To celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 in Paris is a great idea as the French capital has a lot to offer. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris for New Year, the city of light offers plenty of ways to say Bonne année! In fact, Paris is one of the most exciting places to celebrate New Year’s Eve, whether your preferred style is clubbing the night away, a good meal with a view, or a simple glass of champagne shared with a small group of friends or loved ones.
Here you will find what to do in Paris for the New Year and learn how you can enjoy this New Year’s Eve in Paris!
New Year’s Eve early evening things to do
The open-air ice rink outside Hôtel de Ville is open until 10pm and is free for those with their own skates! If you’re looking to stay warm indoors, go see a show: L’Opéra Bastille is great for ballet that will get in you in the mood for the night ahead.
New Year’s Eve fireworks and street parties
For those who enjoy the warmth of a crowd, the echo of a countdown and the never-ending fizz of some quality champagne, you can’t beat a New Years at one of Paris’ main tourist attractions, the Eiffel Tower.
Champs-Élysées: For those keen on partying hard as the clock strikes 12am, there’s no better place to celebrate than the famous Champs-Élysées. After enjoying a mouth-watering French meal, people will generally start to arrive here at around 9pm, armed of course with the requisite champagne bottles, plastic flute glasses and picnic bags.
The Sacre Coeur: Not a fan of crowds but still want a taste of the action? Head to Sacre Coeur Cathedral Plaza in beautiful Montmartre – another favourite (yet significantly calmer) place to bid the year farewell. From here, assuming the skies are relatively clear, you should be afforded a spectacular view of the Paris skyline including the stunning light show on the Eiffel Tower.
New Year’s Eve is also the feast day of St. Sylvester in France – hence the emphasis on having a good meal! You can also take advantage of the fact that Paris’s public transport stays open all night on December 31st, so you don’t have to worry about getting home. However, it does get exceptionally crowded around 1-2am, so try to avoid these times if you dread the squash. Enjoy your New Year in Paris!