Some Seasonal Events Again

photo: lights, rue montorgueil

The lights in the Rue Montorgueil are supposed to
be Paris' finest this year.

Christmas 2001 and Not Much New Years

Paris:- Saturday, 15. December 2001:- This seasonal column contains events of the season, plus some events swiped from the regular 'Scene' column, because they may fit in better with this season. Plus, it is identical to last week's column, except for the posters.

For holiday meals and special 'gala' entertainment you should ask for the 'Pariscope Special Fêtes' edition at any news kiosk. Although many of the places listed in it are also advertisers, many of these are well-known in Paris and their offers are competitive. The special edition of 'Pariscope' costs 9.50 francs.

This year's edition contains no Web URL for the magazine and no fax numbers or email addresses for any of the places listed. Some of the ads do have fax numbers and a very rare few have Web site URLs.

For the remainder of the other events on in Paris, please take a look at last week's complete 'Scene' column.



The seasonal sights in Paris are on show with decorated windows at the Galeries Lafayette, the Bon Marché, Samaritaine and Printemps. The Avenue Montaigne has been lit up along with the Rue Royal and the Champs-Elysées. Add to these the Place Vendôme and the Rue de la Paix. Most lights stay lit until the end of December or until early in January.

Many local streets have been illuminated by their merchants. While unsuccessfully trying to photographposter: dubuffet, annual pass, pompidou the lights in the Rue Daguerre on Saturday, a nice older lady told me the best-lit street in Paris is the Rue Montorgueil. "Much better than the Champs-Elysées," she said.

Christmas 'Marchés' - take place at the Place de la Bourse, the Place de la Nation, the Place Bastille, at Bercy Village, and at the Place Maurice-Chevallier in Ménilmontant. The pedestrian area near the Pompidou Centre will also be a vast marché until Sunday, 23. December.

Crêches - the big one is inside Notre Dame cathedral, beginning on Wednesday, 5. December. Then there will a tour of some - at Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile, Saint-Sévérin and Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis. This tour begins on Wednesday, 26. December and continues until New Year's Day. From 10:00 to 20:00 daily. See the Catholique.Com Web site for details about all of this.

Also see 'Noël la Paix Dans le Monde' - which features 200 crêches from around the world, starting on Saturday, 8. December, until Sunday, 6. January, from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Paroisse Saint-Joseph Artisan, 214. Rue La Fayette, Paris 10. Métro: Louis-Blanc.

Choirs - for the season begin at the Egliseposter: 1000 cadeaux d'art, bercy village Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile on Saturday, 8. December, and the following Friday at the Eglise Saint-Roch. After mid-month, frequency increases, with a Sunday concert at the Théâtre du Châtelet. A Christmas Eve mass will be held in the chapel of Saint-Louis de l'Ecole Militaire. The Grand Choir of the Moussorgsky State Opera from Saint Petersburg performs nightly from Tuesday, 25. December until Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at the Eglise Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile.

Christmas Trees - fashion designers turn their talents to decorating Christmas trees and about 80 of these will be on view from Thursday, 20. December until Wednesday, 2. January, from 11:00 to 18:00. At the Espace Pierre Cardin, 1-3. Avenue Gabriel, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 42 65 27 35.

Le Mystère de Noël à Notre Dame - is a really big show, an opera in fact, featuring the 'Bonne Nouvelle' of Christmas with digital images. Actually these are based on the works of Rembrandt, Van Eyck and Giotto, with some by Rouault and Chagall. Famousposter: i do i do, thtr 14 j m serreau actor's voices tell the story, with subtitles in English. Until Sunday, 6. January. Shows every hour from 10:00 to 18:00. In front of Notre Dame, on the Ile de la Cité, Paris 4. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 56 56 44 22. See Catholique.Com's Web site for details about this.

Ice Skating - the Hôtel de Ville's outdoor ice skating rink is back in the place in front of Paris' main city hall. It will be open daily for twirling - from 9:00 to a late 22:00, continuing until early in March. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Smaller rinks are also open from 9:00 to 20:00 at the Place de Stalingrad in the 19th arrondissement and in front of the Gare Montparnasse in the 15th arrondissement. Skates are be available for rent.

The Grand Parade - after trying out a cosmopolitan route along the 'Grands Boulevards' last year, this annual parade moves back to its traditional stomping grounds of Montmartre this year. If you are up to it on New Year's Day, seeing the Grand Parade, beginning at 14:00, is a worthwhile outdoor activity, if you are 'up to it.' On Montmartre, Paris 18. InfoTel.: 03 44 27 45 67.

