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New Year Eve Paris

New Year's eve 2023 is a great occasion to come to Paris. Spend New Year's Eve on the Champs-Elysées as many Parisians and tourists do. The illuminations of Champs-Elysées, from November 21st to January 9th, are spectacular. Parisians have a party or spend New Year's Eve in a restaurant. Most of them have special menus and dancing. Although there are no fireworks, the Eiffel Tower is nicely illuminated. You can book a restaurant with Eiffel Tower view if you are quick and can afford it. New year's day is quiet in Paris. Most venues are closed. Great time to walk around. Trip to Paris.

Paris fireworks New Year's Eve

The traditional New Year's Eve on Champs-Elysées is magnified by the illuminations, the best in town.

The City of Paris is organizing a show from the Arc de Triomphe, free and open to all, to celebrate the transition to the New Year. It includes an electronic music concert lasting about 1.30 to 2 hours followed by fireworks of around 5 to 6 minutes fired from the Arc-de-Triomphe, including a countdown before the start of the New Year.

The Champs-Elysées are fully packed with people celebrating the New Year making them the largest New Year's Eve gathering place. Be on Champs-Elysées with many thousand people to watch the fireworks and show and celebrate 2023. Come with your bottle of Champagne to drink it at midnight.

New Year's Eve on Champs-Elysées
New Year's Eve on Champs-Elysées

New Year's Eve dinner cruise

Many Parisians spend New Year's Eve in a restaurant in Paris. Most restaurants are open and have special gastronomic menus plus animation and dance. Prices are expensive. Check the restaurant web sites for reservations. Many are fully booked long in advance.

As a once in a life time option, select the magical New Year's Eve dinner cruise. The warm and welcoming boat-restaurant team will seat you at your table, where you will partake in a festive New Year’s Eve dinner. Head out for five hours of unforgettable partying in the heart of Paris.

You will have a meal specially designed for the occasion, with all of the delicacy and diversity of French cuisine. The New Year's Eve festivities begin with a Champagne aperitif, while enjoying the panoramic view over the Seine. You will discover French gastronomy during an enchanted boat ride. The glass enclosed boat lets you view the superb bridges of Paris and the magnificent illuminated sights that show off the magic of the Holiday Season. You will see the leading sites such as the Louvre, Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower. The evening continues with dancing, led by a DJ who will keep the action going all night long! Check list of special new year events.

New Year' Eve dinner cruise in Paris
New Year' Eve dinner cruise in Paris

Restaurants open on New Year's day

It is very difficult to find a good restaurant in Paris open on New Year's day. The brasseries are the exception. They have large and beautiful dining rooms, atmosphere, shellfish, sauerkraut, beer and Alsatian wine. The brasseries are affordable and quite popular with locals. Somehow neglected by foodies, they are at the heart of the Parisian way of life.

La Coupole, Mollard, l'Alsace are three brasseries open 7 days a week, including Christmas day and New Year's day.

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Paris brasserie: L'Alsace
Paris brasserie: L'Alsace

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Paris nightlife on New Year's Eve

Spend New Year's Eve at Moulin Rouge, Opéra Bastille or Opéra Garnier. Check top nightlife venues for a spectacular New Year's Eve in the city of lights.

Special New Years Eve events
Moulin Rouge
Opéra Bastille
Opéra Garnier

Shopping on New Year's Eve

Shopping Malls and Department Stores are open on December 31st, although sometimes they close earlier than on a normal day. Check their web site before going.

Most food shops and markets are open on December 31st. During the weeks before Christmas and New Year's Eve, they sell products of very high quality. The traditional dishes for Christmas and New Year's Eve are oysters, turkey, the buche, a desert. Most people drink Champagne.

Celebrate New Year in Paris

At New Year's, the city is wonderfully illuminated at night, with colors and lights which give the city a magical and unique atmosphere. Experience a magic New Year on the Seine River. An unforgettable evening on the Seine to celebrate New Year. A superb view over the most beautiful monuments of the city. A refined, gourmet dinner cruise. Admire the superb illuminations along the cruise.

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New Year dinner cruise
New Year dinner cruise
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