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New Years Eve in Paris to mark the end of and start of \3 will be marked by a spectacular light show centred on the Eiffel Tower. This replaces the more traditional pyrocechnic fireworks display. As well as this there will also be the usual festivities and street party on the Champs Elysees. The French call New Year's Eve "la Saint-Sylvestre". It is usually celebrated with a feast called le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre (also called Cap d'Any in Northern Catalonia). This feast customarily includes special dishes like foie gras , seafood such as oysters and drinks like champagne. The celebration can be a simple, intimate dinner with friends and family or a much fancier ball (une soirée dansante).

 

On le Jour de l'An (New Year's Day), friends and family exchange New Year's resolutions kisses and wishes, the main ones being "Bonne Année", Bonheur, Sante, Amour, Argent ("Good Year", Happiness, Health, Love and Money). Some people eat desserts made of ice cream. As well as the famous fireworks, there is a large parade that takes place for two days around New Years. The parade starts in nearby Chantilly and ends near the Trocadero (under the Eiffel Tower) on January 1. The parade includes thousands of performers, singers, dancers, and street entertainers that wind their way through the streets of Paris.

The holiday period ends on January 6 (The Twelfth Night) for the Epiphany , or Jour des Rois. On this day, they celebrate the Wise Men, eating a traditional type of flat pastry cake, la galette des rois, most often two sheets of puff pastry, filled with frangipane (almond paste). The cake contains a fève, small china character, that whoever finds becomes king or queen and get to wear a gold paper crown, then chose their partner. This tradition can last up to weeks. When the clock strikes midnight, you can catch a good view of the Eiffel Tower's exploding pyrotechnic display. Just be prepared for the fireworks going off around you too. In Paris, it is legal to buy and sell fireworks, and youths throughout the city like to set them off everywhere, sometimes even in the metro stations. Along or near Champs-Elysees, there are a good amount of spots where you can dine or dance for New Years in Paris.

Top places to head in the city on New Years Eve include Arc de Triomphe monument at the center of the Place de l'Étoile, Centre Georges-Pompidou, hosting the Paris Museum of Modern Art, The Eiffel Tower, Flame of Liberty, The Grand Palais, Montmartre, Notre Dame de Paris and the Parc de la Villette, hosting the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie.

There will be no shortages of places to stay, with Paris' hotel market catering to pretty much any budget range. Top places to look out for include Hotel des Trois Colleges, Hotel Concorde La Fayette, Castille Paris, Hôtel Au Manoir Saint Germain des Prés, The Westin Paris – Vendôme, Hôtel Left Bank Saint Germain des Prés, Hôtel Ritz Paris and Royal Monceau.

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