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.
Fans of Impressionism and abstract art, the current exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton ought to be on your agenda. Monet – Mitchell creates a dialogue between the works of Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), exploring each artist’s reactions and interpretations of the beautiful landscapes along the banks of the Seine.
October 5, 2022 – February 27, 2023
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
Metro Les Sablons, Neuilly – Porte Maillot
Tues-Wed: 11:00-20:00, Thurs: 11:00-21:00, Fri-Sun: 09:00-20:00. Closed Mondays.
Tickets: 16€ for adults on the Fondation Louis Vuitton Website
Issue in the Year of the Rabbit on January 22, 2023, with the city-wide celebrations taking place in Paris. Family-friendly events in the 13th Arrondissement begin January 6, with conferences, concerts, art exhibitions, and more leading up to the grand parade (the largest in Paris). The date and time of the 2023 défilé has not yet been announced on the neighborhood’s official website. Each year, the procession heads off from Avenue d’Ivry, turning down the Avenue de Choisy and finally going between the metro stations Porte de Choisy and Porte d’Ivry.
Le Marais also celebrates the Lunar New Year with a week of activities and events in the 3rd Arrondissement.
This is also a great time of year to explore Paris’s so-called Asian quarters, as there’s always a festive atmosphere. Head to the Place d’Italie or the Belleville neighborhood where you’ll find the streets decorated for the holiday and a lively buzz.
January 6 – February 5, 2023
3rd, 13th, and 20th Arrondissements
Metro Rambuteau, Porte d’Ivry, and Belleville
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.
Find a synopsis of each movie as well as ticketing information on the Lost in Frenchlation website.
January 7 – 30, 2023
Tickets: From 4€, available through the Lost in Frenchlation Website
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 11th 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.
January 11 – February 7, 2023
Paris Fashion Week kicks off with the men’s shows January 17-22 and Haute-Couture catwalks January 23-26. 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 17 – 26, 2023
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