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.
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!
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!
This 5-hour evening cruise with Bateaux Mouches will be a New Years Eve to remember. The boat sails at 9 PM and the evening kicks off with champagne, naturally. The menu includes all the French gourmet specialties, including foie gras and lobster ravioli. After the 4-course dinner join the party, with music and dancing until the early hours of the morning.
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.
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 2018. 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.
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.
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! Especially since, if you book before November 15, you save 14% on the luxurious New Year's Eve Privilège Night.
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.
The Moulin Rouge is very popular, and no more so than during the holiday season. Already, this combination package is sold out for New Years Eve, but you can book a table for the 30th or for New Years Day. Nothing like a fun evening at the Moulin Rouge — that includes a 3-course dinner, wine, champagne, and the famous cabaret show, Feerie — to close out the yras. Pick-up and return to your hotel is included as well.
Paris is filled with lovely and historic churches and what better time than the holiday season to spend a memorable evening tucked into a Gothic masterpiece for a classical music concert. Here is a list of the iconic churches that will end the year with special musical performances, including the dazzling La Sainte Chapelle on Île de la Cité, and the Left Bank treasures of Saint-Ephrem and Saint-Germain-des-Près. As an extra-special treat, there's also a New Years Eve performance of La Boheme at Opera Bastille.
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.
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 —
You might also want to check the restaurants we review in these articles to find out if they're open on New Years Eve —
Moulin Rouge Dinner, Show & Hotel Return
Eiffel Tower Dinner, River Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show
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 but don't expect to see any fireworks. The only time that fireworks will light the Paris sky is Bastille Day. However, you make your way to the Arc de Triomphe for a spectacular laser show.
Another important tip for News Year's Eve in Paris is to make sure your transportation is arranged beforehand — taxis will be impossible to find at the end of the night. The best approach is to take the Metro or to book an activity that include hotel transportation.
Christmas Markets will be Open On New Year's Eve at these locations —
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