Top Events in France in January

Written by on December 30, 2019 in Month By Month

Galette des Rois, Kings Cake, in a shop in France eaten in January as a tradition

A look at some of the top events in France in January – just because it’s cold out doesn’t meant there’s nothing going on!

National holidays and Celebration days in January in France

New Year’s Day 1st January is a national holiday in France

Celebration day: La Fête des Rois. It’s traditional to eat a special cake called the Galette des Rois on 6th January, the day of the Epiphany. You’ll see these scrumptious cakes in every patisserie in France. Inside the cake a lucky charm is hidden – the fève, and the person who finds the charm in his or her slice of cake, is crowned king or queen for a day! If you want to make one at home, here’s a recipe for Galette des Rois

Top Events in January in France

Aude: Carnival de Limoux from the start of January to Easter! It’s the longest carnival in France and has been going for around 700 years! Taking place at a town 30km from Carcarsonne, the carnival features each weekend, fecos and goudils (masked people) who dance and perform in the city’s main square and a set parade with different themes. Details:

The Sales – Les Soldes d’Hiver. The annual winter sales, which are set according to law, take place from 8 January to 4 February 2020. What better excuse for a spot of shopping. You’ll find bargains galore in big stores, shopping outlets and small independents throughout the country. The price drops get bigger towards the end of the sales period.

Avignon – Horse Passion: 14-16 January 2020 Horses are put through their paces with show jumping events, polo, dressage and carriage driving. Details on:

Sarlat Truffle Festival: A big truffle market tales place over the weekend of 18-19 January 2019 in the enchanting medieval town of Sarlat, Dordogne. Expect to indulge in truffle flavoured gourmet specialities, music and festivities including workshops. And take home a couple of truffles, you can get them at a good price at the market. While you’re there, why not try a spot of truffle hunting yourself, it’s huge fun! See The Good Life France Magazine Winter 2018 to read more about this fabulous event.

Angoulême, Poitou-Charentes: Festival International de la Bande Dessinée 30 January – 2 February 2020. This year celebrating its 47tht anniversary, this homage to comics, much loved by the French draws huge crowds of fans. There are competitions for amateurs and enthusiasts and you can get to meet the professionals, watch them work and ask questions. The famous comic museum is an absolutely must see for all fans of the art.

Burgundy: Saint Vincent Tournante – 25-26 January 2020. Each year a Burgundian town is chosen to host the introduction of the last year’s vintage to visitors. This year it’s in lovely Gevrey-Chambertin. A fun weekend to eat and drink your way through.

Reims: Historic Rally of Monte Carlo – 31 January 2020. A host of legendary cars will start their race to Monaco from in front of the Cathedral. They’ll join other cars which started their race from Athens, Glasgow, Milan, Barcelona and Hamburg.

La Folle Journee Nantes is a major international music festival that last 5 days during which around 250 classical music concerts are held. 29 January- 2 February 2020.

Please note: We check every website for dates and details personally but changes do happen from time to time – please check website for confirmation.

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