Stellar Things To Do On New Year's Eve In Paris 2021 To Welcome 2022

New Year's Eve 2021/2022, 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 very popular time with travelers flocking to the City of Lights between mid-December and early January. So, our advice is to book as soon as possible!

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Lido Cabaret

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We can't think of a better night to celebrate by dining on a fabulous Seine river dinner cruise with plenty of champagne, or at Moulin Rouge, the legendary cabaret. In these unusual times, as you may expect, activities and schedules are changing from week to week as the 2021 holiday season nears. But don't worry, we'll keep our information fresh and current to help you make plans to have the best ever Réveillon de Saint Sylvestre!

Paris New Years Eve 2021 – 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 one of the luxurious dining boats of Bateaux Parisiens.

On this night of nights, you depart from the foot of the Eiffel Tower at 8:30 PM for an unforgettable 5-hour dinner cruise that's followed by a Paris party to celebrate 2022. Champagne is included, of course, and wine with dinner. It's a multi-course dinner on a glass-walled river boat on New Years Eve in Paris. For the very best experience, with a table at the front of the boat, choose the NYE Dinner Service Premier option. But, be sure to book early!

Bateaux Mouches Dinner Cruise & Party

New Years Eve Dinner Cruise

You are welcomed aboard one of the specially-built, glass-walled dining boats of Paris cruise company Bateaux Mouches for a spectacular end-of-the-year celebration that includes a multi-course classic French meal, champagne, live music, and even dancing. And it all happens as the iconic sights of Paris drift by, all aglow for your enjoyment.

New Years Eve Champagne Cruise on the Seine

New Years Eve Champagne Cruise

If you know us you'll know why this is one of our favorite things to do. It goes like this — tasting three different champagnes under the tutelage of an expert sommelier, drifting along the river Seine on a bateau, seeing the famous buildings and monuments of Paris lit up, and all of it on New Years Eve!

This is an early-evening activity, departing at 6 PM, so the champagne cruise can act as an aperitif to your New Years Eve dinner celebration.

Seine River Lunch Cruise

Seine River Lunch Cruise

Save your feet for dancing the night away and take a break for lunch on New Years Eve. Float along the Seine while dining on a three- or four-course French meal. You'll discover that the sights of Paris look even better from the river!

The fun starts at Porte de la Bourdonnais, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Once the cruise begins you'll catch sight of the Petit Palais, Notre Dame, and the majestic Louvre as you experience a classic French festive lunch to bring in the new year. Joyeux fêtes !

Paris New Years Eve 2021 – Dinners & 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-Elysées iconic cabaret and supper club for seventy years and remains the most popular show in central Paris.

The New Years Eve menu usually features lobster, foie gras, Kaspia caviar, and truffled veal — served with wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux and, of course, champagne. The Lido is our favorite choice for NYE, but booking may not be available yet. Be sure to check back regularly!

Moulin Rouge Holiday Season Dinner + Show

Moulin Rouge  Christmas Dinner + Show

Create a spectacular holiday-in-Paris memory with a holiday-week dinner and cabaret show at the historic Moulin Rouge. Sip champagne and dine on a traditional five-course Christmas meal while the dazzling show takes place on the stage in front of you. The special Moulin Rouge Christmas edition will sell out quickly, so book now.

New Year's Eve 2021 Activities

In Paris, The Winter Heats Up

Paris Wine and Cheese Tour with Tastings

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 and around New Years Eve.

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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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Skip-the-Lines Louvre Museum Guided Tour

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French Wine Tasting Classes
  • In a wine cellar in central Paris, near the Louvre, an expert sommelier guides you through the wines of the best regions of France.
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Dining Out on New Year's Eve in Paris

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Dining out Restaurant Les Ombres, on the roof of Musée de Quai Branly

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 fueled 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
    3-Michelin stars for the gourmet restaurant Epicure and 1-Michelin star for their luxury brasserie, 114 Faubourg. With both kitchens led by Chef Eric Frechon.
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  • PIERRE GAGNAIRE
    Go for his exquisite fusion cooking and the luxe surroundings in the 8th Arrondissement.
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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.
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  • JACQUES FAUSSAT: LA BRAISIERE
    This fabulous chef brings the Basque influences of his childhood to Michelin-level cooking.
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  • VIOLON D'INGRES
    Christian Constant's high end, one-star restaurant in the 7th Arrondissement. We've had a couple of memorable New Years evenings here.
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  • NOMICOS
    Jean Louis Nomicos brings you a sparkling gem in the 16th featuring fresh, Mediterranean-influenced cuisine.
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  • RESTAURANT LES OMBRES
    The best place to take in the New Year's Eve Eiffel Tower lights.
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More Restaurant Reviews & Recommendations

Fontaine de Mars Restaurant Fontaine de Mars, in the 7th Arrondissement

We review a lot of restaurants Paris. You may want to check these reviews and then find out if a restaurant that captures your interest is open on New Years Eve.

New Year's Eve Events

The New Year in the City of Lights

NYE in the City of Light

As every year, the Champs Elysées will be shut down to traffic as thousands (and we mean thousands) gather to celebrate. Expect the Christmas Markets that line the boulevard to be open and there is usually a laser light show at the Arc de Triomphe, sometimes with fireworks!

Christmas Markets will be open on New Years Eve at these locations —

  • Saint-Sulpice (and Père Noël Village) – 6th Arrondissement
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés (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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