A Bespoke Guide to Paris - Winter

No matter the season, the City of Lights is always alluring. But during winter, Paris really comes into its own, especially when the Christmas lights are switched on and the streets are bathed in a festive glow. This winter, the city’s calendar of events is fit to bursting with everything from circus performances and couture to royal portraits and racing. Don’t want to miss a minute? Follow this guide to the best winter events in Paris.

3rd March – 15th July 2018

Margiela / Galliera, 1989-2009

Encompassing the years 1989 to 2009, the Margiela retrospective at the fashion museum, the Palais Galliera, takes a close look at the elusive Belgian fashion designer’s approach to structure – both of garments and of the system he worked within – during that productive period. Over 100 objects, including special installations and silhouettes, will be on display, giving a rare glimpse into the career of a very private designer.

Palais Galliera, Rue de Galliera, 75016 Paris


16th – 18th March 2018

Saut Hermès au Grand Palais

The show jumping elite will be gathering in Paris this spring to attend the 9th edition of the Saut Hermès au Grand Palais. This 5-star international show jumping competition will take place over three days at the Grand Palais, offering some of the world’s best riders the chance to compete and spectators the chance to watch some thrilling horsemanship.

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris


28th March – 16th July 2018

Chagall, Lissitzky, Malévitch: The Russian Avant-Garde at Vitebsk (1918-1922)

Collections around the world have contributed pieces to the upcoming exhibition at the Centre Pompidou on the Russian and Soviet avant-garde. Focussing primarily on the art of Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich, who were all involved in the Vitebsk School of Art, there will be over 200 works on display during the exhibition this spring.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris


29th March – 23rd July 2018

Delacroix (1798–1863)

Thanks to a collaboration between the Louvre and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, an expansive exhibition devoted to the works of French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix will be taking place this spring. Over 180 works from Delacroix’s long career will be on display, including many of his famous paintings.

Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris


31st March – 28th October 2018

Les Grandes Eaux Musicales at Versailles

A musical and visual extravaganza, the fountain show is set to period melodies, the water dancing to the music. The event takes place throughout the spring and summer in the remarkable gardens of the Château de Versailles, which, along with the gardens, are themselves listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles


4th – 8th April 2018

PAD Paris 2018

Found on the edge of the elegant Jardin des Tuileries, this year’s PAD Paris event has lined up a who’s who of local and international galleries to exhibit. In addition to the modern and contemporary decorative art and design, which is a particular draw every year, Primitive art will be given particular prominence at the 2018 edition.

Tuileries, 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris


5th – 8th April 2018

Art Paris Art Fair 2018

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Art Paris Art Fair 2018 will host over 140 galleries from 20 countries worldwide this April. Its original mandate – showcasing the wealth of the French art scene – will be honoured with several French-inspired projects, including the VIP programme ‘Springtime in Paris’, which will also highlight the Swiss presence in Paris, in accordance with Switzerland’s role as this year’s ‘guest’ of honour at the fair.

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris


6th April – 4th May 2018

Romeo and Juliet at the Opéra Bastille

Shakespeare’s “star-cross’d lovers” take to the stage once again to dance Hector Berlioz’s classic ballet at the Opéra Bastille this spring. A stylish, monochrome staging, the passion and poignancy of the performance shines through thanks to German choreographer Sasha Waltz’s beautiful take on one of ballet’s most famous productions.

Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris


17th – 20th May 2018

Taste of Paris 2018

Michelin-starred chefs and sparkling young talents alike will be showcasing their skills at Taste of Paris over the four-days of this French foodie festival. Cooking classes, tastings, a Champagne bar, and artisanal food producers are just some of the other highlights of this year’s event.

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris


21st May – 10th June 2018

Roland-Garros 2018

The French Open, known as Roland-Garros, is swinging onto the sporting scene over several weeks this spring. The Grand Slam begins in May with the qualifiers and the competition steadily heating up, before culminating in the much-anticipated Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Finals in June.

