November events in France in 2022 cover a whole range of activities. They start with chocolate, include photographic exhibitions, a great antiques fair, food and wine and then there’s Halloween. But of all the events in France in November, the most poignant and faithfully observed is Armistice Day. It commemorates the peace treaty that ended World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

To Nov 1, 2022: Down in the southern Vaucluse you’ll find Antiques Art and You or the famous L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Antiques Fair. From 1920 this antiques orientated town is transformed into one big antique seekers’ delight. After antiques and bric-a-brac, furniture, old books, contemporary art, design and decoration? 200 exhibitors from France and Europe plus the town’s 250 shops set out their wares in Gautier Park, on the quays of the Sorgue, in antiquarian villages and in the streets.

Antique and bric a brac stalls at L'isle sur la sorgue, Provence
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

To Nov 1, 2021: Just time to catch the Paris Chocolate Fair at Porte de Versailles. 700 or so chocolatiers, pastry chefs and other professionals offer you an insight into the world of chocolate. And what a world it is. It’s totally irresistible, and very expensive. There are tasting sessions and cookery demonstrations, children’s pasty-making workshops and more. But most startling is the fashion show where dresses made of chocolate challenge your ideas of frocks.

Model on catwalk in white and dark chocolate dress at Paris Chocolate Show
Chocolate Dress at the Paris Chocolate Show. Salon-du-Chocolat/J.Millet

To November 1, 2022:  All Saints’ Day (La Toussaint). It’s a great public holiday in France, starting in October when many go away for the whole week to their second homes before shutting them up for the winter. Many shops, banks and businesses are closed. It may not be Halloween as we know it in the UK and USA know it, but popularity is growing for dressing up, pumpkins and witches. Here’s how the French do Halloween!

Les Templiers at Parc Asterix at Halloween showing models of strange masked men in grey costumes against a ghostly background
Les Templiers at Parc Asterix at Halloween © A-Guisiano/Parc Asterix

To Nov 6, 2022: This is a must for garden lovers. The International Garden Festival at the beautiful Chaumont-sur-Loire château in the Loire Valley is like the Chelsea Flower Show of France, and better still it has gone on for just over 7 months. This year the theme is spot on: Biomimcry in the Garden. As the Director Chantal Colleu-Dumond says ‘Understanding and imitating living systems and, in particular, natural ecosystems is one of the keys to our future’.

Château de Chaumont. White towers and onion tops
Château de Chaumont. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

To Nov 7, 2022: Disneyland Paris begins its Halloween Festival with Disney villains roaming the streets. On October 31 Disney’s Halloween Party takes over the park from 8pm to 2am. Book early and expect very few children at this grown-up event.

Disneyland Paris at Halloween with decorations in the air, lanterns and Disney castle in background
Disneyland Paris at Halloween © Disneyland Paris

To Dec 31, 2022: Contemporary Art Biennale, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. This major event covers painting, sculpture, photo and video. Discover different disciplines in venues from the Contemporary Art Museum and La Sucrière to La Veduta, a cultural laboratory with exhibitions and artists’ residences. Fringe events are at Résonance. This year’s theme is Fragility which gives plenty of scope for those impressive, if rather convoluted explanations about life and art which the French love.

Poster for the 2022 Biennale de Lyon. title in lower case manifesto of fragility with swirling red shapes on background
Biennale de Lyon 2022

To Jan 14, 2023: Chartres en lumières sees this wonderful city illuminated for its festival of light. It’s nightly so there’s no excuse to miss it. It runs from dusk to 1am.

Chartres theatre illuminated in many colours for the summer light festival
Charters illuminated. OTC Chartres

To Feb 18, 2023: Paris Autumn Festival is a huge arts events, taking in every discipline, the new and the avant-garde throughout Paris. It was created in 1972 by Michel Guy under the impetus of Georges Pompidou who wanted Paris to become a cultural capital. He succeeded; today around 150,000 people attend one of the events.

