It has been said, you have to spend the new year’s eve in Paris at least once in your lifetime. The holidays in Paris are just magic, the whole city is sparkling and preparing to say “Bonne Année” to the millions of visitors who have chosen to usher in 2016 in the City of Lights.
You’re certainly feeling overwhelmed by the city’s festive atmosphere, and who doesn’t? Paris is never as vibrant and alive as this very special period of the year, offering a multitude of possibilities to party all night long, and celebrate the new year in a very special way.
Whether you’re in Paris with your partner, your family, or your friends, the city of lights will never let you down, get ready for a New Year’s Eve that you’ll always remember!
Here are our suggestions to help you spend a special new year’s eve in Paris, and usher in the new year at one of the most cheerful and colorful cities in the world.
The Champs Elysées: the must visit spot
Though there’s no official fireworks for the new year in Paris, amazing illuminations invest the capital on December the 31st, to immerse the city and the visitors in a cheerful atmosphere. If you want to be at the heart of Parisian party, then the Champs-Elysées is a must. You will marvel at the illuminated decorations and sparkling installations covering the city. From 10 pm, thousands of people invest the avenue waiting for the countdown. By midnight, the numerous bars and nightclubs are ready to welcome you to party all night long.
New Year’s Eve’s special Meals
Here’s a very Parisian tradition, new year’s eve festivities are never fulfilled without a delightful special dinner, especially that the French cuisine is renowned for being one of the finest in the world. Whether you are a fancy foody or a simple eater, you certainly can’t resist the mouthwatering turkeys, the luxurious foie gras, and the irresistible fresh oyster, the main components of traditional Parisian holidays meals. Almost all the Parisian restaurants will offer these typical French dishes for the occasion, no well-dressed table will be missing them.
The irreplaceable French wines
Nothing says parties and celebrations like a good wine, especially that the French wines are considered among the best in the world. To enjoy new year’s eve in Paris, make sure you try the wine pairings to accompany your dinner. Following the French tradition, the famous foie gras is generally paired with a sweet wine “un vin moelleux”, very popular in Paris during this festive occasion. Besides the famous Champagne, generally associated with celebrations, you’ll find a variety of the finest French wines. Cheers !
Get ready to welcome the new year at one of the most cheerful and exciting cities in the world, and make sure you enjoy every moment you spend there to make this occasion a lifetime souvenir. Happy New Year 🙂 !