FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS
La Parade du Nouvel An 2017 | January 1
On New Year’s Day the annual parade will take place down the Champs-Élysées between 2 and 6pm. Expect to see plenty of bands, floats, music & circus acts wandering down the most famous avenue in Paris. Step into the new year with a bang!
Galettes des Rois | January 6
The Galettes des Rois tradition is celebrated all over France on January 6th, but continues right through to the end of January. Historically, slaves would be randomly selected to be Kings for the day and give orders to their masters. Now the French celebrate this epiphany, the day that the wise men came bearing gifts for baby Jesus. Following the tradition, the person who finds the hidden lucky charm inside the cake gets to be king or queen for the day! It doesn’t hurt that the cakes taste good as well!
Christmas at Disneyland Paris | Now – January 7
RER A : Marne-la-Vallée
Price : Prices vary – see website for full price listing
Looking for a fun and festive family activity this christmas? Disneyland has the most magical setting with thousands of twinkling fairy lights making it feel like a real winter wonderland. Kids can visit Father Christmas, the whole family can join in on christmas carols and soak up the atmosphere with all the special events for Christmas and New Years at Disneyland.
Festival du Merveilleux | Now – January 7
Musée des Arts Forains
53 avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012
Metro: Bercy (6, 14)
Price : Adults 14 euro; Children- 6 euro; Under 2 years- free
During 13 days of wonder, this temple of marvels will turn into a giant 8000sqm music box for a special 2017 edition dedicated to the “Invisible musicians”. The invisible band is composed of ancient mechanical music instruments, especially restored for the occasion. Live artists and performers will accompany these hidden musicians to fill young and old alike with amusement and wonder. The entertainment will be everywhere: in all the venues, in the private garden specially decorated for the festive season; but also around the centenarian carrousels and games which will exceptionally accessible.
Ice Skating in Paris | January
Various locations in Paris
Price : 5 – 25 euros
Various ice-skating rinks are open around Paris some ending in January and some continuing throughout the winter. Celebrate the winter period by getting your skates on heading down to the rinks at Hôtel de Ville or Trocadéro. If skating isn’t your thing then you can still sit back and watch with a cup of vin chaud or chocolat chaud.
Winter Sales | January 10 – February 20
It’s that time of year again when Paris stores get rid of their winter stock to begin prepping for spring and summer! Once the stores start announcing their “soldes” dates and specials, take advantage of the deep discounts, which increase over the six-week sale period.
Men’s Fashion Week Paris | January 17 – 21
The Men’s Fashion Week Paris marks the end of the international design season, and does so with a bang! Fashion Week in January focuses on men’s fashion and on the upcoming spring and summer collections. Unfortunately, tickets are by invitation only, but there will be public events going on a the Carrousel du Louvre.
Paris Déco Off | January 18 – 22
Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Métro : Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre, Tuileries (1)
Price : Free
The 9th edition of Paris Déco Off will begin in the third week of January and many delightful events await you. Decoration of walls, windows, lights, street art, demonstrations and much much more will get your creative juices flowing. A passion for art and an interest for all things creative will put you in good stead for the events!
Bijhorca Paris | January 19 – 22
Parc des Expositions
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
Métro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price : 32 – 38 euros, Fashion Pass : 55- 75 euros
The only international jewellery and watch trade show in France will take place at the Parc des Expositions at the end of January. Almost 13,000 buyers from all over the world flock to the event to discover over 500 brands showcasing their latest collections and seasonal trends. Sign up for your badge today!
Paris Cocktail Week 2017 | January 20 – 27
Various cocktail bars in Paris
Paris Cocktail Week is back for its 2018 edition! Sign up for your pass on their website and explore the trendy and off-the-beaten-track cocktail bars in Paris. A week dedicated solely to drinking cocktails, learning the art of cocktail making, and testing out new bars. We personally couldn’t think of anything better!
