We Choose The 30 Best Things To Do In Paris For January 2016

Paris doesn't slow down after the holidays, in fact, it starts gearing up for more events. Known as the City of Celebration, (to us, at least!) Paris kicks off with a New Year's day Seine River classical music concert cruise & at the newly refreshed St. Chapelle. January is also an ideal month in Paris to head indoors for a French cooking class, wine tasting or a skip-the-line Louvre walking tour.

The weather may be chilly but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a day trip to the Champagne region, Versailles or even the beaches of Normandy. One more thing — for readers of Paris Insiders Guide (that's you!) the Paris Pass is offering a 10% discount when you use Paris Insiders Exclusive Discount Code: INGUIDE10. It's a great way to save money and avoid standing in ticket lines.

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Things to Do in Paris January 2016

Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise

Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge and Seine River Cruise

Our readers love this action-packed tour that lets you experience the best of Paris by night. The evening starts on the Eiffel Tower, where you have dinner at Restaurant 58. Next, view the lights of Paris from the Seine river cruise. You end up at the #1-rated cabaret in Europe, the iconic Moulin Rouge, complete with champagne. Everything's been arranged for you, just sit back and enjoy.
Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge & Seine River CruiseInformation & Booking

Paris City Tour, Versailles & Seine River Cruise – NEW!

Paris City Tour, Versailles and Seine River Cruise

Short on time? Combine Versailles and the highlights of Paris in one full-day tour. Visit the Palace of Versailles in the morning, with a guided tour of the Great Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's Apartments. Then, return to Paris for lunch (included) and a city tour in the afternoon. You even take the elevator to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views of the city. The adventure ends with a Seine River cruise. As you admire the famous bridges crossing the Seine, marvel at all you've experienced on a day in Paris.
Paris City Tour, Versailles & Seine River CruiseInformation & Booking

Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Save Time. Stay Warm. Be Happy.
Baby, it's cold out there! This oh-so-chic private tour gets you ahead of the loooong lines and into the world's largest & most popular museum in no time flat. With close to 10 MILLION visitors each year, it's essential to find a way to skip the line. Group size is limited to 20 people, so personal attention is a high priority. Highlights include the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and of course Mona!
Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Guided TourInformation & Booking
Evening Tour With Wine TastingThat's What I Want!

Montmartre Impressionist Walking Tour – NEW!

With Skip-the-Line Musée d'Orsay Ticket

Montmartre Impressionist Walking Tour

Attention art-lovers! Explore Montmartre, the neighborhood that inspired legendary artists Van Gogh, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. See where Van Gogh lived, the Montmartre windmill that Renoir painted in his masterpiece Bal du Moulin de la Galette, and Moulin Rouge that inspired Toulouse-Lautrec's painting. The tour ends with stunning views of the city from Sacre Coeur Cathedral. There, your guide hands you a skip-the-line entrance ticket to Musée d'Orsay where you will see their paintings, up close and personal.
Montmartre Impressionist Walking Tour + Skip-the-Line Musée d'OrsayInformation & Booking

Paris Perfume Workshop – NEW!

Paris Perfume Workshop

While in France, the country that practically invented the art of the scent, why not join a perfume workshop to learn about its history — and even how to make your own perfume! After learning the ABCs of perfume, including the characteristics of distinct families of scents, you dive in to make your own unique perfume to take home. The workshop is led by an expert who teaches at the school of Perfumery in Versailles. How cool is that?
Paris Perfume WorkshopInformation & Booking

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

Everything looks better from a boat cruising down the Seine! On this relaxing ride you see Paris from a different perspective. All the famous landmarks will pass by as you enjoy a multi-course French meal with wine. If you want to splurge, book the Service Premier option, which gets you a private table at the front of the boat
Bateaux Parisiens Dinner CruiseInformation & Booking

Airport Transfers

Airport Transfer

One of our most appreciated pieces of advice is…arrange your transportation from the airport into Paris before you leave home. It's comforting to be prepared when you arrive. One easy and affordable way to into Paris is to book a shuttle van service right to your hotel. Here's the service our readers like, it's convenient and cheaper than a taxi —
Paris Shuttle Arrival TransferBook Your Transfer

But here's our very best tip, An Insiders Secret that we'll share with you here. Transfer to Paris in a private car from the airport. After a long flight we appreciate a bit of comfort and TLC. So we always have our Paris pal, Manu, meet us at the arrivals gate and whisk us into the city in his Mercedes S-Class. Honestly, it's the only way to do it!
Manu Prestige Service More Information & Booking

Classical Music, Opera & Ballet

Things to Do in Paris January 2016

Classical Music Concerts at Saint-Ephrem

Classical Music Concerts at St Ephrem

Just a stone's throw from the Sorbonne in the historic Latin Quarter is Saint Ephrem, one of the most popular venues for classical music concerts in Paris. In January you can hear works by Bach, Chopin and Mozart or Vivaldi's Four Seasons performed in this majestic venue.

