The shows to see during the Christmas Holidays

  • Dec 2, 2020
  • All things Paris
  • Alexander Kropivnitski

Following Emmanuel Macron's announcement, if the health situation permits, theatres will reopen their doors on December 15th in compliance with a strict health protocol. The curfew will still be in place every night after 9 p.m., however, shows would be allowed to end after established curfew time. In that case, spectators will go back home, using the timestamp system. There are less than two weeks left before you can return to the theatre! Discover all the shows that will be on the stage during the Christmas holidays and which will not only make great Christmas gifts to give to your spouse, aunt or neighbor, but also a great outing to celebrate the end of the confinement!

Edgar Moreau ©Julien Mignot

Classical Music Concerts At Extraordinary Venues

Christmas Concerts At The Holy Chapel

It’s impossible to think of Christmas without remembering its music such as the famous melodies of O Christmas Tree or Silent Night. We have good news for you: the classic music concerts at Sainte-Chapelle will resume on December 19th! You will be able to hear all the most beautiful Christmas songs and enjoy other masterpieces such as the Waltzes and Polkas by Strauss, the Four Seasons by Vivaldi or the Ave Maria by Schubert and Caccini. This concert series charms Parisian public with the best ensembles and choirs brilliantly performing the greatest classical arias.
In addition, the concerts take place in one of the most admired French monuments, Sainte-Chapelle. Its 1,113 colored stained-glass windows stretch for over 60 meters high! Sainte-Chapelle welcomes nearly a million visitors a year, however, not many have the opportunity to enter the historic monument after dark to attend sublime concerts of classical music.

Chamber Music Concerts At The Théâtre Des Champs-Elysée

On December 16th, a fabulous series of concerts begins at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Pianists, cellists, violinists and chamber music ensembles will come together to inspire spectators with the beauty of the greatest trios, quartets and quintets by Beethoven, Chopin, Shostakovich and others. To start this marvelous series, cellist Henri Demarquette and pianist Michel Dalberto will be joined by writer and member of the French Academy, Erik Orsenna. Together, in words and music, they will tell the incredible story of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. On December 17th, it will be the turn of the Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta, accompanied by a pianist, to enchant us with sonatas for cello and piano by Prokofiev, Britten and Shostakovich.
This concert series will continue throughout 2021 with participation of international soloists Edgar Moreau, Clara-Jumi Kang, Sunwook Kim, Guy Braunstein and Wenzel Fuchs. Discover the full program of chamber music concerts at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées here.
The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées offers a varied program of piano recitals, songs, oratorios and concerts on Sunday mornings as well as dance performances. You can find all the shows at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées here.

La Bayadère ©Little Shao / OnP

Sumptuous Classic And Contemporary Ballets

The Marie-Antoinette Ballet

After its world premiere in 2019, Thierry Malandain's ballet returns to Paris for the last three days of the year 2020.
The connection between the Royal Opera of Versailles and the Ballet Biarritz’ ballet Marie-Antoinette is extremely strong. The wedding dinner of Marie-Antoinette and the future Louis XVI took place on the stage of the Opera in 1770. Admittedly, this show marks the third theatre commission from the French choreographer, but above all, it retraces the incredible life of the Archduchess of Austria who became the Queen of France.
Through 14 paintings featuring the key moments in Marie-Antoinette's life, choreographer Thierry Malandain, a specialist in neoclassical dance, paints a moving and complex portrait of the young woman. From her arrival at the court to her departure from the Palace in 1789, the ballet sheds light on the characters and the intimate events that will lead the young woman towards a tragic destiny. Malandain offers a ballet where contemporary dance and baroque dance meet. To the sound of Haydn's Symphonies and extracts from Gluck's opera Orphée et Eurydice, the 22 dancers perform a demanding choreography that transports us to crazy ball scenes or even to the Queen's private rooms. The aesthetic of the decorations combines a geometric rigor of placements with the fantasy of hairstyles and costumes by Jorge Gallardo, also conceived at the crossroads of baroque and contemporary clothes.
The elegant and refined ballet will be at the Opéra Royal de Versailles from December 29th to 31st, 2020.
The Marie-Antoinette ballet is a perfect show to end the year on a high note!

