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What To Do in Paris in January

Model photoshoot in Montmartre during Paris Fashion Week
Last updated June 1, 2024
2024 is off to a busy start in Paris as this January is jam-packed with cultural events. From Paris Fashion Week to French films, along with the winter sales season, this is what’s on now in Paris.

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Maybe it’s just us, but although we love spending time at home with family over the holidays, by the beginning of January, we’re itching to get out and about.

Whether you’re like us and live in la ville lumière and are eager to get out of the house or are visiting the French capital to kick off the new year, here’s what you’ll want to do this month in Paris. 

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Happening Every January in Paris

Things To Do in Paris, January 2024

Eat a Galette des Rois | Through late January

December may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean Christmas celebrations are over in France! The final fête comes on January 6 when Christians mark the arrival of the Three Wise Men (or the Three Kings), by eating La Galette des Rois, or King Cake.

These tasty almond pastries pop up in boulangeries and supermarkets at the end of December, and the French eat them throughout the month of January, usually accompanied by cider. If you’re lucky, you might find la fève and become king or queen for the day!

Learn more about the French tradition of the Galette des Rois.

French tradition of the Galette des Rois, King Cake with a crown.

lluminations at the Jardin des Plantes | Through January 21, 2024

Wondering what to do in Paris with kids this January? Well, you won’t want to miss the impressive — and enormous — illuminations in the Jardin des Plantes. The annual event has been brightening up Paris winters for the past several years, becoming a favorite family outing around the holidays. This year, the theme is “Jungle in Illumination”.

Dates, times, and ticketing information are available on the Jardin des Plantes’ website (French only).

November 22, 2023 – January 21, 2024
Jardin des Plantes
Place Valhubert, 75005 Paris

Illuminations at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris 2023-2024

Shop the Winter Sales | January 10 – February 6, 2024

Now that the holiday season is behind us, it’s time for les soldes! This year, the winter sales season begins at 8am on Wednesday, January 10th with stores throughout Paris offering promotions and discounts for the following four weeks. Needless to say, be sure to leave room in your suitcase for shopping if you’ll be coming to Paris during this time! Here’s where to shop the sales in Paris.

Paris winter sales season
January 10 – February 6, 2024
Throughout Paris

Sales shopping in Paris

People-Watch During Paris Fashion Week | January 16 – 25, 2024

Paris Fashion Week kicks off with the men’s shows January 16-21 and Haute-Couture catwalks January 22-25. Although the fashion shows are reserved for industry professionals and international celebrities, it’s still an exciting time to be in the city for anyone who loves fashion. Walking around central Paris, you’ll likely see style mavens and may even spot some models posing for pictures.

Stroll the streets around the Grand and Petit Palais and the Palais de Tokyo and keep your camera handy! Or, schmooze with the in-crowd at these Fashion-Week-favorite bars and restaurants. Be sure to brush up on your History of Paris Fashion Week before you go!

January 16 – 21, 2024
Throughout Paris

Opportunity to attend Paris Fashion Week event

Things To Do in Paris, January 2024

Watch a French Movie with English Subtitles | January 5 – 29, 2024

After watching all those classic Christmas movies over the holidays, why not return to the cinema for something a little different this month?

This January in Paris, Lost in Frenchlation is hosting five screenings of French films with English subtitles. It’s a great way to engage with current French culture even if you don’t parler français.

  • Friday, January 5: Soudain Seuls at the Club de l’Étoile + Eiffel Movie themed walking tour 
  • Thursday, January 11: La Vénus d’Argent + Q&A with the director at Luminor
  • Sunday, January 14: Vigneronnes + Wine & Cheese Tasting  at Luminor
  • Friday, January 19: La Fille de son Père + Q&A with the director at L’Entrepôt
  • Sunday, January 21: Chien de la Casse + Télérama Film Festival at Le Balzac
  • Thursday, January 25: Les Trios Mousquetaires: Milady + Women of Paris tour at L’Arlequin
  • Monday, January 29: Bienvenue Chez les Chtis + Stand-up comedy show at L’Arlequin

Find a synopsis of each movie on the Lost in Frenchlation website. Then get your tickets!

January 5 – 29, 2024
Throughout Paris
Tickets: From 10€, available through Viator

What to do in Paris in January, French movies in Paris with English subtitles

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