Since as far back as 1852 the Cirque d'Hiver or Winter Circus as
it is known, has been a venue for not just the ever popular circuses, but also musical
concerts and even fashion shows and although it was originally meant to accommodate around
4000 people, due to safety and fire regulations it now holds only around 2000 people at
any one time.
Situated at the juncture of the Rue des Filles Calvaires and Rue Amelot in the 11th
Arrondissement of Paris, the circus has been operated by the Bouglione brothers and their
descendants since 1934 and hence why it has become known as Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione.
After several months of renovations, the building itself is a must see as it is a
fantastic piece of architecture within the City of Paris,
but if you have an opportunity to get to see a traditional Paris Circus, then you will not
be disappointed as the Bouglione family always strive to get top acts from all over the
world including Russia, which has a very long circus tradition.
Within the circus, as well as the traditional acts, you will get to hear from an orchestra
and see dancers perform in between the other acts of incredible human daring and animal
antics, which will keep everyone from the youngest in your family through to the oldest
The City of Paris is a favourite destination for international circus acts, and this is
where the annual Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain is hosted each year in February and
is basically an incredible show of young circus talent from around the world.
But there are actually two well-known circuses within Paris, obviously the very famous
Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, but also the Cirque
Diana Moreno Bormann and even temporary circuses often come to the city and set up in
places like the Bois de Vincennes just on the outskirts of Paris.
Now, the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione is called a winter circus and this is for a very valid
reason, as the circus is not a permanent feature all year round, as there are many other
forms of entertainment that take place within the Cirque d'Hiver, such as dressage and
therefore if you want to see the Bouglione circus, then it is advisable to check on the
dates and pre-book.
The seating can vary in cost quite substantially from the stalls at the front, which are
around 40 Euros to the back, but wherever you are, there is a good view, although most
children do prefer to be near or at the front, especially when they get splashed with
water! Plus bear in mind the age of your children, as if they are little, then they
may not be able to see very well if they are right at the back, especially if you happen
to have a large gentleman directly in front of them!
Also, the actual show will be different from one year to the next, as the acts are
constantly changing with international performers, so there will always be something
different to keep you and your family excited.
The easiest way to find the Cirque d'Hiver is because it is situated between Republic
place and the Bastille place and after over 150 years of circus performances, they still
will not fail to impress you.
Most circus performances are held in the afternoons, with them normally starting around
2pm, but again it is advisable to check the times when you book your tickets, which can be
done either on line or via phone.
Address & Contact Details:
Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione
110 Rue Amelot
Telephone: 1 47 00 28 81