What to do in Paris in January 2020

In January, Paris puts style in the spotlight during Fashion Week. it buzzes with events.

Grands événements - janvier - soldes © Amélie Dupont

Paris hosts Fashion Week in January, with lots of fabulous events for style aficionados to enjoy. The city is a great shopping destination at any time of year, January in particular because it marks the start of the winter sales. Get ready to shop until you drop!

And there’s more! With a range of exhibitions, shows and sporting events on the programme, Paris can be enjoyed to the full even in the middle This is your chance to see the major 2019 exhibitions before they close, or to visit the most talked-about early-2020 shows. Those dark, short January days don’t slow down the pace in Paris: there’s always plenty to see and do.

Fashion Week

In January each year, Paris is top dog on the catwalk during Fashion Week. On this occasion, the biggest names in fashion, celebrities and journalists flock to Paris to discover the new trends in ready-to-wear for men (from 15 to 20 January) and haute couture (from 21 to 24 January).

Though the catwalk shows are trade-only events, style spills over into Paris streets – especially around major venues like the Grand Palais, the Palais Brongniart and the Palais de Tokyo, where you can easily spot famous faces including models and fashion designers. Keep an eye out!


Fashion is of course related to shopping. And this is one area where Paris comes into its own. The city is a genuine shopping mecca. If you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe, pick up a must-have accessory or purchase the It-bag of the moment, there’s no better time for it. January, as all Paris fashionistas know, offers rich pickings with the start of the much-awaited winter sales on Wednesday the 8th: four whole weeks of bargains, with reductions of up to 70%.

 More info on winter sales


Winter is the perfect time to catch up with all the current exhibitions – while staying warm indoors.

The top exhibitions to see this January: El Greco (on until 10 February 2020) at the Grand Palais; The Golden Age of English Painting from Reynolds to Turner (on until 16 February 2020) at the Musée du Luxembourg; Pierre & Gilles: Factory of Idols (on until 23 February 2020) at the Philharmonie de Paris; Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World (on until 24 February 2020) at the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition (on until 24 February 2020) at the Louvre, plus a Christian Boltanski retrospective titled Christian Boltanski. Faire son temps (on until 16 March 2020) at the Pompidou Centre.

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Résolument moderne

Hungry for culture? Winter is the ideal time to catch up with exhibitions while staying out of the cold. And many of the exhibitions on the programme in 2018 are well worth seeing.

Ghost Le Musical Affiche

This month’s calendar features shows to suit all tastes. La Seine Musicale is showing Lord of the Rings (Le Seigneur des anneaux) as a film in concert (on 11 and 12 January 2020), and will host the tribute concert One Night of Queen on 22 January 2020. Head to the Olympia on 14 and 15 January 2020 to see the Italian singer Paolo Conte in concert, or on 25 January 2020 for a performance by the French pop star Etienne Daho. The Philharmonie de Paris will host a performance by the cellist Gautier Capuçon and the pianist Yuja Wang on 20 January 2020, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra (on 25 and 26 January 2020).

Fans of musicals have a treat in store: Ghost at the Théâtre Mogador (in French with English surtitles). A new performance of Emilie Jolie, a children’s fable set to music, is on at the Olympia (until 5 January 2020), while Marc Lavoine and Fabrice Aboulker’s enchanting show Les Souliers Rouges (The Red Shoes) will be performed at the Folies Bergère (from 31 January 2020).

On the circus front, a dazzling show by the Stars of the Circus of Mongolia continues at the Cirque Phénix on the Pelouse de Reuilly (until 19 January 2020). The World of Jalèya, an electrifying new Cirque de Paname show, is on at the Longchamp racecourse (until 23 February 2020). Using innovative immersive technology, it provides a whole new kind of visual and sensory experience.

Traditional circus is still going strong, with the Cirque Pinder show La légende continue (The Legend Continues) at the Pelouse de Reuilly (until 12 January 2020) and the Cirque Bouglione show Défi (Challenge) at the Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione (until 8 March 2020).

Classical ballet is in the limelight in Paris in the early part of the year with Swan Lake (until 5 January 2020) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, The Nutcracker at the Palais des Congrès de Paris (also until 5 January 2020) and Giselle (from 31 January 2020) at the Palais Garnier.

Opera takes centre stage at the Opéra Bastille with a performance of Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (from 11 January 2020) and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) by Jacques Offenbach (from 21 January 2020).


NBA Paris Game 2020

Handball fans will want to head to the AccorHotels Arena on 5 January 2020 to watch two Golden League matches: France-Denmark and Norway-Serbia.
The New Year also sees a major sporting event taking place at the AccorHotels Arena on 24 January 2020: the NBA Paris Game 2020 (the Charlotte Hornets vs the Milwaukee Bucks). Not to be missed!

