Be part of Star Wars at Disneyland Paris
Have you ever wanted to step through the screen and find yourself in the middle of a Star Wars film? “Season of the Force” is back with a vengeance at Disneyland Paris this February, with no fewer than eight intergalactic experiences making you the hero of the saga. Of course, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is also part of this exciting programme.
‘Season of the Force’ is a brand new attraction that will remain at the resort until 25 March 2018, treating visitors to three months devoted to Star Wars. You’ll be awestruck to find yourself face-to-face with Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers, propelled at the speed of light on Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, and dazzled by the spectacular show projected onto the architecture of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. It’s a whirlwind of fun, whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not.
You can get a good deal for a two-night/three-day stay (including return travel with Eurostar) from just £1,039 based on a family of four sharing a standard room.
Disneyland Paris, 77777 Marne-la-Vallée, +33 825 30 05 00
Immerse yourself in Villages Nature
If you’d prefer a more relaxing séjour in Paris, but without missing out on all the enchantment of the bustling attraction parks of Disney, then this eco-friendly resort (a co-joint venture with Disney) may be the perfect solution. Villages Nature Paris is a brand-new destination completely reinventing the concept of holidays.
Located just 32 kilometres (20 miles) from Paris and six kilometres (four miles) from Disneyland Paris, this holiday village comprises five immersive worlds designed to encourage guests to unwind and enjoy learning about sustainable living in a natural environment. From geothermic lagoons bubbling hot all year round to hands-on workshops in beekeeping and bread-making, this magical resort strives to proves that people and nature can exist in total harmony. It’s also a very short metro ride away from the centre of the City of Lights with all its major landmarks.
Have fun at the Carnaval de Paris
February is carnival month in Paris. If you head for Place Gambetta on 11 February, you’ll enjoy the epic spectacle of Carnaval de Paris. It’s a colourful costume parade with floats, and provides a welcome burst of joy in those cold, grey winter days. The parade winds through Paris led by Pimprenelle, a magnificent Limousin cow boasting a beautiful red dress! Pimprenelle is the mascot of the carnival and leads the promenade de boeuf gras in reference to a popular 16th-century tradition.
Get into art at the Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac
February is the perfect month to top up your culture dose while avoiding the elements and staying warm indoors. For the 2018 cultural season, the Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac is staging the exhibition Peinture des Lointains (Paintings from Afar). It is the first ever exhibition devoted to the museum’s private collection, offering an exclusive glimpse into the secrets usually tucked away. There will be some 200 hitherto unseen paintings and graphic works revealed to the public, that will be as diverse and varied as they are captivating.
Quai Branly Museum, 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris, France, +331 5661 7000
Discover the Centre Pompidou
The Centre Pompidou opens the year with a burst of vibrant colour and style, showcasing installations by the American artist Sheila Hicks, a bold pioneer of textile art. Hicks is an American artist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1964. She blurs the boundaries between painting and sculpture with her vibrant woven and textile works, which she creates in many shapes and sizes, from wall mountings that mimic the format of painting to suspended pieces that hang from ceiling to floor like textured columns. The fabulous exhibition will run until 30 April.
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France, +33 1 4478 1233
Be entertained at the Cirque Bouglione
The Bouglione circus is a highlight of this spring entertainment season, as it is every year, with clowns, animals, acrobats, trapeze artists, tightrope walkers, and jugglers putting on a magical show. Built in 1852, the Cirque d’Hiver is one of the oldest constructed circuses in the whole of Europe, with an orchestra and dancers only enhancing the entertainment further. The line-up is sure to inspire endless laughter. Open from 10.30am until 2pm, and 5.15pm until 8.30pm, with tickets from €10 (free for children under two).
Cirque d’hiver Bouglione, 110 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris, France, +33 1 4700 2881
Treat yourself at the Museum of Chocolate
Celebrating Valentine’s Day will be a melt-in-your-mouth experience if you visit the best-kept secret of Paris: Musee du Chocolat. Here, you can discover the history of chocolate and dive into the wonderful world of this sugary treat for a incredible journey through the ages. The chocolate experts will describe the hidden flavour notes of chocolates, followed by a live demonstration of how to make it. You can also marvel at incredible ‘choc art’, such as the Arc De Triomphe made entirely from chocolate, 3m high, weighing 200kg, claiming to be a more realistic sculpture than the building itself. There’s also the chance to create your own chocolates for the ultimate romantic gift.
Have a laugh at Franglais comedy
#FRANGLAIS is stand-up comedy in French and English. He’ll take you through the dizzying confusion of how many kisses you’re supposed to give when greeting someone in France, why there are supposedly 15 days in two weeks, and why French anglicisms not real English words. In short, Paul is a hilarious bilingual Brit who is very confused about his identity. He speaks French but thinks like an English person which is why, in 2015, he quit his job at Apple to take to the stage and find some answers. Head to La Nouvelle Eve on any Thursday, Friday or Saturday in February and fall head over heels with laughter.
La Nouvelle Eve, 25 Rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009 Paris, France, +33 1 4874 6925
Admire the classic cars at Rétromobile
A surprising sight to see in Paris are the treasures at the vintage and collector car show Rétromobile that has been enticing car enthusiasts for 40 years. The excitement runs from 7-11 February and each year, the fair welcomes 100,000 visitors who come to admire the exceptional vehicles, ranging from vintage to contemporary. In total, over 450 exhibitors present around 500 cars in a space measuring 46,000 square metres.