La Magie de Magritte - featuring 12 of Magritte's works, designed to be educational, with puzzling games for young kids, to show off the life and work of the painter. For kids 4 and up. Until Sunday, 31. March. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Saturdays from 14:00 to 18:00. Closed Christmas and New Years days. At the Musée en Herbe, in the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 40 67 97 66.

Paquebot de Rêves - is an exhibition about luxury liners. The kinds that crossed the Atlantic and all of the world's high seas in high style. Their forgotten side is that they where originally intended to carry mail. Continuing until Saturday, 23. March. Open from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de la Poste, 34. Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 42 79 24 24.

Le Voleur de Noël - is the Lido's big show for little kids, with lots of spectacular effects normally used for other types of shows in this nightclub. Several dates in December and two in January. Showtimes are usually 14:00 and 16:00. At the Lido de Paris, 116-bis. Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8. Métro: George V. InfoTel.: 01 40 76 56 10.

Kannibals et Vahinés - how we looked at the south seas, as seen through popular literature fromposter: ratp euro prices the end of the 18th century until now. With comics, cinema, travel magazines - from Jules Verne to Tintin. On show until Monday, 18. February 2002. Daily from 10:00 to 17:30, except Tuesdays. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 85 00..

Objectif Mars - is an exhibition of the history of Earth's 'sister' planet,' as seen - or imagined - from Earth. Until Thursday, 6. January, from 9:30 to 18:00; on Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 19:00. Closed Monday. At the Palais de la Découverte, Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: same name. InfoTel.: 01 56 43 20 21.

Jouets de Princes - includes the period of 1770 to 1870, when toys for royal kids formed part of their education for their future royal jobs rather than for sheer fun. Many French parents think the same today - growing up is a 'serious' business, royal or not. Until Monday, 28. January. Except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:00. At the Musée des Châteaux de Malmaison et de Bois-Préau, Avenue du Château, in Malmaison. Take either the métro or the RER to La Défense, then the bus 258 to the Bois-Préau or the château. InfoTel.: 01 41 29 05 55.

Héros Populaires - since sometime before the Middle Ages Europe has had more than its share of heros, both real and fictional - including anti-heros. This exhibition's poster features Cuba's Ché, and you can expect Cinderella too. Until Monday, 10. June 2002. Daily from 9:45 to 17:45, except Tuesdays. At the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires, 6. Avenue Mahatma Gandhi, Paris 16. Métro: Sablons in Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 44 17 60 70.

Tango Pasion - by 'A Los Amigos,' features choreography by Hector Zaraspe with El Sexteto Mayor and Guillermo Galvé as the featured singer. On Wednesday, 19. December, then from Friday, 21. December until Sunday, 6. January. No shows on 25 December and 1. January. At the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15. Avenue Montaigne, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt. InfoTel.: 01 49 52 50 50.

Paris - Barcelona - is subtitled 'From Gaudi to Miro' and features the artistic interaction between the two cities from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th, featuring painting, sculpture, architecture, photography - and Surrealism, of course. Lots of big names. Until Monday, 14. January. Except Tuesdays, open 10:00 to 19:15 and from 10:00 to 21:15 on Wednesdays. Reservations required for morning visits up to 13:00. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Cleamenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Le Plus Belles Robes du Cinéma - come from the collection of the Cinémathèque Française, and many have never been exhibited before. Illustrated with sketches, photos and film extracts. Some very big designer names are shown here. Untilposter: euro, francs, parliament european Sunday, 24. February 2002. Except Mondays, open from 11:30 to 18:30. Pavillon des Arts, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, 101. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Jean Cocteau - 'à Montparnasse, ailleurs et aprés.' Presented by Roger Pic and Pierre Bergé. This continues until Sunday, 3. February 2002. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00. Worth a visit just to see this museum belonging to the past. At Le Chemin du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Jouer la Lumière! - features threads, textiles, lace - all of which changes with light and one's viewpoint. Recommended by Metropole's club members. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00; on Wednesdays until 21:00. Until Monday, 31. December. At the Musée de la Mode, 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Notre Dame de Paris - Victor Hugo's really big 'Paris' show is back in town, again, I think. Isn't this a re-run or a re-make? Whichever it is, playing daily except Mondays, until the end of December. Usually at 20:30, but 15:00 and 20:30 on Saturdays and at 15:30 on Sundays. At the Théâtre Mogador, 25. Rue de Mogador, Paris 9. Métro: Trinité. InfoTel.: 01 53 32 32 00.

