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The French school holiday calendar.  
For school holiday dates, France is divided into three parts. Knowing when French schools are out can be useful information when it comes to choosing when to travel to France.
   For French bank holiday dates, visit the week planner.

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FRENCH SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES
for  2018 - 2019 - 2020

Beware of the "cheap ferries" scam
Some websites that announce "cheap" ferry prices are actually charging more than the ferry companies themselves. For obvious reasons, online sites and resellers hardly ever ( - if ever) sell ferry tickets for less than the ferry operators are selling them for; on the contrary, they may well take a markup.

View the cheap ferries information page for more details.
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You may also want to consult the
Week-by-week holiday planner for 2018
or see this page for small-screen mobiles
For school-holiday purposes, France is divided into three zones: in recent years and for the coming years, all three zones have the same school holiday calendar from the start of the school year, in September, until the end of January. It is only the winter and spring holidays that differ - mainly in order to spread the season for French winter sports resorts.  
   One excellent time to visit France is in the late summer and Autumn, between the start of the school year and the Toussaint holiday.

2018 - 2019 French school holiday calendar



ZONE A  
SW and Central France from the Atlantic coast to the Swiss border
ZONE B
Northern France, from the Loire Valley to Alsace, excluding Paris area,  + Provence
ZONE C
Greater Paris and Central southern France - Occitanie
Start of the summer holiday Friday 6th July 2018 after classes
Autumn term starts Monday 3rd September 2018
Toussaint - half term holiday period From Saturday 20th October 2018 after classes
to Sunday 4th November 2018 inclusive 
Christmas holidays From  Friday 21st or Saturday 22nd December after classes
to Sunday 6th January 2019 inclusive
Winter holiday Saturday 16th Feb 2019  to Sunday 3rd March 2019 Saturday 9th February 2019
to Sunday 24th February 2019
Saturday 23rd February 2019
to Sunday 10th March 2017
Spring holiday Saturday 13th April 2019 to Sunday 28th April 2019 Saturday 6th April 2019 to Sunday 22nd April 2019 Saturday 20th April 2019 to Sunday 5th May 2019
French Whitsun weekend Weekend of 9th June
Start of the summer holiday Saturday 6th July 2019


And 2019 - 2020

Careful: this is for next school year !


ZONE A  
SW and Central France from the Atlantic coast to the Swiss border
ZONE B
Northern France, from the Loire Valley to Alsace, excluding Paris area,  + Provence
ZONE C
Greater Paris and Central southern France - Occitanie
Start of the summer holiday Saturday 6th July 2019 after classes
Autumn term starts Monday 2nd September 2019
Toussaint - half term holiday period From Saturday 19th October 2019
to Sunday 3rd November 2019 inclusive 
Christmas holidays From  Friday 20th or Saturday 21st December after classes
to Sunday 5th January 2020 inclusive
Winter holiday Saturday 22nd Feb 2020  to Sunday 8th March 2020 Saturday 15th February 2020
to Sunday 1st March 2020
Saturday 8rd February 2020
to Sunday 23rd February 2020
Spring holiday Saturday 18th April 2020 to Sunday 3rd May 2020 Saturday 11th April 2020 to Sunday 26th April 2020 Saturday 4th April 2020 to Sunday 19th April 2020
Ascension weekend Thursday 21st May to Sunday 24th May 2020 inclusive
Start of the summer holiday Saturday 4th July 2020



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