With long nights and cold weather, January is a great time of the year to discover Paris city. The festive atmosphere remains for a few more days in the streets of the French capital. Plus, the weather is such that visiting an indoor location can also be an option when on Paris tours.
Venture into the Streets of the City of Lights
Take a walk around its streets to enjoy the wonderful wintertime atmosphere, with lights and decorations. Even though Christmas is officially over in January, you will still get to see illuminations along the Parisian streets. If you visit department stores such as Le Bon Marché or Galeries Lafayette, you will see that shop windows inside them will have been gorgeously decorated. Essentially, you get to experience the Christmas magic in the first month of the year too, but all the areas will be a lot less crowded.
Try Ice Skating in a Parisian Landmark
It does not snow heavily in Paris during the winter season, but that is not an issue for ice skating enthusiasts. In January, you will be able to enjoy the winter by going to the temporary ice rinks. You will find the ice skating rinks in the most iconic places such as the Eiffel Tower’s Christmas market on Champs de Mars, or better yet, on the first floor of the Tower itself.
Check Out Art Collections and Exhibits
Once you explore the citywide streets in the cold weather during your Paris walking tours, you will probably need to spend some time indoors too. If that is the case, check out art collections and exhibitions in some of the popular art centers in the city. The best options you have here include Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Louvre, Centre Pompidou, and Grand Palais. All of them have permanent collections on display, but will most likely have interesting special exhibits too.
Shop at Bargain Prices during the Wintertime Les Soldes
The shopping festival of sort comes twice a year in the City of Lights – during the winter and summer. When Les Soldes comes around, the French department stores, designer outlets, boutiques and so forth, all clear out their products from the earlier seasons, eventually slashing prices of their products over the course of the period. Usually, the winter sales start in January and will run for a few weeks. It is the ideal time to shop, with discounts getting increasingly interesting over the course of the sales period.