Averages for Paris in December

Weather overview

December is one of the coldest months in Paris, France, when the weather is cold, wet and there is a small chance of snow. During this month, the average temperature begins at 5.5°C on December 1st and drops down to 4°C by December 31st. Just like the average temperature, daily highs also decrease as the month progresses, falling from 8°C to 6°C across the month, rarely exceeding 13°C or falling below 0...

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Averages for Paris in December

  Temperature 5°C

41°F

Low Temperature 3°C

38°F

  High Temperature 8°C

46°F

  Sunshine Hours 3 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 7 %
  Rainfall 26mm
  Rainfall days 15 days
  Chance of Rain 53 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 56 %
Chance of Windy Day 45 %
  Chance of Fog Day 22%
  Chance of Snow Day 8%
Daily averages for December

Daily averages for December

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Averages for Paris in December

Weather overview

December is one of the coldest months in Paris, France, when the weather is cold, wet and there is a small chance of snow. During this month, the average temperature begins at 5.5°C on December 1st and drops down to 4°C by December 31st. Just like the average temperature, daily highs also decrease as the month progresses, falling from 8°C to 6°C across the month, rarely exceeding 13°C or falling below 0°C. Daily low temperatures follow a similar pattern and decrease from 2°C to -4°C throughout the month, only rising above 8°C one day out of every ten.

The lowest temperature which has ever been recorded in recent times in Paris in December is -10°C, with the highest temperature ever recorded for the city during this month being 23°C. When you take a look at these temperatures alongside the average for the month – 5°C – it’s easy to see that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should be prepared for during your  holiday. In 2013, the longest warm spell of the year took place between December 14th and December 30th – that’s 17 consecutive days which had warmer than average temperatures. Overall, December 2013 had the largest fraction of warmer than average days, with 81% of days having higher than average high temperatures. 

With an average of 27mm of rainfall spread out across 15 days throughout the month, there is a good chance that you’ll experience a shower or two during your visit. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you pack some water-proof clothing or an umbrella. Moderate rain is the most likely type of rainfall and usually happens around December 8th. The second most likely type of rainfall you’ll experience this month is light rain which tends to occur around December 29th. The probability of precipitation increases across the month, beginning at 61% on December 1st and rising up to 64% by December 31st.

Snow falls on an average of two days each December and is most likely to occur on December 31st, when it falls on 9% of days. Although the chance of snow lying on the ground is very low, it’s most likely to happen on December 31st. Throughout the month, Paris is affected by foggy conditions on an average of three days – that’s one day less than in November.

At 11°C, the average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to Paris is far too cold to go swimming, as you’d expect for a winter month. If you’re determined to go for a dip during your holiday, you’re best off sticking to the indoor swimming pools. The average daily humidity for Paris in December is 86%, made up of highs up to 96% and lows of 75%.

In December, Paris enjoys an average of three hours of sunshine each day – that’s the same as in November. Throughout the month, the sunshine and daylight hours both stay roughly the same, with the day shortening by only 14 minutes between December 1st and December 31st.

Across December, wind speeds range from 2 m/s to 6 m/s, almost never exceeding 11 m/s. The highest wind speed of 4 m/s usually happens around December 27th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur around December 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is also 6 m/s. In 2013, the highest daily mean wind speed was 9 m/s and the highest wind gust speed was 21 m/s, both of which occurred on December 24th.

Christmas lights in Paris, France

Christmas lights in Paris, France via Jean-Pierre

Where to stay

When it comes to a modern, stylish hotel in Paris, you should check out Fred Hotel. Located in between Montparnasse and Porte de Versailles, this modern boutique hotel is full of village charm and provides accommodation in the form of 36 classic, superior and deluxe rooms. Each guestroom features heating, flat-screen TV, free WiFi access and private bathroom with hairdryer, Italian shower and complimentary toiletries. Superior rooms are larger and boast Nespresso coffee machines, whilst deluxe rooms are larger still and come with a separate living room with sofa bed and one extra bathroom. Onsite services and facilities include free WiFi access throughout, continental breakfast buffet with freshly-baked pastries, bar and paid public parking nearby. The hotel is just a 20-minute walk away from Montparnasse Tower and 230m away from the Plaisance Metro Station.

The three-star Hotel Monterosa is situated in the 9th arroniddement, in between Montarmtre and Grans Boulevards, making it ideally positioned to explore the city's historical monuments. Within the bright and modern hotel you'll find 36 contemporary single, twin and double rooms, each of which features satellite TV, heating, WiFi access and private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. All guestrooms are also accessible via lifts and each features a unique colour scheme. Within the hotel you'll also find free Wifi access throughout, continental breakfast buffet, open bar which serves free soft drinks every afternoon and room service. Children under two years old can stay here for free. The Saint George metro station is only 200m away which you can use to get to almost any part of Paris.

Located in the heart of Paris close to the Luxembourg Gardens, St-Germain quarter and Montparnasse metro station, Hotel Le Royal Rive Gauche a three-star hotel decorated in a contemporary and elegant way. Here guests can choose between 48 soundproofed classic and standard double rooms and seven junior suites, each of which features satellite TV, free WiFi access, flat-screen TV and private bathroom with bath or shower, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Deluxe rooms come with the same facilities but are slightly larger, whilst junior suites are significantly larger and offer more luxurious furniture and better street views. Onsite amenities and services include free WiFi access throughout, breakfast buffet served in the breakfast room or your guestroom and paid public parking nearby. Although facilities are rather limited, there is a wealth of local and international restuants in the immediate area and Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Orsay Museum are only 2km away.

