The 40 Most Glorious Things To Do In Paris During January 2023

Paris doesn't slow down after the holidays, in fact it starts gearing up for even more events. And so it is for January 2023 in the City of Light — activities have resumed, museums and restaurants are open (with sanitary restrictions), and there's a lot to experience.

So, the weather may be chilly but there's a feeling of newness and restoration in the air. Has there ever been a better time to return to Paris?

Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in Paris January 2023

Bateaux Parisiens VIP Dinner Cruise

Christmas Dinner Cruise

Everything looks better from a boat cruising down the Seine! On this relaxing ride you see Paris from a different perspective, and lit up for your viewing pleasure. All the famous landmarks will pass by as you enjoy a multi-course French meal with wine. Choose the Service Premier option for the best seating, the best meal, champagne to start and end — the ultimate experience.

Bateaux Mouches Glorious Dinner Cruise + Live Music

Dinner Cruise + Live Music

Here's another way to indulge your inner romantic on a magical evening cruise along the Seine, viewing the City of Lights at its most magical. You dine on a decadent 4-course classic French dinner, accompanied by live music on-board, as you float past illuminated landmarks like the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower.

Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

We're adamant — there's no better way to celebrate your stay Paris than a champagne-fueled cruise down the Seine, the most romantic river in the world. You'll also discover it's the very best way to see the sights of the city as you glide past the monuments on a bateau sipping bubbly! Thursday, Friday, Saturday in January.

Moulin Rouge Dinner + Show + Hotel Transportation

Moulin Rouge Dinner + Roundtrip Hotel Transportation

The fun starts with a leisurely multi-course meal featuring classic French food and wine. Then, settle back and enjoy the timeless cabaret show. The best part? All the details have been arranged for you — tickets to the show, dinner, and even transportation to and from your hotel. This sells out weeks in advance, so be sure to book early! Also see, The Best Ways to Visit Moulin Rouge…

Vintage Tour of Paris

Vintage Tour of Paris

Here's how to feel like you're starring in your own movie set in Paris. Climb into the back seat of a sleek, black Citroën Traction Avant from the 1940s, driven by a "gentleman driver". It's so much fun seeing the sights like this, and made even better with the sun roof opened all the way. As we say in our review, this is "retro luxury from another era."

Seine Dinner Cruise + Eiffel Tower with Private Transportation

Dinner Cruise on the Seine + Eiffel Tower Visit

We really like this one. It combines two great Paris landmarks in one night. Your driver takes you on a city tour before delivering you to a bateau on the Seine for pure bliss – a classic French multi-course meal served along with fine wines and champagne. Choose the 20:30 (8:30) dinner time for the best experience. After dinner your driver escorts you to the Eiffel Tower where from the summit, you'll admire the glittering city landscape beneath you. It doesn't get better than this.

VIP Twilight Tour – Champagne Cruise + Eiffel Tower

VIP Twilight Tour

If we had to choose one evening activity this would be it. A beautiful combination of a champagne-fueled sunset Seine River cruise followed by skip-the-line access to Level 2 of the Eiffel Tower. From there, the city unfolds in a dazzling vista beneath you. Here's what we love: you're treated like a VIP with no waiting, no jostling, just pure Paris fun.

Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Louvre

Skip the Lines at the Louvre

Save Time. Stay Warm. Be Happy. Baby, it's cold out there! This 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, so personal attention is a high priority.

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour – Don't Be Left Out in the Cold

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour

Our secret way to avoid the long lines at the Eiffel Tower is to sign up for a skip-the-line-tour. Meet your guide at the base of the tower and follow her past the long lineups. You get priority access, plus your guide fills you in on the history and fun facts. Since availability at the Tower changes, the best way to approach a no-wait ET visit is to check with the Skip the Eiffel Tower Lines link below.

The Catacombs of Paris

Catacombs of Paris with VIP Access

You can't tell from street level, but six million Parisians are laid to rest in limestone caverns 130 steps underground. The Paris Catacombs is an amazing, if somewhat creepy, place. It is also very popular, which is why we choose this skip-the-line tour with an expert guide who also explains the history of this eerie landmark. Good availability in December.

Arrange Your Airport Transfers

Airport Transfer

One of our most appreciated pieces of advice is to 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 is to book a shuttle van service right to your hotel.

The 7 Best Latin Quarter Hotels

7 Best Latin Quarter Hotels

The historic and charming Latin Quarter is one of the best places to stay in Paris. Luckily, it's also home to some of our favourite hotels in the city. Here, you are in the center of things, with easy access to Saint-Germain, the Marais, the Seine, the Paris Islands and Notre Dame Cathedral. Let's take a look at the new 2023 list of the best hotels in the Latin Quarter, with current prices.

