FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS
La Parade du Nouvel An 2016 | 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!
Christmas Markets | Now – January 4 2016
Various locations in Paris
It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again! The Christmas markets are opening! The biggest one in Paris, on the Champs-Elysées, opens November 15th, with over 100 adorable wooden chalets, selling everything from hot wine and churros, to mittens and hats, to ornaments and trinkets. The other larger, well-known markets take place at the Place des Abbesses in the 18th arrondissement and Place Saint Sulpice in the 6th arrondissement.
Christmas at Disneyland Paris | Now – January 7 2016
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.
January Paris Sales | January 6
Various stores & boutiques in Paris
It’s that time of year again already. After a week of eating, drinking and celebrating the holidays with your family, prepare yourselves (and your purses) for the annual Paris sales! On January 6th over 1000 stores and boutiques in Paris will begin their sales and open their doors to the thousands of shoppers ready to spend their hard earned cash. Make sure you hit the shops early to get what you want!
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!
Paris Déco Off | January 21 – 25
Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Métro : Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre, Tuileries (1)
The 7th 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 22 – 25
Parc des Expositions
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
Métro : Porte de Versailles
Price : 28 – 34 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!
Les Enfoirés 2016 | January 20 – 26
8 Boulevard de Bercy, 75012
Métro : Bercy (6, 14)
Price : 45 – 75 euros
Charity concerts will be held at the Bercy arena every night from January 20 – 26 in aid of Les Restos du cœur. Les Enfoirés tour 7 large cities to raise money for the charity and Paris’ turn is coming up this January. Go to the website to get your tickets now!
Paris Fashion Week | January 20 – 28
Fashion week returns to Paris once again, kicking off with Men’s fashion, followed by Haute Couture. Although we may not be able to purchase tickets to the shows themselves, the city will be filled with fashionistas and celebrities. If you hang out in the right places you may just be able to do some celeb spotting, or talk your way into a fashion week party!
Paris Cocktail Week 2016 | January 23 – 30
Various cocktail bars in Paris
Paris Cocktail Week is back for its 2016 edition! Sign up for your pass on their website and explore the trendy and off the beaten path 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!
Ice Skating in Paris | Now – January 2016
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.
BIO Le Salon Vivez Nature | January 29 – February 1
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.
Seine River Classical Music Cruise | January 1 & 2
Vedettes du Pont-Neuf
Square du Vert Galant, 75001
Métro : Pont Neuf (7)
Price : 34 euros, VIP – 44 euros, Under 18 – 20 euros
This magical cruise only runs throughout a few months of the year and January just so happens to be one of those months. Sail down the seine with friends and family taking in the breathtaking views of Paris whilst listening to a live orchestra playing classical music. It doesn’t really get much better! Get your tickets now and celebrate the beginning of 2016 with a bang!
Batsheva Dance Company | January 5 – 9
8 Rue Scribe, 75009
Métro : Opera (3, 7, 8)
Price : 80 – 110 euros
Batsheva, an Israeli dance company, will be making their first appearance on stage in Paris for 5 days only at the beginning of January. They will be performing a three part ballet choreographed by the artistic director, Ohan Naharin, in which 17 dancers will take to the stage with an almost animal physicality.
Festival du Mondial du Cirque de demain 2016 | January 28 – 31
Pelouse de Reuilly,75012
Métro : Liberte (8)
Price : 20 – 65 euros
The international circus festival showcases new and young circus artists each year to present their skills to an audience and an international jury. Young acrobats, tight rope walkers, jugglers, trapeze artists and many many more acts take part each year to wow the judges and dazzle the crowd. If you’re looking for a different experience and to see the circus sensations of the future then this is definitely worth watching. Find out more about this years edition by checking out the full program in the link above.
Marc Chagall- The Triumph of Music | Now – January 31 2016
Philharmonie de Paris
221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019
Métro : Porte de Pantin (Ligne 5)
Price : Self-guided visits: 10 euros, Reduced: 5 euros; Guided visits: 12 euros, Reduced: 10 euros
The Philharmonie de Paris exhibition Marc Chagall: The Triumph of Music explores the artist’s creations for the stage, the décors and architectural works he was commissioned to produce, all somehow tied to music. The show brings together some three hundred artworks (paintings, drawings, costumes, sculptures and ceramics), with multimedia installations featuring the ceiling of the Paris Opera thanks to extraordinary technology developed by Google Lab, and photographs (for the most part previously unpublished), including those of Marc Chagall’s studio taken by Izis in the 1960s.
