Paris Travel Planner   Christmas Eve Church Services, Paris
Everyone thinks of Notre-Dame, but there are many options.




Notre-Dame de Paris offers a variety of Christmas eve services, starting at 4:30 PM and culminating with a midnight mass, just after the ringing of the big bell Emmanuel.

But there are many other wonderful churches in Paris, with a variety of offerings. Depending on where you are staying, you might try the lovely Saint-Sulpice, near the Luxembourg Gardens; Sacre-Coeur, on Montmartre; or the Church of the Madeleine, just up from the Place de la Concorde. Also check out any churches in your neighborhood; a small, local service might be interesting.

Be aware that not all churches have mass at midnight. Some have services at 11:00, and many have earlier services, so you'll want to verify the times with whichever church you decide to attend.

At Notre-Dame and most others, be prepared for security checks as you enter. Once inside, remember that although there may be many tourists, it is a place of worship and visitors are asked to show proper respect.

In addition to Christmas eve and Christmas day, you may find churches offering special concerts during the holiday season. We attended a lovely performance at the Église de la Madeleine just after New Year's.

Concert, Church of the Madeleine, Paris

The concert was wonderful, and the walk through the streets of that area with their many Christmas lights was also delightful.

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  Notre-Dame de Paris at Christmas

Above, Notre-Dame de Paris, on Christmas night, with the crowds waiting for the ringing of the big bell.




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