Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office
Festivals and Seasonal Events
Holiday Lights and Decorations in Paris
Christmas may have passed, but the festive spirit remains: throughout most of January, Paris is bathed in sparkling holiday lights displays. For a little inspiration, check out our photo gallery of 2012-2013 holiday decorations in Paris.
Ice-skating rinks: Every winter, ice-skating rinks are set up at several locations around the city. Admission is free (not including skate rental).
Where: Info on 2013-2014 ice skating rinks in Paris
Arts and Exhibits Highlights in January
Best known for his abstract paintings of guitars, Braque sometimes sits in the shadow of more well-known cubist artists, especially his collaborator Pablo Picasso. This fascinating retrospective at the Grand Palais promises to deepen popular understanding of-- and appreciation for-- his complex oeuvre of paintings, engravings and sculptures.
Dates: Through January 6th, 2014
Location: Galerie Nationale du Grand Palais
The Sea in Paris, 45 Million Years Ago
This fascinating exhibit curated in the depths of the Paris Catacombs reveals a little known fact about the city of light: 45 million years ago, the area was part of a vast tropical sea ecosystem; its traces can be observed in the geological formations of Paris' many underground "layers". Anyone interested in natural history and geology shouldn't miss this one.
Dates: Through December 31st, 2014
Location: The Paris Catacombs
Azzedine Alaia, Fashion Designer
January is the last month for fashion aficionados to glimpse the fascinating inner workings of Azzedine Alaia, one of couture's most impassioned and innovative creators. The unique exhibit held at the Modern Art Museum of the city of Paris juxtaposes the designer's creations next to the works of great painters including Matisse and Daniel Buren, highlighting affinities between their artistic practices.
Dates: Through January 26th, 2014
Location: Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Art in Fusion
Only a few days remain in a stirring tribute to two of Mexico's legendary 20th-century artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The exhibit examines the stormy couple's influence on each other's work, placing their oeuvres side by side to better understand their complex interrelations, and particularly in relation to their revolutionary ambitions for Mexico.
Dates: Through January 13th, 2014
Location: Paris Orangerie (Jardin des Tuileries)