Saint-EphremAll Performances in January

Saint-Ephrem Featured Concerts in January

Classical Music Concerts at La Madeleine

Classical Music Concerts at La Madeleine

The church's famous pipe organ, built in 1846, is still used today in concerts. The neo-classical structure's history reaches back to Napoleon, the French Revolution and Louis XVIII. Today it's also an ideal venue for a classical music concert. You won't want to miss The Four Seasons !

La MadeleineAll Performances in January

La Madeleine Featured Concerts in January

Other Concerts of Note

There are a couple of other concerts in historic churches that we also recommend.

Batsheva Dance Company at the Paris Opera

Batsheva Dance Company at the Paris Opera

It's the first guest appearance in Paris of Batsheva, the celebrated Israeli dance company. Created in 1964 by American choreography Martha Graham and the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, the company performs around the globe. In this performance, a troupe of 17 dancers will take to the stage under the direction of their artistic director, Ohad Naharin.
• Palais Garnier
• January 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Batsheva Dance CompanyReserve Your Seats

Philharmonie de Paris

Philharmonie de Paris

This mammoth new cultural institution and concert hall, set in Parc de Villette, opened just a year ago, but audiences love it! It became an instant must-see destination (and must-hear!) while you're in Paris. The 2,400 seat symphonic concert hall is designed to immerse the audience in a surround-sound musical experience. There are quite a few outstanding performances this month.
January at Philharmonie de ParisComplete List of Concerts

Classical Music Concerts in Paris – January 2016

Classical Music Concerts in Paris

Attending a classical music concert in one of the iconic churches or cathedrals of Paris will created a powerful memory of your trip to the City of Music. Listen to favorites by Mozart, Pachelbel, Schubert, Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven in one of the city's oldest religious buildings. Popular concerts are held throughout Paris at La Madeleine, Saint Chapelle, the Philharmonie de Paris and even on a bateaux on the Seine River.
Music in Paris, January 2016The Complete List

Paris Pass Discounts – Exclusive to You!

Paris Pass Discounts

The Paris Pass saves you a lot of money and time, getting you inside almost all the museums for free (and as many times as you want) and giving you unlimited rides on the Metro.

Paris Pass is offering a special discount, exclusively for our readers, but only for a limited time. Be sure to use this discount code – INGUIDE10.

With this special offer you will save an additional 10% on all 4-day and 6-day Paris Passes. What used to be just a good deal is now a great deal. And, since the clock doesn't start ticking on the Paris Pass until you first use it, you can buy it way in advance.

Fave Day Trips From Paris

Things to Do in Paris January 2016

The Best of Versailles

Skip the Line Entry + Tour + Lunch

The Best of Versailles

The 4 Best Ways to Visit VersaillesRead Our Guide

You'll feel like a royalty on this magical day to Versailles. Your driver/guide whisks you directly from your Paris hotel to the royal estate. Your priority, skip-the-line tickets get you ahead of the lines and directly to the grandeur of the chateau for a guided tour through the state apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's Chambers. Afterwards, stroll through the winter garden until lunch on the Grand Canal. Later, in the afternoon, there's plenty of time to visit the Grand Trianon and Marie Antoinette's fantasy village farm.
The Best of VersaillesInformation & Booking

Visit The Chateaux of the Loire Valley

Visit The Chateaux of the Loire Valley

It's known as the Land of 1000 Castles and it's easy to get from Paris to the splendid chateaux of the Loire on a day trip. Take a leisurely tour of the magnificent castles on the banks of the Seine and still get back to Paris for dinner. Step back in time as you wander the gardens, mazes and traverse the moats of the Renaissance castles.
Visit The Chateaux of the Loire ValleyInformation & Booking

Private Discovery Tasting Tour to Champagne

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

Private Discovery Tasting Tour to Champagne

Wind your way through the celebrated vineyards and villages where champagne has been made for centuries. On this private tour, your driver will take you along the picturesque Route de Champagne with plenty of private tours and tasting at top producers. Pick up is at your hotel, so sample all you want.
Private Discovery Tasting Tour to ChampagneInquiry Form
Champagne Small-Group Eurovan TourMore Information