La Bayadere

La Bayadère will be performed on the stage of the Opera Bastille starting from Friday, December 18th. This ballet tells a sentimental story of love between a dancer, Nikiya, and a noble warrior, Solor, placed in the imaginary surroundings of beautiful mystical India. They are struggling to be together because of a raja, who desperately wishes to marry Solat to his daughter Gamzatti. This ballet is considered to be one of the most influential performances in the history of Parisian Opera.
In this fantasized India, where the costumes shine, Nureyev's choreography triumphs. His work is considered one of the jewels of the Opera’s repertoire, notably with the final variation which is called the Kingdom of the Dead. All the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet will be gathered on stage to honor Rudolf Nureyev and perform his impeccable choreography.
A wonderful ballet to go see with family during the Christmas holidays!

Paris Is A City That Never Sleeps… Especially At The Cabaret

Cabaret Burlesque

Want to experience a cabaret that elegantly comprises all the best you can imagine about glamorous show and evokes powerful emotions? You wouldn't find a better location for that than Cabaret Burlesque. This cabaret offers you a vintage aesthetic that praises feminine beauty in its purest forms. The show offers more comical and daring acts than traditional cabaret performances. It is performed on the stage of La Nouvelle Seine floating theatre, which is known for its intimate and cozy atmosphere. The phenomenal beauty of this show will not leave you indifferent! And we have special tips just for you: right before the show you can taste traditional French cuisine and an exceptional selection of local wines, contemplating the gorgeous view on Notre-Dame. The show returns for a unique evening on December 31st. Enough to end the year on a high note! Reserve your seats for the Cabaret Burlesque.

Celebrate Christmas With French Humor

Oh My God She's Parisian Second Episode

The hilarious second episode of Oh My God She's Parisian will be back on cozy stage of the Théâtre Bo Saint Martin starting from Saturday, December 19th. In this 100% English show, Julie Collas will make fun of the latest Parisian trends related to the post-coronavirus life. This one-of-a-kind experience is a mix of stand-up, singing, improvisation and mime. Shocked and deeply touched by the attacks of November 13th, 2015, Julie started her own comedy show called Oh My God She's Parisian. Since then more than 18 000 people from all over the world saw it. Still, every show is unique and elaborates on up-to-date themes.
And from January 23, 2021, to make your Parisian day even better, you can have a lunch with Julie Collas at her place and share an unforgettable moment with the most prominent comic of Paris. Meal, champagne and the show at the end of the evening: you will experience a real Parisian day! Book your tickets for Oh My God She's Parisian.

How To Become A Parisian In One Hour

One of the most famous English-speaking comedians will be back right at the middle of December! His stand-up comedy will teach you all the funny insights about the Parisian way of life. Olivier Giraud can be considered as one of the pioneers of the Anglo-Saxon’s theatrical movement in Paris. Giraud, a former waiter, chef and hotel manager from West Palm Beach, decided to follow his dream to become a comedian and created his own show called How to Become a Parisian in One Hour. Today it is one of the funniest Parisian shows. Book your tickets now to enjoy a hilarious evening!

