School and Public Holidays in France

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Public Holidays

There are 10 public holidays in France. The calendar for 2016 is :

  • 1st of January (New Year)
  • 28th of March Easter Monday (celebrates the resurrection of Jesus)
  • 1st of May (Labor Day)
  • 5th of May Ascension Thursday (Christ's Ascension)
  • 8th of May (celebration of the end of World War II in Europe) 
  • 14th of July  (Bastille Day)
  • 15th of August  (Assumption)
  • 1st of November (All Saints)
  • 11th of November (Armistice)
  • 25th of December (Christmas)

On these days all governmental, and most administration departments, banks, and shops are closed.

When planning your trip, please noteHowever, most museums, monuments, and restaurants remain open or keep modified hours.

Don't forget to take these special circumstances into account when putting together your itinerary. For example, make sure you have enough money for the day in the event that you're unable to access your account or change currency. Also, don't plan for any shopping excursions on these days.During these vacation periods, roadways and tourist sites are often much busier than usual.

Plan accordingly, as you will be faced with both French and foreign crowds!  For specific information or recommendations, ask your hotel concierge or local tourist office.

 

School Holidays

The school districts in France are divided into 3 zones, each with their own dates for school holidays. Below you will find the cities within each zone, and the dates for their holidays.

The school year 2016 - 2017

  • Zone A: Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon, Poitiers 

Restart for school:              1. September 2016
Autumn holidays:                19. October 2016 – 3. November 2016
Christmas holidays:            17. December 2016 – 3. January 2017 
Winter holidays:        18. February 2017 – 6. March 2017 
Easter/Spring holidays:      15. April 2017 – 2. May 2017
Summer holidays:               8. July 2017 – 1. September 2017


  • Zone B: Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Caen, Lille, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Reims, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg.

Restart for school:               1. September 2016
Autumn holidays:                
19. October 2016 – 3. November 2016
Christmas holidays:             
17. December 2016 – 3. January 2017 
Winter holidays:
                   11. February 2017 – 27. February 2017
Easter/Spring holidays:       8. April 2017 – 24. April 2017
Summer holidays:                8. July 2017 – 1. September 2017


  • Zone C: Créteil, Montpellier,  Paris, Toulouse, Versailles.

Restart for school:               1. September 2016
Autumn holidays:                 
19. October 2016 – 3. November 2016
Christmas holidays:            
17. December 2016 – 3. January 2017 
Winter holidays:
                   4. February 2017 – 20. February 2017
Easter/Spring holidays:       1. April 2017 – 18. April 2017
Summer holidays:                8. July 2017  1. September 2017

 

Last update: 07. October 2016

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