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Cheap and Cheerful New Year’s Eve in… Paris
Posted December 15th, 2011 - 6:00 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)

As the city of love, lights and Dom Perignon (or sparkling white for those travelling on a budget), Paris is constantly cited as one of the Top 5 New Year’s tourist destinations across the globe. Can’t say we’re surprised!
Indeed, while temperatures may be on the decline, the party is just heating up in the City of Light, as the Moulin Rouge, Eiffel Tower, Trocadero and Sacre Coeur prepare to say ‘Bonne Annee!’…

NYE fireworks and street parties

For those who enjoy the warmth of a crowd, the echo of a countdown and the never-ending fizz of some quality champagne, you can’t beat a New Years at one of Paris’ main tourist attractions, the Eiffel Tower. Indeed, while there may be no fireworks on offer for 2011/12, the absence is more than made up for by an excess of enthusiasm, a surplus of fine foods and one hell of a light show on the beautiful tower.

Champs-Elysees: For those keen on partying hard as the clock strikes 12am, there’s no better place to celebrate than the famous Champs-Elysees. After enjoying a mouth-watering French meal, people will generally start to arrive here at around 9pm, armed of course with the requisite champagne bottles, plastic flute glasses and picnic bags. As 31st December 2011 ticks over into January, you will score a picture-perfect view of the Eiffel Tower as it explodes into a sparkling dance of lasers and lights. Turn to the person next to you, clink your plastic glasses and wish them a happy New Year with the cry of ‘Bonne Annee!’

Hot tip: For the best front-row view of festivities, head early to Champ de Mars park in front of the Eiffel Tower. Bring wine, a picnic and an excess of warm clothing!

The Sacre Coeur: Not a fan of crowds but still want a taste of the action? Head to Sacre Coeur Cathedral Plaza in beautiful Montmartre – another favourite (yet significantly calmer) place to bid the year farewell. From here, assuming the skies are relatively clear, you should be afforded a spectacular view of the Paris skyline including the stunning light show on the Eiffel Tower (and any guerrilla firework displays that happen to be launched!) While still relatively crowded, the Montmartre street party is significantly more laid-back than its Champs-Elysees counterpart, and there are always plenty of nearby bars, cabarets and clubs to explore in the nearby Pigalle.

NYE transport

Don’t worry about staying a few metro stops away from Montmartre or the Champs-Elysees. Public transport will be free from 31 December to noon on 1 January, and the entire network will run until 2:15am (with some subways, buses and RER trains in operating throughout the night).
There are 300 stations around the city and it costs €1.70 per journey, or you can buy in bulk with 10 for €12.50.

Posted December 15th, 2011 - 7:43 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
They didn't mention the Eiffel Tower...