La Traviata ©Charles Duprat / OnP

Carmen ©Vincent Pontet / OnP

Operas At The Opera Garnier

La Traviata

Verdi's masterpiece is back on stage of the Opera Bastille for 3 performances from December 17th to 23rd. It returns in Simon Stone’s staging, offering a 2.0 version of the famous opera, thanks to an impressive video technology. You will be able to discover Zuzana Marková in the role of Violetta, a role in which she has already proven herself on stages all over the world. In this opera, Violetta is presented as a social media star who is madly in love with Alfredo. She is relocated to contemporary and ultra-connected Paris, where she must hide her deteriorating state of health. Verdi's sublime arias “Libiamo ne 'lieti calici” and “Semper libera” will fill the Opéra Bastille with timeless meanings that resonate so much with modern world. Just three performances will take place, so don’t hesitate to be marveled by La Traviata at the Opéra Bastille.
La Traviata is the last of three operas from Verdi's “popular trilogy”, which allowed the composer to achieve European recognition. This trilogy is composed of Rigoletto, Le Trouvère and La Traviata. Le Trouvère will also be on stage at the Opéra Bastille, from January 21 to February 26, 2021. You can book your tickets for Le Trouvère here.

Carmen

"Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame" ... How can you resist this beautiful melody by Georges Bizet? The most performed French opera in the world is back to charm us at the Opéra Bastille for 6 performances only, from December 16th to 31st. Under the heat of the Spanish sun, Carmen, a fiery cigar maker, sets her sights on the soldier Don José. But fate will not offer lovers a happy ending as eventually Don José will not be able to bear the rebellious temperament of Carmen. The glowing beauty of Bizet's music offers unforgettable impressions with tunes such as “Near the ramparts of Seville”, “Love is a rebel bird” or the quadrille of bullfighters and the final choir.
Calixto Bieito resumes his staging of Carmen, which was one of the highlights of the Opera in 2017 and again in 2019. The violence and the beauty of the staging resonates with our contemporary world and will not leave you indifferent. A striking opera to attend during the end of year celebrations at the Opéra Bastille!

At The Ranelagh Theatre

The Classics

Do you enjoy swordfights, passionate love stories, or classic comedies? At the Ranelagh Theatre, you will find all of it! Starting from Monday, December 21st, come to see famous Molière's piece, Dom Juan. It will transport the main character, Dom Juan, and his valet Sganarelle into the world of the circus in a colorful staging by Jean-Philippe Daguerre.
From Wednesday, December 23rd you will be able to see another Molière's play, The Miser. It is also an opportunity to dive into the world of Edmond Rostand's masterpiece, Cyrano de Bergerac, and its’ magnificent “nose tirade”.
Finally, you can be amazed by the Cid where the handsome Rodrigue will have to choose between his father's honor and his love for Chimene, the daughter of his enemy.

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A Show From The Students Of The Opera

Dance School Demonstrations

The perfect day to witness the rising stars of the Opera is on Saturday, December 19th when the Paris Opera Ballet School will open its doors. The young students offer us a privileged overview of their lessons and rehearsals, showing all the work and discipline necessary for the profession of dancer. Young pupils of Opera, under the watchful eye of their teachers, will interpret classical and contemporary variations of the famous works. The performances will take place on the front stage of the Opéra Garnier. A superb opportunity to discover a new generation of dancers and some of the secrets of classical dance!

Academy Concerts

On December 17th, the students of the Académie de l'Opéra de Paris offer a concert of classical music. They will perform musical arias by Cole Porter, as well as operas’ excerpts and melodies by Franz Lehar. A brilliant opportunity to discover the new generation of musicians and the future stars of Opera. For one hour and thirty minutes, let yourself be enchanted by the most beautiful melodies. A great show to see with the family for the end of year celebrations!

Plays In The Théâtre De La Huchette

The Bald Soprano and The Lesson will continue to be performed in the legendary Théâtre de la Huchette starting from Saturday, December 19th. Welcoming and cozy atmosphere of the theatre will pleasantly surprise you. Both plays were first introduced by Eugene Ionesco in the 1950’s and quickly became popular. What makes them so special? There are still many disputes behind the meaning of those plays. The best way to find out is to see the show through your own perception and make yourself familiar with the concept of the “Theatre of the Absurd”. Our team made it easier for you to manage booking by creating a bonus package granting access to both Ionesco’s masterpiece plays.

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