The new year has arrived and so it’s time for new adventures! Paris, the city of love and art, offers plenty of events and experiences to keep you entertained, even in the colder months of January and February. Discover the latest fashion during Paris Fashion Week in January or enjoy Valentine’s Day with your loved one in February. We will tell you which events you should not miss during your stay in Paris in January and February 2024.
Celebrate New Years Day in Paris
Date: 1 January 2024
If you are staying in Paris during New Year’s Eve, you should not miss the fantastic fireworks at the Champs Élysées. From 9 p.m. there will be a big party here with a DJ and video animations. For example, a special video show is projected on the Arc de Triomphe and you can count down to the new year together with 400,000 other visitors. Read more about New Year’s Eve in Paris here.
Once you have recovered after a festive night, you can enjoy beautiful music in several places on January 1. Visit the classical concert at the Eiffel Tower, the New Year’s concert in the La Madeleine church or a gospel concert in the Saint Julien le Pauvre church.
Epiphany Day and Galette des Rois
Date: 6 January 2024
Immerse yourself in French traditions and celebrate Epiphany Day on January 6, 2024. This popular tradition focuses on the “Galette des Rois”, also known as the King’s Cake. This delicacy is made from puff pastry and filled with almond cream. In every bakery, pastry shop and supermarket you can find different variants of the Galette des Rois, ranging from the classic to more creative flavors. Bon appetit!
Shopping during the Paris winter sale
Date: 10 January until 6 February 2024
Saving a little money during your trip to Paris is never a bad thing. Paris’ famous winter sale takes place from January 10 to February 6. The perfect time to score bargains at all kinds of brands throughout the city. Both mid-range brands, such as Zara and H&M, and luxury brands, such as Chanel, Hermès and Armani, are participating in this sale. Have you always dreamed of a real Hermès bag or scarf? During the special Hermès sale from January 10 to 12, you can try to score your favorite item cheaply!
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Art Exhibitions in Paris in January and February 2024
Van Gogh’s last works at Musée d’Orsay
Date: 3 October 2023 until 4 February 2024
During the last two months of his life, the famous painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small village next to Paris. Musée d’Orsay is displaying his last works that he created during this crucial phase of his life. In addition to viewing the pieces, you can also immerse yourself in an interactive experience with virtual reality. The activity offers you a chance to stroll through a landscape to discover the works and techniques of Vincent van Gogh.
Treasures of the Notre-Dame Cathedral at the Louvre
Date: 18 October 2023 until 29 January 2024
Explore the fascinating history and treasures of Notre-Dame de Paris at the Musée du Louvre’s special exhibition. The exhibition is featuring over 120 works and takes visitors on a journey through the treasury’s origins in the Middle Ages, its resurrection in the 19th century, and the Second Empire. As the restoration of the cathedral nears completion, this exhibition delves into the diverse and rich treasury of Notre-Dame, including sacerdotal objects, vestments, relics, reliquaries, and precious artifacts.
Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Sping/summer
Date: 22 until 25 January 2024
Discover the latest fashion and haute couture during Paris Fashion Week. Designers, celebrities and fashion lovers from every corner of the world come to the capital of fashion to see the new trends for 2024. Unfortunately, the fashion shows can only be visited by invitation, but during this period you can certainly get a glimpse of the models in various places in the city. Spend an afternoon walking around the Grand Palais, Palais de Tokyo or the Marais district and you are guaranteed to spot models.
Are you in the city for another moment or do you want to enjoy fashion in a quieter environment? Then visit La Galerie Dior, the newest fashion museum in Paris, and discover the history of the fashion brand in the former workshop of Christian Dior.
Tip: Book your accommodation as early as possible, because they are very popular around this time and prices can be high..
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Paris
Date: 14 February 2024
What could be more romantic than celebrating the day of love in the city of love? Visit the capital of Paris during a midweek with your loved one and make it a romantic getaway. Some fun ideas for things to do in Paris during Valentine’s Day:
- Take a romantic walk along the Seine river. Stop at the many bridges to enjoy the view and walk towards the Eiffel Tower to enjoy the lights together.
- Make a reservation for a gastronomic experience at a dinnercruise on the Seine. During a surprising dinner you will enjoy the beautifully illuminated monuments that you can view from a different angle from the water. Many boat companies offer special Valentine’s Day dinners, including live music.
- Immortalize your love by hanging a love lock on the Pont des Arts. You can engrave your initials in the lock, hang it and then throw away the key in the Seine. A beautiful memory and symbol of your love.
- The charming streets of Montmartre are fun to visit in the evening during an evening walk. The illuminated alleys, artists and cozy cafes create a romantic atmosphere. Read more about what to do in Montmartre here.
Illuminated Jungle at Le Jardin des Plantes
Date: 22 November 2023 until 21 January 2024
Of course, Paris is not called the City of Lights of France for nothing, so you should definitely not miss an event full of lights during your visit. Discover fauna and flora from the tropical rainforest during an illuminated walk at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. As soon as it gets dark, the Jardin des Plantes transforms into a colorful tropical rainforest where you can learn more about the animal and plant species that occur on four continents. You will be amazed by the felines, frogs, gigantic flowers and other wonders that pass by. The walk is also suitable for disabled people in wheelchairs.
Rugby during the Six Nations Tournament 2024
Date: 2 February until 16 March 2024
Are you a sports fan, particularly interested in rugby? The Six Nations Tournament takes place in February and March in which, as the name suggests, 6 countries compete against each other. England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and France play matches against each other over five weeks to win the title of European Champion. A fun way to discover the sporting atmosphere at the Stade de France.