school & public holidays


School and public holidays in France can affect your success at finding accommodation...and, for that matter, sometimes your enjoyment. Here is a list of French holidays for your diary, so you can plan your visits to France. I'm not saying the French go crazy, well, no more so than in any other country, but just occasionally there's a feeling of being let out for the weekend about many towns and villages. A good example of that is Mother's Day (Fêtes des Mères: 31 May in 2015), when you'll be lucky to get a lunch table anywhere, if you don't book in advance.

Mothers’ Day in France is usually on the last Sunday in May, but is moved to the first Sunday of June if it falls on the same day as Whit Sunday/Pentecost.

Fathers’ Day is also celebrated in France, on the third Sunday in June.


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.

Zone A 

Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Rennes, Toulouse

All Saints (Tousaint)
17 October 2015–2 November 2015

Christmas
19 December 2015–4 January 2016

Winter
13 February 2016–29 February 2016

Spring
9 April 2016–25 April 2016

Summer
From 5 July 2016


Zone B

Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Besançon, Dijon, Lille, Limoges, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Poitiers, Reims, Rouen, Strasbourg

All Saints (Tousaint)

17 October 2015–2 November 2015

Christmas
19 December 2015–4 January 2016

Winter
6 February 2016–22 February 2016

Spring
2 April 2016–18 April 2016

Summer
From 5 July 2016


Zone C

Bordeaux, Créteil, Paris, Versailles

All Saints (Tousaint)
17 October 2015–2 November 2015

Christmas
19 December 2015–4 January 2016

Winter
20 February 2016–7 March 2016

Spring
16 April 2016–2 May 2016

Summer
From 5 July 2016

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

There are ten public holidays in France:

1st of January (New Year)

Easter Monday

1st of May (Labour Day)

8th of May (celebration of the end of World War II in Europe)

Ascension Thursday

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.


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