The Best Free New Year’s Eve Events

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks over the port in Monaco

The French Riviera/Cote d’Azur is the place to be for New Year’s Eve. With celebrations all along the coast, you can indulge in numerous choices of parties, feasts, drinks, dancing, and creative firework displays. Here are the best free events:

Free New Year’s Eve Events


At 6:30pm on January 1st (New Year’s Day), there will be a concert and beautiful fireworks to celebrate New Year’s Eve that is visible from the entire bay in Antibes. The celebration does not end at midnight.

The Orchestra of Cannes-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is giving a concert on New Year’s Day entitled « Paris – Madrid – Vienna ». It’s at the Conference Center in Juan-les-Pins. The first performance is at 11am, and then a repeat performance at 4pm. Tickets are €25 and €20 for under-18’s. For full information and tickets contact the Antibes Juan-les-Pins Tourist Office or book online.


See the spectacular display of Fireworks in Place Marinoni that will take place on January 2 at 6pm.


Boulevard de la Croisette will light up with a fireworks show at Baie de Cannes. Be sure to head to the bay by midnight on New Year’s Eve (December 31) to enjoy the show.

Monaco and Monte-Carlo

From New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2019), at 9pm to January 1, 2020, Port Hercule will have a non-stop celebration for the coming year. At midnight will be two fireworks shows – one in Port Hercule and one in Monte Carlo.

A DJ dance party with two DJs and two separate stages will rage from 9 pm to 3 am. The stages are located in the Christmas Village – one near the ice rink and a smaller one at the foot of the Big Wheel.

The Christmas Village and food stalls will be open until 11 pm on New Year’s Eve, while midnight skating at the ice rink will be possible thanks to a 2am curfew.

For New Year’s Eve, the Casino at Cafe de Paris  is offering a festive evening complete with adrenaline, jackpots and an electric atmosphere for you to enjoy all night long. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heat of the gaming action, with dancers and free champagne at midnight! 

The Casino de Monte-Carlo is pulling out all the stops for the year-end holidays, including a spectacular light show, 3D projection mapping on its facade. The theme? Games, of course! See the Casino de Monte-Carlo like never before, with magnificent colors and projections tracing every line and curve of this architectural wonder.


There are numerous options where to celebrate New Year in Nice, France. Still, the main place for the celebration will be Promenade des Anglais, where you can watch the fireworks at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Also, there will be a street party in Place Massena.

Saint Tropez

On New Year’s Eve on the port, you can enjoy the fireworks at midnight. It’s a St Tropez tradition to drink an anchoïade on New Year’s Eve. The best place to do this will be at Quai Suffren.

A Note About Fireworks

As much as we want everyone to cherish the New Year in the French Riviera, we do not think that the noise from fireworks are a good thing, because fireworks are harmful to human health and very destructive to birds and wildlife. In Italy, they have made their fireworks silent and have set them to classical music. We hope that everywhere else will soon follow suit.

We hope you enjoy the French Riviera New Year’s celebrations!

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