Notre-Dame de Paris Concerts | December 1 – April 12 2016
Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II, 75004
Metro : Cité, Saint-Michel (4), Hôtel de ville (1, 11)
Price : 29 euros, Reduced – 19 euros, Under 15 – 2 euros
If you’re looking for some heart warming classical music to enjoy on cold winter’s night, then Notre-Dame is hosting several classical concerts throughout the month of December. Be sure to book tickets in advance before they all sell out.
The New York Comedy Night | Every Friday at 9:30pm
38 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (8, 9)
Sebastian Marx in as American Expat living in Paris. He is a standup comedian and can perform in both English and French. He hosts weekly comedy nights featuring the best of English stand up comedy in Paris, with line ups of international and local comedians. Every so often he has an international headliner who is passing through Paris. Be sure to have a night filled of unforgettable laughter and feel at home amongst the English speakers.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
Esthetiques d l’Amour | Now – January 17 2016
Le Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly, 75007
Metro : Pont de l’Alma (RER C), Alma-Marceau (9)
Price : 15,70 euros , Reduced – 10,10 euros
This exhibition will present works of art collected in the far east of Siberia from the 19th and 20th century which represent the interaction between men, untamed nature and spirits. The decorative art of the people’s of the Amur river basin will be on display to reveal the relationship these people had with the visible and invisible world.
Prostitution en France | Now – January 20 2016
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Assemblée Nationale, Solférino (12)
Price : Adult – 11 euros, Reduced – 8,50 euros, Child – Free
This is the first major exhibition dedicated to the theme of prostitution in Paris. The exhibition attempts to reveal the way French and foreign artists, who were fascinated in the subject of prostitution, have sought new pictorial sources to represent reality and fantasies of this underworld.
Who’s Afraid of Women Photographers? | Now – January 24 2016
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Assemblée Nationale (12)
Price : 11 euros (museum entry fee)
This exhibition is the first gender-based kind to take place in France, exploring the contribution and incredible impact that female photographers have made in the photography world. Rare photographs can be found at the exhibition from the early years of photography between 1839 and 1945, by photographers from France, the UK, the USA and Germany. Part of the exhibition will be held at the L’Orangerie in Tuileries and the other at Musée d’Orsay. Check the link above to find out more information.
Fragonard Amoureux| Now – January 24
Musée du Luxembourg
19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006
Metro : Saint Placide (4), Rennes (12)
Price : 12 euros, Reduced – 7,50 euros
Located in the beautiful Luxembourg gardens, go and explore the 18th century romantic paintings of the painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard at the Musée du Luexmbourg. The exhibition displays paintings of love, seduction and lust. If you’re a romantic this is not to be missed!
Warhol: Unlimited | Now – February 7 2016
Musée d’Art Moderne (MAM)
11 Avenue du Président Wilson 75116
Metro : Alma Marceau (9)
Price : 12 euros, Reduced: 9 euros
As a setting for the first European showing of Shadows (1978-79) in their entirety, the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is devoting a remarkable exhibition to Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Comprising over 200 works, Unlimited highlights the serial side of the Warhol oeuvre – a crucial aspect of his work – and his ability to rethink the way art should be exhibited.
Picasso Mania : Grand Palais | Now – February 29 2016
Grand Palais, Galeries Nationales
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : 15 euros
A major new exhibit is coming to the Grand Palais at the beginning of October celebrating the work of Pablo Picasso. The exhibit will take a chronological yet thematic approach to his master pieces, teaming work of those influenced by the artist such as Hockney, Kippenberger etc, side by side with his. You will be taken on a whirlwind tour of all of Picasso’s major pieces of art work through different periods and times, from cubism to his large scale portraits. It is most certainly a highly anticipated event so reservations are recommended!
Metamorphoses | Now – March 21
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre, 75001
Métro : Louvre – Rivoli (1)
Price : 15 euros
The Metamorphoses of Ovid exhibition is displayed in the glass pavilion of the Louvre. Written at the beginning of the Common Era, Metamorphoses was a poem by Ovid which chronicles the history of the Greco-Roman world. Hi tales of the transformation of gods, heroes and mere mortals describe the beauty of nature and the Mediterranean world.
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