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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 Wednesday New Year's Day
Mar 20 Friday March Equinox
Mar 29 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts
Apr 10 Friday Good Friday
Apr 12 Sunday Easter Sunday
Apr 13 Monday Easter Monday
May 1 Friday Labor Day / May Day
May 8 Friday WWII Victory Day
May 21 Thursday Ascension Day
May 31 Sunday Whit Sunday
Jun 1 Monday Whit Monday
Jun 7 Sunday Mother's Day
Jun 21 Sunday Father's Day
Jun 21 Sunday June Solstice
Jul 14 Tuesday Bastille Day
Aug 15 Saturday Assumption of Mary
Sep 22 Tuesday September Equinox
Oct 25 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends
Nov 1 Sunday All Saints' Day
Nov 11 Wednesday Armistice Day
Dec 21 Monday December Solstice
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day
Dec 26 Saturday St Stephen's Day
Dec 31 Thursday New Year's Eve