Welcome to 2021! Not only is it a New Year but an entirely New Decade! We hope you’ve had a smashing end-of-the-decade festivities, and if you celebrated it in style in Paris like we told you to, all the better! This January 2021 in Paris is going to be a great start to the decade as you will soon realize so keep on reading!
What you’ll find:
- weather information
- special events
- top attractions
- and shopping tips!
Weather in January
While it might be the beginning of a new decade, we’re not turning over a new leaf just yet. Actually, we’re not even growing any leaves at all. January in Paris is still in the thick of blistering cold winter. The good thing about that is January is off-season in tourism which means that the major attractions in Paris will be less crowded than usual! On your visit, expect to experience average temperatures of 3-8°C and a low of -2°C! This month also has above-average amount of rain and below-average hours of sunshine.
This all means that you must pack your warmest clothes with you! Don’t forget to keep an umbrella on you at all times and for the most comfortable travel experience, we recommend comfortable shoes like sneakers or boots you can walk in all day!
Events happening in January
Major Winter Sales
When: January 8 – February 6, 2021
While Christmas is a huge draw among travellers from all over the world to come and visit Paris, a visit just after the festivities is just as good, especially if you’re looking to shop! Paris holds major sales twice a year—once in winter and once in summer. The winter sales this year start on January 8th and last until February 6th. These sales may last for weeks but the good stuff and the biggest discounts typically appear in the very beginning! Don’t be intimidated by the huge crowds. Make sure to read our Paris Shopping Guide!
What to expect:
- Discounts up to 70%
- Extended shop hours
- Limited pop-ups at department stores
INSIDR Tip: For even better deals, make sure to check out of Offers Page where you can find discounts, free gifts, and VIP deals at major Parisian shopping institutions like Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, LE BHV MARAIS, and Carrousel du Louvre!
Paris Fashion Week
When: January 14 – 19, 2021 Menswear; January 20 – 23, 2021 Haute Couture
January is not only the start of the year but it’s also the start of a new season in the fashion calendar. The fashion centers of Rue Saint-Honoré and Le Marais will start to come alive when the Menswear and Haute Couture fashion shows kick-off!
As you’ll realize from reading our Insidr Guide to the Paris Fashion Week, getting into fashion shows is almost impossible without an invitation. But did you know that there is one place in Paris where you can watch models walk down the runway? Galeries Lafayette Haussmann regularly holds their own fashion shows to present the hottest trends of the season from high-street to luxury brands! Click here to download your INSIDR discount voucher to the fashion show!
Lunar New Year Celebrations
When: January 25, 2019
Just when you thought the festivities are over, the Lunar New Year comes! It’s a great sense of pride that that city has very vibrant immigrant communities as you will realize when you visit Paris’ ethnic neighborhoods. At the end of January, the Chinese community celebrates the turn of a New Year with elaborate parades, exhibitions, and shows in Paris’ Chinatown in the 13th arrondissement and also in Le Marais, Arts et Métiers, and Belleville.
Best Attractions in January
Exhibitions not to miss:
1. Van Gogh, La Nuit Étoilée at Atelier des Lumières
This is a friendly reminder not to miss the Van Gogh edition at the very popular Atelier des Lumières. The immersive exhibition into Van Gogh’s universe by way of projections of his works of art will be closing soon. The last day of the exhibition is on January 5, 2021! Buy your tickets here.
2. Richard Linklater restrospective at Centre Pompidou
If you’re a fan of the cult films Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, you shouldn’t miss their director’s film exhibition at the Pompidou Center! Hurry up because it’s only until January 6, 2021. You can find tickets here.
3. A History of Shoes at Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Shoe-lovers will want to flock to this exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris! This is from the same museum that brought the stunning Dior couture exhibition to Paris in 2017. Only until February 23, 2021, this exhibition explores the relationship between fashion and body by taking a close look at the different forms of a shoe.
In partnership with Galeries Lafayette, one of the main sponsors of this rare exhibition, INSIDR is giving away 20 tickets to our lucky followers! Make sure to follow our INSIDR Facebook page and our INSIDR Instagram account to find out how to join and win!
4. Striking Iron at musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Hurry over to one of Paris’ architectural marvels to catch the “Striking Iron, the Art of African Blacksmiths” exhibition. This month would be the best time to go because it would be less crowded compared to when it first opened. While the exhibition runs until March 29, 2021, going towards the end would mean more crowds! And musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac‘s museum interiors and gardens are best enjoyed without a lot of people.
INSIDR Tip: Get a 25% discount off your museum tickets! Download your voucher here now.
Ice Skating in Paris
If you missed ice skating in dreamy Paris in Christmas, don’t worry! You still have a few remaining days to experience it! The ice skating rink at Le Grand Palais is until January 8, while the rooftop ice skating rink at the Grande Arche de La Defense is only until January 5!
Cirque d’Hiver Boulogne
Once again for this winter, the famous Bouglione company, one of the world’s oldest circuses, will showcase their talents. Their “Défi” show will present amazing performances from clowns, acrobats, trapeze artists and magical shows! The circus will only be until March 2021. You can find tickets here.
Day-trip to Mont Saint-Michel
If you’re staying for at least a week in Paris, we highly recommend taking a day to travel all the way to Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. It’s one of the world’s longest-standing monuments in the world! Read on for everything there is to know about visiting Mont Saint-Michel.
And make sure you have your Mont Saint-Michel map with you!