Welcome to the New Year, and a very happy 2020 to one and all! It's true that we can all feel a bit of a slump after the hectic, furiously festive period of Christmas, but what's great about January is the sense of renewal and fresh beginnings!
As usual, our New Year's resolution is to keep exploring Paris and embrace all this year has to offer in this majestic City of Lights. Here are just some of the activities on our "to-do" list this January.
Les Soldes Winter 2020
8th January - 4 February
What better way to start the New Year then with a brand new wardrobe? January is a very, very serious time in Paris thanks to les soldes (the sales). Les soldes happen just twice a year in Paris, once in January and once in June, with each sales period lasting up to a month and featuring increasing price slashes as the sales go on!
This year the sales begin on 8th January at 8am and last until Tuesday 4th February. All the iconic grands magasins of Paris including Galerie Lafayette, Printemps and Bon Marché will be welcoming the soldes in style, along with pretty much every other store you can think of in Paris! Get on down and grab yourself a bargain!
Maison & Objet
January 17 - 21
If you have a passion for all things home and style, a visit to the 2020 Maison & Object event will fill you with inspiration. For five days, the vast exhibition space outside Paris - Paris Nord Villepinte - is transformed into a wonderland of style. With multiple halls dedicated to a huge array of themes - including craft, linens, lighting, home, emerging designers, furniture, fashion accessories, kids & family, gifts and cooking. Well worth the trip out of Paris, this is for the design lovers amongst you!
Paris Cocktail Week
24 January - 1st February
Do you like your cocktails shaken, not stirred? On the rocks? Or with a paper umbrella and a wedge of pineapple? Paris gets stirred up every January for Paris Cocktail Week, with dozens of Parisian bars taking part in this week-long celebration of cocktail related festivities, including mixology classes and cocktail pairings! There will also be a 30% discount on more than 150 cocktails for you to enjoy whatever takes your fancy. To get this discount, all you need to do is show the bartender your pass, which will be available here soon.
Until 19 January Snap up the last of the tickets to see this popular illumination event in the Jardin des Plantes - a nighttime walk full of magic, where enormous light installations bring the natural world to light and life in the midst of the park! You'll find giant octupi, killer whales, clownfish, sea turtles and more!
Book your tickets and see more here.
Paris Fashion Week Winter 2020
Men from Tuesday, January 14 to Sunday, January 19 2020
Haute Couture from Monday, January 20 to Thursday, January 23 2020
January is the most exciting time to be in Paris for fashionistas! During January, Paris demands the Fashion Industry’s attention for Paris Fashion Week.
Some of the most famous labels in the world - Dior, Chanel, Givenchy - host exclusive runway displays of their upcoming season. Then the Haute Couture collections dazzle audiences with the most beautiful avant-garde creations.
During Fashion week, the most beautiful sites of Paris are transformed into runways, and the city is enveloped in a creative, exciting energy! Find out more from the official website here.
Chinese New Year
We love New Year so much we're all for celebrating it twice, so look out for the celebrations which will soon be announced for 2020! This year the Chinese New Year falls on 25th January, and there is sure to be parades, live entertainment and celebrations across Paris! We'll keep you up to date with all the latest.
Last Chance Exhibitions
The Alana Collection at the Jacquemart André Museum, until January 20th
Francis Bacon Books and Painting at the Centre Pompidou, until January 20th
Degas at the Opera, Musée d'Orsay, until January 19th
Toulouse Lautrec, Resolutely Modern, at the Grand Palais until January 27th
Marie Antoinette, Metamorphoses of an Image, at the the Conciergerie, until January 26th