Those few minutes when we go from 2017 to 2018 will be noisy in Cannes, as once again it will host the annual New Years Eve firework show.
Fireworks are a big deal in Cannes, as the Riviera town hosts one of the world’s great firework competitions during the summer months. Teams from literally around the world compete for the main prize, which includes the honour to host the New Year’s Eve show.
Fireworks on the Croisette
What can you expect? Well, a very grand spectacle. The show is held in the Bay of Cannes, which offers an almost perfect natural amphitheatre. The entire length of the Croisette is packed with spectators and most of the hotels along the Croisette and further back organise special dinners and the chance to watch the show from their balconies. It’s worth remembering that traffic before and after the event will be absolutely epic. So do try and use public transport and walk to the Croisette to save time.
Another idea is to try and rent a spot on one of the boats that will watch the show from out in the bay.
Hotels along the Croisette include the Miramar, InterContinental Carlton and Majestic. Note that the Martinez is closed for renovations until March 2018. You will also get good views from the Radisson Blu at the tip of the Old Port. Check for their dinner menus.
Other events taking place in Cannes on New Years Eve include the Christmas Village, the Reveillon des Stars, an annual gala event for charity held in the Palais des Festivals and The Great Gatsby, a mixed format of dance and images that combines classical and contemporary dance. On December 31 and January 1 at 8.30. Both will take place at the Palais des festivals (think you could squeeze both in?).
Clubbing in Cannes
Needless to say, the clubs will be gearing up for some serious celebrations. Le Baôli is closed until March. But you can try the Chunga (beside the Martinez), Charly’s (Rue du Suquet), the GQ (Rue de Bateguier) or the epicentre of Cannes nightlife, Rue Commandant André and the surrounding little streets. The district, between La Croisette and the Rue d’Antibes, is known as the Carré d’Or (Golden Square). The Ka (with the enviable address of 1, Boulevard de la Croisette) is hosting a Prohibition Party. Best to check for availability on phone : +33 7 60 17 20 10.
If you have other tips for New Year’s Eve, drop a comment below.