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Paris in February: Things to Do, Events, Weather and What to Pack! [2024]

How would you like to spend Valentine’s Day in one of the most romantic cities in the world? Visit Paris in February, and fall in love with its unique charms—some of which you can only experience in this particular month of the year.

Truth be told the month of February requires a positive mindset, determination, and the ability to see beyond the gloomy skies and grumpy residents, but it is most definitely worth it!

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photo of Eiffel Tower in the snow

I have been to the French capital a few times in February (that is Mr. Misadventures' birthday month) and have never regretted it. Being a HUGE foodie, the Salon de l’Agriculture is one of our favorite things to do – we have been known to head to Paris just for the food events (sometimes they lead you to a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or in one case, Lummi Island!).

This event in and of itself is enough for the Misadventures family to plan a trip to Paris in February, but there is another, read on to see!

Why should you visit Paris in February?

Why should you visit the City of Love during the month of love? Let me tell you why!

romantic couple in Paris

Fewer crowds

Since it’s not the traditional tourist season, you won’t have to compete with huge crowds to enter attractions or get pictures of famous landmarks. There is a big school vacation/break during February (either the 2nd and 3rd week or 3rd and 4th week depending on the zone, Paris is Zone C which usually means the 2nd and 3rd week) where a lot of Parisians head out for skiing.

Those who don't leave town may show up at museums and family-friendly spots, but not in enough numbers to impact your trip!

Better prices

February is right in the middle of the low season which runs between January and March. Airline tickets, hotel accommodations, and tours are significantly cheaper. There is a bump in hotels and restaurants around Valentine's Day but if you plan your trip wisely you can absorb the extra cost. 

Special Events in February

chinese lanterns hung with lights

I already mentioned the Salon de l’Agriculture. But you also arrive just in time for the Lunar New Year, Mardi Gras, and Valentine’s Day celebrations. There are special events at restaurants and theaters to celebrate this day of romance. There are winter exhibitions in the museums along with other events that take place in February, keep reading to see the whole list. 

Stay indoors without the guilt

You do not have to feel guilty about being indoors something you may experience if you are visiting the City of Light in warmer weather! Hit some of those museums, events, palaces, cafes, theaters, and shopping complexes without an inkling of remorse!

Improved weather (sort of)

This is the last month of Paris’ winter. While it’s still cold and rainy, there are more clear days when you can enjoy the outdoors. Just remember to bring waterproof shoes, warm clothes, and gloves!

Paris weather in February

Weather patterns these past few years are very unpredictable, so I want to share the averages and then what we have seen in the last few years. (I used World Weather Info as my source of information.)

Weather in February in Paris:

  • The average temperature in February in Paris: it's the 2nd coldest month of the year. It can get as high as 35 degrees F (7 C) and as low as 45 degrees F (2 C).
  • Sunrise and Sunset: You can expect sunrise at around 7:30 AM- 8:30 AM and sunset at 5:45 PM-6:30 PM.
  • Rain: Expect rain for 9 days throughout the month.
  • Snow: It happens! But the snow doesn't stick around.

Happening now!

Average Daytime Temperature489
Average Nighttime Temperature446
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)
Average Daytime Temperature5010
Average Nighttime Temperature457
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)
Average Daytime Temperature489
Average Nighttime Temperature436
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)

Big bargains and discounts

photo of a girl window shopping in paris

Enjoy huge discounts from end-of-season sales. Stores and boutiques will be giving huge discounts in their final winter sales, as they scramble to clear their shelves of old merchandise before the items of the Spring season arrive.

The official sale season (les soldes) happens twice in France, once in summer and once in winter (January through February) and they can be quite tempting!  You could save hundreds of dollars on designer items and other luxury goods, and even get rebates or points to use on other purchases.  

January 10th through February 6th (for 2024)

The best things to do in Paris in February?

What can you do in February in Paris? A lot! Sports, cars, food, fashion, you'd be surprised just how much there is to do. Sure you can take in the usual sites, and they are less crowded at this time of year, but you also have the opportunity to participate in a few events that only take place in February! Here are my recommendations.

Paris Fashion Week

model posing in paris

The men got their turn in January. And usually, February is for the ladies BUT for 2024 it takes place in January! There is a long history of couture and fashion in Paris so it is no surprise that Paris Fashion Week is a big deal.

However, it is a hard ticket to get and it's way more fun to hang out near the shows and people watch! The venues are dispersed throughout the city, but most of the catwalk displays are held at the Carrousel du Louvre, below the Louvre Museum.

