Those few minutes when we go from 2018 to 2019 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.
Other events taking place in Cannes on New Years Eve include:
- the Christmas Village and skating rink on the Allées de la Liberté,
- the 22nd Reveillon des Stars, an annual gala event for charity held in the Palais des Festivals on December 31.
- There will also be a Christmas Parade down the Rue d’Antibes on December 24 from 3pm.
- For high-stepping glamour, the Crazy Girls troupe from the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris are giving five shows on December 30 and 31. You probably know what to expect: long legs, wigs, an amazing light-show and cheeky choreographies. Book tickets at the Palais des Festivals.
For a special meal, try the Hotel Montaigne (4 rue Montaigne). They have a special menu at €69. Details at Hotel Montaigne.
Clubbing in Cannes
Needless to say, the clubs will be gearing up for some serious celebrations. 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).
Not a club, but Ma Nolan’s upmarket Irish pub is often good for a laugh. On the 31st, they will run a happy hour (or three) between 5-8pm. Food and bar bites will be available until 11pm, and live music will be supplied by the Twin Keys. Ma Nolan’s is located at 6 Rue Buttura (very central). Check their Facebook page.
If you have other tips for New Year’s Eve, drop a comment below.