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What's On in Paris in January

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Updated: 15 December 2017
With the festivity and fun of the holiday season lingering in the air, and of course, New Year, January is the perfect month to visit Paris. Also, you’ll be pleased to find there are fewer crowds and shorter lines at museums and major landmarks.


NEW YEAR | Champs-Élysées Lights

📅 January 1, 2018

There is absolutely no better way to start the new year than on the stunningly elegant Champs-Élysées, particularly towards the Arc de Triomphe. This is the site of the official Parisian New Year’s Eve street party, happening every year since forever, and should not be missed. Starting at 9pm the night before, people across the city flock to the avenue to get in position for the spectacular midnight light-show. But the fun does not halt at the midnight hour – there are strings of clubs and bars in this neighborhood to head to afterwards to keep partying well into the first day of the year.

📍 Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Paris, France

CARS | Traversée de Paris Hivernale

📅 January 7, 2018

The annual Traversée de Paris Hivernale transports visitors back in time to the most romantic era of Paris, when the rues were roaring with the engines of gorgeous vintage cars. It’s a sure way to fall in love with Paris. Starting at Chateau de Vincennes at 8am sharp, these epic vintage cars will parade through Paris in all their shining glory. Anyone can sign up their car to be one of the 700 in the parade, as long as the car was made at least 30 years ago.

More information here.

📍 Chateau de Vincennes, Paris, France

Vintage car | Pexels

MONDAY 8th – SUNDAY 14th

SHOPPING | Paris Winter Sales

📅 January 10 – February 13, 2018

Each year, as soon as January kicks in, you’ll see Parisian shop windows plastered with posters shouting about their Soldes. These are the hotly anticipated winter sales in Paris, the city of elegance, where you’re sure to find a bargain. What’s great is that the cheap discounts only increase over the six-week sale period they’re on offer, and you’ll discover great deals everywhere. Whether you prefer those tiny designer boutiques selling unique one-offs or Paris’ more looming Grand Magasins, this is the perfect time to shop. It’s also a good excuse to consider taking a day-trip to one of the many outlet centers just outside Paris.

📍 Various shops and outlets across Paris

COMEDY | Festival d’Humour de Paris

📅 January 10–22, 2018

The French are funny, really funny, and Paris’ Humour Festival is the perfect place to discover this, returning to the city for a third edition. It takes over several Parisian cinemas to offer 14 evenings showcasing the best of contemporary French humor. Whether they are the columnists of France Inter, hailing from stand-up or from YouTube, these 100 selected artists promise a great week of laughter. Among the names announced are Pierre-Emmanuel Barré, François-Xavier Demaison, and Audrey Vernon. And since the 2016 and 2017 sessions brought together 200 artists and no less than 30,000 festival-goers, these impressive figures guarantee that the 2018 version will not disappoint.

More information here.

📍 Various cinema and theater locations across Paris

Max Amini - Persian American Comedian
Max Amini stand up comedian | Wikimedia Commons

MUSIC | Musiques de nuit

📅 January 10 – March 29, 2018

After the chaos of Christmas and all-night partying over New Year, eventually, you’ll start to pine for some peace and calm. If so, Musiques de nuit is the perfect solution. In twelve concerts, ranging from Charpentier to Schönberg via Bach, Mozart, Beethoven or Schumann, this fantastic event invites you to dive into the special world of the night. From Saint Jean Baptiste da Vinci emerging from obscurity to Georges de La Tour’s paintings lit by a simple candle, the Louvre’s collections offer many examples of incredible artistry. The event aims to prove that “in music too, the lessons of darkness, the serenades, the nocturnes, the reveries encourage us to listen better in the comforting or disturbing silence of the night.”

More information here.

📍 Musée du Louvre, Pavillon Mollien, Cedex 01, Paris, France

Philharmonic Hall Symphony Orchestra Concert Music
Symphony orchestra | Maxpixel

MONDAY 15th – SUNDAY 21st

FASHION | Paris Fashion Week

📅 January 17–25, 2018

Paris, recently confirmed as the most elegant city in the world, is ahead of the fashion trends every day of the year, but even more so when the annual Fashion Week arrives. Paris Fashion Week in January is dedicated to Men’s Fashion from January 17–21, while the much-awaited Haute Couture Spring and Summer Collections from January 21–25. The Paris series is widely considered to be the “grand dame” of fashion weeks, and the runways of the Ville Lumière showcase everyone who is anyone, from Yves Saint Laurent to Chanel and Dior.

More information here.

📍 Carousel du Louvre, 99 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France

Fashion show | Pixabay


FESTIVAL | Carnage Fest

📅 January 26–28, 2018

If you’re still in the throes of full-on partying and just don’t want the fun to end, then Carnage Fest is an event worth considering. Returning to Paris for the second year running, its name is a good indicator of what to expect. The heavy music acts are pretty hardcore, mind you, with a line-up including Grindomatic, Boom, Deadmen, Warfuck, and Cop Porn, Pendrak, Boris Viande, Pulmonary Fibrosis. Other names on the bill include Tina Turner Fraiser, Extreme Noise Terror, Balance of Terror, plus Trepan Dead, Unsu, Chiens, and Mulk.

More information here.

📍Carnage Fest, 10 Place du Maquis du Vercors, Paris, France


📅 January 29 – February 14, 2018

January 2018 welcomes the 11th edition of the festival Au Fil des Voix: 15 evenings and 28 concerts, and artists from countries and cultures as diverse as Guadeloupe, Corsica, the Basque Country, Australia, Spain, Tunisia, Benin, Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal will perform at the Alhambra and Studio de l’Ermitage. While Carnage Fest may be a little too much to handle for some, this festival offers a more varied line-up, also including the much-awaited prize-giving for the Diaspora Music Awards. It’s a festival with strong morals, amplifying voices that wouldn’t otherwise be heard, bearers of history, imbued with a culture worth sharing. If you can handle it, there is camping nearby.

📍Aux Fil des Voix, 21 Rue Yves Toudic, Paris France

RIDES | The Big Wheel at Place de la Concorde

📅 January – May 2018

The traditional Big Wheel on Place de la Concorde has been part of the Christmas Village on the Champs-Elysées since 2000, enticing 300,000 passengers each year, but this will be the last year you can enjoy it, so don’t miss out. With a height of 70 metres (76.6 yards), this is the world’s largest mobile Ferris wheel and, from its 48 pods, gives an incredible view over the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre, and the Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysées. It will stay up until May 2018.

📍Place de la Concorde, Paris, France

Ferris wheel 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2014 │ | © Emmanuel Eragne/Flickr