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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 Monday New Year's Day
Mar 20 Tuesday March equinox
Mar 25 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts
Mar 30 Friday Good Friday
Apr 1 Sunday Easter Day
Apr 2 Monday Easter Monday
May 1 Tuesday Labor Day / May Day
May 8 Tuesday WWII Victory Day
May 10 Thursday Ascension Day
May 20 Sunday Whit Sunday
May 21 Monday Whit Monday
May 27 Sunday Mother's Day
Jun 17 Sunday Father's Day
Jun 21 Thursday June Solstice
Jul 14 Saturday Bastille Day
Aug 15 Wednesday Assumption of Mary
Sep 23 Sunday September equinox
Oct 28 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends
Nov 1 Thursday All Saints' Day
Nov 11 Sunday Armistice Day
Dec 22 Saturday December Solstice
Dec 24 Monday Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Tuesday Christmas Day
Dec 26 Wednesday St Stephen's Day
Dec 31 Monday New Year's Eve