New Year’s Eve in Basel

31 December 2021

From the champagne aperitif to a dinner show and the New Year’s Eve gala: your start into the New Year will be unforgettable if you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Basel.
Feuerwerk über dem Rhein 2012.

Cancelled: New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Rhine

Basel traditionally celebrates the start of the New Year with an impressive fireworks display. The 2021 fireworks on the Rhine will not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective since 20 December 2021:

  • Indoor events: only people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 will be able to attend indoor events. In indoor areas, masks are mandatory for persons aged 12 and over.
  • Restaurants: admission to indoor areas is limited to vaccinated or recovered persons, customers must be seated while eating or drinking.
  • Discos, clubs and bars: admission is limited to vaccinated or recovered persons who also present a negative test result if they have been vaccinated or recovered more than four months ago.

Get the latest information ahead of your visit from the events calendar or directly from the relevant organizer.

Thoughtful New Year’s Eve in the Basel Cathedral (Münster)

  • 11.30 pm: tower music, the Basel Stadtposaunenchor, ringing out the old year, singing together
  • 12.15 am: church service  

New Year’s Eve highlights 2021

The best events

The cultural capital of Switzerland brings the year to a fitting close with ballet, theatre, opera and dinner shows:

The best New Year’s Eve menus

You can have a great time on New Year’s Eve in these Basel restaurants and hotels: