Erin Hagen

What to do in Paris in January

After the Holidays are done and the New Year has been celebrated, many people experience post festive blues. Yes, it's a thing. It’s almost as if the flurry of activity brings a sort of malaise when it's all said and done. The good news is, there are still plenty of interesting things to do to overcome the January blahs in Paris. The City of Lights is anything but dull, even if the winter weather is dreadful. In fact, there are so many events going on that it may be difficult to narrow it down. In this article we’ve picked some of the most interesting options which include exhibits, concerts, and miscellaneous happenings. If you’re wondering what to do in Paris in January, we’ve got you covered!


Toulouse-Lautrec: Resolutely Modern

Please replace all IG embeds with images and use alt tags as per the guidelines. IG embeds hurt our SEO. There’s still time to visit the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at the Grand Palais! The retrospective traces the career and life of the artist who captured the essence of the dizzying nightlife in Montmartre during the late 19th century. In addition, the post-impressionist artist made concert posters and advertising into unique works of art. Though he passed away at the young age of 36, his legacy is undeniable. If you would like to learn more about this exhibit, check out our review!

Dates: October 9, 2019 - January 27, 2020

Address: Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008, PARIS

Hours of Operation for the Exhibit:

Tuesday- CLOSED

Thursday, Sunday, and Monday- 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday- 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Ticket price: 16€

Marie-Antoinette, Metamorphosis of an Image

Queen Marie-Antoinette is possibly one of the world’s most iconic historical figures. Seemingly we can’t get enough of her, if all the films, biographies and fashion inspiration featuring her are anything to go by. The Conciergerie is hosting an exhibition that depicts the changing image and interpretation of the Queen. Once a prison, and also where she spent the last days of her life, the exhibition takes an objective view of Marie-Antoinette. Is this line referencing the exhibit's venue? Needs a bit of clarification here. If you’d like our take on the exhibit, remember to be informal in blogs. Just say 'check out our review' not 'please check out'. check out our review!

Dates: October 16, 2019 - January 26, 2020

Address: Conciergerie, 2 boulevard du Palais, 75001, PARIS

Hours of operation:

Monday - Sunday- 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Ticket price: 9€

Bacon: Books and Painting

The Pompidou Centre is hosting an exhibit featuring the works of Irish painter, Francis Bacon. Primarily focusing on the last two decades of his career, the arrangement focuses on the painter’s literary inspirations for his art. Though his work is oftentimes described as dark and intense, visitors get a glimpse of the internal working of the fascinating artist. I'm not sure the first part of the sentence links well to the second. Please review.

*Please be advised that purchasing an online ticket with a time slot is required to attend the exhibit. Again, try and be more informal. Instead of this sentence, you could say 'You'll need a ticket to attend the event. Click here to make your booking', linking off to the booking page.

Dates: September 11, 2019 - January 20, 2020

Address: The Pompidou Centre, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004, PARIS

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday - Monday- 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ticket price: 14€

Degas at the Opera

More than half of Degas’ works depict ballerinas in the setting of the Paris Opera. No stone was left uncovered, as he explored all dimensions of the venue, behind the scenes and otherwise. The Orsay Museum has brought together this themed exhibit which explores the artist’s relationship and fascination with music, performers, and the Opera Garnier.

Dates: September 24, 2019 - January 19, 2020

Address: Orsay Museum, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007, PARIS

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Sunday- 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (*Due to the transport strike, the Museum will be closing earlier.)

Ticket price: starting at 15,40€


Five Finger Death Punch, featuring Megadeath and Bad Wolves

Las Vegas heavy metal outfit, Five Finger Death Punch are ready to rock Paris’ premier concert venue, the Zenith. Featuring metal heavyweights Megadeath, who are veterans of the scene since the early 80s, the concert promises to be one for the books! (perhaps give an example of hit songs from their back catalogue) Ear protection might be a good idea, just saying...

Date: January 28, 2020

Show time: 8:00 p.m.