Paris Festival Wichaya Artamat with stuffed penguin in front or man in yellow robes and surreal strange background
Paris Festival: Wichaya Artamat

Events starting in France in November 2022

Nov 11, 2021: Armistice Day is a public holiday in France. Every village, town and city has parades to honour the L’armistice de la Première Guerre Mondiale commemorating the end of World War 1. At exactly 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, Armistice Day, one-minute’s silence is held and France stops as people reflect on the past. Here is where the Armistice was signed, at the Armistice Museum in the forest of Compiegne in Picardy.

Black and white photo with Hitler walking away from the railway carriage where the 1940 Armistice was signed
Hitler at the railway carriage after signing the Armistice Public domain

Nov 10-13, 2022: Paris Photo in part of the Grand Palais has over 140 galleries from 33 countries showing exceptional works. At the largest international photo fair, catch talks and awards for photo books, interviews and discussions with artists, gallery owners, collectors and the enthusiastic public. Even the catalogue is a work of art. Other galleries and museums in Paris highlight their photographic collections.

Paris Photo 2022 abstract painting
Paris Photo 2022 Courtesy Arash Hanaei/BMW ART MAKERS

Nov 11-13, 2022: Salon Gourmand in Rouen, Normandy is another of those glorious food festivals. Over 250 exhibitors show off their wares: wine, beer, sweet things, chocolate, cheese and more. There are chef demonstrations, tastings and a whole lot more.

Rouen food festival with piled up cheeses
Rouen Food Festival

Nov 13-14, 2022: The Herring and Coquilles Saint-Jacques Festival in Dieppe is a fabulous, and odorous, celebration of these famous fishes, so necessary to Normandy. Join the 100,000 odd enthusiasts for two days of tasting, discussing the merits of, and enjoying every kind of cured herring and Coquille Saint-Jacques.

Dieppe Herring Festival in evening with yellow sunset and people walking along harbour and seagulls above
Dieppe Herring Festival © J. Decaux – Normandy Tourism

There are many other ports along the Alabaster Coast that celebrate herrings and scallops, like Le Tréport Saint-Valery-en-Caux and Fécamp.

Check the website above for other herring festivals in Normandy.

Nov 18, 2021: At midnight the famous Nouveau Beaujolais is released. The Nouveau Beaujolais est arrive sign appears in restaurants all over the world and though the wine is not the greatest (far too young), it’s a fun evening. The best place to celebrate is Lyon, capital of the Beaujolais region in the Place des Terreaux. Organised by young wine producers, it’s a festival with fireworks, tastings, street theatre and more. All the local bouchons (restaurant in Lyon) offer special menus. The celebrations run over 5 days throughout the country. It’s one of the major global celebrations of events in November in France.
If you’re not in France, you can officially buy the wine wherever you are at 12.01am on the day of release.

Bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau on table with flowers and vinesin background
Beaujolais Nouveau. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Nov 17-20, 2022: The International Festival of Animal and Nature Photography takes place in Montier-en-Der in Haute Marne, Grand Est, north east France. It’s a must for fans of nature, taking major environmental themes each year. Images are displayed inside and outside and there are talks and video screenings.

2 wild horses in the Camargue going in different directions
Wild horses in the Camargue ©Fitindia/CC-BY-SA 4.0

Nov 21, 2021: The Beaune Wine Auction is the most famous in the world. Taking place over a weekend, it’s not just the wine auction, conducted by Christie’s that is the attraction. All the major vineyards open their cellars for tastings, and there’s plenty to see and do. You must book tickets in advance.

hospice de beaune old buildings with coloured tiles
Hospice de Beaune. Michel Baudoin

Nov 18, 2022-Jan 3, 2023: Nancy in east France begins its Christmas celebrations early with a big market on Place Charles III.

Place Stanislas in Nancy at night showing view through elaborate black and gold cast iron grill and long classical building bathed in spotlights
Place Stanislas in Nancy © Nicolas Cornet/CC-BY-SA 3.0

Late November–December 31, 2022: Christmas Markets take place all over France. Strasbourg is particularly important; in north France make for Arras. It’s a good way to celebrate events in November in France just in time for Christmas.

Here are the Christmas Markets in North France in 2022.

Arras Christmas market at night with blue lit big wheel, large christmas tree and people in the main suare
Arras Christmas Market in the main square © OT Arras

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