The city of lights has many exciting and fun ways to celebrate the New Year. If you are lucky enough to be in Paris at the end of the year, the capital of France is a vibrant and exciting place to celebrate this holiday. Here are some recommendations about ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris
Celebrate at the Champs de Mars
It’s not surprising that the Eiffel tower is a popular New Year in Paris destination since it’s the main point of many Paris visits. It has free access but to explore the place you should purchase Eiffel tower tickets to witness the light show on the eye. Although some revelers will celebrate in the restaurants, the main attraction is the park that leads up to the tower of the Ecole Militaire. The Champ De Mars is an informal gathering place for revelers on New Year’s Eve. It allows them to make new friends, and wait to shout “Bonne annee!” to the rest of the world.
The gardens of Champ de Mars make up the area of greenery that surrounds the Eiffel Tower as well as the extensive parkland that can be found behind the world-famous landmark. The size of Champ de Mars is one of its most attractive features.
Even on the busiest summer days, it won’t take you more than a few minutes to find a peaceful nook or cranny of the park that you can claim as your very own. In addition to being a tranquil retreat in the middle of the French capital, Champ de Mars is home to a few attractions that are perfect for families with young children. Additionally, it is a popular spot to watch fireworks displays put on by the city as well as light shows that are put on by the Eiffel Tower.
Participate in the Champs Elysees Festivities
Participating in the New Year’s Eve Countdown may be your favorite way to celebrate. There are many places around the city that allow residents and visitors to enjoy champagne with a chorus of Bonne Annee! This party is centered on the Champs-Elysees. People flock to this famous avenue every year at 9 p.m. You can enjoy a great view of the Eiffel tower as well as its sparkling display from the route. You can also enjoy a variety of places to eat or dance before or after the festivities.
The Champs-Elysees is closed to cars for the New Year’s Eve parade, which starts at 1 p.m. on January 1. The Champs are closed to cars during all festivities.
The boulevard, which is more than two kilometers long and connects Place de la Concorde and Place de L’Etoile, gives pedestrians an unobstructed view of the fashionable neighborhoods in Paris. L’attraction des plus prestigieuses boutiques et la possibilité de faire du shopping le long de l’avenue : Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Guerlain, et bien d’autres sont ouverts pour que vous ayez une expérience qui est hors de l’ordinaire.
Participate in a Cabaret event
The Moulin Rouge New Year’s Eve is a Parisian classic, but very expensive. You will enjoy a caviar and lobster dinner, as well as a champagne dinner and dancing with the Moulin Rouge Orchestra. There is also a special post-midnight show that was created especially for the New Year. Each person will receive a surprise gift at the end of the evening.
An evening spent at the Moulin Rouge is one that will live long in your memory. Hidden away in Montmartre, this world-famous cabaret club is responsible for causing a stir in Paris with the invention of the can-can dance, which is still practiced today.
Moulin Rouge gets its name from the red windmill that can be seen as you enter the establishment. You have found yourself in an exotic society where debauchery is the norm. Live out scenes from the critically acclaimed film “Moulin Rouge” directed by Baz Lurhmann. Take a seat and take in the ‘Feerie’ show, which is the most recent spectacle put on by the high-kicking artists of the Moulin Rouge.
Another famous Parisian cabaret, Lido, offers a New Year’s Eve dinner with a show. Located on the Champs-Elysees, the Lido New Year’s Eve show includes a bottle of champagne, lobster dinner, a specially choreographed show, and post-midnight festivities.
The cabaret at the Lido will mesmerize you with its sensuality, elegance, and amazing performances, taking your breath away in the process. This renowned variety show is a majestic extravaganza that is a wonderful maelstrom of technological wizardry! It is an ode to Paris made out of shining lights and glittering feathers, and it is a show not to be missed!
The stunning Bluebell Girls, along with their feathers, sequins, opulent settings, and surprising talents, have been mesmerizing audiences for the past seven decades. A celebration of the City of Light that is certain to leave you feeling as though you had seen stars.
These extravagant options may not suit your style or budget, so other New Year’s celebrations might be more affordable.
Take a dinner cruise
A riverboat is a cheaper option than traditional cabaret shows. You can float along the Seine and take in the festive atmosphere and lights. Bateaux parisiens provides a New Year’s Eve dinner cruise with musical entertainment, champagne, and other special treats. Yachts de Paris offers New Year’s Eve dinner cruises along the Seine.
The cruise lasts for two hours and includes an aperitif and dessert. It also offers stunning views of some of the city’s most iconic sights such as Notre Dame Cathedral and Tuileries Gardens. You must book at least 24 hours before your trip.
