What Is the Best Time of the Year to Visit Paris?

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••• The Palais du Louvre is stunning any time of year. Ivan Vukelic/Getty Images
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    A Complete Guide to Deciding When to Book Your Trip

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    ••• Paris in early spring. Valeria Schettino/Getty Images

    When planning a trip to Paris, one of your most pressing questions is likely to be "when is the best time to go?" If you're set to visit Paris for the first time, you may be persuaded that the much-lauded "Paris in the springtime" is the obvious choice-- but depending on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, and your personal centers of interest, another time of year may in fact suit you much better.

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    Seasonal Questions​ & Preferences

    Similarly, if you've been to Paris before, you may wonder whether a fall or winter visit will really be worthwhile, given rumors of cold, bitter conditions and gloomy, unsociable locals.

    The reality,however, is far more nuanced. The winter holiday season in Paris offers plenty of light and celebration as the city lights up for Christmas and other winter holidays. In the fall, meanwhile, events like the Montmartre Wine Harvest (Vendanges) and Nuit Blanche, an all-night...MORE arts and culture event that sees crowds throng the streets for free exhibits and performances, bring the city to life in memorable ways. 

    Read related: 5 Essential Things to Do Before Booking Your Trip to Paris

    As a long-time resident of the city of light, my own perspective is that every season here has its charms and pitfalls, pros and cons-- as they do anywhere else, of course! In truth, there's no ideal time that will suit everyone, and deciding when to book is a highly personal decision that will depend on a number of factors. Scroll down to find out what these are.

     

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    Booking Your Trip: Explore Our Complete Guides to Every Season

    The Ecole du Louvre building at the end of a tree lined path, in the grounds of the famous Louvre palace complex in Paris, France
    ••• The Ecole du Louvre building in fall. Cultura Travel/Philip Lee Harvey/Getty Images

    Need more information on the general feel and ambiance of each season, as well as info on what to see and do in Paris around the year? Ready to start weighing your options and deciding when to book those tickets? 

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    Read on for our detailed seasonal guides to Paris , each packed with valuable and expert advice on what to pack, my personal perspectives on the pros and cons of visiting the city in each respective season, weather averages, and details on seasonal sights, attractions, and annual events in the city of light. The best decisions are informed decisions, after all...

    Go to Our Season-by-Season City Guides Now:

    Paris in the Spring: For gorgeous seasonal blooms, picnics, and romantic Easter getaways, spring simply can't be beat. Remember, though, that this is an incredibly popular time in the capital for tourism, so booking early is essential if you want to snag a good deal. 

    Paris in the Summer: If you don't mind sharing the city...MORE with hundreds and thousands of other tourists, and love the idea of long, lazy days and nights at a time when the city's at its most relaxed, summer is a great time to explore the French capital. 

    Paris in the Fall: Poetic and romantic souls will love the contemplative mood during this time--and if you're an art or book lover, exhibition season is in full swing in the autumn.

    Paris in the Winter: Christmas markets, ice skating rinks, New Year's celebrations of both the western and Chinese traditions: despite its gloomy reputation, winter is actually a lively and colorful time in the capital, and a great time to book a family trip. 

    City Weather Guide:

    Get an overview of average temperatures and rainfall in any given month: See our at-a-glance Paris weather guide

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