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New Year in Paris: What to do in Paris on New Year’s Eve 2019 – 2020

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New Year’s Eve Paris 2019 – 2020

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.

Generally speaking, winter in Paris is considered a 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 New Years’ Day, everything is open and beautifully lit up still with Christmas decorations.

Where to spend New Years in Paris? What to do in Paris on New Years Eve 2020? Whether you’re looking for a big party, a fancy and 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.

NB. Some dates or activities are yet to be confirmed. We’ll be adding more details for New Year in Paris events when they are announced, so keep checking back!

Getting Ready for the Party

Renew your Wardrobe for 2020

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 2020?

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. Whether you prefer a Paris luxury shopping tour or a Paris bobo (Bohème-Bourgeois) shopping tour, your fashion expert 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 2020

Fragonard Museum Paris

We are sure you are unique so why not having your own, personal perfume for 2020? In Maison Molinard (est. 1849) you can learn the basics of perfume-making – the raw materials, the extraction methods, and the structure of the perfume – before creating your own perfume. Then, it will be time to practice: you will select your essences, create your top note, the heart note, and base note, to finally create your own perfume.

This perfume workshop lasts 1 hour and you will get a 50ml bottle of it at the end. Also, you can take the time to visit the boutique and get a 10% discount on all the perfumes that you will find there.

Click here to book your Perfume Workshop

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.

Click here for the best spa hotels in Paris

Indoor Activities in Paris New Years Eve 2020

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 2020 somewhere indoors. From a good dinner in a fancy place to something special afterward, there are many indoor activities in Paris in New Years Eve 2019 – 2020 and it really depends on what you want to do, age, budget and the number of people that are celebrating with you.

Paris NYE with a Parisian Cabaret Dinner & Show

If you are looking for a fun, and cheeky new year celebration 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 NYE in Paris so you will be guaranteed a glamorous and unforgettable New Year event out on the town.

TIP: Not sure what is the best Parisian cabaret? Check out our Parisian Cabarets Quick Guide

Cabaret Paradis Latin Paris

photo courtesy: Le Paradis Latin ©

Book your Cabaret Show for a fun New Year celebration in Paris

NYE in Paris with a 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 welcome the New Year in Paris 2020 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.


A 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. Book your table well in advance.

» 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. Opening on December 31 to be confirmed

» 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. Not available this year

» 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. Confirmed!

» 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. Sold out!

» 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. Opening on December 31 to be confirmed

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 2020

New Years Eve in Paris

Will Paris hold again 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 the Eiffel Tower held fireworks for New Year dates back to the special exception that was allowed for 2000 millennium celebrations.

However, last year (2018 – 2019) the surprise arrived after the countdown: projections on the Arc de Triomphe, visible from the Place de l’Etoile and Avenue des Champs-Élysées were followed by colorful FIREWORKS!!

The city’s official program for New Year in Paris 2019 -2020 is finally released with some great news: projections on the Arc de Triomphe, visible from Place de l’Etoile and avenue des Champs-Élysées, followed by fireworks, just after the countdown for the transition to the year 2020.

In addition to the show given on the Arc de Triomphe on the evening of December 31,  four popular balls will animate the other side of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées. These balls will take place from December 26 to 29, 2019, at place de la Bastille and place de la Concorde.

Champs Elysées New Years Eve Celebrations 2020

The City of Paris organizes an event on the Champs-Elysées to ring out the year 2020: a show comprising 3D images projected on to the Arc de Triomphe.

The Champs Elysées New Years Eve celebrations will start at 11:20 pm with a pre-show but we recommend heading to the place in advance. For sure, it will be a very crowded event but if you want to live a 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 Paris 2020

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 Paris NYE 2020

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 the Paris skyline.

Like Champs Elysées or Eiffel Tower New Years Eve, this is another place that sees the crowds but in Montmartre and nearby Pigalle, there are plenty of bars, cabarets, and clubs where you can get lost afterward.

Disneyland Paris New Years Eve 2020

Disneyland Paris

Get ready for the most magical party of all! On 31st December 2019, Disneyland Paris will be bedazzled by exciting New Year’s Eve delights, with all the attractions open until just after midnight! Meet Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella, Donald, and the rest of the Disney gang and soak up the enchanting atmosphere of these festive days in Disneyland Paris.
It may only be for one night, but the Disneyland Paris New Year’s Eve Party will give you magical memories that’ll last forever and ever.

TIP: this combination of Disneyland Paris Express Tickets for Train and Parks is a best seller

How to Get Around Paris during 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 Paris and Ile de France will be free during the night of 31st December until 1st January. In addition, you don’t need to worry about 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 in Paris!

LAST UPDATE: due to the transportation strikes in Paris, the transportation service will be affected also during the last night of the year.

  • Metro lines 1 and 14 will work all night until 1.45 am
  • Tramway lines 2, 3a and 3b will work all night with a frequency of 1 tramway every 15 minutes
  • Night buses’ service will be reinforced. You can see the details of the buses working during NYE and the bus frequency on RATP’s website

All RATP transportation services (metro, tramway and night buses) will be free during New Year’s 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 – Quick Guide to the Parisian Metro

Private Transportation during New Years in Paris 2019 – 2020

If your Paris holiday 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 in Paris are scarce and they may raise their fees 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.

Same for arrivals to Paris in the afternoon-evening of December 31st. You want to be sure to have the time of a quick shower before the party starts!

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 with you, you will take your train or flight 😉

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French New Year’s Eve Traditions

There aren’t too many traditions specific to New Year’s Eve in France apart from kissing under the mistletoe (le gui), counting down to midnight and celebrate the arrival of the New Year with champagne and the best French wines.

New Year’s Eve is most often spent with friends and there may be dancing involved. At the stroke of midnight, people kiss one another on the cheek and some may also throw des cotillons (confetti and streamers), blow into un serpentin (a streamer attached to a whistle), and generally make a lot of noise.

Of course, French people also like to dance and you will find many dancing options in Paris and France for that night.

How to wish Happy New Year in Paris?

» Bonne Année (Happy New Year)

» Bonne Année, Meilleurs Voeux (Happy New Year and best wishes)

It is possible to use these New Year’s greetings until the end of January.

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

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