What to Do for New Year’s in Paris

Our Picks for Celebrating the New Year Parisian Style

Whether you're looking for a romantic way to ring in the New Year or if you just want to dance the night away with friends, Paris is the perfect place to celebrate. Champagne is never hard to find in the City of Light nor is an exceptional setting.

The City of Light is a magical place to ring in the New Year, whether it’s at a nightclub, a house party, or on a boat. There are so many glorious options for toasting with some champagne and celebrating le Nouvel An!

Light Show on the Champs-Elysées

A Parisian tradition, the luminous show on the Arc de Triomphe starts at around 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Folks flock to crowd around the Champs-Elysées for a glimpse of the lights, and though there aren’t usually any fireworks to accompany it, the experience is just as compelling. Tip: Be sure to bundle up and wear something to keep you warm while you’re out in the frigid cold!

Board a Dinner Cruise

Dinner and a song? Spend the evening aboard a dinner cruise with live music and get great views of the Parisian monuments as you float through the glittering Seine. There’s nothing more romantic than a boat ride on the famous river with a glass of bubbly and good company. There are numerous companies to choose from, including one of the most popular, Yachts de Paris.

Dance the Night Away

Clubbing on New Year’s Eve is a great option if you’re looking for hours of fun under strobe lights and house music. A couple of my favorite places are Wanderlust and the Rex Club.

Eiffel Tower

There may not be any fireworks (it’s only for the 14 Juillet), but counting down the seconds to 2019 in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower is probably going to be ingrained in your memory for years to come. Just uncork a bottle of champagne and watch the landmark glitter for the first five minutes at the stroke of midnight. Nothing says Bonne Année quite like this!

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