New Year 2020 in Paris: 10 ideas for a festive New Year’s Eve

Fancy an evening of gastronomy, theatre, or cocooning? Take a look at our suggestions for celebrating on 31 December 2020!

This year 2020 has been marked by a unique health crisis. Although a lockdown is now in place in Paris between 8pm at night and 6am in the morning and will also apply to New Year’s Eve, it is still possible to enjoy celebrating on New Year’s Eve and let in the New Year in a joyful and upbeat mood! Here are 10 ideas for fun and laughter while respecting the health rules!

A festive dinner just like at a restaurant

Le Comptoir de la Tour d’Argent - Coffret à la découverte du Bordeaux, Paris

Recipe boxes and cooking kits, chic fine food stores, top restaurants, all accessible with click & collect, menus from top chefs … Restaurants have adapted and now offer a well-established delivery or pick-up of service. To avoid spending the day in the kitchen and make this New Year's Eve special and gastronomic, foodies can enjoy festive season menus proposed by restaurants Palais Royal, and Tour d’Argent, the restaurants of prestigious hotels like the Nolinski, Brach, Sinner, or palaces such as George V, the Ritz, Meurice and La Réserve. Also concocting food for you to relish at home are top chefs like Eric Frechon, Jean-François Piège, Hélène Darroze, Stéphanie Le Quellec and even triple starred chef Guy Savoy! There is something for all tastes and all budgets. A great way to support restaurateurs while giving yourself a real treat!

More information on top Parisian restaurants offering delivery or click & collect

A New Year’s Eve in concert … online!

After almost a year without the pleasure of going to a concert, why not indulge in the elation of a concert, online? This year, music lovers worldwide have mobilized to bring the thrill of live music to you, on screens. Paris City Council is organizing a huge New Year’s Eve concert with Jean-Michel Jarre in virtual reality in Notre-Dame! A performance that promises to be unique and surprising. And because everything is taking place from home this year, you can enjoy international concerts. Note for example, the Belgian electro festival Tomorrowland, which has announced a tantalizing line-up for the night of the 31st with notably Major Lazer, Snoop Dogg and David Guetta, and there are paying shows like Kiss at the Atlantis in Dubai, Justin Bieber or the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra!

New Year at the theatre

Olivier Giraud, spectacle how to become parisian in one hour © DR

The theatre is a particularly popular outing at New Year. This year, although theatres will remain closed, plays continued to be performed online and sometimes live.

For New Year's Eve, many theatres have a great programme for theatre goers. The Théâtre du Chatelet will broadcast ‘Broadway Rythm’, a new show, live on its social networks, and the Comédie-Française offers a fine selection of plays on its WebTV La Comédie Continue. And to brighten up the evening even more, why not opt for a comedy show? Some comedians have put their shows online, either for free or paying via streaming, like Olivier Giraud with his ‘How to be Parisian in one hour?’ or Kyan Khojandi and his show ‘Pulsion’ available on Youtube.

More information on virtual events

A night of cocooning at the hotel

Hotel du Collectionneur terrasse nuit détail

After two lockdowns at home, time to escape! Why not play at being a tourist in the city on December 31st. Stroll through ritzy districts and see the Christmas illuminations in Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde or on the Champs-Élysées, then return to your hotel for a unique experience. A handful of charming places, from small confidential boutique hotels such as Le Collectionneur to prestigious palaces such as the Plaza Athénée, open the doors of their guest rooms to you. Enjoy room service, fluffy bathrobes, and breakfast in bed … Perfect for a special timeless evening!

An evening of games for New Year's Eve

My Urban Experience - Escape game les mystères du Quartier Latin Notre-Dame, Paris

The health guidance measures recommend being in a small group on New Year's Eve ... So, to share some good times with family or friends at a distance, playing online games is a great option. Go for board games and scattergories via platforms such as Steam, virtual investigations to unravel the mysteries of the Alchimistes with My Urban Experience, or online guided tours with Les Découvreurs! New Year's Eve in lockdown does not mean giving up on conviviality!

Silent Balcony Party

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel Salon Trocadéro

Dancing is an essential part of letting in the New Year. The Hôtel Pullman Tour Eiffel has come up with a great way of getting its guests together with a DJ Set on the evening of 31 December for a Silent Balcony Party. The idea is simple, a DJ will stage an all-night show in front of the hotel and guests will be able to enjoy the event from their balcony after a festive dinner with room service. The perfect plan for an original and memorable New Year’s Eve, with the Eiffel Tower in attendance.

A night at the museum

Famille dans un musée, Paris

The Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Palace of Versailles, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Musée d’Art Moderne … Most Parisian museums offer online tours of their permanent collections or temporary exhibitions. Hop from one to another, from modern art to antique treasures, and from painting to sculpture in just a few clicks to round off the year with culture!

And you can  also choose to follow in the steps of Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the Louvre and turn up the volume …

More information on virtual tours of museums and monuments.

A socially responsible New Year's Eve

Illuminations de Noel - faubourg Saint-Honoré © Javier Pina

Associations recruit new volunteers throughout the year, especially in winter. These include the Secours Catholique, Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, Restos du cœur, Secours Populaire, and also the Paris City Hall; so do not hesitate to volunteer during this festive period. And to find the association in need of support that is closest to you, go to the website Tous Bénévoles (All Volunteers) or Réseaux d’entraide de proximité (Local mutual aid network).

A New Year’s Eve worthy of the Cannes film festival

The Terrass’’ Hotel pays tribute to cinema and rolls out the red carpet for its guests on 31 December 2020! All evening, fun activities are organized: broadcasting of film extracts with popcorn on the roof-top terrace and a panoramic view of Paris, Harcourt photo booth, installation of a karaoke box with the loveliest film and cartoon soundtracks, rooms remodelled into movie boxes, room service ... The night promises to be long and festive!

An evening at the opera

La Sylphide Opéra Garnier © Ann Ray / Opéra National de Paris

The finest opera houses are set to amaze you on New Year's Eve with performances accessible online. And for a special evening, all you need is a gala outfit, a bottle of champagne and Internet access! The Opéra de Paris is offering great classics from its repertoire for rental, such as La Traviata, Carmen, or the Barber of Seville. Note also that some of the world’s biggest opera houses like the Metropolitan in New York, the Theatro Mayor de Bogota in its digital theatre, or the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra are also broadcasting their operatic works and concerts.

And, for once, you can combine several of these ideas without losing time in transport and finding yourself in a metro station at midnight. So, go ahead and plan your perfect evening!