Winter Sales, Concerts, New Museum Exhibits, More!
Paris events during January ring in the New Year with celebrations and good cheer.
Although days are still short and the weather can be damp and chilly, you'll find plenty of warmth inside cozy Paris bistros, jazz clubs, museums, and concert halls, making January the perfect month to explore the "real" Paris without lines of tourists everywhere.
The eagerly awaited January Winter Sales markdowns bring a lot of excitement almost as soon as the New Year's celebrations end, with discounts offered on almost everything in the city: designer fashions, decorative items, jewelry.
If you don't want to brave the weather, you'll find plenty of tours and cruises to keep you dry while letting you experience top Paris attractions.
Winter Sales on Designer Fashions - January 2019
The famous Paris winter sales run from January 9 - February 19, 2019. Look for Soldes signs in store windows all over the city, often followed by the amount of the reduction - typically 30-40% at the beginning but soaring as high as 70-80% at toward the end.
Best places to find bargains? Everywhere! Luxury labels such as Chanel, Valentino, and Armani draw huge crowds - ditto for the "Big 4" department stores: Galeries Lafayette, BHV, Bon Marché, and Au Printemps. But don't ignore smaller boutiques (head to the Marais, Les Halles, Saint-Germain-des Près) and even global mid-market chains.
As usual, coveted Hermès bags, ties, scarves, jewelry, and other goodies go on sale for only 2-3 days - January 10, 11, and 12, at Palais de Congrès near Porte Maillot (look for confirmed 2019 dates soon).
@ Musée de l'Orangerie, October 16 to January 27, 2020 - This exhibition brings together an exceptional collection of pieces by Seurat, Signac, Degas, Bonnard, Modigliani, Matisse, Derain, and African and Oceanian works Collected by Felix Fénéon, a major player in the art scene of the late 19th/early 20th centuries. Tickets 9€; free admission when you have a Paris Museum Pass Location: Jardin des Tuileries, 1st arr. Nearest Metro : Concorde
Leonardo da Vinci
@ Musée du Louvre, October 24 - February 24, 2020 - This highly-anticipated blockbuster show marks the 500th anniversary of the painter's death and brings together 5 core works, includinging the Mona Lisa, plus many more of his paintings and drawings. The show is free, with the cost of regular admission, but you must reserve a date and time-slot ticket in advance online. Book as far in advance as possible to get your preferred date/time. Location: Rue de Rivoli, 1st arrondissement
Closed: Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
Tickets: 17€ (purchased online); includes admission to permanent exhibits as well; free for under 26 Stay nearby:Hotels near the Louvre Nearest Metro: Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre, Pyramides More info: https://www.louvre.fr
@ Picasso Museum, Through February 2020 - This special exhibit focuses on Picasso's paintings completed between 1926-1930, and explores his experimentation in the context of Surrealism, psychology, and his fascination with magic.
Admission: Exhibit included with museum admission. Get skip-the-line priority tickets online or with a Paris Museum Pass Location: 5 rue de Thorigny, 3rd arrondissement; closed Mondays
The Great Naive Masters
@ Musée Maillol, September 11 - January 19, 2020 - Maillol Museum brings together over 100 works created between the two world wars by Henri Rousseau, Séraphine Louis, and lesser-known "primitive" artists to examine their subversive statements against the modernism of that period. Location: 61 rue de Grenelle, 7th arr Tickets: 13.50€ (available online for timed entry) Nearest Metro: Rue du Bac More info: www.museemaillol.com
@ Grand Palais, through January 21, 2019 - This live show immerses you in dazzling 18th century Venice during its most prosperous period of great theater, entainment, music, and art. Closed on Tuesdays. Tickets 15€ Location: Grand Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 8th arr
Nearest Metro: Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau More info: https://www.grandpalais.fr
Private Collections: A Journey of Impressionists to the Fauves
@ Musée Marmottan Monet, through February 10, 2019 - On display will be 60 seldom-shown pieces from private collection by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Rodin, Claudel, Seurat, Bonnard, Derain, Matisse, Gauguin, and other important artists from Impressionism to Fauvism. Open Wednesday - Monday; 10am-6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays. General admission 11€; includes this exhibit Location: 2 rue Louis Boilly, 16e Nearest Metro: La Muette More info: www.marmottan.fr
Caravaggio's Roman Period
@ Musée Jacquemart-André, through January 28, 2019 - Extraordinary masterpieces gathered from major Italian museums and the Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg showcase Caravaggio's late 16th century-early 17th century Roman period and explore his revolutionary impact on art as well as his links with the collectors, other artists, poets, and scholars of his time. Tickets 13.50€ Location: 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 8th arr.
Nearest Metro : Saint Philippe du Roule
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Paris Fashion Week - January 2019
Fashion Week brings a special buzz to Paris during January, when designers, celebrities, and fashionistas from around the world converge to see the latest trends in Men's Ready to Wear (January 17-21) and Haute Couture (January 22-25).
The best places to glimpse the models (assuming you're not going to the invitation-only shows) are around the venue locations - the Grand Palais in the ritzy 8th arrondissement, Palais de Tokyo in the 16th, Espace Eiffel near the Branly Museum in the 7th, Palais Brongniart in the 2nd, and at a variety of smaller, hipper venues scattered around the city. The trendy Marais neighborhood, especially around Place des Vosges, and Palais Royal are always good model-spotting locales.
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