Address: Zenith Paris, La Vilette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019, PARIS

Ticket prices: starting at 62€


The Stereophonics formed in the 1990s, and hail from Wales, England. The rock group’s music can be classified as alternative rock or post-brit pop. Either way, people love them and they've sold over 10 million albums worldwide! Taking the stage this January at l’Olympia, one of Paris’ older concert venues which has been around since 1889, fans will be sure to enjoy both classic and new tracks from the band.

Date: January 29, 2020

Show time: 8:00 p.m.

Address: L’Olympia, 28 Boulevard des Capucines, 75009, PARIS

Ticket prices: 42,20€ to 54,30€


Singer, Naya, has been compared to the late great Aretha Franklin with the groove of James Brown - a dynamite combination. Naya's set to take to the stage again at Bizz'Art, the home of soul and funk in Paris. The venue is unique in the fact that you can dine on their mezzanine while taking in the show. If groove is in your heart, look no further!

Date: January 25, 2020

Show time: 9:00 p.m.

Address: Bizz'Art, 167 Quai de Valmy, 75010, PARIS

Ticket price: 10€


Fashion Week

It seems like it’s always Fashion Week in Paris, and that’s not a bad thing! As one of the leading fashion capitals of the world, the city regularly hosts international runway shows for seasonal men’s and women’s fashion as well as haute couture (name some brands here). The titans of the fashion world, creatives and celebrities will once again descend upon the French capital serving us flair and chicness. It is undeniably one of the best times to people watch in the city. As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion changes, but style endures”.


Men’s Fashion- January 14 - January 19, 2020

Haute Couture- January 20 - January 23, 2020

Messmer - Hypersensoriel

Messmer truly does memorize his audiences using hypnosis, magnetism, and energy transfer (can you explain what these last two terms mean?). In fact, he currently holds the world record for group hypnotism. Once again, Messmer is back in Paris with a new show at the Grand Rex, that promises to push the limits of the subconscious. If you dare venture into the unknown, this might just be the gig for you!

Dates: January 15 - January 19, 2020

Show times:

January 15, 16 and 17- 8:30 p.m.

January 18- 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m

January 19- 2:30 p.m.

Address: Grand Rex, 1 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002, PARIS

Ticket prices: from 24€ to 70€

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Drive Through Paris

More than 700 classic cars (over 30 years old) will cruise through the city in the annual ‘Drive Through Paris’ to the delight of vintage car lovers and owners alike! Because the event is so popular, it’s back for the 20th year in a row. Organizers of the event invite guests to witness the departure at 7:30 a.m. on the south side of the Château Vincennes. If you can’t make it, not to worry! Vintage car owners gather at the castle on the first Sunday of every month to hang out and show off their cool rides.

Date: January 12, 2020

Address: Château Vincennes, Avenue de Paris, 94300, VINCENNES

Ticket price: free of charge

Les Soldes

Twice a year, Parisians are treated to ‘les soldes’ (the sales). Lucky for us, it’s that wonderful time of the year again when retailers offer amazing and drastic discounts. It’s kind of like the French version of Black Friday, except that it lasts for a whopping 4 weeks! French commerce laws allow sales twice a year during the summer and winter months. Most people take full advantage of this, and save their pennies well in advance! There are bargains to be had everywhere, and we highly recommend checking out your favourite shops at the beginning of ‘les soldes’, of course there are more items to choose from in varying sizes. Good luck out there, and happy hunting!

Dates: January 8 - February 4, 2020

First Ever NBA Game in Paris

Attention all basketball fans! Paris is proudly hosting its first official NBA game. The Charlotte Hornets are set to take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the AccorHotels Arena in what promises to be a historic match. Please be advised that there is a maximum of 4 tickets that can be purchased by one person for the game.

Date: January 24, 2020

Start time: 6:00 p.m.

Address: AccorHotels Arena, 8 blvd de Bercy, 75012, PARIS

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