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How to celebrate New Years Eve in Paris

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Paris is a beautiful place to visit, but especially beautiful during the New Year’s celebration. In all of France as well as Paris, they celebrate a holiday called, “St. Sylvestre,” from Jan. 1-Feb. 1 which is where people greet each other with “Bonne Années” or best wishes and “bises” or small kisses on the cheek every Jan 1 at midnight.

You can check out the Champs-Elysées is you want to be in the heart of the celebration. The celebration begins at 9 p.m. and people will bring bottles of champagne and glasses. You can see a great view of the famed Eiffel Tower from the spot and mingle with both locals and tourists alike. Also, there are many bars and clubs that are open around this area so you can hit the club either before or after midnight.

1. See a Paris cabaret show

Paris is home to cabaret, so a great place to go is to see a cabaret show. Be sure to check out a cabaret show during New Year’s. Moulin Rouge is one of the longest running and includes a dinner, dance, and a show.

Moulin Rouge is also known as the oldest cabaret show in Paris. Started in the early twentieth century by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Le Moulin Rouge has been attended by famous singers, dancers, actors, and actresses like Ginger Rogers, Liza Minnelli, and Frank Sinatra.

In addition to a great show, you can try choices from a special menu just for New Year’s Eve. These include Foie Gras, Salmon, Brie with Truffles, Grilled Loin of Lamb, and Chestnut Variations. It also comes with a Vintage Pol Roger bottle of Champagne per person. The meal starts at 9 p.m. and at midnight, the Féérie shows start followed by a cotillion until the early hours of the morning. The price for this special event isn’t cheap at 570 euros per person, but it is an indulgence that is for a very special time of year.

2. Have dinner at a Paris brasserie

Visiting a Brasserie or a casual restaurant or diner is a great and inexpensive way to have a nice meal on New Year’s before the big celebration. A great Brasserie is L’Ardoise Paris. Their menu offering include appetizers like Red tunas tartare marinated with ginger and basil and Raviolis of langoustine. Their main courses include Grilled beef Onglet with warm shallot coulis and Saint Pierre filet with shitake and tarragon butter. They also have a delectable selection of desserts including the classic Baba au Rum, Mascarpone cream with wild strawberry coulis and red fruits, and Vanilla crème brulee.

3. Enjoy fireworks and fantastic views of Paris

If you are looking for a breathtaking view of the city of lights and you are so over the Eiffel Tower, you can view the fireworks from The Sacre Coeur Cathedral plaza in Montmarte or from the terrace of your Paris romantic hotel. On a clear night, you can see the entire Paris skyline.

Other things you can do anywhere in the city are fun traditions that you can find only in Paris. Try one of their papillottes, or chocolates or any confections that “pop” when you open the wrapping. You can find these at any shop like a confection shop.

Surprisingly to many U.S. citizens, fireworks and firecrackers are legal in Paris and can be bought anywhere. You can attend many of the street parties where they are firing them off. As always with any firework, use caution.

Photo of the Eiffel Tower, Paris on New Year’s Eve originally posted by

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  1. ZZZ says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 10:41

    Thanks for using my picture of the Eiffel Tower and for crediting me. Please correct the link, it’s (3 Z). Thanks!

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