Tomorrow, New Years Eve, marks a traditionally large celebration for Anglophone residents around the world.
In France, I have seen the occurrence of New Years Eve parties, special dinners and events increase each year.
New Year traditions in France
As with the tradition of Christmas cards that is more widespread in the USA or United Kingdom, in France is it more customary to send best wishes for the New Year in January.
New Years Eve in France is marked with a feast – le Réveillon de Saint-Sylvestre – with dinner items very similar to what is eaten on Christmas Day including goose, turkey or hen, foie gras, oysters, smoked salmon and of course, champagne. At midnight, you kiss under the mistletoe (which is usually done at Christmas in other cultures) and give best wishes for the coming year.
Interestingly, if you intending to be in France for New Years Eve many restaurants put on events such as special dinners or themed dances – it’s a good time to splash out the wallet on a dinner date as the chefs are all trying to outdo each other with the best celebration menus.
The first of January, New Year’s Day (le jour de l’an) is a bank holiday in France, and is a day of family celebration with a large lunch, traditionally featuring seafood of various kinds.
Here are my suggestions for things to do on New Years Eve on the French Riviera:
La Cantina, has a New Years Eve menu with DJ and electro/pop band https://www.facebook.com/lacantina06600
Restaurant Le Figuier de Saint-Espirit near the old remparts has special New Years Eve and New Years Day menus. http://www.restaurant-figuier-saint-esprit.com/
Le Jardin restaurant has a New Years Eve menu www.restaurant-lejardin.fr
Marineland has a special New Years Eve event including dinner and show www.marineland.fr/fr/reveillon/le-reveillon-2014
Free fireworks display on the Croisette. Music from 11pm, followed by fireworks in the Baie de Cannes at midnight set to ‘James Bond’ theme music.
JW Marriott Cannes has New Years Eve menus www.jwmarriottcannes.fr
Majestic Barriere has New Years Eve menus www.hotels-barriere.com
New York New York opposite the Cannes port has a New Years Eve menu www.nynycannes.com
Hotel Marriott Riviera La Porte de Monaco has a New Years Eve dinner menu and accommodation offers. www.marriott.com/mcmcd
LA COLLE SUR LOUP
Chef Alain Llorca has New Years Eve and New Years Day festive menus available at www.alainllorca.com
JUAN LES PINS
AC Ambassadeur Hotel has a New Years Eve dinner with kids menus also available http://www.achoteljuanlespins.fr
Hotel Belle Rives has a circus themed New Years Eve ‘Diner du Réveillon’ menu (and also a New Years Day menu) www.bellesrives.com
Hotel Juana has a DJ for New Years Eve, as well as special New Years Eve and New Years Day menus and accommodation packages. www.hotel-juana.com
The View Restaurant Club in the Palais des Congrés is having a ‘Great Gatsby’ themed party. More details on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theviewjuanlespins/info?tab=overview
Bastide Bruno Oger has New Years Eve and New Years Day lunch menus www.bruno-oger.com
Entertainment from 9pm with DJ, Christmas market, ice-skating followed by a free fireworks display on quai Albert 1er.
AC Hotel by Marriott, has a New Years Eve menu with entertainment by DJ. www.achotelnice.fr
Hotel Splendid & Spa has New Years Eve packages which include accommodation, dinner and hot buffet breakfast. http://www.splendid-nice.com/en/new-years-eve-package-2014/
Château Begude has a New Years Eve menu www.chateau-begude.com
SAINT PAUL DE VENCE
Restaurant La Caruso has a New Years Eve menu www.lecarusodesaintpaul.fr
Bonne année 2015 !