Whether you’re coming for a romantic getaway or a family adventure, welcoming the new year in Paris is always a good idea. During the holidays, the City of Lights offers even more entertaining activities, from fireworks and celebrations in the main squares to city tours and elegant dinners. Read on to discover the unmissable experiences that will make your New Year’s Eve in Paris unforgettable!
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The 7 Best Things to do in Paris for New Year’s Eve
So, you’ve decided it’s worth heading to Paris for New Year’s Eve. Great choice! Paris is a city that knows how to throw a party and there’s something for everyone, no matter your budget.
The most iconic place you can spend New Year’s Eve is on the Champs-Elysées where a huge block party with music, lights, and fireworks over the Arc De Triomphe happens. But we also can’t skip the view at the Eiffel Tower. Of course, you’ll also need to splurge on a dinner that will leave a lasting impression as the best meal of your life.
So, hop into our list of things you can choose to do on New Year’s Eve in Paris! We hope you have an amazing time ringing in the new year!
1. Celebrate on the Champs-Elysées
If you want to spend your New Year’s Eve surrounded by people from all over the world and locals alike, head to one of the main squares. You’ll be entertained by an unforgettable firework show!
One of the hottest spots for these New Year’s Even happenings is definitely the Arc de Triomphe and along the Champs-Elysées. An incredible show of colorful light projections starts at 11 pm and goes until 1 am, but you’ll want to arrive earlier for the live entertainment.
Last but not least, you could opt to spend the evening in Montmartre (the city’s artsy center) if you prefer a quieter New Year’s Eve but don’t want to compromise on the breathtaking view!
Pro Tip: All public transportation will be free starting at 5 pm on New Year’s Eve, so skip the car and opt for the metro and buses. Those free rides will last until midday on January 1, and many metro lines and RER lines will run throughout the night.
2. Splurge on a Fancy Parisian Dinner
Locals usually spend New Year’s in Paris eating a special dinner, to welcome the new year with abundance. Le Ciel de Paris is a great option if you’re up for an elegant, upscale dinner with a view over the whole city from the 56th floor of the Montparnasse tower. Expect to pay $450 per person for their NYE dinner.
For a more affordable but historic New Year’s Eve dinner, head to the oldest restaurant in Paris: La Petite Chaise. You’ll have tasty, traditional cuisine in a restaurant that was founded in 1680!
If you’d rather be pampered by top chefs at some lavish dining locations, while being guided by a chef or sommelier, then you can’t miss the Super Expensive Food Tour in Paris. It’s the ultimate way to spend a romantic night together and eat incredible food.
3. Head to the Eiffel Tower Summit
As iconic as the Arc de Triomphe is for New Year’s Eve, you might love spending your night near the Eiffel Tower. After all, it’s Paris’ most beautiful icon that glitters its way into the hearts of millions of visitors each year.
You can head to the Trocadéro for a view from across the river. But a better option is to book a Seine River cruise with some great music and free champagne, and a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower with elevator access to the second floor.
Want to elevate your night even more? Then book a Seine River cruise with skip-the-line tickets to the Eiffel Tower summit. Bring your warmest jacket and hat, and take in the City of Lights from the best view around.
4. Experience a Parisian Tradition: the Cabaret Show
Cabaret and Paris are almost synonymous. These fun and flirty shows are a popular thing to do in Paris any time of the year, but seeing a cabaret show on New Year’s Eve could be just what you need.
Check out Crazy Horse, a well-known burlesque and cabaret show. It’s not for the faint of heart though—expect a loud, entertaining show and lots of good drinks. It won’t disappoint if that’s how you roll.
And of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the most famous dinner and burlesque show: Moulin Rouge. Head over to Montmartre for a New Year’s Eve night you won’t forget.
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5. Take the Whole Family to Disneyland Paris
Are you a Disney fanatic? Then you might want to spend an enchanting New Year’s Eve at Disneyland Paris! The magic of Disney will entertain little ones and adults alike.
You can have a traditional dinner in one of the many restaurants inside the resort, attend the incredible firework show held above Sleeping Beauty’s castle, then treat yourself to a night at a Disney hotel: Disney’s Newport Bay Club, Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, or Relais Spa Chessy Val d’Europe.
To attend the special New Year’s Party with the family, check out the official Disneyland Paris website. Booking ahead is essential to find availability, so don’t wait!
6. Get Your Dance on at a Nightclub in Paris
Nothing screams New Year’s Eve as much as spending it dancing at a chic Parisian club. Here are a few of our favorite places to hit the dance floor.
Les Planches is the perfect place for younger people to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris with friends. It has different areas for dining, drinking, and dancing, and it’s not too overwhelming with lights and music.
We also recommend Palais Maillot Paris, which isn’t too far from the Arc de Triomphe. They have a large space plus a cool terrace to hang out at, and the music is always on point.
For a chic option, go for Club Haussmann, considered by locals the best in town. Keep in mind that in Paris the options are endless when it comes to clubs, so look around and don’t hesitate to give them a call and ask about their special offers on New Year’s!
7. Spend New Year’s Day at a World-Class Museum
After all the partying and celebrating, you might want to enjoy the cultural side of Paris. After all, you are in Paris where you can explore dozens of museums beyond just the Louvre.
Thankfully, many museums will be open on New Year’s Day, though they often close early on New Year’s Eve if you wanted to see them before you start your night. Here are the other must-see museums we recommend (and will be open): Musée d’Orsay, The Centre Pompidou, Musée de l’Orangerie, and Montmartre Museum.
If you’ve already hit the main ones, pay a visit to Musée du quai Branly and Grévin Museum. The Musée Rodin is also definitely worth a visit, but you’ll need to see it on New Year’s Eve (early in the day!) or after New Year’s Day.
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