Paris Face Cachée

Ever wanted to go behind the scenes at a theatre, restaurant, a sports venue? Well, there is an event for that! Much like the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (European Heritage Days) where government locations like the Elysée Palace are open to the public (by the way this takes place in September) Paris Face Cachée does the same but for locations that I think are way more interesting!

For 3 days each year, the 100 sites participating in the Paris Face Cachée opens the door to areas that are normally closed to the public. It's very cool!

Paris Face Cachée is NOT happening in 2024 but will return in 2025.

Salon Retro Mobile

Cold weather is the perfect reason to spend the day indoors drooling over the vintage cars at the Salon Retro Mobile which takes place at the expo center at Porte de Versailles. The Misadventures family loves checking out these babies, in particular, the Citroën 2CV and the VW bus, and exploring the history of cars in France and all over the world.

For 2024 the show takes place from January 31 through February 4th.

Paris Mardi Gras + Carnival

photo of carnaval attendees in costume in Paris
Photo credit: Wikimedia

Being a former primarily Catholic country, it is not surprising that Mardi Gras or La Promenade du Boeuf Gras (March of the Fat Beef Cow!) is celebrated in a big way in Paris. It is colorful and chaotic, which definitely aids in shaling off some of those winter blues.

The parade takes place in the 20th arrondissement starting in Place Gambetta and ending at the Place de la République. The parade takes place on the Sunday before the Tuesday when Mardi Gras occurs. 

Although the exact route may change, it generally follows these streets: begins in Place Gambetta, goes down Avenue Gambetta, turns right at Boulevard Ménilmontant and continues along Boulevard de Belleville, turns left onto Rue du Faubourg du Temple, and ends at Place de la République.

The date for 2024 is February 11th.

Travel photography

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For 2024, it will be Feb 10th.

Paris Battle Pro French championship

I didn't put this in the sports section as I am not sure hip-hop is considered a sport (although it will be an activity during the 2024 Olympics in Paris!), but this annual French hip-hop dance and breakdance championship takes at the Théâtre du Châtelet (2 Rue Edouard Colonne).

The 2024 dates have not been set, so stay up to date with their website.

Sports Galore!

Truth be told I like sports but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit Paris just to see them. However, I also wouldn't say no to a warm sports bar on cold days either!

French Ice Hockey Cup

photo of 2 people playing ice hockey

Bet you weren't aware that hocket even existed in France. Well, it does! And the French Ice Hockey Cup championship game takes place in Paris in February. See it (if you can get tickets!) at the AccorHotels Arena (8 boulevard de Bercy in the 12th arrondissement).

For 2024, it is taking place in January on the 21st.

Rugby Six Nations

If you are into sports, and rugby, in particular, find a bar and watch the annual European tournament called the Rugby Six Nations which takes place in early February. You will make friends fast. Depending on who you root for that is!

For 2024 it is February 2nd.

Paris Judo Grand Slam

The Paris Grand Slam is the most important international tournament for professionals practicing this sport. If you have an interest in judo check out this annual event also at the  AccorHotels Arena.

For 2024 it is February 2nd through 4th.

Ice Skating

If you want to do a little bit of your own sport, and not just observe the list above, the ice skating rink put up for the holidays at the Hôtel de Ville (Paris’ City Hall) is still open through March. 

Explore a Few Museums

As I mentioned, the chilly weather means there’s 0 shame in spending your visit to Paris inside. And there’s no better place to do that than by exploring a few museums. You’ll encounter much shorter queues at the Louvre Museum if you’ve been dying to see the Mona Lisa in person but one of my personal favorites is the Orsay (Musee d’Orsay).

The Centre Pompidou is also worth a visit. If you have the time, there are plenty of smaller museums worth a visit, like the Orangerie, Petit Palais, and Palais Galliera, the Fashion Museum of the City of Paris.

Cruise down the Seine River

Whether you’re visiting for Valentine’s Day or just a regular date, there are few things more romantic in the City of Love than a dinner cruise down the Seine River. While you can do this year-round, February is a great time for a more intimate experience plus you’ll get to see sights like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower without being outside in the cold.

If the weather is good consider a Seine River dinner cruise!

Chinese New Year

Depending on the year and when the Chinese New Year falls, the celebrations can take place at the end of January or the beginning of February. There are parades, entertainment, and food feasts across Paris, and in particular in the 13th arrondissement.

