New Year’s Eve Events and Things to do in Paris
A new year approaches, and the crowd looks forward to celebrate it as effusively as ever. And who wouldn’t want to spend the new year’s eve in Paris? In a city full of color, light, events, museums, monuments and history, there is no shortage of options to fully enjoy the new year’s eve: be it traversing the Champs Élysées to experience the epicenter of festivities, watching the amazing lighting show from the Eiffel Tower or lifting a glass of fine wine to the midnight fireworks under the joyous rhythm of music aboard a luxurious dinner cruise. If you are planning to celebrate the new year’s eve in Paris, this article will tell you exactly what you need to know, and where to go, to fully enjoy it.
First The Basics – What are the traditions of Paris new year’s eve?
In France, the new year’s eve, also called “St. Sylvestre”, lasts an entire month. At the stroke of January 1st midnight, French people exchange small kisses and salute each other with Bonne Années. Throughout the month, greeting cards and special gifts overwhelm mailboxes.
Small fireworks and firecrackers can be legally acquired in Paris. These are often used in the celebrations of the new year’s eve to add even more excitement to the party, despite being potentially dangerous.
Paris festivities wouldn’t be the same thing without champagne and its lovely papillottes. These are chocolates or candies that, upon being unwrapped, surprise people by popping like small fireworks. They can be bought in many places around the city.
Basics covered – What are the best places or events to attend?
There will be hundreds of events in Paris. But you’ll find that in the capital of France, there is not a single restaurant, bar, nightclub, avenue or hotel that is not crowded with people. Each place has its specific partying premisses, and even style guidelines, so there is something to satisfy everyone’s expectations. Here’s an eclectic selection of the most prominent events and places to go:
If you enjoy dancing, Le Divan du Monde is one of the best and most reputed nightclubs and concert venues in Paris to visit. It was once the refuge of distinguished artists like the poet Charles Baudelaire or the painter Toulouse-Lautrec. It’s ideal for those who rejoice with neo-gothic design and have an eclectic musical taste. The pricing is fairly reasonable: cover charge of only 6 Euros, 4 Euros for a drink, 10 to 20 Euros for nightclub events, 15 to 40 Euros for concerts. This new year’s eve, the party will be animated by funk and soul rhythms brought by LordFunk & DavJazz.
If you’re looking for cutting edge ambiance and music, the best choice is arguably Le Batofar. The “night club on boat” is another highly sought after club in Paris. This year, the réveillon will be spiced up by the futuristic sounds of Dekmantel Soundsystem, ItaloJohnson, Oxyd, Run X, Abajour and Vincent Vidal. The performances are scheduled for 22:00 – 06:00. Tickets start at 20 Euros.
Looking for something more formal and chic? What else but inevitable Moulin Rouge? Spectacular as ever, this classic Paris attraction charges at the other end of the pricing spectrum with attending fees starting at 680 Euros (around $850) per head for this new year’s eve. There will be lobster, caviar, champagne dinner, dance and music performed by the Moulin Rouge orchestra. The audience will also be treated with a post-midnight show specially designed for the occasion, and the icing on the cake will be a surprise gift to all attendants. Beware that the Moulin Rouge cabaret is also strict with its dressing codes!
Yet another classic Paris cabaret, but closer to Champs Élysées is Lido. French can-can, circus, humor, magic, etc, are also the specialty of what is considered a more elegant alternative to the Moulin Rouge. Lido charges a similar fee per entry. There will be a specially-choreographed show and post-midnight festivities.
Would you rather have the most romantic and contemplative dinner in your life? Nothing better than to embark on a cruise through the Seine river and marvel at all the night splendor of Paris. Bateaux Parisiens is offering one of the most complete and luxurious cruise events for this new year’s eve. It is called “New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise” and offers a full dinner service (all dishes are cooked on board under the supervision of a chef) and live music concert while the passengers are taken on a trip around the city with privileged view to numerous monuments, festivities and fireworks. The trip starts at 9 pm and ends at half past midnight. Price per admission stars at 380 Euros.
Major Celebration Spots
When it comes to be at the epicenter of events, the place to go is the Avenue des Champs Élysées. Every new year’s eve in Paris, this 1.9 kilometer-long boulevard is crowded with thousands of people from around the world who engage in one of the world’s most emblematic new year’s celebrations. Champs Élysées is a world of its own in this time of the year, for nothing compares to its ambiance and the spectacular view it offers over the lighting show on the Eiffel Tower at midnight. Here, you will also find plenty of restaurants, luxury shops, theaters and events to entertain yourself. And be warned that the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, promised a surprise at the Champs Élysées for this new year’s festivities!