End of January: Cirque de Demain, Paris
Once a year, circus actors from the best circus schools in the world compete at the Circus of Tomorrow under the Big Top of the Cirque Phénix according to age groups and professions. The new, young talented discovered here will be the famous artists of tomorrow. The great crowds of spectators enjoy the animal trainers, clowns, acrobats and jugglers who perform in both traditional and modern acts. This is a marvellous experience for the whole family. The 37th festival will take place from 28 to 31 January, 2016.
Mid-February: Nice Carnival
Nice Carnival is one of the largest carnivals in the world. There are 15 days (and nights) of carnival parades with fantastically decorated floats and gigantic papier-mâché figurines made by the
Carnavaliers. During the Flower Parade, extravagantly dressed characters throw 100,000 flowers into the crowd along the Promenade des Anglais and more than 1,000 dancers and musicians from around the world perform at the carnival. By night the floats are illuminated for the Parade of Lights. The 2016 carnival, with the theme 'King of Media', will take place 13 to 28 February. If you're coming from outside, Nice, book accommodation as far ahead as possible as the place will be packed out.
*Culled from www.expatica.com