Post by Jenny Bailey
The new year is upon us! (Bonjour, 2014!) Although this might be the month dedicated to dismantling the festive decorations and shedding the December weight, that doesn’t mean the good times have to end too.
From spending what’s leftover from your Christmas cash to ticking off your cultural new year’s resolutions, here’s our list of things to do in Paris this month.
6 Jan – La Fête des Rois Takes the Cake
And quite literally – as the French celebrate Three Kings Day by indulging in a slice of king cake (galette des rois). Made of pastry and almonds, you’ll find this sweet at Parisian patisseries everywhere – often with a figurine hidden in one of the slices, which is said to be lucky. If you’re still recovering from new year festivities, this French tradition is a great way to help settle your stomach – or at least, that’s our excuse! Bon appétit.
8 Jan-12 Feb – Les Soldes
If you’ve been holding out all season for the winter sales, then this is the time to take to the shops and get stuck in. With discounts ranging everywhere between 30-70% off, whether it’s the goods at the city’s chic Gallery Lafayette that takes your fancy or the latest looks from trendy Le Marais that you’re after, there’s bargains to be had throughout the capital this month. And if you have a desperate need for those famous silk scarves or even a pair of their leather shoes, you can go to the Hermès sales if you are willing to spend several hours standing in line. Held at the Palais des Congrès at Porte Maillot for a few days only in mid January… Are you a fan of the orange box, you don’t want to miss it! Jan 15-17.
12 Jan – Gear Up for The Car Show
If you’ve got a bit of a soft spot for attractive automobiles, you’re in luck as the annual Crossing of Paris (Traversée de Paris hivernale) is due to take place this month. The parade, which spans over a distance of 25km., features more than 450 of some of the world’s most unusual cars. If you’re keen to catch the spectacle, the vehicles will be setting off from the Esplanade du chateau de Vincennes on to Place Daumesnil and Bastille before finishing at Place Jacques Rueff’s Trocadero Fountains. For more information about the event, visit the club’s official website here: www.vincennesenanciennes.com
24-27 Jan – Mode a Paris / Fashion in Paris
Got a thing for bling? Then don’t miss this bi-annual fashion and fine jewellery exhibition from BIJORHCA Paris. Taking place at Paris’s Porte de Versailles, the four-day event features bespoke bejeweled accessories from roughly 470 different designers. For more info, check out the official site here. http://www.bijorhca.com/#F2v57PSgxOJUiafY.99
For a frugal visit to Paris in January, check out the deals at Holiday Discount Centre.