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Welcoming The New Year in Paris

December 26, 2020
To be in one of the world's most beautiful cities to welcome the new year must feel incredible! Major cities always do this holiday the best. When the people are out and about, the fireworks are just about ready to go off, and everyone's just having a good. It's a pretty lively scene to start the new year. This coming New Year's Eve, however, that might not pan out as expected. The Covid-19 pandemic still looms largely around the world. So, unfortunately, even a city like Paris might not do their annual New Year's traditions. Still, you ought to know about them, right?
Welcoming The New Year in Paris


Marvel at The Eiffel Tower Light Show

When it comes to any holiday in Paris, rest assured, the Eiffel Tower is going to get involved somehow. How could it not? It's practically the most famous landmark in the entire French capital. Even on a normal day, the tower is a crowded monument. What more when the world is celebrating a special day? Like New Year's Eve! On this holiday, The Eiffel Tower and the area surrounding it becomes a huge party. Mostly because of the stunning light show during New Year's Eve. It's a great, grand, and celebratory way to welcome the new year!
Welcoming The New Year in Paris
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Seeing the Fireworks By The Arc de Triomphe

If you prefer fireworks, however, you might want to head to another iconic Paris landmark—the Arc de Triomphe! Against this world-renowned arc is a blinding fireworks display that goes off the moment the clock strikes 12. As loud as the cheers of the people in the city, the fireworks explode one after another, providing quite the sight to end the year. It's so grand and exciting, you'd think it was Bastille Day or something! Nope, it's New Year's Eve. And it's on this special holiday that the often peaceful and regal monument becomes the backdrop for a wonderful fireworks display!
Welcoming The New Year in Paris
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A Huge Party in Champs-Élysées

Of course, since the Arc de Triomphe becomes one of the main stars of the show on New Year's Eve, it's only natural that the Champs-Élysées is just as lively, right? On this special night, the most famous avenue in Paris—arguably even in the entire world too!—becomes the venue for the biggest street party in the city. You'll see people dancing, drinking, singing, and just having a plain old good time, all to welcome the new year ahead. While most of the luxury fashion stores here remain closed, the area outside them is turned into quite the nightlife scene.
Welcoming The New Year in Paris
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Dancing at The Sacre-Coeur

If you thought the Champs-Élysées looks completely different on New Year's Eve, wait until you go to Sacre-Coeur! One of the grand churches of Paris—as well as one of the few that hears English-speaking masses—this special night sees the famous steps leading up to it becoming one of the many big street parties in the city. Though the scale is often a lot smaller compared to that in the Champs-Élysées, it's still quite the celebration here as well. But should we really be surprised? Sure, on ordinary days, the top attraction is a grand church. But then again, it is located in Montmartre, after all!
Welcoming The New Year in Paris
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Watching the Can-Can at the Moulin Rouge

If you're not up to dancing on New Year's Eve, there's still a place where you can watch people dance instead. And it's also one of the most iconic places in Paris—the Moulin Rouge! This famous red-colored cabaret quite often becomes a highlight during the holidays. What's not to love? Glamour? Check! Opulence? Check! A tinge of nostalgia? Check! And a little bit of sexiness? Checks all around! Watch the cabaret's talented dancers do their thing on stage, continuing the centuries-old tradition and keeping a huge part of Parisian culture alive! Of course, their New Year's Eve shows are always spectacular too!
Welcoming The New Year in Paris
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Cruising on The Seine

Let's face it, as wild, lively, and exciting as Paris is during New Year's Eve, not everyone's going to want to party. And that's alright! Fortunately, there are many places within the French capital that don't have to involve dancing, singing, and that lot! There are those that just want to welcome the new year quietly, peacefully, and with a whole lot of rest and relaxation. The River Seine is one of them! You can cruise this famous body of water as the rest of the city parties on during this holiday night. You don't know just how serene it is to float along this river until you've done it yourself!
Welcoming The New Year in Paris
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Popping Open the Champagne

Finally, wherever in Paris you are, whatever it is that you're doing as the clock strikes twelve, don't forget to pop open the champagne! Champagne is a holiday mainstay of celebrating the Holidays the Parisian way! In fact, here in the French capital, no celebration is complete without this sparkling beverage! Especially since there are so many treats you can pair the drink with this season! The clinking of champagne glasses is just as common a sound during New Year's eve as the sounding of the trumpet, fireworks going off, and people screaming and shouting about.
Welcoming The New Year in Paris
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There's arguably no other place best suited to welcome the new year than in Paris, the 'City of Lights!' Where else but the French capital will you see big parties, stunning fireworks display, and a whole lot of champagne popping to end the year right?

Staying in Paris for the New Year is only better when you're living in a luxury rental! Don't you forget it!




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