Stade Roland Garros, 51 Boulevard d’Auteuil, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt


4th October 2017 – 14th January 2018

Rubens: Royal Portraits

An artistic master of the Baroque period, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) painted the portraits of vast swathes of European royalty, from the Hapsburg princes to Philip IV of Spain and his family. The new exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg showcases the artist’s remarkable portraiture alongside several works from other portrait artists of his age, such as Velázquez and van Dyck.

Musée du Luxembourg, 19 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris


11th October 2017 – 22nd January 2018

Gauguin the Alchemist

Over 200 works – including paintings, ceramics, woodwork, and engravings – have been brought together for this comprehensive exhibition of Gauguin at the Grand Palais. A unique approach, this multimedia showcase attempts to explore the artist’s creative process (and his ability to push the boundaries of the mediums he worked in) through his works, as well as through documentary film, music, and more.

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris


11th October 2017 – 5th March 2018

Being Modern: MoMA in Paris

This winter, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is set to host an exhibition dedicated to the world-class collection of MoMA in New York – the first of its kind in France. There will be works on display from Jasper Johns, Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt and more, including pieces on display in France for the first time, such as Identical Twins by Diane Arbus and Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans (1962).

Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris


14th October 2017 – 11th March 2018

Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione: ‘Exploit’

Showmen, tigers, and clowns – oh my! The Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione launches its new show, ‘Exploit’, this October. Running until March 2018, the show is an all-singing, all-dancing spectacle filled with gravity-defying, awe-inspiring stunts from the talented troupe, including Régina Bouglione herself (the so-called French princess of circus) who will be joined in the ring by llamas and a charismatic Jack Russell.

Cirque d’hiver Bouglione, 110 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris


28th November 2017 – 25th February 2018

Degas, Danse, Dessin. A Tribute to Degas

2017 is the centenary of the death of Edgar Degas, and to mark it, the Musée d’Orsay is hosting an exhibition of his work and that of poet and writer, Paul Valéry. Friends for two decades, the men knew each other’s work intimately, as demonstrated by Valéry’s 1937 essay, Degas Danse Dessin. Paintings and archival materials – including Degas’ drawings and Valery’s notebooks – will be on display, linking them together in an exhibition that dances from one to the other, drawing connections.

Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris


22nd January – 25th January 2018

Haute Couture Fashion Week

Hand-embroidered, beaded, and bespoke, the creations showcased in Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week are nothing short of stunning. Spread over four days, this festival of high fashion will feature catwalk shows from the world’s top ateliers and a first look at next season’s creations – some so beautiful they’re more art than attire.

Various locations around Paris 


29th January 2017

Grand Prix d’Amérique Opodo

A day of 10 show races, seven group races, parades and performances at the historic Hippodrome de Vincennes, the Grand Prix d’Amérique gallops onto the scene on the last Sunday of January. The day kicks off with a grand parade, as tens of thousands of fans get ready for the main event, the 18-competitor harness race, to see who will become the World Champion.

Hippodrome de Vincennes, 2 Route de la Ferme, 75012 Paris


2nd – 28th February 2018

La Traviata

Telling the tragic love story of Violetta and Alfredo, lovers separated by society and sickness, La Traviata is one of the most famous, heartrending operas in the canon. This winter’s production, directed by Benoît Jacquot at the Opéra Bastille, brings Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece to life, just as Violetta is fated to lose hers.

Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris


23rd February – 24th March 2017

Benjamin Millepied/Maurice Béjart

Set to music by Ravel, this ballet production at the Opéra Bastille features two performances – Daphnis and Chloé (2013) by Benjamin Millepied and Maurice Béjart’s Boléro (1961). Both dances are captivating, drawing on ideas of love and seduction, but they approach the subjects differently; Millepied with vibrancy and classical lines, Béjart through moody eroticism.

Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris


27th February – 6 March 2018

Paris Fashion Week

Marked on the calendars of journalists, models, photographers, and fashion-lovers months in advance, Paris Fashion Week is an annual highlight. Showcasing Autumn/Winter 2018 designs, catwalk shows, showcases, and events will be taking place around the City of Lights for a week in February and March, ushering the fashion world into the next season.

Various locations around Paris