The D-Day Beaches

The D-Day Beaches

Seventy-two years have passed since the Allied Forces came ashore at Normandy. On this winter day trip you'll see for yourself the beautiful Normandy countryside and the most important sites of the invasion. Spend the day exploring the beaches, monuments and museums that mark the start of liberation for France and the end of World War II. We recommend the small group tour (8 person max) that picks up at your hotel and delivers you back at the end of the day.
The D-Day BeachesThursdays & Saturdays – Information & Booking
Wednesdays & Sundays

Essential Day Trips from Paris

Essential Day Trips from Paris

We've described just a few of the magnificent things found outside the gates of Paris. We know from experience that your trip to Paris will be even better and more memorable if you put aside day or two to experience the wonders of France that are within easy reach of Paris. We've put together a couple of articles about our recommended day trips.
Essential Day Trips from ParisOur Recommendations

Our Top Food & Wine Activities

Things to Do in Paris January 2016

Wine Tasting in the Heart of Paris

Wine Tasting

The weather outside may be chilly but you'll be warm inside a charming wine cellar smack in the center of Paris. The professional sommeliers on these fun and informal wine tastings cover a lot of French wine territory and deliver an extensive tasting of wines. We prefer the 2-hour grand cru wine tasting because it's not every day you'll get a chance to taste a flight of some of the best wines of France.
Wine Tasting in the Heart of ParisLearn More
Wine Tasting with Cheese & Charcuterie LunchHave Even More Fun

Don Juan II Gourmet Dinner Cruise

A Paris Insiders Guide Readers' Favourite

Gourmet Dinner Cruise

How's this for Paris luxury? Could you even imagine getting to take 3-hour cruise down the Seine in a luxury yacht…while being served a 3-course gourmet meal prepared by a Michelin chef? Well, imagine on — this fab food activity has been set up by by our Paris Concierge, so you know it's going to be great. Night in the City of Lights – combine romance, fine dining, and a tour of Paris…riverside.
Gourmet Dinner Cruise Inquiry Form & More Info

Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour

Chocolate abd Pastry Walking Tour

Go behind-the-scenes on this small-group walking and tasting tour to some of the best patisseries and chocolatiers in Paris. Don't miss the chance to taste regional specialties and find out how all those delectable delights are made.
Chocolate & Pastry Walking TourComplete Information

Private Tours of The Paris Food Scene

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

Private Food Tours

If you really want to feel like you've experienced the culinary culture of The City of Food, then created by our Paris Concierge. Market tours, cooking classes, wine tastings and chocolate walks give you and your group (two-person minimum) a hands-on introduction to gourmet goodness in the city that pretty much invented it all!
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The Best Events in Paris

Things to Do in Paris January 2016

January Sales

Le Bon Marche

On your mark, get ready, shop! On January 6, 2016 one thousand Paris boutiques and grands magasins commence the annual January sales. France being France, even store sales must be authorized by the préfectures of each département (local government). It's hard to even describe the shopping frenzy that the January sales inspire. Here are a few of our favorite department stores:
Le Bon Marché
Galeries Lafayette

Paris Fashion Week January 2016

Paris Fashion Week

Although you can't buy tickets to the fashion shows, if you hang out in the trendy bars around the Carrousel du Louvre you might have a celebrity sighting. Be on the lookout for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld and a collection of tall, thin models. (Or is that a mirror you're looking in?!)

New Exhibits at the Museums

Things to Do in Paris January 2016

Who's Afraid of Women Photographers?

Women Photographers

This exhibition explores the impact that women photographers have made in photography from its invention in 1839 to 1945. See rare works produced by these women in the burgeoning years of photography. The exhibit offers a rare view into works of women photographers from around the globe. Part of the exhibit is at L'Orangerie, in the Tuileries, the other part is at Musée d'Orsay.
• Ends January 24

Pablo Picasso & the Modern Masters

Pablo Picasso and the Modern Masters

In this one-of-kind exhibit, Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and Guernica will make a rare appearance together. They are display along with works by David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Martin Kippenberger, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons. You don't want to miss the chance to see the Picassos. Sure to be sold out, so act quickly.
• Grand Palais – Ends February 29



This exhibit showcases the Metamorphoses of Ovid, the epic poem that chronicles the history of the Greco-Roman world. Through tales of transformation of gods, heroes, or mere mortals, Ovid describes the beauty of nature and the Mediterranean world. Displayed in the glass pavilion of the Louvre.
• Louvre. Ends March 16

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