The French really know how to celebrate New Year's, whether it's clubbing in Paris or the sublime midnight grape-picking event in the Midi Pyrenees or an upscale, medieval celebration in a Loire castle. Find out how to plan a New Year's Eve visit to France, and which events and festivals are planned for the turn of the new year.
New Year's Eve in Paris
There are diverse events and activities in Paris to celebrate the New Year. First and foremost, you should book a room in Paris for New Year's Eve, as rooms can fill up for this annual celebration.
Here are some things to do on New Year's Eve in Paris:
Have a fun night out in Paris' party district by visiting Pigalle Place for the cabaret shows. Book a Moulin Rouge show with transfers, or book a Lido Show only (no transfer).
Take a Seine River cruise, which is an ideal choice for couples spending New Year's Eve in Paris. Book the Romantic Paris by Night Seine River and Dinner tour
New Year's Eve Elsewhere in France
Avignon makes a great choice. This is a city that is vibrant yet smaller than Paris. Since it's in the South of France, it will provide a warmer spot to ring in the New Year.
Viella in the Midi Pyrenees holds its annual New Year's Eve Grape Picking. Attend an evening mass, followed by a torchlight procession to the vineyards for mulled wine. The grapes are picked at midnight. By now, they have over-ripened naturally, and the strong sweet wine they produce has flavours of honey, spices and exotic fruits, and a smoothness that goes down wonderfully well as an aperitif or served with foie gras. Find out more.
The Midi-Pyrenees region also features several other celebrations, and this is an ideal winter-time destination bordered to the South by the Pyrenees range and dotted with ski resorts. Midi Pyrenees Tourism Office features a couple of New Year's Eve packages that entice. For one package, stay in the charming ChÃ¢teau de Fontanges in Rodez. This is a lovely small city in southwestern France, featuring a remarkable medieval cathedral. The tourism office also features deals to stay in a hotel overlooking the mountains. See the Midi Pyrenees Picture Gallery.
New Year's Eve France-Style
Although Monte Carlo technically isn't part of France, the principality is nestled inside France and is much like France. This luxurious city features a New Year's Eve gala at the opulent Monte Carlo Grand Hotel. Book a room at the Monte Carlo Grand Hotel on New Year's Eve
The United States features plenty of ultra-French New Year's Eve celebrations. In Washington, D.C., for instance, the French Embassy is hosting the New Year's Eve European Gala, where you can celebrate the arrival of a new an on French soil. Near your home town, check with your local French consulate, French American Chamber of Commerce, or even local French restaurants.
At your house is also a great option for a French New Year's Eve fete. Get some authentic French Champagne and Host a France-Themed New Year's Eve Party.