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Holidays and gift giving occasions in France

France is a wonderful place to spend the holidays, and they have plenty to celebrate. However, it’s important to remember that packages are not collected or delivered on public holidays, so leave more time for gifts to be delivered. We’ve created a handy list of French holidays and other significant dates below.

Date Day Holiday
Jan 1 Friday New Year's Day
Mar 20 Saturday March Equinox
Mar 28 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts
Apr 2 Friday Good Friday
Apr 4 Sunday Easter Sunday
Apr 5 Monday Easter Monday
May 1 Saturday Labor Day / May Day
May 8 Saturday WWII Victory Day
May 13 Thursday Ascension Day
May 23 Sunday Whit Sunday
May 24 Monday Whit Monday
May 30 Sunday Mother's Day
Jun 20 Sunday Father's Day
Jun 21 Monday June Solstice
Jul 14 Wednesday Bastille Day
Aug 15 Sunday Assumption of Mary
Sep 23 Thursday September Equinox
Oct 31 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends
Nov 1 Monday All Saints' Day
Nov 11 Thursday Armistice Day
Dec 21 Tuesday December Solstice
Dec 24 Friday Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Saturday Christmas Day
Dec 26 Sunday St Stephen's Day
Dec 31 Friday New Year's Eve