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January Events in Paris

By Sophie Delon

The days are shorter and colder, but January in Paris offers plenty of warmth. Perhaps they’re still wrapped up in the joy of the holiday season and the excitement of a new year, or maybe they just need more diversions to get through the winter months, but Parisians have filled the month with some of the most exciting events of the year. 

Paris Dog Show

Parisians love their dogs, which is why the Paris Dog Show may be one of the biggest events of the year. Who’ll be Best in Show this year? The competition is fierce, with more than 3,000 entrants representing more than 300 breeds.

January 7 & 8  at the Parc de Floral, Bos de Vincennes
Metro: Chateau de Vincennes

Paris Soldes Winter 2012

If it’s January, it must be time for the winter sales. This semi-annual event could qualify as a competitive sport in the Olympics, so be prepared to get to the stores early. You’ll find some tips in this article we ran on the Summer Sales (the only difference between the summer and winter sales is the temperature inside and outside the stores).

Sales run from Wednesday, January 11 to February 14.

Chinese New Year Parade

2012 is the Year of the Dragon, and what better way to celebrate that than with a parade through Paris’ Chinatown.

January 23rd at 1:00pm in the 13th arrondissment of Paris
More Information

Ice Skating

What could be more romantic than ice skating in front of an iconic Parisian landmark? Several ice skating rinks have been set up around the city:

Hotel de Ville: Until March 4, 2012, Mon.-Fri: 12pm-10pm; Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: 9am-10pm.
Eiffel Tower Ice rink: Until February 1st 2012

Jean-Jacques Sempé in ParisSempé at the Hôtel de Ville

Jean-Jacques Sempé is one of France’s most adored cartoonists, and now his work is being celebrated at the Hôtel de Ville, with a retrospective of more than 300 original drawings and poetic texts that span over 50 years.

Through February 11th at the Hôtel de Ville
Open daily from 10am to 7pm (except Sundays)
Admission is free

Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso: The Stein Family

Nearly everyone knows that the iconic Gertrude Stein was a major patron of the arts in Paris, providing artists like May Ray and Picasso a place in her grand salon. But the entire Stein family were known for their patronage of the arts, as this incredible retrospective at the Grand Palais demonstrates. The Stein family encourage collaboration between artists and writers, something you’ll discover with delight when you visit this not-to-be-missed exhibition.

Through January 16th at the Grand Palais
Official website

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus was one of the most talented and sometimes controversial photographers of the last century, and a retrospective of her work is on display at the Jeu de Paume.

Through February 5th, 2012 at the Jeu de Paume
Visit the official website

Cezanne and Paris

The rugged yet delicate impressionist landscapes of Paul Cézanne, best known for his depictions of Aix and the South of France, have long captured imaginations. For lovers of Paris, a major show at the recently re-opened Musee du Luxembourg exploring the artist’s love affair with the city of light promises to be an illuminating experience.

Through February 26th, 2012
at the Musee du Luxembourg
Visit the official website

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2 Responses to “January Events in Paris”

  1. Sandy McCarthy says:

    Hello – read your post about the Sempe exhibit at Hotel de Ville – just love that picture “A Little Bit of Paris” – is it a book cover or poster advertising the event?? Any idea how I could get a copy?

    Thanks for your help.

  2. Linda Donahue says:

    Hi Sandy,

    It’s actually the cover of a book of illustrations that is available on


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