Paris is full of exceptional, original, gastronomic, luxurious, traditional, or audacious places to celebrate Christmas Eve in style.
Dinner on the Seine in Paris
Celebrate Christmas on the Seine (considered as one of the most beautiful avenues in Paris) for an unforgettable Christmas Eve and enjoy the lights of the French capital as you cruise along its famous river!
The Bateaux-Parisiens have designed a very special evening to celebrate Christmas. Included is a refined dinner prepared on board by the chef, live music, and the best views of the most beautiful monuments in Paris by night on this all-round glass-windowed boat. A 3hr30 dinner cruise that will leave you with lasting memories.
Book the special Bateaux Parisiens Christmas Eve dinner cruise
Below the Musée d’Orsay, Paris Seine - La Marina also has a special festive dinner cruise lasting 2 hours. A vegetarian menu is available on request. The company is also offering a Christmas lunch cruise lasting 1hr30, on 24 and 25 December.
On the Île aux Cygnes with its famous Statue of Liberty, in the 15th arrondissement, guests embark on the Capitaine Fracasse. This chic and elegant boat, made from solid wood, offers two departures on Christmas Eve: the first at 6.30pm for a cruise that lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes; the second at 9.30 pm for a cruise that lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Moored opposite the Eiffel Tower, at the discrete Port Debilly, is Ducasse-sur-Seine - one of the most popular boats in the capital. On this 100% electric barge, the magic of Christmas is expressed in a six-course menu with food and wine pairing, with exceptional seasonal products and imagined by the famous chef Alain Ducasse.
Dinner at a cabaret in Paris
For a typically Parisian and festive Christmas Eve celebration, head to the capital’s mythical cabarets!
The famous Crazy Horse Paris promises a glamorous Christmas Eve night, with its show Totally Crazy. This 90-minute sophisticated and entertaining show unveils 65 years of artistic creation in a totally magical atmosphere, with champagne and 2 Ladurée macarons for a Crazy Christmas. In the Crazy Premium option, the macarons are replaced by 5 appetizers per person.
Book Christmas Eve at the Crazy Horse. Cancellation of the performances from 22 to 25 December 2021
Book the Christmas Eve dinner show at the Paradis Latin
Another famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge is offering a special festive dinner show from 20 December 2021 to 2 January 2022 (except 31 December 2021). A wonderful dinner has been orchestrated by chef Arnaud Demerville and the cabaret show Féérie with its star performers, the Doriss Girls, is pure delight. Cancellation of performances from 22 to 30 December 2021.
Still in Montmartre, at the famous Cabaret Michou in the Rue des Martyrs the atmosphere is quite different but equally magical and entertaining. After a wonderful festive dinner, starting with an aperitif and ending with a dessert, there is a show in with transformists playfully portray stars of the past and the present including Dalida, Lady Gaga, Patricia Kass, Maria Callas, and Celine Dion. Emotion and laughter guaranteed!
The Lido, on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021. The famous cabaret has a wonderful Christmas dinner lined up for 24 and 25 December, preceded by an enchanting and immersive pre-show and followed by a show including the new tableau Unforgettable.
On 25 December 2021, the Lido is offering a catch-up session to attend its show (with champagne) at 9pm or 11pm (without dinner)
Book the Lido's show "Paris Merveilles & Champagne" - Christmas offer
For an original Christmas Eve dinner, head to the Bel Canto. As diners enjoy a special Christmas gourmet menu (available on 24 and 25 December), they will have the surprise and pleasure of watching opera singers stroll around the dining room performing operatic arias!
Dinner in a palace in Paris
For Christmas, the restaurants of Parisian palaces offer festive dinners, with a focus on luxury, high gastronomy, and elegance.
The famous palace, Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel, on Place de la Concorde, is celebrating Christmas Eve 2021 with an exceptional 7-course set menu in its restaurant L’Ecrin. This gastronomic restaurant with an intimate and timeless atmosphere also boasts a Michelin star.
