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French school holiday dates  2017 - 2018
Use the table below to check the peak holiday weeks, when tourist traffic is heaviest and resorts most crowded, the intermediate weeks , and the off-peak weeks when holiday traffic is lightest, and hotels and resorts least crowded.

Key: Busiest holiday weeks _____ Busy weeks _____ :
Recommended off peak weeks (winter) _____ :  spring to  autumn ______


Special events (throughout France) are highlighted in yellow:
For driving information concerning peak holiday periods and avoiding heavy traffic , see Driving in France
  • Bank holidays (public holidays) are marked in red
  • Museums Saturday 20th May Nuit des Musées - hundreds of museums open free until 1 a.m.
  • Gardens weekend:  weekend  3rd - 5th June - Journées des Jardins - thousands of public and private gardens all over France open for free visits. Some only open this weekend.
  • Music night: Fête de la Musique: Midsummer's Day. Many free concerts, plus music in the streets in most towns until midnight or later. In 2017 it's a Wednesday night.
  • Heritage Days - 16th - 17th Sept. Journées du Patrimoine: an opportunity to visit monuments that are not usually open to the public, as well as those that are. Special guided tours at many locations.
  • NB: Weeks in the table below are indicated Saturday to Saturday inclusive, in line with common holiday accommodation and package booking habits.
Week
Sat-Sat
Dates
Sat-Sat
Holiday status / special events
Week
Sat-Sat
Dates
Sat-Sat
Holiday status / special events
Week 1: 31 Dec 7 Jan.

Week 27: 1 July - 8 July French schools out from 8th July  
Week 2: 7 Jan. - 14 Jan.

Week 28: 8 July - 15 July Public Holiday: Thursday 14th July
French school summer holidays
Week 3: 14Jan. - 21 Jan.

Week 29: 15 July - 22 July French school summer holidays
Week 4: 21 Jan. - 38 Jan.

Week 30: 22 Jul. - 29 Jul. French school summer holidays
Week 5: 28 Jan. - 4  Feb.

Week 31: 29 Jul. - 5 Aug. French school summer holidays
Week 6: 4  Feb. - 11 Feb.  School holidays France -
zone C - Paris

Week 31: 5 Aug. - 12 Aug. French school summer holidays
Week 7: 11 Feb. - 18 Feb.  School holidays France -  zone B
School holidays France - zone C
School holidays Belgium

Week 32: 12 Aug. - 19 Aug. French school summer holidays Public Holiday: Monday 15th August
Week 8: 18 Feb. - 25 Feb. School holidays France - zone B
School holidays France - 
Zone a 


Week 34: 19 Aug. - 26 Aug
Week 09: 25 Feb. - 4 Mar. School holidays France -
zone A


Week 35: 26 Aug. - 2 Sep.
Week 10: 4 Mar. - 11 Mar.

Week 36: 2 Sep. - 9 Sep. French schools go back: Thursday 4th Sept
10th-11th Sept Heritage Days

Week 11: 11 Mar. - 18 Mar.

Week 37: 9 Sep. - 16 Sep.
Week 12: 18 Mar. - 25 Mar

Week 38: 16 Sep. - 23 Sep.
Week 13 25 Mar. - 1 Apr. .


Week 39: 23 Sep - 30 Sep.

Week 14: 1 Apr. - 8 Apr.  School holidays France -
zone C - Paris
 

Week 40: 30 Sep. - 7 Oct.
Week 15: 8 Apr. - 15 Apr. School holidays France -
zone C Paris
School holidays France -
zone B

Week 41: 7 Oct. - 14 Oct.
Week 16: 15 Apr. - 22 Apr School holidays France - zone B
School holidays France - zone A
Public Holiday:
17th April Easter Monday.

Week 42: 14 Oct. - 21 Oct.
Week 17: 22 Apr - 29 Apr School holidays France zone A 
Sun 23 April Presidential elections

Week 43: 21 Oct. - 28 Oct French schools on holiday 
Week 18: 29April -  6 May  Sun 30 April Presidential elections.
Public Holiday: 1st May (Monday)

Week 44: 28 Oct. - 4 Nov. Public Holiday: Toussaint, Wednessday 1st Nov.

Week 19: 6 May - 13 May Public Holiday:
8th May (Monday)


Week 45: 4 Nov. - 11 Nov. Public Holiday: Armistice day Saturday 11th Nov.
Week 20: 13 May - 20 May


Week 46: 11 Nov. - 18 Nov.
Week 21: 20 May - 27 May Sat 21st May: Museums night  Free entry until 1 a.m
5th May Public Holiday: (Thursday) Ascension

Week 47: 18 Nov. - 25 Nov.
Week 22: 27 May - 3 June Fri 3rd and Sat 4th  June : Gardens weekend
Week 48: 25 Nov. - 2 Dec.
Week 23: 3 June - 10 June Sat 4th and Sun 5th June : Gardens weekend
Public Holiday: Monday 5th June - Pentecôte (Whit Monday - France)
Week 49: 2 Dec. - 9 Dec.
Week 24: 10 June - 17 June Sun 11 June General elections.
1st round

Week 50: 9 Dec. - 16 Dec.
Week 25: 17 June - 24 June Sun 18 Junel General elections.
Tuesday 21st June - Fête de la Musique

Week 51: 16 Dec. - 23 Dec
Week 26 24 June -  2 July Week 52: 23 Dec - 30 DecFrench school holidays
Belgian school holidays

* French school holiday zones: France is divided into three parts for certain school holiday dates. Zone C is notably the Greater Paris area + the extreme south of France (Provence - Languedoc-Pyrenees), and the zone that causes most extra holiday traffic on the roads. Full details on French school holiday zones
Points worth bearing in mind:

Driving conditons: in busy holiday/ vacation periods, motorways towards holiday areas (and from holiday areas) are busiest at the weekend, particularly on Saturdays. During other periods of the year, Saturdays and Sundays are the best time to travel, as traffic is lighter, and there are less lorries / trucks on the roads. See Driving in France for more details.
Hotels, attractions, restaurants: Out of season, and specifically in places where tourism is the main industry, many hotels, restaurants and attractions are closed. Those that are open are often cheaper out of season that at peak periods. For more information about hotels, attractions, eating out, visit:

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