The Best Ways to Visit Versailles from Paris

Things to Do in Paris January 2023

Best of Versailles with Skip-the-Line Access + Grand Canal Lunch

The Best of Versailles

You'll feel like royalty on this magical day in Versailles. You're driven directly from your Paris hotel to the royal estate where priority access gets you ahead of the lines and directly into the grand chateau for a guided tour. Afterwards, stroll through the winter garden until lunch on the Grand Canal. There's plenty of time to visit the Grand Trianon and Marie Antoinette's fantasy village farm.

Half-Day, Priority-Access Tour of Versailles

VIP Versailles

If you want to spend only half a day at Versailles, this tour is a great way to visit royal estate and skip the lines here. Led by an expert guide this activity includes transportation right from your hotel. It's available in the morning and in the afternoon.

Our Top Food & Wine Activities

Things to Do in Paris January 2023

Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar

Cheese & Wine Tasting

In this small-group food activity you learn all about the proper way to age the cheeses of France. In a fromagerie in the Marais you meet the affineur (expert in aging cheeses) and descend into the private cheese cellar where you taste seven classic French cheeses, along with wines. Discover how cheese became one of the most important food groups of France, along with baguettes and chocolate! The group size is limited to 10 to ensure there's more cheese for you.

The Food & Wine of the Marais

Food & Wine of the Marais

This very popular food tour takes you back to the Marais to visit the top food & wine shops in the historic quartier. You learn about and taste the best of French foods like baguettes, chocolate, cheese, charcuterie, and wine. Start off at the oldest food market in the city. This one is garnering high praise from hungry travelers.

Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour

Chocolate and Pastry Walking Tour

Go behind the scenes on this small-group tasting tour to some of the best patisseries and chocolatiers in one of the city's iconic neighborhoods. Don't miss the chance to taste regional specialties and find out how all those delectable delights are made. Choose from one of two gourmet havens — the morning and afternoon tours in Saint-Germain, or an afternoon tour in the Marais.

Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Lunch

Seine River Gourmet Lunch

Take a break from sightseeing for a fun, casual, and affordable lunch cruise along the Seine. Getting out on the river is something you must do in Paris, so why not have lunch at the same time? Look out the window at the monuments of Paris passing by. Combine great dining with a tour of Paris… riverside. Available everyday. This lunch cruise is very popular, so book early.

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 tastings cover a lot of French wine territory and deliver an extensive tasting of wines — from Champagne to Sancerre, from Bordeaux to Burgundy, from Alsace to the Rhône. It all takes place in a wine bar steps away from the Louvre.

Gourmet Food Walking Tour

Gourmet Walking Tour

You start your culinary afternoon on the historic Left Bank, a gourmet haven. At a traditional fromagerie you learn about French cheeses while you sample them. Next up are freshly baked baguettes followed by French wine. Don't forget the foie gras! And, don't worry, any calories you consume are going to be burned off by the walk. Honest!

9 PM Romantic Dinner Cruise with Window Seating

Dinner Cruise on the Seine

Imagine taking a leisurely cruise down the Seine in a bateau… while being served a 3-course gourmet meal prepared by a team of French chefs. On this nighttime cruise dinner is served with wine plus a half bottle of champagne. Choose the window seating option for the best experience.

The Best Left Bank Hotels in Paris

Top Left Bank Hotels

The Left Bank is the perfect place to stay in Paris. Since Hemingway and the Jazz Age, the area has defined the essence of the city. The Saint-Germain neighborhood is charming, and so are the best of the hotels in the quartier. In fact, here is our selection of the top Left Bank hotels — with a couple of bonuses as well!

Fave Day Trips From Paris

Things to Do in Paris January 2023

Three Magnificent Loire Valley Chateaux

Magnificent Loire Valley Chateaux

The Loire Vally is known as the Land of 1000 Castles and it's easy to get from Paris to the splendid chateaux on a day trip. Take a leisurely tour of three of the most spectacular castles in the valley. It's like stepping back in time as you wander the gardens and mazes and traverse the moats of the Renaissance castles. Includes hotel pick-up and return.

Spend a Day in the Champagne Region

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

Spend a Day in the Champagne Region

Your car winds through the celebrated vineyards and villages where champagne has been made for centuries. On this small-group tour, your driver will take you along the picturesque Route de Champagne with plenty of tours and tasting at top producers. Pick up is at your Paris address, so sample all you want while someone else does the driving. It's a delicious, bubbly adventure you'll not soon forget!

