Who cares if it was raining? Who cares if the entire area surrounding the Eiffel Tower was blocked off by police. It was Paris and at the stroke of midnight the lights flashed on the tower and fireworks went off in nearby areas. If you can spend a New Year’s Eve anywhere in the world, do it in Paris!
Some “Musts” In Winter
- Ride the ferris wheel at night.
- Have a hot chocolate at “Angelina’s” on Rue de Rivoli.
- Sit at an outdoor cafe and have a vin chaud.
- Go to the Louvre at night and walk back to your home along the Seine.
- Visit Marché Aux Puces —just pass by the flea markets at Porte de Clignancourt. It will be worth the walk to see the antiques (Marché de Brion) and some bric a brac.
For New Year’s Eve:
- buy fresh oysters (already shucked) and eat
- with steak and wine.
- to the Pont de Bir Hakeim (bridge), just west of the Eiffel Tower to watch the light show at the stroke of midnight.
- And be sure to bring a bottle of champagne and glasses to bring in the new year!
Check out this post for more details about having an inexpensive New Year’s Eve in Paris with oysters, champagne, and the Eiffel Tower.
Over Christmas and New Year’s walk along the Champs Elysee where there is a Christmas/Winter market with stalls selling crafts and food (such as a gaufre–waffle). There is a fair-like atmosphere.