For 2024, it will be Feb 10th. Read my article on how to celebrate Chinese New Year in Paris.

Disneyland Paris

Speaking honestly, spending a rather cold at an amusement park is not my idea of fun. But there is something to be said about visiting Disneyland Paris in February, especially if you can do it on one of the sunny days.

With far fewer tourists in town, you may feel like you have the entire park to yourself without long lines for the rides and, perhaps more importantly, tickets are much cheaper than you’ll find in the summer months.

Other Events and Special Exhibitions taking place in February

  • Centre Pompidou Exhibition on Gilles Aillaud (ONLY through Feb 4th!) showcases this painter's work in a wonderful display of man and nature.
  • Grand Palais exhibition on the history of urban art (L’art urbain à l’ère numérique) through July 2024.

Culinary Delights of February in Paris

Crepes being made in Paris

Oh, you know me. This is always my favorite part! No trip to Paris is complete without a deep exploration of all the eats. You should definitely try the classics, but don't forget the season as well!

Taste of Paris

Yes, the Salon de l’Agriculture is the big event, but don't forget the Taste of Paris which takes place in the Grand Palais! Over a 4-day period, chefs from around the country and the world converge for this amazing food festival! You can eat, watch demonstrations, and attend workshops with some very big names in the Paris restaurant scene. 

For 2024 this event takes place February 24th through March 3.


One thing is for sure in February you should NOT miss La Chandeleur which takes place on the 2nd. It's not an official holiday (it's a religious holiday celebrating the presentation of Jesus to the Temple) but a traditional day for eating lots of crêpes!

What to eat in Paris in February

photo of comte cheeses

Many restaurants offer seasonal menus so it is always good to know what is actually in season! Paris has many tastes to experience, but during the winter there are some seasonal specialties. If you visit the marchés (farmer's market) you will see many of these items listed below.

  • Fruits in season: pears. Oranges and clementines are a holiday treat that is still available in February along with other citrus like grapefruit (pamplemousses) and lemons (citrons) along with dates.
  • Vegetables in season: avocados (avocats), beets (betteraves), cabbages (chou), carrots, Brussel sprouts (choux de Bruxelles), chard, broccoli, potatoes, turnips, squash, leeks, fennel, and endive. In restaurants look for starters with leeks (poireau) and endive.  Unlike the U.S. there are plenty of winter lettuce to choose from: rocket or arugula (roquette), watercress (cresson), chicory (chicorée), escarole, and Mr. Misadventure favorite, frisée (curly endive).
  • Winter squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti) are used to make winter soups that you will often see as a starter. Truffles are in season and sometimes you will get a slice or two on the soup, but you will most definitely see truffles in the traditional omelet and pasta dishes.
  • Although fish soups and stews are from the south of France, bouillabaisse is popular during the winter months. Of course, a bowl of either pot au feu (stew) or French onion soup is a wonderful way of warming up. 
  • Seafood is wonderful in February! Look for dishes featuring these in restaurants. This is what is in season: sea urchin, oysters, sole, sea bass, bream (dorade), cod (artic variety), scallops, haddock, mackerel, yellow Pollack or (lieu jaune), clams, and mussels.
  • Not seasonal dishes but I prefer to eat them in winter: aligot, cassoulet, and boeuf bourguignon. I haven't eaten Parmentier (like a shepherd's pie) in a restaurant, but it is definitely a winter dish we eat in the Misadventures house.
  • Did you know that there are seasonal cheeses (fromages)? It’s true! Winter is a great time for alpine or mountain cheeses that “ripened” over the summer! Look for Mont d’Or” (vacherin), Abondance, Salers and Laguiole (spring and summer cheeses that have aged by winter), Morbier, Munster (very creamy in winter); Ossau-Iraty (Basque); all the cheeses used for fondue and raclette: Comté, Emmenthal, and Beaufort (here are my recommendations for the best fondue in Paris). 
  • Hot Chocolate: Of course, you can get chocolat chaud any time of year, but I think it tastes best in the winter! La Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin and Angelina are world-famous for their exceptional hot chocolate during the cold Paris weather. 

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Important tips to remember


Dress in layers

The weather can be freezing cold in the morning, then become warmer in the afternoon. So, pack a waterproof jacket, comfortable walking shoes, and clothes that you can layer. Bring gloves, warm socks, a cap, and scarves so you can stay warm. Check out my What to Wear in Paris in the Winter post and packing list.

