Paris on New Years Eve

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1. Posted by HeatherHa (Budding Member 26 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Can I get some ideas on what to do in Paris on New Years Eve? I am not a drinker, and I won't go to clubs. I know that leaves a lot out...but I am sure there are still many things to do or places to go. Anyone????

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Never been for New Year this is based on guess work and vague memories of people's stories, but by far the most obvious place where people tend to congregate is along the Champs Elysee. Lots of people etc, although what there is to actually do, i don't know!

Would guess around the Eiffel Tower is another possibility, especially if you cross the river and go up in front of, what the heck is that building called - Le Palais des Nations at a wild guess? as your then high enough to see all the fireworks and the Tower lit up at midnight.

Wait and see what Paris Guru Katie and some others say though!

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
I was in Paris for New Year 03/04.
Paris is a wonderful place at any time, but the crisp air and bright days made it great for walking around.
I have to say that there were absolutely NO FIREWORKS WHATSOEVER at midnight, and it was a bit of a disappointment, as we were stood on the footbridge down the river (can't remember what it was called, but the one next to Pont Neuf which they used in the last episode of Sex and the City - BEFORE they did it!)
Everybody was waiting, and at midnight the tower lit up for two minutes and that was it.
To make matters worse, there was rioting on the Champs Elysees - I have no idead why, but we saw the sirens.
The Pailais de Chaillot, across the river from the tower might be a good place for a view, but beware pickpockets - my partner had her bag rifled here, but she'd put her make-up in her purse and zipped her money away elsewhere.
I'm not painting a good picture am I?
Don't be put off, but go because Paris is a wonderful place at any time and enjoy its permanent 'vibe'. And keep your eyes peeled for the light-fingered!

4. Posted by le_ffrench (Budding Member 39 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

On every new year, people indeed gather to the Champs Elysées, which are closed to road trafic. The area usually gets quite lively, sometimes a bit too much. Metro and suburban trains stay open all night which means that bad guys from the northern suburbs can freely access central Paris and take advantage of the crowds to do pretty much what they want. A friend of mine had her mobile phone stolen there. I must add the police is generally there to limit their actions.

The only time I went into central paris for New year's eve was in 1999/2000. There were huge fireworks around the Eiffel Tower and Ferris wheels on the Champs Elysées. Everywhere, people were cheering and very friendly. I had never seen so many empty bottles of champagne on the streets :-)

There are other activities possible on new year's eve. Every major restaurant and cabaret sets up a special menu (at a special price).

Stevieh, the foot bridge newt to the Pont Neuf is the Pont des Arts

Gelli, the large building facing the Eiffel Tower is the Trocadero

5. Posted by HeatherHa (Budding Member 26 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Wow, this is great information!!! I was really looking forward to the fireworks...and I am glad I know the truth now. I enjoyed the pictures also. :)

6. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Who are these "bad guys from the northern suburbs"? I stayed in Deuil-la-Barre in the northern suburbs for a week and I felt very safe the entire time! Where are the bad parts of this area? Thanks.


7. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Gelli

Wait and see what Paris Guru Katie and some others say though!

Sadly, I have never been in Paris during a New Year's Eve celebration, but I can tell you what I found on the net. Depending on how much you want to spend here are some things I've found that have happened in the past:

  • Diner cruise on the Seine that departs and returns by the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Cabaret Shows at the Moulin Rouge (which I'm sure will be pretty pricey on new years)
  • Fireworks in the Jardin des Tuileries (the garden in front of the Louvre)
  • Lots of pre-packaged dinner and dancing deals, more expensive if they are close to the fireworks.
  • I hear lots of people go to party in Montmartre too.

Not as helpful as I hoped I'd be, lol. Hope yuo have a blast though!

Katie ;)