For something more budget-friendly, check out the Hotel de la Cite Rougemont. This two-star hotel is located in a quiet part of the 9th arrondissement, in the theatre district close to the Grévin Museum, Opera House, Folies Bergère and the Galeries Lafayette department store. Here guests can choose between single, double, twin, triple and quadruple rooms, each of which is decorated with brightly-coloured wallpaper and soft furnishings and features free WiFi access, LCD TV and private bathroom with hairdyer. Within the hotel you'll find continental breakfast buffet, room service and free WiFi access throughout. Although facilities are restricted, the main appeal of this hotel is its location, which is also just 1.5km away from the Louvre.

Europe Hotel Paris is an even more centrally located hotel, within easy walking distance of the Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, Invalides and Alexander III Bridge. The three-star hotel features a standard classic French decor and provides accommodation in the shape of single, double and triple soundproofed rooms, each of which comes with free WiFi access, satellite TV, minibar and private bathroom with bath, shower and complimentary toiletries. Onsite services and amenities include free WiFi access throughout, internet kiosk, lounge-bar, continental breakfast buffet and paid public parking nearby.

View from Hotel de la Cite Rougemont in Paris, France

View from Hotel de la Cite Rougemont in Paris, France taken by Stepan

Things to do

December is a wonderful time to visit Paris, when the city is full of festivity. So make the most of the Christmas-themed activities on offer and go ice skating at l’Hotel de Ville. If you’ve never been ice skating before, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is a designated area for children and beginners to learn the ropes. On the other hand, if you’re an experienced skater and have your own pair of ice skates with you, you’ll be able to enjoy the rink for free. The ice skating rink at l’Hotel de Ville is open from 9am until around 10pm, but the best time to visit is after sunset when the 19th century building in the background is lit up. Don't worry if you don't have your own skates - they're available to rend for a small fee.

Get your hands on one-of-a-kind Christmas presents by shopping at the many Christmas markets throughout Paris. You’ll find some of the biggest and best Christmas markets at the Avenue de Champs-Elysées, La Défense, Trocadero, Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse Tower. All of the Christmas markets are quite similar and are comprised of numerous stalls selling all sorts of themed gifts, from Christmas ornaments and home-baked treats to hand-woven clothes and children’s toys. The Christmas markets in Paris are also ideal opportunities for indulging, with many types of mulled wines and festive foods on offer.

From November until January, the whole city of Paris is adorned with Christmas lights and decorations. If you want to see some of the very best decorations in the city, head to Place de la Bastille where you’ll find yourself face-to-face with a Christmas village. Made up of numerous streets decked with lights, trees, decorations, ornaments and market stalls, the Place de la Bastille Christmas village is like a giant Christmas market. In addition to the Christmas village, this part of the city also hosts art exhibitions, parades, street parties, food festivals, musical concerts and workshops throughout the festive period.

If you’re looking for a romantic winter activity to enjoy during your holiday in Paris, consider going on a River Seine cruise. Wrap up warm and book your cruise for after sunset for the best experience. Whilst the views are pleasant during the daytime, they’re even better after nightfall, when the streets lining the Seine are full of decorations and lights. If you want to splash out, you can combine your River Seine cruise with a three-course dinner on the boat for a truly memorable evening.

For over three decades, there haven’t been any official New Year’s Eve firework displays in Paris, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. Champs-Elysées is one of the most popular streets to ring in the new year, where thousands of locals and visitors come together to drink, dance and have a good time. If you want something a bit more low-key, head to the Scare Coeur square in Montmartre where you’ll find similar festivities, but on a smaller and quieter scale. The celebrations usually begin at around 9pm and carry on well into the early hours of the next morning.

Sacre Couer in Paris, France

Sacre Couer in Paris, France via Adriano

December events in Paris

Shopping

Christmas Village

1st December 2015 to 5th January 2016

The Christmas Village on the Champs Elysees runs until January 5th. Here you’ll find more than 200 chalets selling gifts, souvenirs, food, drink, sweets, clothes and toys. This site is also home to a hand-made Eiffel Tower and an artisan village which is dedicated to items handmade in France.

Website:

http://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/major-events/christmas-in-paris/file-christmas-markets/chr

Exhibition

Salon Nautique International de Paris

5th December 2015 to 13th December 2015

The Salon Nautique International de Paris is a boat show made up of around 800 exhibitors, more than 1,300 brands and around 240,000 visitors. The exhibition features over 700 boats, 200 of which are new models, plus 350 sailing boats and motorboats and 300 small crafts. In addition to the boat displays, this exhibition also features numerous water sport displays and three exhibition poles focused on sailing and tourism, motor boating and equipment.

Website:

http://www.salonnautiqueparis.com/GB.htm

Religious

Christmas Eve Mass

24th December 2015

On this night, Notre Dame holds a special Christmas Eve Mass at midnight, which includes the ringing of the Emmanuel bell, organ playing and choir singing.

Website:

http://www.secretsofparis.com/heathers-secret-blog/midnight-mass-procession-at-notre-dame-de-paris.h

Christmas Day Mass

25th December 2015

Christmas Day Masses at Notre Dame are made up of a Dawn Mass, Gregorian Mass and Solemn Mass which held throughout the daytime and evening. The masses are followed by the ringing of the Emmanuel bell, Christmas solemn vespers, organ playing and choir singing.

Website:

http://christmasinparis.wordpress.com/

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