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New Year's Eve in Paris

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A view of the Champs-Elysees on New Year's Eve in Paris, France


Paris: Lighting Up the City of Light

The City of Light is always spectacular in the evening, but on New Year's Eve, Paris turns into a mass of twinkling gems. The Champs-Elysées is the place to head if you want to be at the center of the party. Starting at around 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve, people start to flock to the famous street, often bringing along bottles of wine and Champagne and plastic flutes. Don't worry; there are lots of places along the Champs-Elysées, all the way down to the Arc de Triomphe, where you can find good views of the Eiffel Tower to watch the midnight fireworks. For a mellower fête, head to Sacre Coeur Cathedral plaza. And, don't be surprised if you both give and receive kisses (small ones on each cheek) to the throngs around you when the clock strikes midnight and you shout 'Bonne Année!' to one and all.

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(Updated: 11/04/13 CT)

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