Celebrate at Sacre Coeur
Another favorite and significantly mellower place to say goodbye to the current year is the Sacre Coeur Plaza in Montmartre. If the sky is clear, the knoll-top viewpoint offers spectacular views of Paris’ entire skyline. Although still packed, Montmartre’s street party is less crowded than its Champs Elysee’s counterpart.
It doesn’t have to be boring. You can still find bars, cabarets, and clubs in Montmartre, as well as nearby Pigalle. Montmartre is a great place to party if you want to be less traditional in celebrating New Year’s Eve in Paris.
The Sacré-Coeur, which was constructed between 1875 and 1919 in Romano-Byzantine architecture, is a stunning church, but it is frequently swamped with inconsiderate tourists to the point where it loses its sacred atmosphere.
The place is packed with people by lunchtime, but if you show up when it opens (at 6:30 AM), you won’t have to deal with any of that chaos. Visitors can enter the building at no cost. But if you want to take the 300 steps up to the Dome’s observation deck, you’ll have to pay a small fee and do so during much more limited hours.
Fireworks at Versailles Palace
The Musical Fountains Show invites you to take a stroll through Versailles’ gardens, which the Sun King loved so much. It is refreshing walk-through ornamental ponds or fountains that, for a few hours, regain the glory and splendor of Louis XIV’s court. This was made possible by the skill of water-fountain engineering. To the beat of Lully’s music, waterfalls, sprays, and jets create an aquatic dance. The entry is paid and you should purchase a Versailles ticket a few days in advance to avoid the queue.
The Palace of Versailles, and especially its Gardens, are among the most well-known cultural landmarks in the world. The Royal Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Chapel, Royal Opera, and Museum of the History of France are all part of the ensemble, which traces the architectural style of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon, the Temple de l’Amour, and the Hamlet of Queen Marie-Antoinette are just a few of the remarkable structures that adorn the Park.
The Royal Opera reopened in 2009 after two years of renovations; it now greets the public with an amazing program that included the repair of the royal gate and the complete restoration of the Petit Trianon. The antechamber of the Grand Couvert, which had been closed for restoration, reopened to the public in October of 2010 and currently features the King’s table.
Each dinner lasted 45 minutes and took place in public every night at 10 o’clock, just as it did when King Louis XIV was alive. A new visitor center has opened at the Château of Versailles, complete with a centralized location to purchase tickets (the Palace ticket, one-day pass, and guided tour tickets are sold here). After entering the compound through the main gate, proceed down the ramp on the left to the first building (aile des Ministres sud).
You’re in luck if you want to party all year. There are many clubs celebrating the occasion in Paris. Rex Club’s techno-grunge and sunken floors are perfect for singles looking for a traditional Paris nightclub experience.
The storied Rex Club has been around for decades. In 1932, the Grand Rex opened as a movie theater; 40 years later, the space below once occupied by the orchestra became the new home of dancers, and the Rex Club was formed. By the mid-1980s, it had established itself as the city’s premier venue for alternative music of all stripes, from rock and funk to punk and new wave, and by 1988, it was hosting its inaugural electronic music night.
Even though the famed Laurent Garnier and his Wake Up parties only ran from 1992 to 1999 at Rex Club, the club continues to showcase the best of the best in Paris’ current music scene on a daily basis. Club Téton, DELIGHTED, Mézigue, and Folamour all host regular club nights, and D’julz has been throwing Bass Culture events for years. There are also a number of permanent inhabitants, such as Molly, Chloé, Traumer, DJ Deep, Leo Pol, and the recently added Marina Trench, Raphael Top Secret, and Miley Serious.
The Nouveau Casino has international artists and a coffee shop, in case you need some energy. The Nouveau Casino is both a nightclub and a concert venue, and it primarily features music from the underground. Past bookings at Nouveau Casino have included performances by artists such as Diplo and M.I.A. The venue is renowned for its powerful sound system and features a combination of Parisian and contemporary design.
Wanderlust is one of the most popular nightclubs in Paris. Wanderlust is a far cry from Paris’s traditional clubbing scene. It has been open since 2012 and attracts DJs from all over the world to its open-air decks. The club is located in Les Docks a converted industrial building dedicated to fashion design. The large terrace overlooks the River Seine so that you can dance under the stars to celebrate midnight.
Even though is only August, it is never too early to start talking about Pars New Year celebrations. From free, open-air events to paid entrances to exclusive locations, Paris has many things to offer for this special night. Hopefully, you will make it this year. Safe travels and see you soon!