the temperatures low.
December is one of the coldest times of the year in Paris, France, when the weather is cold, wet and there is a small chance of snow. During this month, the average temperature begins at 5.5°C on December 1st and drops down to 4°C by December 31st.

・Paris illumine Paris
the end of January - the middle of January

Business Hours

Generally shops open at 9:00-19:00 from Monday to Saturday. French metropolitan continues to open without taking lunch time. Some departments open until 22:00 on Thursday.
Banks open at 8:30/9:00-16:00-17:30 (close at lunch hours 12:00-14:00) from Monday to Fryday. Some banks open on Saturday only at morning. In the rural district open at 10:00-13:00, close in the afternoon.