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New Years in Paris: What to do in Paris on New Years Eve

NEW YEARS IN PARIS 2018 – 2019

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Paris is a great place to finish the year in style and, according to some travel blogs, also one of the most popular places in the world to spend  “Le Reveillon” (New Years Eve in French).

Many Parisians have dinner at home or at friends’ houses but then go afterward to walk around and there is a general atmosphere of partying and fun. Indeed, Paris in New Years Eve is a moveable feast.

Winter in Paris is the low season but if you are visiting Paris during the last days of the year, you will find the city really busy and you can expect longer lines everywhere. With the exception of the New Years’ Day, everything is open and beautifully lit up still with the Christmas decorations.

Where to spend New Years in Paris? Whether you’re looking for a big party, a fancy, intimate dinner, or a change of scenery, there are many things to do in Paris on New Years Eve. Check out below some cool ideas for your New Year’s Eve celebration in Paris.

 

GETTING READY FOR THE PARTY

Renew your Wardrobe for 2019

Shopping in Paris

Looking for something fancy to wear for the last night of the year? Or perhaps do you want to renew your wardrobe for 2019? Paris is a synonym of fashion and the best place for a shopping day. Shopping in Paris is very easy and the city really has something for everyone, with world-renowned brands and labels on every corner, small insider boutiques hidden in up-and-coming neighborhoods, and big outlet malls located just outside the city. People looking for a luxury shopping experience will head to the Golden Triangle (Avenue Georges V – Avenue Montaigne – Champs Elysées) in Paris 8 while people looking for vintage clothing will prefer Le Marais, without forgetting Les Grands Magasins in the Haussmannian Paris.

If you are dying for a little shopping in Paris but fashion is not your forte or you don’t want to struggle with language barriers, there are some interesting shopping tours that can help with that. Paris Private Shopping tours are lead by a fashion expert who speaks English and he or she will adapt the itinerary to your unique needs and style, introducing you to the best shops and fashion brands.

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Create your Own Perfume for 2019

Fragonard Museum Paris

We are sure you are unique so why don’t having your own, personal perfume for 2019? Blend your own scent in an interesting and entertaining 1.5-hour workshop where you will learn all about perfumes. This perfume workshop comes with a range of scents to play and create different perfumes.

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Indulge yourself with a Spa Day

spa in Paris, France

A Spa bath can offer the ultimate relaxation therapy at the end of a fulfilled year. Whether you have chronic aches and pains that need soothing, or just like the idea of indulging yourself, a spa bath is a wonderful retreat even if it is only for the day. In Paris, the most beautiful spas are installed in equally beautiful hotels so if you are visiting Paris for a mix of fun – sightseeing – relax we recommend booking the full pack hotel + spa.

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INDOOR ACTIVITIES IN PARIS IN NEW YEARS EVE 

If you don’t feel like being out in the cold, or dealing with the crowds and noise, you might want to spend New Years Eve in Paris somewhere indoors. From a good dinner in a beautiful place to something special afterward, there are many indoor activities in Paris in New Years Eve and it really depends on what you want to do, your taste, age, budget and the number of people that are celebrating with you.

 

Parisian Cabaret Dinner & Show

If you are looking for a fun, and cheeky show for New Years Eve in Paris, the Parisian Cabarets are the place to go. Parisian Cabarets like Moulin Rouge Cabaret or Le Paradis Latin Cabaret are one of the most popular things to do in Paris at night. Because, YES! bars and nightclubs exist everywhere in the world but where else than in Paris can you find such a choice of quality cabaret shows? In addition, the Parisian Cabarets have special shows for Christmas and New Years so you will be guaranteed with a glamorous and unforgettable New Year event out on the town.

Cabaret Paradis Latin Paris

photo courtesy: Le Paradis Latin ©

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READ MORE –  Not sure what is the best Parisian cabaret? Check our Best Cabarets in Paris quick guide

Dinner cruise along the Seine

Seine Cruise in Paris

The Seine River is the most beautiful avenue in Paris and a festive dinner cruise along the Seine can be a great way to spend a New Year’s Eve in style. Enjoy the most beautiful monuments of Paris illuminated and from a different point of view while savoring a gourmet dinner followed by live music on board to ring in the New Years in Paris.

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Gourmet Restaurant with a View

Paris Scallops Festival

For the last dinner of the year, go for a gourmet restaurant with a view. The meals in these restaurants may be pricey, but the combination of exceptional views of the main Paris sights and award-winning food can’t be beat, especially for a Paris New Years Eve.

Kong, in Paris 1: located on the 5th floor of a Haussmann building, every window boasts a different view, with the Pont Neuf, the Samaritan shopping mall, Art Nouveau architecture, the Seine and more.

Georges, in Paris 4: situated on top of the National Museum of Modern Art, soak up a full view of the Eiffel Tower at sunset.

La Tour d’Argent, in Paris 5: this restaurant is on the pricier end of the market, but with such an enchanting setting, and spectacular views of the Seine and Cathédrale Notre Dame,  La Tour d’Argent is the perfect place to celebrate that special occasion in style.

Le Jules Verne, in Paris 7: this restaurant is inside the Eiffel Tower. This classically French restaurant is a great place to dine and look across Paris.

Les Ombres, in Paris 7: the rooftop of Les Ombres is directly in front of the Eiffel Tower. You’ll be hard pressed to say which is better: the amazing food you’re eating, or the majestic Eiffel Tower.

