12 Great Things To Do On New Years Day In Paris – January 1, 2022

You're in for a treat when you can be in Paris on New Years Day. It's so much fun to begin the new year here, walking the historic streets, viewing the holiday decorations. But, as you might expect, many of the museums, monuments, and restaurants are closed for the holiday. So, it's vital to plan in advance for the dawn of 2022.

How about this? Take a relaxing lunch cruise on the Seine, enjoy a lively dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge, or step into the world of the fabulously rich and famous of 19th-century Paris at Musée Jacquemart-Andre. Let's take a look at the best things to do on New Years Day in Paris 2022. In these unusual times, schedules can change, so we'll keep this information updated. Be sure to check back often.

New Years Day 2022 – Romantic Dinner Cruises

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

Let's set the scene — you on the Seine River on New Years Day, drifting past 2,000 years of history, with holiday lights illuminating the monuments of Paris. Chef and the kitchen team have been preparing a classic multi-course menu for you. We love the dinner boats of Bateaux Parisiens, and we strongly recommend that you opt for the Service Premier Menu, which gets you VIP treatment, a table at the front of the boat, a better menu, and more champagne! If this is what the first day of the year is like, imagine what's to follow in 2022 !

Bateaux Mouches Evening Dinner Cruise with Live Music

New Years Eve Dinner Cruise

On the first evening of the year, you are welcomed aboard one of the specially-built, glass-walled dining boats of Paris cruise company Bateaux Mouches for a spectacular introducing to 2022 featuring a multi-course classic French meal, champagne, and live music. There's nothing for you to do but dine in pleasure as iconic sights of Paris drift by, all aglow for your enjoyment. For the best experience choose the Dinner-Cruise Excellence option.

New Years Day Lunch Cruise

New Years Day Lunch Cruise

Celebrate New Year's Day with a two-and-a-help hour lunch cruise along the Seine River. There will be traditional French accordion, played live, as you take in the daytime sights of Paris. If you choose, stunning open-air views are to be had from the boat's upper deck. This lunch cruise is currently showing availability, but be sure to check back regularly.

New Years Day 2022 – More Fun Paris Activities

Start the Year on the Top of the Tower!

Eiffel Tower, River Cruise & Sightseeing Tour

It's not only the most popular attraction in the world, the Eiffel Tower is also one of the few Paris monuments open every day of the year. The thing about being so popular, though, is that the line-ups are always long, even on holidays. To avoid waiting in line do what we do — sign up for a guided skip-the-line tour that gets you quickly to the top of the Tower! Here are priority-access tours running on New Years Day.


Eiffel Tower Skip the Line, Small Group Tour


Eiffel Tower Priority Access with Host


Eiffel Tower Direct Access + Seine Champagne Cruise

Moulin Rouge + Dinner + Hotel Transportation

Moulin Rouge

Celebrate the first night of the year in style with a trip to this classic French cabaret. Treat yourself to an exclusive event with a VIP table at the world-famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. The show looks even better from these priority seats, especially when you're drinking champagne! Then, kick back, relax, watch the show, and think about all the good things to come in 2022.

Wander Through Pere-Lachaise Cemetery

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, photo by Mark Craft

Bundle up and wander through the haunting and beautiful cemetery searching for the final resting spots of Frederic Chopin, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde and of course, Jim Morrison of The Doors. Located in the 20th Arrondissement, the cemetery is free of charge and it's open on New Year's Day. There's also a private tour that's available on January 1.

Take a Ride on the Grande Roue de Paris

Grande Roue de Paris

The giant Ferris wheel dominates the Jardin des Tuileries during the holiday season. The original Grande Roue de Paris was built for the 1900 Paris World Fair; an updated model reappeared in the year 2000 for the millennium celebrations. The sparkling ferris wheel has become a welcome addition to Christmas in Paris celebrations ever since.

Oysters! Oysters! Oysters!

Oysters! Oysters! Oysters!

Oysters are an integral part of the culinary landscape of French holiday foods. Head to one of the many large brasseries that will be open on January 1 and tuck into a platter of fresh, Brittany oysters washed down with chilled Sancerre. We've had many a fine meal at Le Bar a Huitres and are especially partial to the location in the Marais, near to Place des Vosges.

5 Paris Restaurants Open on New Years Day

Restaurants Open on New Years Day

Paris Museums Open on New Years Day 2022

Musée Jacquemart-Andre

Musée Jacquemart-Andre

This small, charming museum is open daily from 10:00 to 6:00 including, we assume, January 1, 2022. (Check the museum website for updates.) It's one of our favorite small museums in Paris, with a stunning collection of 17th-century French furniture and Italian paintings. You're in luck, for there's also a must-see exhibition, Botticelli: Artist and Designer, on until January 24, 2022.

Musée d'Orsay

Van Gogh, Starry Night

According to its own information, Musée d'Orsay is only closed on "Mondays; and May 1 and December 25". So, January 1, 2022, here we come Manet, Monet & van Gogh.

Musée Montmartre and the Renoir Gardens

Explore the former artistic enclave of Paris in the winding streets of Montmartre. The good news is that the Montmartre museum still claims it will be open on New Years Day. (But check the museum website for updates.) The museum is open from 11 AM to 6 PM; tickets include entry to the Renoir Gardens, named for the Impressionist master who lived here in the 1870s. The collection will immerse you in the history of Montmartre and its stormy past.

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