Irma La Douce - this is the Alexandre Buffort version of the musical comedy, with extra entertainment by the performers and musicians in the theatre's bar. Continuing until Sunday, 6. January. Times are possibly at 20:00 and at 15:00 on Sundays with the no-show day on Monday. At the Opéra Comique, 1. Place Boïeldieu, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 08 25 00 00 58.

Opéras - are in full swing in Paris at their locations in the Palais Garnier and at the Place de la Bastille. Current and coming productions include Shéhérazade, Pétrouchka, La Bayadère, Puccini's La Bohème and La Khovantchina. For both opera and ballet, check the Web site, or call Toll InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Photo and Cinema

Le Voyage Souterrain - is taken from a two-month voyage by Olga Tchernicheva on Paris' own métro, within the framework of a Paris-Moscow search for happiness. Until Friday, 4. January, from Monday to Friday, fromposter: le tresor de tante zanic, thtr bobino 10:00 to 18:00. In the exhibition space in the Hôtel d'Albret; which houses the city's Cultural Affairs headquarters. At 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 84 00. No entry charge.

Paris, Like In the Movies - For the first time, Paris' architectural museum turns into a cinema to show some 'home movies,' such as the one shot by Louis Etevez in 1924. Until Sunday, 6. January. At the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Au-dessus des Catacombs - the Cata combs are open again, with a new photo exhibition continuing until February 2002. Note - the 'tour' is 1.7 km long, and there are quite a number of entry and exit stairs. Closed on Mondays and some holidays, but open on Tuesday from 11:00 to 16:00 and from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. At the Catacombs, 1. Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

Le Cirque Sur l'Eau - Medrano presents the watery Saint-Petersburg circus, featuring - perhaps - swimming tigers but not Ester Williams. Until Friday, 14. December. Located at 43-45. Rue d'Aubervilliers, Paris 19. Métro: Stalingrad. InfoTel.: 01 45 15 01 01.

Paris Aime le Cirque - is the all-over name given to the first half of the 'Year of Circus Arts,' which features a large program - to be followed in March 2002 by part two. The huge program becomes bigger in October and November, to saturate the season of Noël. For additional details check out the Web site of the magazine, 'Cirques Aujourd'hui.'

Arts de la Jongle - more 'nouveau cirque' features several units such as Jongle, Jongle Cabaret, Cirqueposter: ils de france, winter program Lili and Non Nova. Until next Sunday, 18. November. Various days and times. Followed by 'Cirkus Cirkör & Orionteatern,' until Sunday, 30. December. At the Espace Chapiteaux, in the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 08 03 30 63 06.

Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione - says 'Trapèze' - with a look back at the film, some of which was shot at the Cirque d'Hiver. Continuing until 27. January. At 20:30 from Tuesday to Friday and 14:00 and 17:00 on Wednesday and Saturday, with 14:00 and 20:30 for Sundays. No shows on Monday and Thursday, except during school holidays when the show must go on. At the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110. Rue Amelot, Paris 11. Métro: Filles-du-Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 47 00 28 81.

En Route Pour la Cirque - an exhibition of yesterday's and today's circus, for both little kids and big adults - in this 'Year of the Circus' lasting until April 2002. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00; on Saturdays from 14:00 to 18:00. At the the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 40 67 97 66.

Impulsion II - is subtitled 'Hommage aux Saltimbanques,' which means pure circus with clowns, juggles, wild animals and sawdust. Except on Mondays, until 24. February 2002. Cirque National Alexis Gruss, on the Pelouse de Madrid, Allée de la Reine Marguerite, in the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Bus: 43, from Pont de Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 40 36 08 00.

Le Grand Cirque de Mexique - shows up with the Cirque Phénix, with Mexico'sMusée en Herbe, in National Ballet orchestra. Various timesposter: noel a antony and dates, from Saturday, 24. November until Sunday, 6. January. At the Pelouse de Reuilly in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Charenton or Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 08 25 03 90 40.

Paris' Balloon - offers Paris views from a high place, without need of an elevator. Still in the air until the end of the year but you should definitely call first to find out if it is a balloon day or not. If so, first lift-off at 9:00, until dark. For adults, 66 francs and 33 for kids. At the Parc André Citroën, Paris 15. Métro: Balard or Javel. Flight info at InfoTel.: 01 44 26 20 00.

Paris' Big Wheel - presents Paris views from another high place, which is called Concorde. Meant to come down at the end of 2000, the concession has been extended until Monday, 7. January 2002. So there are only a couple of days left for your ride. From 11:00 to 00:30, at the Place de la Concorde, Métro Concorde. Six 'Paris-SOS' associations have called for the wheel's removal because the attraction's operator has been asking for another year's parking rights. Will this big wheel keep on rolling?

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