Paris events during January ring in the New Year with celebrations and good cheer.

Although days are 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.

Find out about the best places to stay in Paris in the winter

Top photo: Signs in Paris stores in the Marais neighborhood announcing savings for the biannual sales, (c) Paris Discovery Guide

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Winter Sales on Designer Fashions - 2024

Winter sales of Missoni, Valentino, Pinko, and other designers in a Paris boutique
Winter sales of Missoni, Valentino, Pinko, and other designers in a Paris boutique

The famous Paris winter sales for 2024 run from January 10 - February 6.  (to be confirmed)

As always, savings will be spectacular.

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 designer boutiques in 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 Prés) and even global mid-market chains like Zara and H&M.

As usual, coveted Hermès bags, ties, scarves, jewelry, and other goodies go on sale for only 2-3 days at the special Hermes sale - scheduled this year for January 10, 11, 12 at Palais de Congrès near Porte Maillot - and yes, the Hermes sale begins one day before the regular sales.  Again this year, it is a private invitation-only event.  Invitations reportedly went out only to selected prior customers in France.  If you are a customer but did not receive one, your best chance is to contact your SA (sales associate) and ask to be put on the list.

Find out more about Paris Winter Sales 2023

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Paris Concerts & Musical Events - January 2023

Eglise Saint-Sulpice
Eglise Saint-Sulpice

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Epiphany Day & Galette des Rois in Paris

Galette des rois display at Paul, a popular Paris bakery/pastry maker
Galette des rois display at Paul, a popular Paris bakery/pastry maker

Paris (and the rest of France) celebrates Epiphany, the arrival in Bethlehem of Three Wisemen bringing gifts to Baby Jesus, on January 6.  (Less commonly in France, some people may instead observe this Catholic and Orthodox event on the first Sunday after January 1st.)

The tradition in France is to celebrate with Champagne and galette des rois - Kings' Cake.  This delectible confection is made from buttery puff pastry and almond paste with a tiny porcelein figurine or bean - la fève - hidden somewhere inside.  When the cake is sliced and served, whoever finds the fève (hopefully without breaking a tooth in the process) gets to wear a golden paper crown for the rest of the day and even better, enjoy good luck for the coming year.  Even though Epiphany is only one day, bakeries keep their windows filled with tantalizing displays of galette des rois in all sizes throughout most of January.  Then the cakes disappear for the rest of the year - but if you're not in Paris during January, you can enjoy a somewhat similar taste with an almond croissant at any time.

Paris Museum Exhibitions for January 2023

Painting by Russian artist Martiros Sarian, part of the Morozov Collection exhibition
Painting by Russian artist Martiros Sarian, part of a previous exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Claude Monet - Joan Mitchell @ Fondation Louis Vuitton

A side-by-side "dialogue" between about 60 emblematic paintings by 19th century Impressionist Claude Monet and 20th century Abstract Expressionist Joan Mitchell highlighting their similar artistic goals and visions

Dates:  Through February 27, 2023
Tickets:  16€ adults; book in advance on website
Location: 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16;  Metro: Pont de Neuilly

Füssle, The Realm of Dreams & The Fantastic@ Musée Jacquemart-André

Discover the work of late 18th century/early 19th century Swiss-born British painter Heinrich Füssli in this exhibition of 60 paintings exploring the intersection between reality and fantasy.

Dates:  Through January 23, 2023
Tickets:  15€ adults; includes permanent collections plus exhibition; museum website
Location: 158 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8;  Metro: Saint Philippe du Roule

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Open-Air Exhibitions & Strolls during January

Sculptures in the Korean Garden at Jardin d'Acclimatation in Bois de Boulogne
Sculptures in the Korean Garden at Jardin d'Acclimatation in Bois de Boulogne

Embrace the fresh air of crisp winter days with these fun outdoor exhibitions and strolls while seeing lesser-known parts of Paris:

  • Orlinski sculptures - Look for 10 giant sculptures by Richard Orlinski of bears, lions, gorillas, and even an enormous crocodile as you stroll along a 2-km stretch of Avenue George V and Champs Elysees from now through February 8. 
    Bonus:  Check out the winter sales at the designer boutiques and other stores along the way.
  • Regards d'Asie - See photos of Asia showing dreamy landscapes and everyday life in this outdoor exhibition displayed on the walls of Bercy Village from now through January 18.  Bonus:  Take a winter walk through the Botanical Garden (free admission) next door.
  • Jardin d'Acclimatation - Stroll along the trails in this popular children's amusement park on the edge of Bois de Boulogne in Paris's 16 arrondissement, and explore the exquisite Korean Garden, Norman "hamlet" complete with farm animals, aviary, and wooded slopes.  Admission is 6.50€ (3.50€ seniors) at the gate (5-minute walk from Les Sablons Metro station).
    Bonus:   Entrance to the park is free when you have a ticket to Fondation Louis Vuitton (access the park directly through the doors near the restaurant).
  • Street Art - On this 90-minute street art walking tour of the 19th and 20th arrondissements, you'll explore two vibrand neighborhoods as you view the some of Paris's best graffiti art and learn about the artists who created it.  Get your tickets

Recommended January Day Trip from Paris:  Champagne Tour & Tastings!

Champagne being poured for tasting in Mumm Champagne House's tasting room for a Paris day trip tour group
Champagne being poured for tasting in Mumm Champagne House's tasting room for a Paris day trip tour group

What's the best way to welcome January and the New Year? With Champagne, of course! 

