Published on 15 December 2018 in Paris
This winter, as ever, Paris offers a wide array of fun things to do! Amongst this selection, the Cirque d'Hiver (Winter Circus) certainly stands out in appealing to all ages. It may not be as famous as the Eiffel Tower or some of the other winter attractions and events, but we think you and yours will love it.
The origins of the Cirque d’Hiver
When we talk about the circus, we tend to picture performers under the canvas of the Big Top. The Cirque d’Hiver, however, takes place in an actual building, and one of exceptional architectural interest, inaugurated by Napoleon III in the mid-19th century and originally dedicated to the equestrian arts. It’s laid out as an amphitheatre in the round, with tiered seating. Unlike a circus tent, it has no central support to spoil the view.
Managed since 1934 by the Bouglione family, one of the great circus dynasties in France, the Cirque d'Hiver at this time of the year offers circus spectaculars in which the greatest performers from around the world, including acrobats, tightrope walkers and trapeze artists, clowns, animal trainers and more work their magic, enchanting the young and the young at heart.
The Cirque d'Hiver regularly presents breathtaking and beguiling shows and the latest, Extra, may well be the Bouglione family’s towering achievement to date. This is the art of circus performance at its boldest, most expressive, flamboyant, fun-filled and skilled.
When you take the festive joys of this time of the year and add them to the incomparable atmosphere and spectacle of this exceptional circus show taking place in a building so prestigious, you can quickly understand why the Cirque d'Hiver is such an unmissable Parisian attraction. Discover this wonderful entertainment for all the family during your stay in the Hotels du Pré this winter!
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Les Hôtels du Pré, a family hotel group in Paris - Opéra