New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are exceptional times of the year and the occasions on which to put on the best show. That’s true for all of us as well as for the capital’s restaurants, show venues, cabarets and Seine river cruise companies, who all seize the chance to come up with delicious festive menus.
The most delicious and inventive food is lovingly prepared and special soirées with dancing, shows, orchestra, streamers … are organized for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve and/or New Year’s Day.
Whether you are looking for upscale cuisine, the latest hot address or a festive atmosphere, you will certainly find the perfect place in Paris for your New Year celebrations.
Enjoy a concert on New Year’s Eve in Paris
This New Year’s Eve, the Duc des Lombards in the heart of Paris is hosting the soul singer Laura Prince, accompanied by an excellent quartet. The New Year’s Eve experience comprises a cocktail buffet and, of course, champagne!
The Salle Pleyel is paying tribute to one of the greatest rock operas of all time, composed by Roger Waters. The show also celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s legendary The Wall tour. It’s the perfect way to get the evening off to a great start.
At the Caveau de la Huchette, a shrine to swing since 1946, a Swing and Rock New Year’s Eve with Cecilya and Frenchy’s All Stars is on the programme.
The Maison de la Radio et de la Musique will host an Offenbach and Friends New Year’s concert under the direction of the conductor Cristian Măcelaru, accompanied by the pianist Seong-Jin Cho.
In the cosy atmosphere of the Jazz Club Etoile, located in the Méridien Etoile hotel, an excellent festive dinner to the rhythm of Duo Live West End awaits you before the stroke of midnight. The dance party - DJ and singer - starts at 10.30pm and takes you from 2021 to 2022 with a party. Dinner and dance: €195/person. Dance party only (one drink at the bar included): €45/person.
Wait for the twelve strokes of midnight at the theatre in Paris
Spend New Year’s Eve watching a show in one of the most prestigious theatres in the capital. Why not seize the chance to enjoy The Lion King, the musical which has drawn 100 million spectators around the world, at the Théâtre Mogador.
The ParisLongchamp racecourse is hosting a brand-new musical titled Noé, la force de vivre, written by the French singer Essaï Altounian.
The French version by Alexis Michalik of The Producers, the Broadway musical that has won the most Tony awards, is also one of the not-to-miss productions as the year 2021 draws to a close in Paris. The French actor Richard Anconina gives an amazing performance in a play titled Coupable at the Théâtre Marigny.
If you’d like to be part of the show in the course of a one-of-a-kind evening event, head to the Restaurant Ducasse at the Château de Versailles for the Bal des Courtisans. Dressed as a 17th-century courtesan, you will be a guest at one of the fabled royal parties held at Versailles.
And for those who want to enjoy the day before New Year's Eve, the Bormann circus - located in the 15th arrondissement - presents its show on 31 December 2021 at 3pm. The Bormann Circus ‘A Journey through time’ features a series of acrobatics and feats of strength for two hours, during which the audience is alternately amazed, amused and moved. The show will also be performed on 24 and 25 December 2021, as well as on 1 January 2022 at 3pm.
Book your tickets for the Bormann Circus for the date of your choice
New Year’s Eve in a Paris cabaret
Cabarets are part and parcel of Paris’s cultural heritage. They are mainstays of the Paris nightlife scene and their dazzling shows make them a good option for a New Year’s Eve celebration. The evocatively named Lido de Paris on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Moulin Rouge on Montmartre Hill, Crazy Horse Paris on Avenue George V and Paradis Latin in the heart of the Latin Quarter will all add plenty of sparkle to your New Year’s Eve with shows featuring amazing costumes and champagne.
At the Bel Canto (one branch is located a stone’s throw from the Hôtel de Ville and another in the town of Neuilly-sur-Seine), diners are enchanted by the opera singing staff who go from one table to the next. The evening gets underway at 9pm and ends at 1am. At midnight, guests are offered a glass of champagne so everyone can raise a toast to the year 2022.
In Montmartre, the drag queen performers at the famous Cabaret Michou will guarantee you an emotional and laughter-filled evening as you enjoy a special New Year’s Eve feast. Also in Montmartre, the historic and legendary cabaret the Lapin Agile will ring in the New Year with a show to be enjoyed as you sip a glass of champagne.
In Versailles, the restaurant-theatre Reminisens is organizing a ‘Conspiracy in Versailles’ evening. In the course of a delicious dinner, guests get involved in a 17th century police investigation. It’s up to you to help the detective to solve the mystery.
New Year’s Eve on the Seine in Paris
Await the twelve strokes of midnight aboard a boat on the Seine and enjoy a festive dinner while admiring the most beautiful monuments of Paris from the river.
On New Year’s Eve, step aboard the Diamant Bleu, a boat with the appearance of a yacht offering panoramic views, or the Pizza sur Seine, the first sailing pizzeria in Paris, which has a cozy atmosphere for 70 guests.
