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New Year’s Eve in Paris and January 1st

During these days of the year is very popular wondering how to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris.

New Year’s Eve events in Paris are a lot and if you are looking for something peculiar, you won’t have any troubles. There are so many events for the last day of 2019 in Paris that you will surely find something about your interests!


Anyway, there are some places to go whether is New Year’s Eve 2019 2020 or not. Going to Paris in December is the perfect way to live like a local through Parisian traditions. This means that New Year’s Eve in Paris comes always with something to do.



Where to Eat on New Year’s Eve in Paris


New Year’s Eve is always a peculiar day to live. If you want to eat in some of the best places in Paris, here some advice:


  • Chic restaurants for New Year’s Eve 2019 in Paris
    For those who want to welcome the new year in Paris in a very French mood, the best recommendation is to go to some of the most elegant restaurants in Paris. Note down these:

    • L’abeille;
    • La Bauhinia;
    •  Le Mandarin Oriental


  • Restaurants with an enchanting view
    If you want to make New Year’s Eve 100% in Paris, I suggest going to the Marina Romantic Dinner Cruise or La Coupole, a historic brasserie.

Take a look at where to eat in Paris!


New Year’s Eve and New Years Day 2020 cruises in Paris


One of the most traditional and interesting things you can do in Paris is the cruise on the Seine. If you explore Paris crossing it through its river, you learn a lot about the city. Also, you can opt for special cruises that cost more because of additional services.


On occasion of the celebrations of 2020 in Paris, you can join many parties and dinner. By choosing such activities, you will be entertained all night long. I like recommending this because it can be both a romantic idea and a good idea for a big group of friends.


Anyway, a New Year’s Eve dinner cruise and a New Years Day lunch cruise in Paris is an expensive but luxury activity. Price per person varies between 200 € (i.e. 219 $) and € 400 (i.e. $ 440).
If you are looking for something that costs less money, you can opt for New Year’s party cruises. The cost is around 40-60 €.



New Year’s Eve 2019 in Paris, Fireworks for the 2020 beginning

New Year’s Eve fireworks in Paris are such a tradition! This year, there will be a big fireworks show too. It will be at one of the most iconic spots in Paris, the Champs-Elysees!


New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Paris will begin around midnight. Before that, there will be a video show from 11.30 p.m. to 11.50 p.m. The film will be projected on the Arc de Triomphe. These events are always very crowded. Just think that last year more than 400000 people came from all over the world to see it!



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31st December 2019 concerts in Paris

There are many concerts in Paris on 31st December 2019 on the occasion of New Year’s Eve. Most concerts are of classical music and they are planned in some of the most beautiful attractions in Paris.


  • Chopin with candlelights
    It will be at 4 pm, at Saint-Ephrem’s church. Price: 2 €.


  • Mozart Requiem
    It will be at 9 pm, at La Madeleine Church. Price: from 2 €.


  • Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & Xmas Songs
    It will be at 8 pm, at Saint-Eustache church. Price: from 24 €.


  • Brahms, Schubert, and Beethoven
    It will at 6.30 pm, at Saint-Ephrem Church. Price: from 3 €.


  • Le Parc: Paris Opera Ballet
    It will be at 7.30 pm, at Palais Garnier: price: from 312 €


  • Nureyev’s Raymonda: Paris National Opera Ballet
    It will be at 7.30 pm, at Opéra Bastille. Price: from 180 €.


  • Saint-Germain des Près: New Year’s Eve Concert
    It will be at 8.30 pm, at Saint-Germain-des-Prés church. Price: from 56 €.



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Frequently Asked Questions about New Year’s Eve in Paris


  • Is Paris safe for New Year’s Eve 2019?
    This is one of the most frequently asked questions are: is Paris safe in 2019? Is Paris safe in 2020?
    Of course! When you come to Paris you see that controls are everywhere. The moment you step inside the airport or just in a museum. This means that there will be several controls for Xmas too. And, for New Year’s Eve, everyone will pay super-attention to welcome the new year in peace.


  • Will there be fireworks for New Year’s Eve in Paris?
    Yes, there will be many fireworks shows all around the city. I suggest going to the most attended, the one along the Champs-Elysees. What’s more Parisian than that?


  • Is Disneyland Paris open for New Year’s Eve and for January 1st?
    Of course! At Disneyland Paris, you can celebrate the beginning of 2020. Also, you won’t have any doubts about what to do because everything will be planned!


  • Can you go up the Eiffel Tower on New Year’s Eve?
    I suggest not going up to the Eiffel Tower but enjoying the lights show from the ground! The Eiffel Tower will be enlighted with the traditional colors of the French Flag.


  • How the French celebrate New Year’s Eve?
    French people usually celebrate New Year’s Eve with their own family or with their friends. At Midnight, with glass in hand, they usually wish “Bonne Année” to their beloved ones.



What to do on January 1st, 2020 in Paris New Years Day

If you are spending New Year’s Eve in Paris, you will probably spend January 1st, 2020 in Paris too!

Here are some recommendations about what to do on the first of January 2020 in Paris. Here how you can spend an unforgettable New Years Day in Paris.


  • Visit the main attractions
    The main attractions fo the city such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower are open on January 1st. This means that you can save these activities for that day. The most frequented area on that day usually is Montmartre!


  • Attend a classical music concert
    A Parisian tradition is to attend a classical music concert on January 1. I suggest taking part in it. There will be lots of churches that host concerts, such as Saint Germain, St. Ephrem, Saint Severine, and La Madeleine.


  • Go ice-skating in the Grand Palais 
    One of the activities I would do for the New Years Day 2020 in Paris is ice-skating in the Grand Palais! Rent your skates and taste hot wine and hot chocolates at the stands in front of the magnificent Grand Palais.


  • Eat the traditional New Years Day in Paris meal
    A Parisian tradition for the early days of the New Year is to eat the Galette des Rois. It is a frangipane cake with a small trinket inside. The person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket it in will have privileges but obligations too. Traditionally, who find it has to pay the cake for the next celebration!


Concerts on New Years Day in Paris, January 1, 2020

I think that going to a concert at New Year’s Eve or during January 1, the New Years Day 2020, could make your day! The most crowded will be of classical music but here is my advice:


  • Gospel River
    At Eglise Lutherienne Saint-Marcel, Paris. Doors open at 6 pm. Price: 20/30 €


  • Mario Canonge Aand Michel Zenino
    Baiser Sale, Paris. Doors open at 7 pm. Price: around 20 €.


  • Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
    Eglise de la Madeleine. Starts at 9 pm. Price: 35 €



Frequently asked questions about New Years Day 2020 in Paris


  • Are the museums in Paris open on January 1st, 2020?
    Most of them are closed but you can still take advantage of the open ones! As I said, you can visit attractions like the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower. But, there are also many museums which are extraordinarily open too.


  • Is the Paris Metro open on New Year’s Day? Is Paris Metro free on New Year’s Eve?
    Of course! Paris Metro will operate. Also, it will be free – along with buses, and other transports – from 5 pm on December 31st to midnight.


  •  What will be the weather like on New Years Day in Paris?
    The weather will be probably very cold! That is why, according to many people, these days of the year are not the best to enjoy Paris. But, as you can see, you have many right reasons to come for New Years Days.