10 More Iconic Day Tours from Paris

10 More Iconic Day Tours from Paris

These travel ideas are only a few of the wonders of France within easy reach of Paris. You might also think of visiting wine regions, Euro Disneyland, even Bruges or London! It's always worth it to plan for a day or two to explore beyond the city gates to visit France Profonde or even elsewhere in Europe.

What's On at the Museums

Things to Do in Paris January 2023

Picasso – Rodin… EXTENDED

Picasso – Rodin

This clever and much-anticipated exhibition is showing at both of the museums dedicated to the title artists — the Musée Picasso in the Marais and the Musée Rodin in the 7th Arrondissement. It demonstrates (perhaps for the first time so graphically) how the two artists, in their own ways, heralded a turning point in modern art.

• Musée Picasso & Musée Rodin
• Ends March 6, 2023
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Signac, the Collector

Signac, the Collector

Paul Signac (1863-1935), the inventor of pointillism,was also a keen art collector. See his fabulous collection of Bonnard, Matisse, and Fauves.
• Musée d'Orsay
• Ends February 13, 2023
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Maro Ura – A Polynesian Treasure

The exhibition traces the history and cultural importance of the feather belt, one of the most prestigious objects of the great chiefdoms of the Society Islands. Related to worship of the god 'Oro, these sacred belts were used during commemorative ceremonies.

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Chaïm Soutine/Willem de Kooning – Painting Embodied

Discover how Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943), a Russian painter of the School of Paris, influenced Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), the Dutch/American Abstract Expressionist.

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Cinema at Last! French Entertainment from 1833 to 1907

Discover 300 films and related paraphernalia by well-known artists from Pierre Bonnard to Auguste and Louis Lumière, the inventors of cinema.

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Marlene Dumas

To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), South African artist Marlene Dumas has produced a series of paintings inspired by his work.

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Petits Papiers du 20e Siècle

Paul Destribats (1926-2017), was an avant-garde collector and scholar. This exhibition showcases 12,000 of his leaflets, posters and documents that have been donated to the Kandinsky Library.

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Paris to Athens – Birth of Modern Greece

To celebrate the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution, the Louvre presents an exciting exhibition that traces the artistic link between Greek and European culture; specifically focussing on Paris and Athens. The show concludes with works by the Greek group TECHNE, which exhibited in Paris in 1919.

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David Hockney: A Year in Normandy

Celebrated British painter David Hockney has initiated a new chapter in his artistic journey depicting his house, his garden and the surrounding countryside of Normandy. In the form of a narrative cycle depicting the arrival of spring, this work was created during the Covid lockdown.

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The Manet Girl

This is the first exhibition dedicated to Julie Manet (1878-1966), the only daughter of the Impressionist artist Berthe Morisot, and the niece of Impressionist mentor Édouard Manet. One hundred works feature paintings, sculptures, pastels, and watercolors that retrace her life.

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From Afar: Precious Objects from Elsewhere

Since ancient times carnelian, lapis lazuli, ebony, and other precious materials have circulated along trade routes. This exhibition highlights these precious materials as well as exotic animals who have traveled between the continents since the Middle Ages.

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Georg Baselitz: The Retrospective

View Baselitz' masterpieces from the past six decades, including the Fractured compositions and his inverted motifs from 1969.

Top Events in Paris

Things to Do in Paris January 2023

Jour de l'An

Jour de l'An

New Year's Day is a French National Holiday and most shops, services, museums & restaurants will be closed. But just being in Paris at the start of the year is a pleasure. We've assembled a list of some of the things you can do on le jour de l'An.

January Sales

Le Bon Marche

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

Paris Fashion Week January 2023

Paris Fashion Week

The show must go on. In this case it's Paris Fashion Week starting January 19. 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 a collection of tall, thin models. (Or is that a mirror you're looking in?!) Men's Fashion Week precedes Feminine.
• January 18 to 27, 2023
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Maison & Objet

Maison & Objet

Discover the latest trends in decoration, design, furniture, accessories and textiles. The live, on-site version is back — at Paris Nord Villepinte in January!
• Paris Nord Villepinte
• POSTPONED: March 24 to 28, 2023
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Grand Prix d'Amérique Harness Racing World Championship

The hottest trot race in France, and one of the richest events in the world in this sport. In January 2023 qualifying races are being run, and it looks as if the finalé will take place at the end of January, with other races running to the end of February.

  • Hippodrome, Boise de Vincennes
  • January & February 2023
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Pinder Circus

A fairytale, holiday setting and a wonderful show for the whole family. The early-2023 circus shows have been postponed, but check the website for updates.


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