On our recommended day trip from Paris for January, you'll visit 2 or more Champagne houses (including a world-famous choice and 1-2 small traditional Champagne houses), savor Champagne and food pairings during lunch, tour the champagne cellars, and join a masterclass conducted in a vineyard (or inside in case of bad weather).  By the end of your trip to the Champagne region near Paris, you'll have tasted 8 different Champagnes and will have a new understanding of how Champagne is made.  Pickup from your hotel or apartment in central Paris is included, and you can choose a small group (8 people max) or private option.

Find out more about this Champagne Wine Day Tour from Paris

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District 13 International Art Fair @ Hotel Drouot - 2024

Street art in Paris's 13th arrondissement
Street art on Boulevard Vincent Auriol in Paris's 13th arrondissement

Thirty international galleries will exhibit works of the best established and emerging contemporary urban street artists at the District 13 International Art Fair held at the prestigious Hotel Drouot auction house from January 12-14.  (to be confirmed)

Look for works by Obey, Stool, Olivia Ferrand, D*Face, Brusk, Maye, Invader, and L'Atlas, as well as talks by artists and live performances.  Selected works will be auctioned on Saturday, September 13.

Location:  Hotel Drouot, 9 Rue Drouot, Paris 9th arr 
Tickets:  10€ for 1-day pass or 10€ for a multi-day pass
More information: 
Event website

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Paris Fashion Week - January 2024

Palais Royal in Paris - fashion photograhy shoot during Paris Fashion Week
Fashion photography shoot in Palais Royal courtyard

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 Haute Couture (January 22-25 - to be confirmed) for the Spring/Summer 2024 season.  This is when renowned and trending fashion houses such as Hermès, Agnès b., Jil Sander, Pigalle Paris, Victor & Rolf, Fendi Couture, Isabel Marant, Dior, Chanel, Stéphane Rolland, Zuhair Murad, Valentino, Ungaro, Courrèges, and Ami reveal their newest collections.

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 (although temporarily relocated to Champs de Mars), Palais de Tokyo and Palais Galliera 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. 

Even if you're not remotely interested in these shows, here's what you need to know:  every hotel in central Paris neighborhoods fills up with attendees and rates soar (unlike Paris hotel rates during the rest of January) - so if you're planning a visit during this period, book as early as possible to get the best rates - shift your dates a bit to miss this period.

Festival of Lights at Paris's Jardin des Plantes 2024

Brightly lighted dinosaurs flank the entrance to the Light Festival at Paris's Botanical Garden - Photo credit: Yann Caradec
Brightly lighted dinosaurs flank the entrance to the Light Festival at Paris's Botanical Garden - Photo credit: Yann Caradec

The annual winter Festival of Lights returns to the Jardin des Plantes (Botanical Garden) in Paris's 5th arrondissement, with giant illuminated statues of animals creating a magical experience during the evening.  Each year, the animals represent a different phase of evolution, and this year you'll see butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, snails, spiders, and other insects as you stroll through the garden's enchanting imaginary universe filled with lights and colors.

Although the exhibition attracts almost 400,000 visitors each year, the garden never seems crowded.

Late afternoon, before the Illuminations event begins
Late afternoon, before the Illuminations event begins

You can see the creatures unilluminated during daytime hours without a ticket (in other words, for free), but the ticketed event which begins after dark is more spectacular.

Dates:  Through January 14, 2024, (to be confirmed) except for Dec. 24 & 31, 6pm l- 9:30pm, with last entry at 8:30pm, and until 11pm (last entry at 10) on Friday, Saturday, & school holidays
Location:  Jardin des Plantes, 57 Rue Cuvier, 5th arr
Tickets for evening strolls: 15€-17€, with reduced prices for children and families; tickets must be bought online (and get yours early, as they will sell out on many nights, especially during the holidays)

Saint-Jacques Scallop Festival in Montmartre 2024

Scallops and other seafood at a market on Rue des Abbesses
Scallops and other seafood at a market on Rue des Abbesses

As seafood-loving Parisians know, the annual Coquille Saint-Jacques Festival at Place des Abbesses in Montmartre should be on your must-visit list for the weekend of January 20-21.  (to be confirmed)

Although this pop-up festival offers free and fee-based tastings of fresh scallops, oysters, and other seafood from Brittany presented by about 20 specialists, there's a lot to love here:  crepes, buttered caramel, and traditional Breton charcuterie, culinary demonstrations and tastings, musical entertainment, and even a fish pavilion. 

Festival hours are 9am - 7pm on Saturday and 9:30am - 6 pm on Sunday.  And for even more choices, check out all the seafood, cheese, wine, produce, and chocolate shops along Rue des Abbesses, one of Paris's great market streets.

Festival d'Automne (Autumn Festival) Paris - 2023-2024

Visual arts and music performance from a previous show at Bourse de Commerce/Pinault Collection
Visual arts and music performance from a previous show at Bourse de Commerce/Pinault Collection

The Paris Autumn Festival (which extends into February) showcases the latest creations and artists (international as well as French) in contemporary dance, theater, music, cinema, and visual arts at a variety of venues around Paris, include the Grand Hall at Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement, the Pinault Collection at Bourse de Commerce and Louvre in the 1st, and Pompidou Center in the 4th, just to name a few.

This is a hugely popular festival, with over 50 events (many of which extend over several or more days) at over 70 venues in and near Paris.

Most events are ticketed, and many sell out quickly, so don't wait to book, which you can do through the event's website.

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