The Museum of Fairground Arts invites you to the Festival of Marvels

Paris has museums devoted to archaeology, history, ancient and contemporary art, as you would expect. But others cover more unusual subjects, such as fashion and perfume… In this category the Musée des Arts Forains (Museum of Fairground Arts) most definitely belongs. Accessible most of the year by reservation only, for ten days during the Christmas period it invites everyone to the Festival du Merveilleux (Festival of Marvels).


The museum that offers all the fun of the fair

Near Bercy Village, occupying the site of some of the capital’s old cellars, you can open a door into a magical world when you visit the Museum of Fairground Arts. This place is the result of the dedication and passion of Jean-Paul Favand, a man who dedicates his life to preserving the timeless spirit of the golden age of funfairs. Old automata, merry-go-rounds, amusements and attractions from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries; everything here will take you back to a fascinating and innocent world of fun and joy…


Magic and marvels

From December 26th, the Museum opens its doors for the Festival du Merveilleux. As usual, you can enjoy the rides and play the games, but in addition you’ll be entertained by jugglers, magicians, acrobats, storytellers, dancers and puppeteers, who will perform their wonderful acts throughout the day. This live shows in the tradition of fairground and street entertainers will take you to a world of enchantment and keep you in a festive mood in the week after Christmas Day! Head across Paris from your Hotel Doisy Etoile and visit one of the capital’s most fascinating places; the Museum of Fairground Arts. A sweet dream of another time, the Festival du Merveilleux offers an enchanted interlude in the frenzy of Christmas. When you plan your family Parisian holiday to discover this magical place, remember to book our Family Baobab rooms, perfect for the occasion!



For more information:

– Musée des Arts Forains
– Festival du Merveilleux

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A Christmas in Paris; windows, illuminations and markets…

Even though the summer has come to an end this year with a late season burst of warmth and sunshine, the calendar does not lie; the Christmas holidays are fast approaching. Soon, you can enjoy all the magic of a Christmas in Paris, such as festive display windows, illuminations and traditional markets … Immerse yourself in Parisian magic!


Display windows, illuminations and markets; the essentials of a Christmas in Paris

Whether they are a supplement to your other activities or your visit to the capital is centred around them, these three essential aspects of a Parisian Christmas will give you a Yuletide experience to remember. Joyous for any true Parisian, they are a source of wonder and magic to visitors. Stroll along the Champs-Élysées as it sparkles with a thousand lights, enter the perfect octagon that is the Place Vendôme enhanced by its own illuminations, admire the scintillating Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars. The capital’s most emblematic locations are clad in their festive finery.


Spectacle and shopping…

Beautiful and innovative display windows are one of the joys of a Parisian Christmas. When you go Christmas shopping in the city’s renowned department stores, you’ll be unable to resist lingering in front of Printemps Haussmann and Galeries Lafayette. These stores compete in ingenuity and imagination to create stunningly designed windows that tell a story. The capital’s Christmas markets will also help to put you in the festive mood. These can be found in every neighbourhood and each has its own character, from Notre-Dame at the foot of the cathedral to the traditional Alsace market at the Gare de l’Est, to the Abbesses on the hill of Montmartre…

The holiday season offers a wealth of exceptional moments in Paris. Your Hotel Doisy Etoile is well placed for easy access throughout the capital and provides you with the opportunity to experience Christmas in a lively district of Paris, amidst lovely small shops and true Parisians!



For more information:

– Christmas Windows
Christmas Markets

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Fall under the spell of the markets of Paris

Paris would not be the same without its markets! The capital is home to many neighbourhood markets where an authentic Parisian experience can be enjoyed. Browse amongst the fruits and vegetables, have a chat and a coffee and soak up the ambiance. To know Paris like a real Parisian, the Hotel Doisy Etoile suggests visiting these picturesque markets. Don’t miss the opportunity!

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Spend an unforgettable White Night in Paris

This autumn, treat yourself to a delightful Parisian break and enjoy one of the capital’s favourite arts festivals; the Nuit Blanche (White Night). For one night the city hosts thousands of intriguing free artistic events, which you can discover while wandering the streets either at random or with an itinerary in mind. Discover this wonderful nocturnal celebration of art during your stay at the Hotel Doisy Etoile!

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The Maison & Objet trade fair; the latest in lifestyles this September

New, bold and intuitive buying experiences, a redesigned presentation, surprising and inspiring innovations, new spaces for sharing … Come along and be surprised by the new edition of the Maison & Objet trade fair, the international meeting place for professionals in the art of living, interior decoration and design from September 7th to 11th, 2018!

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