Paris in November 2024 – Quick Guide by a Local

November in Paris 2024

All you need to know and the best things to do in Paris in November 2024.

Are you visiting Paris in November 2024? In November, Paris is calm, a resting month before the start of the festive season. November in Paris is the beginning of the low season, almost the only time of the year without many tourists. This means that if you decide to visit Paris in November, you will see a more authentic city.

In Paris, November comes with shorter or no lines, lower prices, and more hotel availability. However, the weather is not at its best, with more chances of rain. There are also not many festivals or seasonal events in Paris in November.

So what is Paris like in November? All considered, visiting Paris in November can be a great idea for a cultural trip or a weekend getaway to change of air. Keep reading for what to do in Paris in November, the main events in Paris November 2024, and my top tips for getting the most out of your trip to Paris.

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Table of Contents:

  • Is Paris Busy in November? Crowds Forecast
  • Weather in Paris in November
  • What to Wear in Paris in November 2024
  • Best Tips for Visiting Paris in November 2024
  • Best Things to Do in Paris in November 2024 (and Paris Events November 2024)
  • Where to Stay in Paris in November

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Is Paris Busy in November? Crowds Forecast

Is November a good time to go to Paris to avoid crowds? In November, Paris is calm. If you don’t like crowds or waiting in line to visit museums or monuments, this is definitely the best month to see Paris!

However, beware that 1 November (La Toussaint) and 11 November (the Armistice of WWI) are holidays in France. This year, 1 November falls on a Friday, so I expect many people will take a few days off for the last mini-holiday before Christmas.

Also, kids will have school holidays from 19 October to 4 November 2024 (Vacances de la Toussaint), and French families often use these days off for a cultural trip to Paris.

Because of all these holidays, try to avoid Paris in early November. If you are not flexible with your dates, start booking things right now, especially if you need train tickets from /to Paris or to the top attractions in Paris.

Weather in Paris in November

How is the weather in Paris in November? The weather in November is hard to predict. With some luck, the first days in November can still be warm and sunny, but Paris in late November takes on a wintery aspect, and it is usually cold.

If we stick to the statistics, the average temperature in Paris in November is 12C maximum and 7C minimum, with a 15% probability of rainfall.

If you decide to visit Paris in November, you can still consider day trips from Paris to explore the countryside, but we recommend having a B plan if it rains.

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What to Wear in Paris in November 2024

Paris Packing List Fall Winter

What to wear in Paris in November 2024? The key to dressing in Paris in the fall is layers. During the day, you will likely be okay with long-sleeved tops or a light, mid-season jacket, but later, it can be cold, and you probably will need one more layer.

The weather in November in Paris calls for good walking shoes, closed-toe and waterproof,  scarves, a cardigan, and a foldable umbrella.

What to pack for Paris in November? Here’s the ultimate guide to packing for Paris in November with clothes to feel comfortable and stylish. If you need guidance on how to combine things to blend in with locals, check out our style guides for Paris in the fall-winter (for men and women):

Before leaving home for Paris, it is a good idea to check the weather forecast (temperatures and rainfall) and review your Paris packing list.

Best Tips for Visiting Paris in November

Arc de Triomphe - Paris

If you visit Paris in early November – around 1 November or 11 November – plan and book everything in advance because 1 November is a holiday in many places in Europe (France included), and 11 November is a holiday day in France.

Always have a B plan for rainy days in Paris in November. If you need some ideas, check out this list of fun things to do during a rainy day in Paris.

A week before the departure, check out this post on transportation strikes in Paris, which is always up to date. Just in case . . .

By the end of November, the first Christmas Markets in Paris open, and some streets start to dress up for the festive season. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a bit of Christmas in Paris without the crowds (and the higher prices).

Need travel insurance for France? Be sure to check rates and coverage with my recommended provider, SafetyWing. SafetyWing works well for long and short trips (starting with a minimum of 5 days). SafetyWing covers COVID-19 for new policies purchased, and unplanned quarantine is covered, too. 

Best Things to Do in Paris in November 2024 (and Paris Events November 2024)

If you haven’t been to Paris before, you may want to tick some of Paris’s top tourist attractions off your bucket list. The itineraries below are thought for people visiting Paris for the first time, and they are planned around the main attractions and the most interesting neighborhoods in Paris:

Combine these itineraries with this list of the best things to do in November in Paris 2024: seasonal activities and temporary exhibitions with something for everyone.


Pere Lachaise Cemetery Paris

In France, on 1 November (La Toussaint), we honor the dead. La Toussaint is a Catholic tradition and a holiday in France, and people like to go to the cemeteries to visit the graves of their relatives and bring flowers.

Paris boasts beautiful cemeteries spread around the city, quiet places perfect for a stroll. Some cemeteries (Saint Vincent Cemetery in Montmartre or Picpus Cemetery) are more intimate, while other cemeteries (Père Lachaise Cemetery, Montmartre Cemetery, and Montparnasse Cemetery) are monumental and attract tourists.

If you can, visit one of the best cemeteries in Paris right after La Toussaint. The cemeteries of Paris are gorgeous under the fall colors, and the flowers on the graves have been renewed.


Covered Passages Paris

If you are wondering what to do in Paris in November when it is cold, I can help. November is the perfect time to visit some of the most beautiful covered passages of Paris, a labyrinth of covered commercial passages built during the 18th century across the city. These covered passages, all bathed in natural light, are decorated with beautiful mosaic works and iron latticework.

