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.

  • Océan, diving into the unknow at the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution (until 5 January 2020)
  • Paris-Londres. Music migrations (1962-1989) at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (until 5 January 2020)
  • Trees at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain (until 6 January 2020)
  • Degas at the Opera at the Musée d'Orsay (until 19 January 2020)
  • Al-Ula, wonder of Arabia at the Institut du Monde Arabe (until 19 January 2020)
  • Francis Bacon: Books and Painting at the Centre Georges Pompidou (until 20 January 2020)
  • The Alana collection, masterpieces of Italian paintings at the Musée Jacquemart-André (until 20 January 2020)
  • Charlie Chaplin at the Philharmonie de Paris (until 26 January 2020)
  • Marie-Antoinette, metamorphoses of an image at the Conciergerie de Paris (until 26 January 2020)
  • Mondrian's figurative work at the Musée Marmottan-Monet (until 26 January 2020)
  • Toulouse-Lautrec. Résolument moderne at the Grand Palais (until 27 January 2020)
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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). 

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.

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