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What to do over the Christmas vacations

in Rouen

As theend-of-year festivities approach, theChristmas holidays are fast approaching. This is the time to share warm moments with family or friends, while exploring the many activities and events planned in the city of Rouen and its surrounding communes.

Fun workshops, cultural escapades, enchanting treasure hunts… We reveal the highlights to add to your agenda during the Christmas vacations, fromSaturday, December 23, 2023 to Sunday, January 07, 2024.

Prepare to dive into a program rich in discovery and fun to celebrate this magical period in unforgettable fashion!

For younger children

Animals in museums

December 23, 28, 30 and January 04 from 3pm to 4pm

Can you spot the animals in Rouen’s museum collections? They’re hiding in the Ceramics and Secq des Tournelles museums. Bats, unicorns, bears, dragons and fish are just some of the animals to be found on this tour of feathers and scales, which will reveal some very surprising stories about the iron and ceramics heritage.

Infos et réservation

Rouen Magique

Wednesdays, December 27 and January 03, 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Your guide is a magician. With him, you’ll plunge into his family’s history and live Rouen’s history through the eyes of his ancestors. Magicians, jugglers and jugglers will take you on a tour of the city’s past, from the construction of its castles to medieval festivals and court life, all enhanced by instructive and participatory magic tricks.

Infos et réservation

Refuge givré

Until December 30, place Saint-Sever

Emmit your children to enjoyshows from 35 to 55 min around different themes: Mossikassika la Petite Fille, Macounaïma et le Guinnârou, Capucine et le jardin des surprises, L’Arbre à livres… Let them reveal their artistic soul by taking part in workshops: à Noël, fleuris tes pensées, art et jeux culinaires autour de Noël, carte de vœux en papier artisanal…

More info (p6/7)

Show “Molie’s Christmas”

December 23, 24, 27, 29 and January 02 and 05

Discover the musical and interactive show “Molie’s Christmas” at Théâtre à l’Ouest. Poetic, funny and instructive storytelling for your children, aged 3 and up.
Direction: the North Pole! To save the distribution of presents, embark on this fantastic journey, to the heart of Christmas magic! A new mission awaits Molie in this thrilling adventure, to bring the children’s Christmas letters to the North Pole as quickly as possible!

Infos et réservation

Et Patati et Patrimoine

December 26, 27, 28 and 29 at 2pm

These workshops offered by the Metropole as part of the Label Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoireare open to children aged 4 to 12. Designed to be fun, they are based on observation to bring heritage within everyone’s reach.
Themes: Fantastic animals in Rouen Cathedral, the Gros-Horloge, timber-framed houses.

Info and booking

The Christmas elf-hunts

Tuesday to Saturday during school holidays

Welcome to children’s paradise, elfin hunt, giant escape game, treasure hunt, and more. Take part in a Christmas adventure in the heart of the Fontaine-Guérard Abbey, in Radepont (27).

Info and booking

For gourmets

Cheese and wine tasting

Thursday, January 04 and Friday, January 05, 6:30pm-8pm

With a passionate cheesemonger, discover the best cheeses from Normandy and beyond. With each cheese, a historical anecdote and an unusual pairing to surprise your taste buds, in an authentic setting: the Taverne Saint-Amand.

Infos et réservation

Christmas market

Until December 24

Savoyard specialities, pretzels, mulled wine, churros…The Christmas market chalets are packed with gourmet products typical of the festive season. To find them, just follow those delicious smells!


For the curious

The must-sees

December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30 and January 06

To encounter a city is to discover its finest treasures and savor its history! Discover the treasures of the Norman capital, follow the guide, from the Cathedral to theplace du Vieux Marché. Discover the timber-framed houses and vibrate to the memory of Jeanne d’Arc. Anecdotes, historical landmarks and architectural surprises are all on the program!

Info and booking

Christmas tales in a horse-drawn carriage

On 20, December 23 and 27 from 2pm to 4:30pm

Sit back and relax in the horse-drawn carriage driven by Fantine, and let yourself be lulled by the stories filled with magic told by Emmanuelle…
Departure: refuge givré (place Saint-Sever) – Jardin Saint-Sever – Return: refuge givré.

Registrations on site

Les Féeries de l’Aître Saint-Maclou

From December 16 to January 07

What if you danced under a rain of light? In the heart of the aître, this artistic installation made of thousands of suspended lights is the promise of a moment that is just as much. Submerged in a jungle of luminous vines, eyes wide open, let yourself dream of other realities. Between poetry and technology, the thousands of tiny lights that make up the work come alive in a dialogue between body, sound, space and matter.

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Exhibitions “Fleuves” Le Temps des Collections XI

Every day during the vacations

This edition explores the symbolism of rivers through multidisciplinary exhibitions in seven museums of the Réunion des Musées Métropolitains. These highlight little-exhibited works and welcome loans from the Centre Pompidou. This season dedicated to rivers is divided into two parts, with the first dedicated to contemporary art, found in La Ronde, and the second devoted to the collections of RMM museums with Le Temps des Collections. Discover, in particular, the wonderful work of Raoul Dufy at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, inspired by the Seine, our territory’s major axis linking Paris, Rouen and Le Havre.

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Exhibition “Points de vue” by Joanie Lemercier

From Wednesday to Sunday during the vacations

The Centre d’art contemporain de la Matmut – Daniel Havis transforms to close 2023 with this exhibition lined with unsettling works that disrupt our reference points. It invites viewers to create their own point of view based on their sensations, while offering a personal reading of the landscape.

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For athletes

Musical stretching in an exceptional venue

Saturday, December 23 from 10am to 11am

During a private concert, let yourself be carried away by the notes of cellist Hélène Latour during thisgentle gymnastics session offered by Laurence from Planète Bien-Etre et Run and Visit. Relaxation, breathing, postures and stretching to the sound of the most beautiful classical pieces, in one of Rouen’s most beautiful Renaissance stone residences:the Hôtel de Bourgtheroulde.

Infos et réservation

Christmas party at the ice rink

Saturday, December 23 from 8pm to 11pm

Come skate and discover sliding sports; entertainment and surprises will be on hand for this must-see event of the season!
Nathalie Péchalat skating rink | 1 € admission

Infos on 02 35 07 94 73

For creative people

For hobby lovers and DIY enthusiasts, several workshops around Christmas and winter are being organized in the city of Rouen and its adjacent communes. We’ve put together a selection for you:

Natural winter wreath workshop at Parc de Clères: Saturday, December 09.
More info

Winter eco workshop at Parc de Clères: Wednesday, December 13.
More info

Christmas centerpiece workshop at Rouen’s Jardin des Plantes: Saturday, December 23.
More info

Photophore-making workshop at Aître Saint-Maclou: Tuesdays, December 26 and January 02
More info

For lovers

Christmas window displays

Until the 3rd edition of the RAR Week-end in June 2024, come and discover the windows of Rouen’s antique dealers decked out in their most beautiful Christmas lights until January 06, 2024!

This is just a glimpse of the many events on offer during the Christmas vacations in Rouen
The Rouen Tourist Office will be open on Sundays during the school vacations (all zones combined). Don’t hesitate to drop in and see us!