And the horse racing calendar will get off to a superb start at the end of January at the Paris Vincennes racecourse, with the Prix d’Amérique Opodo, the number one trotting race, on 26 January.


This month the focus is on fashion, and cars too will be setting out in all their finery for the Traversée de Paris hivernale on 12 January: a superb parade of vintagecars through the streets of the capital. 25 January 2020 marks the celebration of Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Metal Rat.

Le Greco

from 16 October 2019 to 10 February 2020
Grand Palais - 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris

The mysterious Dominikos Theotokopoulos explained at the Grand Palais

Degas at the Opera

from 24 September 2019 to 19 January 2020
Musée d'Orsay - 1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris

For the first time, an exhibition is specifically focusing on the depictions of the Opéra de Paris in the work of Degas

Toulouse-Lautrec: Resolutely Modern

from 09 October 2019 to 27 January 2020
Grand Palais - 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris

Far from the Moulin Rouge, the Chat Noir, Bruant and La Goulue, another look at Lautrec

Ghost, the Musical

From 28 september 2019
Théâtre Mogador - 25 rue de Mogador, Paris

The musical inspired by the legendary film on the stage of the Théâtre Mogador

Cirque de Paname - The World of Jalèya

Show - circus | Show - miscellaneous
from 14 November 2019 to 23 February 2020
Cirque de Paname - Avenue de l'Hippodrome, Cirque de Paname, Paris

An enthralling show at the Hippodrome Paris Longchamp!

Paris Fashion Week

Festival | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 14 January 2020 to 19 January 2020
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

Paris, more than ever the fashion capital!

Pierre et Gilles: Factory of Idols

from 19 November 2019 to 23 February 2020
Philharmonie de Paris - 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

Discover the famous photographer duo Pierre et Gilles at the Philharmonie de Paris

Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World

from 02 October 2019 to 24 February 2020
Fondation Louis Vuitton - Bois de Boulogne - 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris

The Fondation Louis Vuitton pays homage to the famous designer

Leonardo da Vinci

from 24 October 2019 to 24 February 2020
Musée du Louvre - Pyramide du Louvre, Paris

Drawing, painting, philosophy and science brought together in one man

Al-‘Ula, wonder of Arabia

from 09 October 2019 to 08 March 2020
Institut du monde arabe - 1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris

The oasis with 7,000 years of history unveiled to the public for the first time

Mondrian’s figurative work

from 12 September 2019 to 26 January 2020
Musée Marmottan Monet - 2 rue Louis Boilly, Paris

The impressionist and symbolist influences of the Dutch painter

Cirque Phénix Member

Pelouse de Reuilly - Bois de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

The 5,500-seat Phoenix Circus is one of the largest circuses in the world. The absence of any internal structure enables all......

Cirque Pinder

Show - circus
from 26 November 2019 to 12 January 2020
Pelouse de Reuilly - Bois de Vincennes, Paris

The legendary Cirque Pinder is back with an all-new circus show

Cirque Bouglione - Défi

Show - circus
from 12 October 2019 to 15 March 2020
Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione - 110 rue Amelot, Paris

The new show from the Cirque Bouglione, packed with magic, laughter and surprises

Giselle – Jean Coralli / Jules Perrot

Show - miscellaneous
from 31 January 2020 to 15 February 2020
Opéra national de Paris - Palais Garnier - Place de l'Opéra, Paris

A faithful and immersive adaptation of the famous ballet at the sumptuous Palais Garnier

The Barber of Seville

Music - miscellaneous
from 11 January 2020 to 12 February 2020
Opéra national de Paris - Opéra Bastille - Place de la Bastille, Paris

The Opéra Bastille presents Rossini's famous opera buffa in a contemporary and colourful setting

NBA Paris Game 2020

from 24 January 2020 to 24 January 2020
AccorHotels Arena - 8 boulevard de Bercy, Paris

NBA’s first regular season game to be played in Paris

Grand Prix d'Amérique

from 26 January 2020 to 26 January 2020
Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris - 2 route de la Ferme, Paris

The Prix d'Amérique: the best-known trotting race in the world.

La Traversée de Paris (Drive through Paris)

from 12 January 2020 to 12 January 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

740 vehicles of all makes and from all periods drive through the streets of the capital.

Chinese New Year in Paris 2020

from 25 January 2020 to 25 January 2020
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

Paris celebrates this traditional Chinese festival with parades, fireworks and spectacular dragon and lion dances in the city's Ch...

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