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New Year's eve 2020 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 20th to January 8th, 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. Complement your stay with a tour to Mont Saint Michel, a world's marvel far less crowded than at any other time. Things to do in Paris.
The Champs-Elysées are one of the most famous avenues in the world. The traditional New Year's Eve on Champs-Elysées is magnified by the illuminations, the best in town.
The traditional Christmas Market has been cancelled and replaced by a market close-by in Tuileries Gardens.
The Champs-Elysées are fully packed with people celebrating the New Year making them the largest New Year's Eve gathering place. There are no New Year's Eve fireworks. The City of Paris is staging a grandiose videoshow on Arc de Triomphe at 11h30pm. Be on Champs-Elysées with another 600 000 people to watch the show and celebrate 2020. Come with your bottle of Champagne to drink it at midnight.
Many Parisians spend New Year's Eve in a restaurants 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.
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.
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, Chez Jenny and La Strasbourgeoise are four brasseries open 7 days a week, including Christmas day and New Year's day. Paris brasseries.
Spend New Year's Eve at Moulin Rouge or Lido, Opera Bastille or Opera Garnier. Check top nightlife venues for a spectacular New Year's Eve in the city of lights.
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.
If you are in Paris for New Year's Eve, we warmly recommend you to spend one extra day and visit Mont Saint Michel on a one day coach tour from Paris. Mont Saint Michel is one of the world's marvels. Mont Saint Michel facts.
Mont Saint Michel is often very crowded in the summer. Try to visit it off season. December or January are perfect.