With the lights and fun of the holiday season lingering in the air, January is a great month to visit Paris. You’ll find few crowds and short lines at museums and major landmarks, and it’s the perfect time to visit the winter exhibits on display. Haute Couture comes to Paris for January Fashion Week, and shoppers hit the streets for the annual winter sales. Here’s a look at some of the best things to do in Paris this January!
Paris Winter Sales
6 January – 16 February 2016
Starting in January you’ll see shop window after shop window plastered with signs announcing “Soldes” – the fabulous winter sales in Paris! This is when shoppers descend on Paris to take advantage of the deep discounts, which increase over the six-week sale period. You’ll find great deals everywhere, from little designer boutiques to Paris’ Grand Magasins. This is also an excellent time to take a day trip to one of the outlet malls near Paris – perfect for the fashion bargain hunter! Bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes and hit the streets of Paris in search of fashion treasures during the Paris January Soldes.
Ice Skating in Paris
Ice skating in Paris is a memorable and fun experience, and many of the ice rinks set up before the Christmas holidays are still in place through the middle to end of January. The Trocadéro Ice rink is generall open through the first week of January, while the Hotel de Ville is often open through the first weekend in March. Visit our What’s On in Paris in December for all the details on where to enjoy ice skating in Paris.
The Marriage of Figaro at Versailles
15 & 17 January 2016
For a memorbale musical experience during your stay in Paris, travel out to Versailles to see Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" opera performed in the Opéra Royal at the Château de Versailles. This production from Drottningholms Slottsteater will be conducted by Marc Minkowski and features a cast of up-and-coming singers.
Capriccio at the Palais Garnier
19, 22 & 25 January 2016
Spend an unforgettable evening in the sparkling setting of the Palais Garnier - one of the most beautiful opera halls in the world. "Capriccio" is Richard Strauss’ last opera and is an ardent declaration of his love for opera. Robert Carsen's staging of this opera promises to create a magical evening in Paris!
Paris Fashion Week
20-29 January 2016
Paris is a fashion capital every day of the year, but especially when Fashion Week arrives each year. Paris Fashion Week caps off the international design season after shows in New York, London and Milan. Paris Fashion week in January is dedicated to Men’s Fashion from January 20th-24th and the much-awaited Haute Couture Spring and Summer Collections from January 24th-29th. While the shows are by invitation only, many events take place at the Carrousel du Louvre. Passing by you might just spot a top designer or the models coming and going. Fashion is in the air!
Fragonard in Love at the Musée du Luxembourg
Until 24 January 2016
After a winter stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens, warm up with the romantic paintings of the 18th century master painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard at the Musée du Luxembourg. Called "Fragonard in Love: Suitor and Libertine," this show captures the seduction, love and intrigue of Fragonard's paintings. Be swept away by the romance of Fragonard's masterpieces before the show closes on January 24th!
Florence, Portraits at the Court of the Medici at the Musée Jacquemart-André
Until 25 January 2016
During the 16th century having your portrait painted was the thing to do for Florentine elite. The leading artists of the time were tasked with capturing more than just facial characteristics. Portraits of the day also served as status symbols, which makes them uniquely interesting subjects for reflection. "Florence, Portraits at the Court of the Medici" at the jewel-like Musée Jacquemart-André takes a deeper look at how painters experimented with new ways of representing their sitters, through nearly forty paintings by great painters of the cinquecento like Rosso Fiorentino, Andrea del Sarto, Alessandro Allori, Francesco Salviati, Pontormo and Bronzino. Catch this fascinating show before it closes on January 25th.