What to do in Paris in January

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

Soldes vêtements © Pexels via Pixabay DR

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 of winter. Those dark, short January days don’t slow down the pace in Paris: there’s always plenty to see and do.

Fashion in Paris

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 17 to 21 January) and haute couture (from 22 to 25 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!


Robe dans vitrine, reflets © Mike Wilson via Unsplash

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 10th: six whole weeks of bargains, with reductions of up to 70%.

 More info on winter sales

The myriad facets of fashion

Musée Yves Saint Laurent - Vue du studio d'Yves Saint Laurent, Paris © Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris - Sophie Carre

For lovers of fashion and Paris, a detour to the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent is a must! Installed in the former haute couture house including Yves Saint Laurent's own workshop, the museum offers visitors an insight into the private life of one of the greatest designers of the 20th century. The inaugural exhibition (from 3 October 2017 to 9 September 2018) presents some fifty or so haute couture models, including the famous Mondrian dress, sketches, films ...

At the Grand Palais, the public have a few more weeks left to delve into the fashion photos of one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century: Irving Penn (until 29 January).

At the Palais Galliera, don't miss the last days of the exhibition Fortuny, a Spaniard in Venice, composed of one hundred pieces by the Spanish couturier (until 7 January) and over at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, you still have a few days to enjoy the most beautiful creations of Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve (until 7 January).

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Exhibitions: Last chance to see

Girl in Window, Roy Lichtenstein, exposition Pop Art Icons that Matter musée Maillol, Paris © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein New York / Adagp, Paris

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 2017 are well worth seeing.

Monet, collector - musée Marmottan Monet (until 14 January)

Rubens, portraits princiers - musée du Luxembourg (until 14 January)

Eastern Christianity. Two thousand years of history - Institut du monde Arabe (until 14 January)

Valérian et Laureline - Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (until 14 January)

Pop Art, Icons that matter - musée Maillol (until 21 January)

Les Forêts Natales- musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac (until 21 January)

Loov Kultuur : la nouvelle vague estonienne - Cité de la mode et du design (until 21 January)

The Hansen's Secret Garden The Ordrupgaard collection- musée Jacquemart-André (until 22 January)

Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist - Grand Palais (until 22 January)

Images birmanes. Trésors photographiques du Mnaag - Musée Guimet (until 22 January)

André Derain 1904 – 1914. The radical decade- centre Pompidou (until 29 January)

Picasso 1932. Année érotique - musée Picasso (until 11 February)

Shows and concerts

Dirty Dancing 2018 © DR

On stage, there is something for everyone: see Paramore (9 January) and Stereophonics (26 January) at Olympia. ALT - J (11 January) and David Guetta (19 January) at the AccorHotels Arena, or Roch Voisine at the Grand Rex.

If you love musicals, don’t miss Grease at the Théâtre Mogador (until 8 July), Singin’in the Rain at the Grand Palais (until 11 January) or Bharati 2: in the Palace of Illusions at the Grand Rex (from 19 to 21 January) or the hit film Dirty Dancing (11 January) at the Palais des Congrès de Paris.

The traditional circus is also in the spotlight in 2018 and celebrates its 250th anniversary under the spotlights of the Pinder circus big top (until 21 January) and at La Villette where spectators can discover upcoming talented artists from the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (from 19 January to 11 February).


Golden League 2018 © DR

If handball features among your favourite sports, you’ll be pleased to hear the Experts play their last games at the AccorHotels Arena during the Golden League (from 6 to 7 January).

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 28 January.


Traversée de Paris © Vincennes en anciennes

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 7 January: a superb parade of vintagecars through the streets of the capital.

Paris Fashion Week

Festival | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 24 September 2018 to 02 October 2018
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

Paris, more than ever the fashion capital!

Grand Prix d'Amérique

from 28 January 2019 to 28 January 2019
Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris - 2 route de la Ferme, Paris

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

Cirque Pinder

Show - circus
November 2018 - January 2019
Pelouse de Reuilly - Bois de Vincennes, Paris

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

European Women's Handball Championship 2018

from 29 November 2018 to 16 December 2018
AccorHotels Arena - 8 boulevard de Bercy, Paris

From 29 November to 16 December 2018 the AccorHotels Arena welcomes the 13th European Women's Handball Championship

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