By Megan Millisky
Paris holds so much beauty and wonder, it can be hard to know where to begin! This winter, skate through La Défense Grande Arche, an ice rink 360 feet above the streets of Paris. Families can take the kids to Playtime Paris for an afternoon of fun, or watch the European Pastry Cup chefs create unique delicacies! Here are the 10 best activities to try in Paris this January.
1. La Défense Grande Arche
This is a truly unforgettable experience - try skating 360 feet above Paris! As you skate around the rooftop rink, you’ll have an incredible view of the French Capital. Through January 5, visit La Défense Grande Arche and snap the vacation pictures of your dreams!
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2. art3f Paris - International Contemporary Art Fair
January 31-February 2, explore the Parisian art scene at the art3f Paris. Visitors can purchase affordable art and enjoy the wine bar and restaurant. There is live music and a cozy jazz lounge. And families with kids, don’t skip the children’s art zone!
3. Debussy and Ravel Dance/Opera
January 20-29, visit Palais Garnier for this hour-long musical experience! Debussy and Ravel are the focus of this music and dance show. Watch the fascinating show of L’Enfant et les sortilèges.
4. Salon de la Gastronomie-Paris
January 31-February 2, explore all that Paris has to offer at the Salon Gastronomie. The festival is free for kids under 12 and admission for adults is about $11. Try fantastic food from France and all over the world.
5. Salon International de la Lingerie
Paris is known for its cutting-edge fashion, and shopping in Paris is a dream come true. And from January 18-20, you can attend the “most prestigious lingerie trade fair in the world”! You’ll find designer brands, nightclothes, hosiery, and the hottest fashion trends.
6. Grand Palais des Glaces
This annual skating rink is huge-and super popular! For the fifth year in a row, skate on the Nave of the Grand Palais. Get food and drinks, or skate the rink at night to see a special light show. The Grand Palais rink is open until January 8.
7. Les Thermalies
January 23-26, immerse yourself in this soothing spa experience! Les Thermalies offers seawater treatments, thermal springs, and beauty care.
8. Playtime Paris
When it comes to baby goods like clothes, gifts, furniture, and toys, Playtime Paris has it all. The show highlights the newest trends in kids’ apparel and playthings. Kids will have a blast at this show from January 25-27.
9. Grand Prix d'Amérique
January 26, watch the most well-known trotting race in the world at the Grand Prix d'Amérique! Built in 1920, this racetrack has been home to champion horses for years. Watch 18 racers compete to win over a million dollars!
10. European Pastry Cup 2020
January 12-13, the best pastry chefs from Europe will face off in this amazing competition! The chefs are challenged to make the best of the best delicious treats.