Prepare for the rain

Yep, part of the packing list, but important to note. Use waterproof bags when you go sightseeing. Bring extra plastic shopping bags (if you have them). In general, shopping bags from stores in Paris aren't that great (I talked about this in my Paris for the First Time post).

Winter coats should be waterproof! My red Patagonia jacket is forever stained black around the wrist where a Printemps shopping bag handle got wet in the rain and stained it. Bring a folding umbrella, especially if you plan to do a lot of walking around. If your camera isn’t water-resistant or weather-safe, consider getting a protective casing.

When planning a trip to the city of romance, it's essential to be prepared for variable weather conditions. The month can bring chilly mornings and milder afternoons, so packing smartly to adapt to the changing climate is key. Here are my packing list suggestions to ensure you're both stylish and comfortable while exploring Paris.

  1. Silk Undergarments: Start with a good base layer to keep warm.
  2. Layered Clothing: Pack sweaters, long-sleeve shirts, and thermal tops for layering.
  3. Sweaters or Cardigans: Wool or cashmere are perfect for warmth and style.
  4. Warm Trousers or Jeans: Opt for thicker fabrics for extra insulation.
  5. A Heavy Coat or Jacket: A stylish, insulated coat or jacket is a must to stay cozy in the colder mornings and evenings.
  6. Dress or Skirt with Tights: For a chic evening out.
  7. Scarf, Hat, and Gloves: Accessories are not only stylish but necessary for the chilly weather.

For a full list of what to pack for Paris in the winter, check out this post.

Navigating the cobbled streets and grand boulevards of Paris in January demands footwear that is as practical as it is stylish. The city's winter weather, while not severe, calls for shoes that can handle the chilly temperatures and occasional dampness with ease.

  1. Waterproof Boots: Preferably with a good grip for walking on potentially slippery cobblestone streets.
  2. Warm and Comfortable Walking Shoes: For exploring the city.
  3. Sturdy Dress Shoes: For more formal occasions or dining out. Thin heels are not advised!

Choosing the right bag is a crucial yet often underappreciated aspect of your Paris packing list. In a city where fashion meets functionality, your choice of bag can define your travel experience. Here are the perfect companions for your Parisian escapades!

  • Waterproof tote bag: You'll fit right in as a local and you can carry bags inside your bag should you shop. I recommend water-resistant or waterproof!
  • Small cross-body bag: Keep your most important items in a small bag that can be worn close to you and under your winter coat.
  • Two-sided coin purse: You will have a lot of coins and nowhere to put them. I prefer the 2-sided ones so I can separate coins from bills.

Call ahead

Some museums and attractions may have shorter hours during the non-peak season. To avoid disappointment and inconvenience, double-check their policies while you make your itinerary.

Not usual (compared to the summer vacation season) but some small businesses may close during vacances scolaires (that school vacation I wrote about in the beginning).

Transportation through Paris in February

There are many public transportation methods to rely on in Paris throughout the day and night. These include RER trains, metros, tramways, regional trains (Transilien), buses, Noctilien (Night buses), taxis, etc.

  • Metro: There's nothing faster and more convenient than the metro. You can get anywhere in Paris by metro. Metros start to operate at around 6 AM and stop at 12:45 AM. Unless it's the weekend (Friday-Saturday), the metro runs an hour longer until 1:45 AM on weekends.
  • Buses start at 7 in the morning and continue to provide services until 8:30 PM. Some are also available from 8:30 PM to 12:00 AM. Although keep in mind, buses can be time-consuming, they wait around 5 minutes at every stop for passengers.
  • Night Buses: (Noctilien) Yes, you can travel at night as well with these buses! They start at around 12:30 AM and operate until 5:30 AM.

You can find maps in the metro stations and near ticket counters, along with line directions at the platform's entrances and exits.

Louvre at Sunrise in February
The Louvre at sunrise in February

Is February the best time to visit Paris?

Paris is beautiful any time of the year, but visiting in February is a good option for people who want to enjoy the city on a budget. Since it’s low season, you can often get airfare, hotels, and tours at better prices.

The traffic and the crowds are more manageable, and you won’t have to wait in line or jostle for a spot for a good picture. While it’s still cold and rainy, dressing in layers and having “a rainy day back-up itinerary” will help you deal with the weather in February changes without missing out on the city’s top sights.

Have you ever visited Paris in February? What was your experience? Did you enjoy small crowds, hot chocolate, and sales? Did you go to any events? Do share!

