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.

Rubens: Royal Portraits

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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.

4th October 2017 – 14th January 2018

Musée du Luxembourg, 19 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris | www.en.museeduluxembourg.fr

Gauguin the Alchemist

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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.

11th October 2017 – 22nd January 2018

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris |  www.grandpalais.fr

Being Modern: MoMA in Paris

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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).

11th October 2017 – 5th March 2018

Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris | www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione: ‘Exploit’

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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.

14th October 2017 – 11th March 2018

Cirque d’hiver Bouglione, 110 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris | www.cirquedhiver.com

Degas, Danse, Dessin. A Tribute to Degas

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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.

28th November 2017 – 25th February 2018

Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris | www.musee-orsay.fr

Haute Couture Fashion Week

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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.

22nd January – 25th January 2018

Various locations around Paris | www.fhcm.paris

Grand Prix d’Amérique Opodo

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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.

29th January 2017

Hippodrome de Vincennes, 2 Route de la Ferme, 75012 Paris | www.prix-amerique.com

La Traviata

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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.

2nd – 28th February 2018

Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris | www.operadeparis.fr

 

Benjamin Millepied/Maurice Béjart

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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.

23rd February – 24th March 2017

Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris | www.operadeparis.fr

 

 

Paris Fashion Week

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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.

27th February – 6 March 2018

Various locations around Paris

Vaux-le-Vicomte, near Paris

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Sharing their insider tips, our concierge team recommend the Vaux-le-Vicomte, a grand chateau which hosts its 12th annual Christmas event this year. Located in Maincy, an hour’s journey south east of Paris, visitors can explore the Sugar Palace, a magical world of confectionery, and enjoy family activities throughout the grounds.

November 25 – January 7 (blackout dates apply)

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