The Bateaux Parisiens, moored at the Port de la Bourdonnais at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, offer several different ways to spend this special evening: a commentated cruise, a dinner cruise or dinner on the quay followed by a cruise.
The Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches® will also be celebrating the transition from 2021 to 2022 in style and organizing two dinners on 31 December. The first is a romantic dinner cruise starting at 6pm and returning to the quay at 7.15pm for people who want to have an early dinner. Boarding for the second dinner cruise starts at 8.30pm. Dinner will be followed by a dance party with live music until 2am.
At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, Paris Seine - La Marina promises you an unforgettable New Year’s Eve, with a departure from Bercy or from Port Debilly near to the Eiffel Tower.
Also at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the Vedettes de Paris will take you on an aperitif cruise (including a glass of champagne) followed by a dinner at the Francette restaurant, punctuated by a dance party. For those who have already dined, there is another option: celebrate the transition from 2021 to 2022 on a boat during a one-hour cruise (boarding at 11pm) with music on board and a glass of champagne included.
More about the Vedettes de Paris New Year's Eve dinner cruise (from 8pm)
More about the Vedettes de Paris New Year's Eve cruise (from 11pm)
On his boat Ducasse sur Seine, the multi-Michelin starred superstar chef Alain Ducasse has concocted an exceptional 7-course menu for the evening of 31 December 2021, an event named Midnight in Paris – a menu to be savoured on an electric, hence environment friendly and silent boat to make it an even more magical occasion.
And for a really unusual evening, embark on VIP Paris Yacht Hôtel's magical New Year’s Eve Paris by night cruise and enjoy a mentalist show, a special dinner and a dance party. Keep the party going with their brunch on 1 January 2022 from 10am to noon.
New Year’s Eve in a restaurant, a palace or a hotel in Paris
For a magical and unforgettable New Year’s Eve, treat yourself to a special evening in one of the capital’s magnificent palace hotels. For one evening you will have the privilege of learning about their history and really feel as if you’re living the dream.
At the legendary Ritz, located on the prestigious Place Vendôme, the festivities begin with dinner beneath the superb glass roof of the Bar Vendôme, continue with a jazz trio in the Salon Proust with its champagne bar and wind up late at night with a DJ set in the Hemingway Bar.
A few steps away, the Westin Paris-Vendôme, facing the Tuileries Gardens , is offering a festive evening for New Year's Eve 2021 in its restaurant Le First. The festivities begin at 7.30pm with a dinner - with music - concocted by the executive chef David Reneux. The place then turns into a dance hall until 2am. The next day, the year 2022 begins with a gourmet New Year's Day brunch - including a glass of champagne. Reservations - email@example.com - are strongly recommended.
At La Réserve, Paris, the chef Jérôme Banctel, who holds two Michelin stars, has put together exceptional menus featuring sophisticated flavours in the restaurants La Pagode de Cos and Le Gabriel. The three-Michelin-starred Four Seasons Hotel George V has concocted a first-rate New Year’s Eve menu with chef Christian Le Squer and sommelier Eric Beaumard at the helm.
At the Bristol Paris, chef Eric Frechon guarantees that guests will enjoy an amazing culinary experience at l’Epicure, 114 Faubourg and Café Antonia. The beautifully decorated Buddha Bar located between Place de la Madeleine and Place de la Concorde will have fusion food and a Dolce Vita theme. The dress code includes a Venetian mask. Dinner in this Paris nightlife hotspot will be followed by a dance party hosted by the resident DJ.
A major event in 2021 was the opening of the luxury hotel Madame Rêve housed within the historic Louvre post office building in the heart of Paris. The restaurants at the hotel - Plume and Madame Rêve – both have a special menu for New Year’s Eve. Both menus feature gourmet desserts by Pierre Hermé.
The restaurants of the Paris Society group are renowned for being exceptional venues offering a quality dining experience. Some are located in museums, like the Bambini and Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo, Girafe with its fabulous view of the Eiffel Tower inside the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Mimosa and the Café Lapérouse à l'Hôtel de la Marine or Forest in the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris. Coco Paris is located in the Palais Garnier. Yet others are perched atop emblematic locations in the capital, like Gigi Paris on the roof of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Perruche on the roof of Printemps Homme. Historic addresses such as Bœuf sur le Toit and Lapérouse and original addresses such as Andia, the Noto, the Manko Paris or the Victoria Paris. These restaurants will have a New Year’s Eve menu together with a DJ set and live music.
The famous Hard Rock Café has of course an address in Paris - on the Grands Boulevards - and for New Year's Eve 2021 the venue is offering a Holiday menu (available from 1 to 31 December 2021) from €34.95. From 10pm, the musical evening hosted by DJ Vincent Riotte begins and ends at 1.30am. For the evening only, the entrance fee is €20 (one drink included) and is by reservation only.