22 Stellar Things To Do In Paris On New Year's Eve 2016/2017

New Year's Eve, or La Réveillon de Saint Sylvestre as it's known in France, is a happening night filled with dinners, cruises, events and cabarets. This time of year — La Saison des Fêtes — is a peak season with loads of travelers flocking to the City of Lights between mid-December and early January.

Don't even think about hailing a taxi on New Year's Eve! The best way to get around Paris is by Metro. The Metro remains open all night long for that one special night.

We can't think of a better night to celebrate with a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, a fabulous multi-course dinner, plenty of champagne, and maybe even a show at a legendary cabaret. Visitors and Parisians alike will be out and about, taking in the delights of the city. It's always busy, so you must be sure to book as soon as possible!

Paris New Years Eve 2016 – Dinners & Cruises

Bateaux Parisiens New Years Eve Dinner Cruise

New Years Eve Dinner Cruise

We love the lights of the city of Paris on any night, but especially on festive evenings like New Years Eve, and especially when seeing them from a boat cruising along the Seine. And especially when we're served a traditional 6-course French dinner on board the Bateaux Parisiens.

On this night of nights, you board the boat at 7:30 PM for an unforgettable 5-hour dinner cruise that's followed by a Paris party to celebrate 2017. Champagne is included, of course, and wine with dinner. The dinner cruise is surprisingly affordable, given that it's a multi-course dinner on a glass-walled river boat on New Years Eve. The bad news is that it's going to sell out, so you have to act now.

New Years Eve Eiffel Tower Dinner & Siene River Cruise

Dine on the Eiffel Tower, Then Cruise Seine

How many times are you going to have the chance to eat dinner in restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel, right on the Eiffel Tower? Not only that, but to do it on New Years Eve? The lights of Paris are ever-so-magical from your own table, two hundred feet above the ground.

You're picked up (and returned) to your hotel for the early service at 58 Tour Eiffel. Following your leisurely dinner, you stroll down to the banks of the Seine to hop on your river boat for a New Years Eve cruise.

Illuminations Tour & Dinner Cruise

Illuminations Tour & Dinner Cruise at Marina de Paris

This activity has a special appeal because you start the evening with an illuminations tour through the City of Lights, driving through the magnificent quartiers of the city aglow with seasonal decorations while the famous monuments are proudly lit.

Follow up the tour with a romantic dinner on on a boat sailing from Marina de Paris and through the heart of the city to celebrate the New Year. After dinner, dance the night away — on a riverboat on the Seine!

New Years Even Dinner Cruise VIP option

Marina de Paris 3-Course Lunch Cruise

3-Course Lunch Cruise

An idea we like is to spend the evening on December 31 dining at one of our favorite restaurants (see below) but booking a lunch cruise down the Seine during the day.

This 2-hour cruise with a simpler 3-course menu seems like just the ticket. After a lighter lunch, not too late in the day, you'll be ready to go once again for your 9:00 PM diner reservations. And there's nothing like a nice day on the river to end up the year.

Paris New Years Eve 2016 – Dinner Shows

Lido de Paris – New Years Eve Dinner & Show

Lido de Paris Dinner & Show

Come for the legendary cabaret show and stay for the 6-course New Year's Eve Gala Dinner. Lido de Paris, with its dancers, the Bluebell Girls, has been a Champs-Elysees iconic cabaret and supper club for seventy years and remains the most popular show in central Paris.

The New Years Eve menu features lobster, foie gras, Kaspia caviar, and truffled veal — served with wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux and, of course, champagne, This year it's Ruinart Blanc de Blancs. This hot activity will sell out quickly!

Paradis Latin New Years Eve Dinner & Show

Paradis Latin Dinner & Show

Another one of the famous cabarets of Paris, the Paradis Latin was built by Gustave Eiffel (yes, that Eiffel) at the end of the 19th century. Today the show staged here is a glittering display of talented dancers and cabaret entertainment.

To bring in the New Year, dine on the 4-course menu with unlimited fine Bordeaux wines plus unlimited champagne. This VIP event includes Paradis Latin's new cabaret show, Paradis à la Folie, plus dancing at the historic French theatre in the Latin Quarter!

New Year's Eve at Crazy Horse Cabaret

New Year's Eve at Crazy Horse Cabaret

Sexy, sultry, sophisticated— New Year's Eve at Paris' most avant-garde cabaret promises to be a sassy way to celebrate bring in the new year.

Sip on champagne and sample caviar as you watch highly trained dancers grace the stage with their intoxicating blend of choreography. The Crazy Horse name has been spread around the globe, but there's nothing like the original Paris Crazy Horse. Book the 10:15 PM show to see in the New Year.

Paris New Years Eve 2016 – Classical Music

Classic Music Concerts & Ballet at New Years

Classic Music Concerts & Ballet

Paris is filled with lovely and historic churches and what better time than New Years Eve to spend a memorable evening tucked into a Gothic masterpiece for a seasonal classical music concert.

Some of the iconic churches of the city end the year with special musical performances. Choose from the dazzling La Sainte Chapelle on Île de la Cité, or from the Left Bank treasures of Saint-Ephrem and Saint-Germain-des-Près. As a special treat, there's also a New Years Eve performance of Swan Lake by the Paris Ballet.

