January Events in Paris

2017 Guide

Paris in January: always a celebration.
••• Paris in January: always a celebration. Getty Images

Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office

Festivals and Seasonal Events

Celebrating the New Year: See my complete guide to bringing in 2017 in Paris here, with advice on parties, fireworks and other city events, eating out, and more.

Holiday Lights and Decorations in Paris:
Christmas may have passed, but the festive spirit remains: throughout most of January, Paris is bathed in sparkling holiday lights displays.

For a little inspiration, check out our photo gallery of holiday decorations in Paris.

Ice-skating rinks: Every winter, ice-skating rinks are set up at several locations around the city. Admission is free (not including skate rental).
Where: Info on 2016-2017 ice skating rinks in Paris

Maison & Objet (Home and Decoration Trade Show):

This annual trade show held just outside the Paris city limits is a good bet if you're looking for inspiration for home decor or remodeling. It's worth the trek on the Paris RER (commuter train) if you're passionate about design and decor. Hint: it's on the way to the Charles de Gaulle airport (also on line B of the RER), so if your luggage is light, you might want to stop off at the fair on your way back home.

  • Dates: From January 20th-24th, 2017 
  • Location: 82 avenue des nations - Zac Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte
  • RER: Parc des Expositions (Line B)
  • Visit the official website

    Arts and Exhibits Highlights in January 2017


    Painting the Impossible: Monet, ​Hodler and Munch 

    A much-anticipated show at the Musée Marmottan-Monet brings together, for the first time in Paris, the nineteenth and twentieth-century work of Claude Monet, Ferdinand Hodler and Edvard Munch, highlighting how all three artists, despite very different aesthetic sensibilities and techniques, had an immense gift for translating the ineffable in their painting.


    Dates: September 15th through January 22nd, 2017

    • Location: Musée Marmottan-Monet
    • 2 rue Louis-Boilly, 16th arrondissement
      75016 Paris
      Metro: La Muette (Line 9) or RER C (Boulainvilliers)

    Rembrandt, Close-Up 

    The sublime but underappreciated Musée Jacquemart-André is hosting an exhibit that offers an in-depth look at the astonishing self-portraits of celebrated 17th-century Dutch painter Rembrandt. The sumptuous textures, emotional intimacy, and true-to-life, vibrant colors of Rembrandt's work are more than illuminated by these 20 rare paintings, studies and sketches. One not to miss for anyone with a love for classical painting and portraiture.

    Dates:  September 16th, 2016 through January 23rd, 2017

    • Location: Musée Jacquemart-Andre
    • Address: 158 bvd Haussmann, 8th arrondissement
    • Metro: Miromesnil or St-Phillipe de Roule; RER Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (Line A)​

    For a more comprehensive list of exhibits and shows on in Paris this month, including listings at smaller galleries around town, I recommend visiting the calendars over at Paris Art Selection

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