At the Meurice, the oldest palace in the capital, a dual star experience awaits the most discerning epicureans with an exceptional festive menu concocted by the world’s most star-studded French chef Alain Ducasse. The palace’s other restaurant, the Dali - with interiors by Philippe Starck -, features a 5-course menu and delicious Yule log, against a backdrop of jazz music!
A few steps from the Arc de Triomphe, The Peninsula, Paris (the capital’s biggest palace) is celebrated for its culinary fare with unique flavours. At the Lili, the chef Dicky To artfully combines French and Chinese dishes. At L’Oiseau Blanc, unique and unforgettable gastronomy awaits guests on one of the most beautiful terraces in the capital.
The Westin Paris-Vendôme - ideally located between the Tuileries Gardens and Place Vendôme - and its restaurant Le First await gourmets for a gastronomic dinner with musical ambiance on Christmas Eve. The culinary experience continues with a Christmas brunch the following day, including a glass of champagne. The prices are attractive. Reservations - firstname.lastname@example.org - are of course strongly recommended.
On the Rive Gauche, at the prestigious Brasserie of the palace Le Lutetia, chef Patrick Charvet proposes an à la carte suggestions menu to delight the taste buds, on the evening of 24 December as well as on 25 December for Christmas lunch.
Finally, La Bauhinia, the magnificent restaurant at the Shangri-La, and Le Cinq, the renowned 3-star Michelin restaurant at the Four Seasons Hôtel George V, also offer exceptional menus for Christmas Eve.
Dinner in a brasserie à Paris
With their reputation for non-stop service and low prices, the great Parisian brasseries are part of the capital's history, and give Christmas Eve a special, magical character …
Situated on the Champs-Élysées, Fouquet’s is without doubt the most upscale Parisian brasserie. Its Christmas Eve festive menu is signed by chef Pierre Gagnaire.
In the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, Brasserie Lipp, recognizable by its varnished mahogany façade, serves traditional French cuisine. The food is always of a high quality; you can for example enjoy Osciètre Petrossian caviar or Perles de l’Impératrice oysters from Cap-Ferret. Paris has two Bouillon Chartier, one an historic address on the grands boulevards and another more recent one in Montparnasse. The traditional menu at moderate prices also remains attractive for a Christmas Eve celebration with family or friends.
On the lively Place de Clichy, the brasserie Le Wepler is reputed for its oysters. And in the Opéra district, the Grand Café des Capucines offers a huge array of seafood platters, as do the Café de la Paix, La Coupole and La Closerie des Lilas, in Montparnasse.
The Hard Rock Café, a stone’s throw from Musée Grévin, has a copious Holiday menu with low prices. Just before Christmas, this popular American restaurant on the grands boulevards is organizing a breakfast with Santa, on Sunday 12 December from 8.45 amto 11.15 am, specially for families. Disneyland Park® Paris is celebrating the Christmas season with its Enchanted Christmas, and the park’s restaurants (La Cantina, the Yacht club, Cape Cod, Planet Hollywood, Annette’s diner, Manhattan Restaurant…) are offering special menus for Christmas Eve on 24 December and Christmas brunches on 25 December.
Dinner in a gastronomic restaurant in Paris
Paris is full of outstanding restaurants whose decorations and menus are both beautiful and refined.
To celebrate Christmas, the urban bistronomic Le Molitor surprises diners with a Yule log created by two pairs of hands: the artist NEBAY and head pastry chef Benoît Gressent. A limited-edition work of art to be enjoyed as part of a special upscale Christmas Eve menu.
Fans of fine dining and gourmets can enjoy an exceptional culinary adventure during the festive season at Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx, the restaurant at the palace Mandarin Oriental. Top places for gastronomic French cuisine, the Tour d’Argent, and its little sister, the Rôtisserie de la Tour d’Argent, are excellent addresses. And the Michelin-starred bistro Restaurant Benoît has a selection of exceptional wines at reasonable prices for amateurs and connoisseurs alike to enjoy.
A few steps from the Palace of Versailles, chef Gordon Ramsay oversees the restaurant of the Hotel Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace. The celebrated British chef has concocted a 7-course gastronomic meal for Christmas Eve.