 

Clubbing in Paris

Clubbing in Paris

Paris has a handful of legit clubs and bars for dancing and partying the night away. Here’s the list of our favorite places to go clubbing in Paris:

Les Bains, in Paris 3: this place was Paris’ answer to NYC’s Studio 54 and welcomed everyone from David and Bowie to Princess Grace on its dancefloor, and in its (adjacent) swimming pool.

L’Heritage, in Paris 8: a night at this venue, Located just a few minutes away from Champs-Élysėes, promises a unique clubbing experience at once sophisticated and classy.

Le Baron, in Paris 8: this tiny (there is limited room inside), and exclusive club hosts both some of the city’s best DJs as well as featuring live music acts and stars like Bjork and Sofia Coppola have frequented this hot spot.

Le Carmen, in Paris 9: set in a former hôtel particulier, which once housed the apartment of French composer Bizet (and, according to rumor, a high-end ‘maison close’), this trendy all-night bar is worth visiting for the exquisite surroundings alone.

Le Bus Palladium, in Paris 9: located in the heart of Pigalle, it stands apart from other clubs in the city as a resolute rock venue: DJ sets, live music, and improvisations of all kinds. There are occasional forays into hip-hop and electro on the ground floor.

La Java, in Paris 10: La Java is a historic place dedicated to alternative, underground and emerging new music talent. Its eclectic programming offers the opportunity to discover unique musical talent before they go live to the world. La Java also hosts LGBT evenings regularly that are incredibly popular.

Wanderlust, in Paris 13: le Wanderlust has been a favorite on the nightlife scene since it opened in 2012. The club has a 1,600 square-meter terrace where you can dance under the stars when the weather is good in summer and a 386 square-meter space with a club area and restaurant.

La Machine du Moulin Rouge, in Paris 18: the former boiler room of the iconic cabaret has been transformed into, an underground dance floor, which links with Le Centre one floor up, a club night and concert space accommodating up to 1,000 revelers

La Bellevilloise, in Paris 20: enjoy a trendy indie clubbing experience, with two levels, a terrace, and sofas to snuggle into with friends.

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN PARIS IN NEW YEARS EVE

New Years Eve in Paris

Contrary to popular belief, Paris does NOT hold firework shows for December 31st.  

Many visitors are often disappointed when they wait around the Eiffel Tower or Trocadéro for fireworks that never come.  The last time there were fireworks for New Years dates back to the special exception that was allowed for 2000 millennium celebrations. However, there are other fun outdoor things to do in Paris so even if there are no fireworks you won’t be disappointed! Check out the most popular ones:

Champs Elysées New Years Eve Celebrations 

The City of Paris is organizing an event on the Champs-Elysées to ring out the year 2019: a show comprising 3D images projected on to the Arc de Triomphe. The event will start at 11:00 pm but we recommend heading to the place in advance. For sure, it will be a very crowded event but if you want to live New Year celebration in Paris like a local, Champs Elysées is one of the places to go.

 

Champs de Mars – Eiffel Tower New Years Eve

Despite the absence of an official celebration and fireworks around the Iron Lady, Champs de Mars is always a gathering point for people who want to spend the New Year’s Eve outside, waiting to shout “Bonne Année!” (=Happy New Year) to friends and family.

 

Montmartre Neighborhood

The square just in front Sacré Coeur, in Montmartre neighborhood, is another popular place to bid farewell to the current year. In addition, if the weather is good, there is the plus of spectacular views of Paris skyline. Like Champs Elysées or Eiffel Tower New Years Eve, this is another place which sees the crowds but in Montmartre and nearby Pigalle, there are plenty of bars, cabarets, and clubs where you can get lost afterward.

 

HOW TO GET AROUND PARIS DURING PARIS NYE

The Parisian Metro

Public Transportation (Parisian Metro and Regional Trains)

There are so many things to do in Paris on New Years Eve that probably you will want to try more than one. If you need to move around Paris, public transportation is always a good choice, also during Paris NYE.

Public transportation in Ile de France will be free during all the night of 31st December until 1st January. In addition, you don’t need to worry for Paris Metro hours during New Year’s celebrations: Metro lines 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 and 14 plus all the RER lines A, B and C will work non-stop during all New Years Eve!

It may happen that some metro stations are closed due to public manifestations or celebrations on the surface (e.g. around Champs Elysées). You can check all this information (closed stations, issues in certain lines) on the screens located inside the metro station, before passing the security control, or on the Metro website.

READ MORE – How to use the Parisian Metro

Private Transportation during New Years in Paris

If your holiday or New Years getaway to Paris is finishing on 1st January and you need to head to the airport or any railway station early in the morning, we recommend using private transportation. Taxis are scarce and may raise their fee for special days like New Years Eve. Free, non-stop Metro and RER service may sound wonderful but perhaps you want to avoid the crowds and (let’s face it) the drunks for your last journey to the train station or airport, with all your luggage.

We like and we recommend  Welcome ‘s transfer services, with good cars and the best English speaking drivers in Paris. Their flight monitoring means their drivers are always on time. You may have a terrible hangover but the hotel pick-up service and their patient drivers will ensure that, as long as you have your passport and boarding card with you, you will take your train and flight.

Welcome proposes private and shared options so there’s something for every budget.

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We hope that you found some good information and inspiration to make the most of New Year’s Eve in Paris. Enjoy the city’s vibrant atmosphere during that special night and start the New Year’s in style!

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