New Year breaks in France

New Year breaks in France give you a great opportunity to experience a different New Year and to escape all the noise and bustle of the UK come the holiday season. The French celebrate the New Year a little more sedately than we do here in the UK; which means you can have a truly relaxing start to the New Year. That said, you can still find fantastic celebrations in the big cities and the French know how to celebrate the New Year with a bang.

New Year Holidays in France

The New Year in France is celebrated as St. Sylvestre’s day, Jour des Etrennes or le Jour de l’An and the celebrations are celebrated as Reveillion! On New Year’s Day the French eat a special festive cake called La Galette des Rois and you should definitely partake in this; as well as the festive feasts that occur in restaurants around the country on New Year’s Eve and Day. There are loads of great New Year’s destinations in France and here we’ll take a look at four of the best!

New Year Breaks in Paris


What better place to bring in the New Year than the most romantic city on earth. Parisians celebrate the New Year with true extravagance and the fireworks that light up the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysee are breath taking. One of the most popular ways to see in the New Year is on the Seine where the boat parties and extravagant dinners on offer make for an incredible end to a year. If you want something more raucous you can head to the fantastic blues and jazz bars along the river banks or to one of the cities many clubs. Paris is beautiful at any time of year and, beyond the New Year’s celebrations, you have one of the world’s most incredible cities. There are the world famous landmarks from Notre Dame and the Sacre Coeur to the Eiffel Tower and l’Arch de Triomphe. If that wasn’t enough you have incredible museums, art galleries and the quintessential Parisian cuisine and culture to enjoy.

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New Year Breaks in the French Alps

French Alps

While the city is great there is a lot to be said for a New Year’s Day spent skiing and a winter getaway high up in the mountains surrounded by snow and unparalleled beauty. If you go to one of the large French resorts like Chamonix or Val D’Isere you can enjoy a lively New Year’s celebration with night long parties and plenty of outdoor fun. If you want to head somewhere more family oriented or simply quieter you will be treated to a wonderful peaceful start to the New Year. Though a public holiday ski slopes and lifts tend to stay open so you can bring in the New Year spectacularly cruising down beautiful and generally quiet slopes. The French Alps offer some of the best skiing in the world and are a perfect New Year’s getaway.

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New Year on the Cote d'Azur

Cote d'Azur

Though the Cote d’Azur tends to be a summer destination it still makes for a fantastic New Year break if you want to enjoy a more peaceful side to the Mediterranean. Of course there are some great parties along the coast and many people take boat rides out into the ocean to see in the New Year and watch the fireworks displays lighting up the coast. The Cote d’Azur offers a fantastic mix of holiday options at this time of year. If you want lively parties you can head to Cannes or Marseilles while if you want peace and quiet you can head further inland or stay in one of the many beautiful smaller seaside resorts lining the coast. Costs are fairly low at this time of year as the weather isn’t as stunning but it remains warmer than the UK!

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New Year Breaks in Bordeaux


You might think Bordeaux is an odd choice for a New Year’s holiday in France but it really has a lot to offer visitors. The port city looks absolutely beautiful in the winter and the lit up bridges and architectural gems make the whole city enchanting and exciting. For New Year’s celebrations the highlights are the many boat parties that range across the port area and into the sea. They cater to a huge variety of tastes; whether you want to party in the New Year on a club boat or have a 5 star luxury dinner with ballroom dancing you’ll be able to find something to suit you. Beyond New Year’s celebrations Bordeaux offers a fantastic holiday experience with the old town and port providing a fascinating insight into French history.p>

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New Year in Paris