Special New Year's Day Concerts – Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Eve 2016 Activities

In Paris, The Winter Heats Up

VIP Visit to Versailles

Paris activities don't shut down on New Years Eve — they gear up! And to us it just seems like to perfect time to seize the chance to have the most fun possible in Paris on the last day (and night) of the year. So, we've put together this list of perennial favorite activities — recommended by us and liked by our readers and all available on December 31 — to give you ideas of what to do in Paris on New Years Eve.

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Skip the Lines at the Eiffel Tower

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Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris
  • This full-day guided activity picks you up from your Paris hotel, gets you skip-the-line Priority Access at Versailles, and feeds you a nice lunch! Travelers' most popular way to visit Versailles.
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VIP Visit to Versailles
  • This is our favorite way to visit Versailles, on a VIP tour that zips you past the lineups and in through a reserved door for an exclusive viewing of the magnificent private rooms that were formerly only shown to dignitaries. Of course you see all the rest of the estate as well.
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Paris Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour
  • Paris. Plus chocolate. Plus pastry. What could be better? And, don't worry, any calories you consume will be burnt off by all that walking. Honest.
    Likely To Sell Out

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Paris in One Day City Tour
  • Can you really hope to see Paris in one day? Well, this activity sure gives it its best shot. How's this — skip-the-line guided tour of the Louvre, a Seine River cruise, lunch at restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel on the Eiffel Tower, another river boat ride down to Notre Dame Cathedral for a guided tour there, including climbing up the bell towers for that miraculous view. Tired? Don't worry, you can rest your feet while you're having dinner tonight at one of the restaurants we recommend below.
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Loire Valley Day Trip from Paris
  • This is another action-packed activity that takes you on a day tour to visit three of the most magnificent chateaux in the nearby Loire Valley. You'll be back in Paris in time for your dinner reservations.
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Paris Gourmet Food Walking Tour
  • This readers' fave is also our top walking tour. In either the Latin Quarter or up in Montmartre, tag along with your gourmet expert guide to visit the small gourmet shops that make Paris a food capital. Snack, walk, sample, walk.
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Dining Out on New Year's Eve in Paris

Dining out

New Year's Eve is one of the most popular nights of the year for restaurants in Paris — even though a number of them are closed!

But those that stay open feature a special multi-course menu with all the seasonal specialties… and fuelled with plenty of champagne. Here's the catch — you must book well in advance. Paris restaurants start posting their New Year's Eve menu around mid-October. Here are some popular restaurants, arranged by price —

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Very Luxurious But Very, Very Expensive (500€+ per person)
  • LE BRISTOL With the kitchen led by Chef Eric Frechon. 3-Michelin stars for the gourmet restaurant Epicure and 1-Michelin star for their luxury brasserie, 114 Faubourg
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  • PIERRE GAGNAIRE
    Go for his exquisite fusion cooking and the luxe surroundings in the 8th Arrondissement. Don't be put off by the overblown website (that requires a Flash Player).
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  • LE CINQ
    Unbridled luxury in Four Season's Hotel George V in the 8th Arrondissement
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Merely Very Expensive (200€+ per person)
  • LA GRANDE CASCADE
    Spend the evening in the Bois de Boulogne, dining in what once was Napoleon III's hunting lodge. The able and genial Chef Frédééric Robert leads the kitchen team.
    Our Review
  • JACQUES FAUSSAT: LA BRAISIERE
    This fabulous chef brings the Basque influences of his childhood to Michelin-starred cooking.
    Our Review
  • VIOLON D'INGRES
    Christian Constant's high end, one-star restaurant in the 7th Arrondissement. We've had a couple of New Years evenings here.
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  • LES TABLETTES, JEAN LOUIS NOMICOS
    A sparkling gem in the 16th featuring fresh, Mediterranean-influenced cuisine.
    Our Review
  • RESTAURANT LES OMBRES
    The best place to take in the New Year's Eve Eiffel Tower lights.
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Moderate (around 100€ per person)
  • Le Dome du Marais
    Dine under the 19th century dome in a restaurant tucked into the Marais.
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  • La Fermette Marbeuf
    Dine just across the street from Le Cinq for a fraction of the price. Make sure to reserve sous la dome — under the dome.
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Other Restaurants We Recommend

You might also want to check the restaurants we review in these articles to find out if they're open on New Years Eve —

New Year's Eve Events

The New Year in the City of Lights

The New Year in the City of Lights

As every year, the Champs Elysées will be shut down to traffic as thousands (and we mean thousands) gather to celebrate and see the fireworks show at the Eiffel Tower. Another popular place to gather is at the top of Montmartre, at Sacre Coeur, which has spectacular views of the city skyline.

Christmas Markets will be Open On New Year's Eve at these locations —

  • Saint-Sulpice (and Père Noël Village) – 6th Arrondissement
  • Saint-Germain-des-Près (and Père Noël Village) – 6th Arrondissement
  • Place de la Nation – 11th Arrondissement
  • Place des Abbesses in Montmartre – 18th Arrondissement
  • Gare de l'Est – 10th Arrondissement
  • Trocadero – 16th Arrondissement

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