No Christmas tree in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral this year

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Bad news for those who wished to wonder at the traditional Christmas tree in front of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.


Every year at Christmas time a tree over 20 metres tall is traditionally put up in front of Notre-Dame. Following the Paris attacks on the 13th November, the cathedral has recently decided that there would be no tree on the parvis. Newspaper Le Figaro reports that for security reasons it would need a 24/7 guard service, costing from 60,000 to 70,000 euros. The cathedral does not have the budget to finance such a plan and opted to postpone the tradition to next year.

Instead a group of fir trees with fairy lights have been put up just under the left side of the main portal. A little Nativity scene occupies the right side.

Simple Christmas trees under the central portal of Notre-Dame © French moments

Simple Christmas trees under the central portal of Notre-Dame © French moments

A sober Nativity Scene under the central portal of Notre-Dame © French moments

A sober Nativity Scene under the central portal of Notre-Dame © French moments


People are invited to enter inside the cathedral to discover the giant Nativity scene from Poland.

Find out more about the Christmas Tree in front of Notre-Dame.


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

2 Comments

  1. I have enjoyed your blog and shall return to it often. My wife and I will be in Paris on 11.11.2016 and I wanted to understand how this day was commemorated in France.

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