Easter is a very important holiday in Christian traditions, and loved by many in France! Is it about family atmosphere, days off from work and school, or the symbolical beginning of spring…? There are many reasons to enjoy this time of year, and one of them is the lovely French tradition for Pâques!
Traditionally on Easter Sunday, families gather together to enjoy a very rich lunch which may contain roasted lamb, colorful vegetables, painted eggs… A joyful table! Children are very excited, waiting for chocolate treats (which sometimes take a form of cocoa masterpieces, so keep your eyes wide open around Parisian patisseries – you may see some sculptures you would not believe are made from chocolate!), supposedly brought by bells. Later they will also have a chance to play ‘La Chasse aux Oeufs’ – meaning looking for hidden chocolate eggs around the garden or the house. This tradition is so beloved, the French organize public egg hunts, even next to the Eiffel Tower!
La chasse aux Oeufs du Secours Populaire at Champs de Mars
Over 40 000 eggs will be hidden at Champs de Mars, waiting for the little ones to discover them! This big event is over 2 days, with 400 volunteers involved. If you are spending Easter in Paris with kids, you need to let them try this exciting tradition. The event will take place just next to the Eiffel Tower, so it is also a treat to parents. There will be animations, sport activities… Plenty to enjoy! Let’s not forget that La Chasse is organized by Le Secours Populaire, a social aid organization, and all of the profits will benefit children in need. True holiday spirit!
When: April 16th 2017 – April 17th 2017, 10am to 5pm
Where: next to Mur de la Paix (south part of Champs de Mars, 75015 Paris)
How: La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle station – line 6, 8 and 10 / Ecole Militaire station – line 8
How much: 5€/participating child, extra 3€/child for access to make-up and floral ateliers
La chasse aux Oeufs au Jardin d’Acclimatation
Another hunt will take place in the biggest park of Paris – so big it is actually called Boulogne Forest. 15 000 eggs will be hidden in selected parts of the park, for groups of children from 2 to 4 years old, and from 5 to 8 years old.
Where: Le Jardin d’Acclimatation, Bois de Boulogne, Rue du Bois de Boulogne, 75116 Paris
When: April 16th 2017 from 10am to 12.15am and from 2pm to 5pm
How: Les Sablons station – line 1
How much: 3.5€/person
Chasse aux Oeufs à la Butte Montmartre
What better way to show children a splendid area of Montmartre than to let them explore the area? Organized by Paris Tourism Office at the famous square that is usually occupied by Parisian painters, it offers two hunts both on April 16th 2017, from 1pm to 3pm. To participate, registration is mandatory (at +33 1 42 62 21 21). Let your child become a city explorer!
Where: 21 place du Tertre, 75018 Paris
When: April 16th 2017, 1pm – 3pm
How: Abbesses station – line 12 / Anvers station – line 2
Museums open during Easter
Despite Easter being a public holiday, most of the museums will be open as usual. A list of the closed ones includes: Orsay Museum, Musée de la Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Musée des Arts Décoratifs – an interesting museum located next to the Louvre, Auguste Rodin Museum and Versailles Palace. They will all be unavailable for visits on Easter Monday (April 17th 2017). But this means that the rest of over 130 museums in the City of Lights will be open, so there is still plenty to see on that day!
Take a stroll through a park
All parks in Paris will be open during Easter to let people enjoy the upcoming spring! Join the locals and visit one of beautiful Parisian parks. We have prepared a selection of some of the best outdoors spots (you can find it here). And who knows, if the weather is graceful, you can even enjoy your Easter meal as a picnic!
And finally for those looking for different holidays…
Pâques Attack au Manoir de Paris
The main hunted house of Paris also decided to get involved in Easter, but with a significant twist. If for some reason you wish to switch from hunting eggs to being hunted by a murderous Easter bunny (perhaps in revenge for all those eggs that he hid and never found again after holidays…?), this is your spot! It may not sound scary, but trust us, the adrenaline will be pumping through your veins… Will you ever get out of the maze?
Where: Le Manoir de Paris, 18 rue du Paradis, 75010 Paris
When: April 14th – April 17th 2017
How: Château d’Eau station – line 4 / Cadet or Poissonière station – line 7
How much: 27€/person, 20€/child (the show is not advised for children under 10yo)
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