After some years of abandonment, the covered passages of Paris were restored to their former glory, and they are today real Art Nouveau / Neoclassical architectural gems. If you know where to look, you will find delightful ancient boutiques, cute cafés, and other curiosity shops.


French Pastries

Food tours in Paris are a good option for a November trip to Paris. Discover the best food in Paris and some good addresses to eat or buy while learning fascinating historical facts and anecdotes about the neighborhood you are exploring.

The most popular neighborhoods for food tours are Le Marais, Saint Germain-des-Prés, and Montmartre. Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood is also very reputed for its pastries and chocolate tours, like this popular, top-rated Saint-Germain Pastry and Chocolate Walking Tour. If it is too cold, opt for this fun Croissant Baking Class with a Chef.


Paris Nightlife Photography

In Paris, November is the month of Photography, and numerous fairs and exhibitions honor the world of cameras, pictures, and great photographers.

After a spectacular restoration, Paris Photo will take place again at the Grand Palais from 7 to 10 November 2024. This is an event not to miss if you are a photography lover!

Plus, there are always many small photo exhibitions, free or for a small fee, where photography passionates can admire the work of some of the most iconic photographers but also new talents.


Wine Tasting in Paris

In November, Paris and France celebrate the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau (this year, on Thursday, 21 November 2024),  when it is possible to taste this wine’s latest vintage everywhere in the city.

This tradition seems more popular abroad than in France (we are not particularly fond of this Beaujolais Nouveau wine…), but it makes just another excuse to toast and celebrate with friends and family. Cheers!


chocolate chaud - Paris

When the air gets crisp, it is a good moment to cozy up with a good book and a steaming cup of hot chocolate somewhere picturesque.

The neighborhoods of Le Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, or Montmartre are good places to find lovely cafés, but there are pretty cafés all around Paris.

If the weather is good, enjoy lounging at one sidewalk terrace café for people-watching. It’s as simple as that.


Wine Tasting in Paris

The Salon Grand Tasting is THE event for wine lovers in November in Paris!

From 29 to 30 November 2024, explore the best of France’s wine regions, and perhaps buy some bottles in this festival of Great Wines held at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.

TIP: Don’t forget your wine suitcase or wine tote bag to bring your best findings back home!


Lantern Festival Paris

Do you want to experience a magical moment in Paris? Then, head to the Parc de La Villette on [Saturday TBD] for the Lantern Festival, a beautiful celebration of magic, love, and hope.

Light up your handmade lantern and join the lantern parade along with musicians Zalindê and Doubayabi. After the lit parade across the park, the celebration will wrap up over some spicy tea to warm up.


Right after Halloween (from TBD October to TBD November 2024), this year, Christmas in Disneyland Paris lasts two months, from TBD November 2024 to TBD January 2025! Immerse yourself in a warm, festive atmosphere at Disneyland Paris, with light shows and streets adorned with Christmas decorations – Click here to buy your Disneyland Paris tickets

A day trip to Disneyland Paris from Paris is very easy to organize (check all the options in this Paris-Disneyland quick guide). For a unique Disneyland Christmas trip, however, I recommend spending one night or two at one of the hotels near Disneyland Paris with a free shuttle bus, which are also decorated for the festive season.


Paris Christmas Markets

Around the second half of November, the first Christmas Markets in Paris open, and some streets begin to dress up for the festive season.

If you like the idea of getting a glimpse of Paris at Christmas time in November without the crowds, have a look at this article on the best Christmas Markets in Paris to see the dates and opening times this year. Usually, the Tuileries Christmas Market is one of the first to open.


Create your Louvre Guide

At the end of the summer, the new cultural season starts in the city, usually with many temporary exhibitions in the main museums or art galleries. The list of temporary exhibitions in museums and galleries for Paris November 2024 is not complete yet (it’s too early for some dates). Keep clicking for the latest updates!

The Egypt of the Pharaohs, from Cheops to Ramses II – Atelier des Lumières, from 9 February 2024 to 5 January 2025

The Orientalists: Ingres, Délacroix, Gérôme… – Atelier des Lumières, from 9 February 2024 to 5 January 2025

Immersive Experience “Aura Invalides” – Musée de l’Armée, from 22 Septembre 2023 to 31 December 2024.


For more things to do, check out this post about the best events and festivals in Paris this year. In addition to this list of things to do in Paris in November 2024, have a look at the articles about October in Paris and December in Paris; some of the activities proposed in these articles are also good ideas for November in Paris.

Where to Stay in Paris in November

As you make your bed, so you lie. Find the right accommodation in Paris – whether it’s a hotel or guesthouse, holiday apartment, or private apartment – I have them all! Book your accommodation by using the map below.

I recommend for booking your hotel in Paris. They have a wide variety of accommodation of all kinds and good rates. In addition, they propose the option to cancel for free, most of the time up to 24 hours.


If you have the budget, why not treat yourself to the pleasure of waking up at an amazing hotel with an Eiffel Tower view? Some of the best hotels in Paris also have awesome views of the Eiffel Tower, which is especially beautiful during its night show! – Check out the best hotels with Eiffel Tower Views


Le Marais is a central neighborhood in the Seine’s Right Bank, perfect to set your base in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is beautiful, well connected by the metro, and with many beautiful cafes and restaurant options – Click here for the best hotels in Le Marais


The neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, on the Left Bank, is a great place to put your luggage down in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is picturesque and central, with many entertainment, beautiful cafes, and restaurant options – Click here for the best hotels in Saint-Germain

And there you have it – what to do in Paris in November 2024 and seasonal events to help you plan your Paris trip. Bon voyage!

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