The top 10 Parisian “rendez-vous” in 2013

2013 is a promising year for all Parisian visitors. Here are the 10 top events Family Twist has selected to make your trip a special and unforgettable experience. Save the dates!

1. Come and celebrate Notre Dame’s 850th Anniversary

The ephemeral installation specifically built on the “Parvis”, the square just in front of Notre Dame allows visitors to admire the cathedral façade from the five-meter high viewing platform. New bells, an improved lighting and a renovated organ have been ordered to celebrate the jubilee year.

To enjoy it even more, do not hesitate to book our medieval tour. It includes a visit of Notre Dame and brings you back in time, to the time of knights and damsels.

2. February 10: Join Chinese New Year celebration vibrant Street Parades

Dancers and musicians’ cheerful processions with their amazing and colorful dragons, fish, flags and traditional costumes have become one of the annual Parisian “must be seen”. Gorgeous street parades are organised by the Asiatic communities of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements departing from the Townhall (Place de l’Hôtel de Ville) and from the 13th arrondissement, the historical Chinese district of Paris.

3. April 6 and 7: Get ready for the Paris Marathon and Marathoon

The Parisian 42,195 kilometer long Marathon is one of the fifth biggest in the world with more than 40 000 participants longing for beating their record in the City of Lights while running along the Capitale’s most iconic places : Champs Elysées, Bastille, the Seine Banks… Don’t miss the Marathoon’s only for kids 1,5 km race (for the 5 to 10 year-old children on April 6).

4. May 16: Enjoy a night at a museum – Nuit des Musées

Visiting a museum by night is just so outstanding. During the Museum Night City of Paris museums usually open from 6.00 pm till midnight with special conferences, concerts, exhibitions.

5. June 21 : Let’s the Music play – Fête de la Musique (Music Festival)

Celebrated each year since 1982, the Festival is open to all amateur musicians as well as famous artists. On that very  day (first Summer day), Music prevails all over Paris from 2 pm until dawn, in the streets, bars, restaurants, music halls and museums.

6. June 5 to September: Children have their own Festival “ Les Pestacles”

« Pestacles » is a cute play on word (“spectacle” is really hard to pronounce for young kids who tend to pronounce it “pestacle”). The activities (concerts, gardening workshops…from 3 year-old onwards) are to be held every Wednesday afternoon from June to September at the Parc Floral de Paris located next to Château de Vincennes.

7. July-August: Enjoy Paris Plage (Paris beach festival)

Paris metamorphoses into a beach resort with real sand, umbrellas, deck chairs, palm trees for a genuine holiday atmosphere. No swimming in the Seine of course but fun for everyone with pétanque, trampoline, badmington, beach volley or even tropical dance or taichii. Children will have a wonderful time as they will be able to join numerous playgroups.

8. September 14 and 15 : Unveil Paris’ secrets during the “Journées du Patrimoine” (Heritage Day)

An incredible variety of famous (but usually off-bounds) historical monuments exceptionally open their doors to visitors. A unique opportunity to visit the Palais de l’Elysée (the French President’s residence)! Many permanent and temporary exhibitions are free of charge during this week-end. The French Journées were launched 30years ago and have become a highlight of the French cultural events with 465 000 visitors in 2012.

9. October 19 to 23 : Visit and have fun at “Kidexpo”

The biggest annual family exhibition in France is held at the Congress Center Porte de Versailles. With 170 000 visitors and 300 vendors, it offers more than 100 workshops to children from 4 to 14.

10. Christmas Holidays: Discover the Musée des Arts Forains (Pavillon Bercy)

This private museum is all funfair, magic, lights and fun. Ride a fascinating carousel and play funfair games as if time had stopped in 1850! Adults enjoy as much as children. The Musée opens its doors to public during the holidays and it is a real Christmas gift.

At Family Twist, we are uniquely dedicated to providing parents and their children with fun, luxurious and hassle-free breaks in Paris, London and the Loire Valley. Build your trip now!