BIO Le Salon Vivez Nature | January 26 – 29
Grande Halle de la Villette
Galerie de la Villette, 75019
Métro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Le Salon Vivez Nature is the first natural and organic event in Paris this year. Take part in workshops, discover the tastes of raw organic foods, learn about plants and attend conferences on nutrition. The event is open to professionals and the general pubic. Check out the program to see the schedule for the 4 day festival.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
Christian Dior, couturier du rêve | Now – January 2018
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli, 75001
Métro: Palais Royal-Louvre Museum (1), Tuileries (1), Pyramides (7, 14)
Price: 11 euro, Reduced: available for purchase onsite only
Skip window shopping and immerse yourself in a whole new world of couture. Hundreds of dresses and design history from the house of Dior will be on special display at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. This special exhibit houses other designers such as YSL, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist | Now – January 2018
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clémenceau (1, 13)
Price : 14 euro, Reduced: 10 euro
Paul Gauguin is the focus of an exhibition at the Grand Palais until 22 January 2018. ‘Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist’ is a retrospective of the artist’s remarkable career and offers visitors the rare opportunity to discover more than 200 works (paintings, ceramics, sculptures, engravings and drawings). The various exhibition rooms at the Grand Palais lift the veil on the work techniques of Gauguin’s art and invite the visitor to discover the artist’s experimentation with various media. An exceptional opportunity to understand the creative process of this major artist.
Irving Penn | Now – January 2018
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clémenceau (1, 13)
Price: 13 euro, Reduced: 9 euro
The Grand Palais, in partnership with MoMA in New York, presents a retrospective of Irving Penn, an icon of photography of the 20th century. Famous for his photographs of the major personalities of the time such as Pablo Picasso, Audrey Hepburn and Alfred Hitchcock, Irving Penn is honoured in this exhibition on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The exhibition traces more than 70 years of a brilliant career and presents more than 240 photos thematically and chronologically. His nudes, his strangely elegant still life photos and portraits full of emotion are showing until 29 January 2018.
Monet’s Collection | Now – January 2018
2 rue Louis Boilly, 75016
Métro: La Muette (9)
Price: 11 euro, Reduced: 7,50 euro
The Musée Marmottan Monet reconstitutes the remarkable art collection of Claude Monet. ‘Monet collectionneur’ lifts the veil on this little-known passion of the French painter and brings together hundreds of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the world’s biggest museums and from private collections. The opportunity to see works by Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Caillebotte, Cézanne and Pissarro! The exhibition also shows works by less-famous artists, such as Paul Baudry, Carolus-Duran and Louis Chéret that also captured the attention of Monet. The show runs until 14 January.
Montmartre, décor de cinéma | Now – January 2018
Musée de Montmartre
12-14 Rue Cortot, 75018
Métro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (12)
Price: 9,50 euro, Reduced: 7,50 euro
The exhibition “Artists of Montmartre: 1870-1910” accompanies the new presentation of the permanent collections of the Museum of Montmartre. The exhibition will feature the works of over twenty artists who lived and developed their art in Montmartre in the late 19th century, revealing the transformation of Montmartre as a major center of art in Paris.
Pop Art – Icons That Matter | Now – January 2018
59-61 rue de Grenelle, 75007
Métro: Rue du Bac (12)
Price: 13 euro, Reduced: 11 euro
The exhibition focuses on Pop Art in post-war American art, from the beginning of the 1960s to the end of the 1970s, and includes formative figures from the Pop Art movement: Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Wesselmann, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Roy Lichtenstein and more!
Being Modern: MoMa in Paris | Now – March 2018
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75016
Métro: Porte Dauphine (2)
Price: 16 euro, Reduced: 5 euro
The Fondation Louis Vuitton offers visitors an exceptional exhibition on the occasion of its collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). From 11 October 2017 to 5 March 2018, ‘Being Modern’ reveals a selection of 200 varied works, including paintings by Max Beckmann and Paul Cézanne, sculptures by Alexander Calder and photographs by Walker Evans. From the first major movements of modern art to the latest digital works, through abstract expressionism, minimalism and pop art, all forms of visual art that have marked history over the decades are highlighted in this exhibition. ‘Being Modern’ is a unique opportunity in Paris to discover the collection of MoMA – a global benchmark for modern art.