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New Year's Eve in Paris

Shashank Nakate Dec 26, 2018
Spending the New Year's Eve in Paris is one of the best ways to welcome the coming year. The charged up atmosphere of Paris, the city of lights makes this event special and which must be experienced at least once in your lifetime.
The New Year's Eve in Paris is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and fervor. Paris is placed amongst the top 5 destinations in the entire world for these celebrations. The lighting, fireworks (des feux d'artifice) and decorations put up for the event are quite spectacular.
The French term for New Year's Eve is la Saint-Sylvestre. Paris becomes colorful at the New Year's and it turns out to be an exciting place to celebrate the event. Fireworks are an important part of the celebrations that take place in this city.
Champs-Elysees, the most popular place for celebrations offers a nice view of these fireworks. There are many things to do in Paris on the New Year's Eve. It is therefore, considered one of the best New Year's Eve getaways. Few of the events and celebrations for New Year's in Paris are enlisted here.

Celebrating New Years Eve in Paris

Paris has different activities and events that one can enjoy on the New Year's eve while being there. Apart from partying at night in Paris, one can celebrate the New Year's Eve with family at Peniche M├ętamorphosis, a magic theater that organizes a special magic show on this occasion.
Celebrations at cabarets in Paris could prove to be quite an expensive affair. However, it is a good option for those crowd-shy people who like to celebrate indoors. There are few who also prefer a quiet and calm celebration in surroundings that are less crowded and thereby, peaceful.

Champs Elysees

The Champs-Elysees street is the center of attention at the time of New Year's in Paris. Generally, the celebrations begin at around 9 P.M. A spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower is on offer from this place.
People carry plastic flutes and bottles with them for the celebrations. The stroke of midnight is the time to watch out for, because, then the skyline of Paris explodes with fireworks.

The Sacre Coeur

Our general impression of New Year's celebration is that of a party place crowded with people. However, there are few who like to welcome the new year in a different way.
For those who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle, Sacre Coeur Cathedral Plaza in Montmartre is one of the best places to spend some quality time. Also one can view clearer skies here than in other parts of the city.

Dinner Cruises

The dinner cruises offered by Yacht de Paris should prove to be a great experience on the New Year's in Paris. In this two-hour Seine river cruise, one can enjoy aperitif, coffee and dessert.
This cruise offers spectacular views of Tuileries Gardens, Notre Dame Cathedral and Concorde. A similar dinner cruise is offered by Bateaux Parisiens. Apart from the treats, musical entertainment can also be enjoyed. Going on a dinner cruise would be one of the best forms of New Year's Eve celebrations for couples.

Traditions of New Year's Celebration

There are many different traditions associated with the New Year's celebrations specific to Paris. Information about these traditions and interesting facts associated with them are listed here.

Chocolate Firecracker

Small firecrackers in the form of chocolates, papillottes and a variety of confections are amongst the attractions of celebrations of New Year's in Paris. These firecrackers pop as the wrapping is removed. Such kind of crackers are available at the confectioner's stores and supermarkets.

New Year's Parade

It is one of the best events that takes place on the eve of New Year's. Thousands of dancers, singers and entertainers come to the city for this event. Marching takes place through different streets of the city. This parade starts on the 31st December and continues through to 1st January.

Dress Code

The city of Paris is known as the fashion hub not only of France, but also of the entire Europe. Many high-end venues make it compulsory to adhere to a certain dress code during the New Year's celebrations in this city.
Celebrations on the street however, do not require any specific dress code. In fact, people celebrating on streets prefer wearing casuals (jeans and T-shirts) for the occasion. One thing to keep in mind is to be aware of pickpockets as they take advantage of the crowd and noise for the purpose of thieving.
The city of Paris is well-known for its colorful and exciting celebrations. You can choose from a variety of events that appeal to your nature and way of celebrating. All in all, the New Year's Eve in Paris should present you with a wonderful experience.