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
11 January – 14 February 2017
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.
Paris Fashion Week
18 - 26 January 2017
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 18th-22nd and the much-awaited Haute Couture Spring and Summer Collections from January 22nd-26th. 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
Throughout January until 12 February 2017
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!
Rembrandt in Confidence, Exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André
Until 23 January 2017
For anyone who's interested in seventeenth century art, Rembrandt is a name that you've come across, and perhaps even admire. After acquiring three of the Dutch artist's most esteemed paintings, the Pilgrims at Emmaus (1629), the Portrait of Princess Amalia van Solms (1632), and the Portrait of Doctor Arnold Tholinx (1656), Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart decided to present a full exhibition emphasizing the three fundamental phases of Rembrandt's artistic life. Comprised of twenty pictures and thirty graphic works, this exhibition lets you see the mind behind the art, and allows you to delve into Rembrandt's inspiration, techniques and life.
Chinese New Year Celebration
28 January 2017
With a large and vibrant Asian community, Paris is a fun place to celebrate the Nouvel An Chinois. This year the New Year starts on January 28th and will be celebrated with concerts, special exhibitions and lively parades. These popular parades feature giant serpents, dancing, beautiful traditional costumes and more. There are three parades in Paris for the Chinese New Year, which take place in the city's Chinese quarters, the 13th arrondissement and the Marais.