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 legendarycabaret. 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!
We love the lights of the city of Paris on any night, but especially on festive evenings like New Years Eve, so this activity has a special appeal to us. You start the evening with an illuminations motorcoach 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!
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!
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!
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 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.
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 —
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 —
VERY LUXURIOUS BUT VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE (500€+ per person)
MERELY VERY EXPENSIVE (200€+ per person)
MODERATE (around 100€ per person)
You might also want to check the restaurants we review in these articles —
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