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Andi Fisher

I am married to a French man, lived in France for 3 years, and have been to Paris more than 50 times. I am always a tourist so the information, tip, and tricks I share are created to help you!

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photo of a crepe on a blue plateeiffel tower in the wintergirl in snowy weather looking at the eiffel tower in a distance
  • Flights
    • Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com
    • For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
    • If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
    • For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
    • For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
  • Tours + Atractions
    • I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
    • If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
    • Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
    • If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
  • Don't Forget Travel Photos
    • One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
  • Peace of Mind
    • It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWingSquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
    • Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).
  • Planning

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  1. Amber Myers says:

    I so wish I could go to Paris now but alas, I cannot. Maybe one day. For now, we do have a trip planned this summer.

  2. I’ve always wanted to see Paris in the winter for 2 reasons. For one, it’s always cheaper to travel in the off-season. LOL. Two, I’ve seen photos of Paris in the snow, and it was beautiful.

  3. Paris anytime would be amazing! Traveling off season though would help with the trip financially. PLUS! It is still beautiful and there is SO much to do!

  4. Sarah Bailey says:

    Paris is such a beautiful city no matter the time of year. These sound like some really useful tips as well to travelling there at this time of year.

  5. This post is really informative, I can’t wait to visit.

  6. Nikki Wayne says:

    Paris is so gorgeous, gosh, how I wish I could visit here as soon as possible.

  7. Rose Ann Sales says:

    Thanks for this very informative guide. It will be very helpful for someone who’s planning to be there

  8. melissa major says:

    Wow, so many reasons here why to visit Paris in February! I need to visit once all calms down, sounds so much fun

  9. Gervin Khan says:

    These are wonderful travel guides for us especially for the first timer in Paris. This is definitely a great help for us, will use this as a reference in the near future.

  10. I would love to go to Paris someday. It is the number one place on my list of where I’d love to go. I think it would be so beautiful there.

  11. We had 5 days in Paris in Feb a couple of yrs back and loved it. So many great ideas here!

  12. The food is enough for me to go to Paris. But the festivals look like fun too!

  13. Paris in February! It’s a beautiful dream! I hope to visit it one day!

  14. Mama Maggie's Kitchen says:

    Wow! Paris is beautiful in February! I can’t wait to go back here with my family! So many things to do!

  15. Catherine says:

    I’d love to go to Paris ANYTIME. But the Paris Face Cachée sounds so amazing! I love back scenes peeks to just about anything. 🙂

  16. Oh my goodness your pics of Paris in the snow are just MAGICAL!! I never thought of Paris as a winter-destination, but you’ve made me think otherwise!

  17. I’m can’t wait to check out the Mardi Gras parade. It looks like so much fun! Same with Paris Fashion Week, it’s high on my bucket list!

  18. Charlotte says:

    Paris is one of my favourite cities and the first time I went was in Feb! I can’t wait to go again 💖 thank you for this post x

  19. Yes, please! I love Europe in general in the winter months, and Paris seems especially magical. Love the idea of being out there for Mardi Gras, too, something I was similarly surprised they get into!

  20. Jamie Sharpe says:

    February is one of my favorite months to visit Paris. I really don’t like the summer due to the tourists. I’ll have to start thinking about next year.

  21. I would definitely have to plan for next year since February is my birthday month. I love the fewer crowds so it will be safer for a solo trip.

  22. Giorgia Cadinu says:

    Hallo Andy! nice to meet you and your misadventures. I love misadventures and I’ve been dreaming of a romantic weekend in Paris, off-season (I hate crowds!), for at least ten years now. Leaving in Italy it’s difficult sometimes and I got distracted easily from our gems scattered across the peninsula but as soon as the borders will reopen for leisure travellers, I would love to walk in the city you described!

  23. I have not been to Paris but would gladly go this February if possible! I had not thought of ice hockey as an option

  24. Melissa Miller says:

    Ohh! I love the idea of this for February 2022!! I’ve always imagined Paris being incredibly romantic and my partner and my anniversary also happens to be on Valentines Day, so I feel this is just too perfect. Thanks for sharing!!

  25. solrazo.com says:

    I would love to visit Paris in the future. It’s one of the romantic places on my travel bucket list. And given a chance, I’ll do it either during holiday season if not during this love month.

  26. Very helpful post. I would love to go in the winter and Valentine’s would be perfect. The winter cheeses look delicious. The Carnevale celebration looks fun too.