Whether you’re in Paris in the summer, during the holidays in December or after New Year’s in January, there’s always something to do and see. And with the offseason in full fling from November to March, you’re able to tick off all the major attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Montmontre, Moulin Rouge and Luxemburg Palace to name a few without having to deal with crowds.
Once you’ve seen all the famous sites, or if you’re back in Paris for the second or third time, then we recommend checking out the below events happening in the city. From parades and circus shows to car shows and international games, here are the top events in Paris in January.
Love basketball? Then you’ll love this. Paris is hosting the first NBA Paris regular-season game ever. This year’s game will be held at the AccorHotels Arena with the Charlotte Hornets teaming against the Milwaukee Bucks. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the city of love. Click here for tickets.
Chinese New Year
2020 is the year of the Rat, and although you’re not in Asia, you’ll be able to take part in the Chinese New Year festivities in Paris in January. The celebration runs from the 20th of January through the 2nd of February, with events taking place throughout the two weeks, leading up to the grand parade on the 2nd of February. In January, you can attend art exhibitions, an eclectic musical concert ranging from hip hop to jazz, a traditional Chinese medicine conference, or the “13e Fête” show, featuring music, dancing, martial arts, culture and more.
Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione
One way to spend time in Paris in January is to watch one of the oldest circus shows in the world. Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione has been operating by the Bouglione family for more than 100 years and puts on a remarkable two-hour spectacle for the audience, which includes acrobats, jugglers, clowns, animals and more, all under one roof. The show runs from the 11th of January to the 15th of March. Click here for tickets.
International Automobile Festival
The last weekend of January welcomes the International Automobile Festival, featuring beautiful and exotic cars from around the world and many concept cars that will blow you away. Attendees also get to vote on the best car as well as win prizes, one of which can be a new car worth about $33,000 USD. The event takes place at the Hôtel National des Invalides, starting on the 29th of January and running through the 2nd of February. Click here for tickets.
If you’re in Paris for the first time in January or maybe it’s your tenth, exploring all the events happening around the city can make the trip so much more worth-while, plus, you’ll feel more like a local. If you find yourself with a ticket to Paris this month, we hope this guide can help you discover some unique things to do and see.
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