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New Year's Eve In Paris: A MapQuest Guide

On New Year's Eve in Paris, locals and visitors revel in the possibilities of the months to come. From ball drops to fireworks to First Night activities, every locale rings in the new year a little differently. As part of NewYearsQuest -- a MapQuest guide to the best New Year's Eve sights and sounds in the U.S. and in major cities around the world -- here are three recommended events for New Year's Eve 2011 in Paris.

Paris New Year's Eve Events Map


Illuminations At The Eiffel Tower

Paris’ answer to a traditional fireworks celebration appears in the form of a glittering Eiffel Tower on New Year’s Eve. At the stroke of midnight, one of the most recognizable structures in the world transforms into a sparkling spectacle of light, and spectators gather underneath to gaze at the LED light show. Open until 11 p.m. on Dec. 31, the tower provides the perfect vantage point to take in the City of Light when it is most lit up. Festivities within the tower range from touring and learning the history behind the iron wonder to dining in the world-famous restaurants and viewing Paris from the top. Regular admission prices (around $18 for adults) will be charged for entrance to the monument before 11 p.m., but there is no fee to witness the dazzling display at midnight.

Avenue Gustave Eiffel, Paris, iLe-De-France 75007 France

New Year's Celebration On The Avenue Des Champs-Elysees

Ring in the new year with a Parisian rendezvous along the famed Champs-Elysees. Huge crowds congregate outside on the bustling avenue to kiss the year au revoir at midnight. In addition to beautiful historical monuments, the avenue also features some of the best restaurants, bars, clubs and cabarets the French capital has to offer. Most of the venues, including famed cabaret Lido, boast special dinners and shows available exclusively on New Year's Eve. Additional information and a complete list of venues are available on the Champs-Elysees official website.

Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Paris, iLe-De-France 75008 France

Fireworks At Disneyland Paris

For a unique family-friendly celebration, visit Disneyland Paris on New Year's Eve. The popular vacation destination hosts an all-out New Year's Eve celebration, complete with a fireworks extravaganza, as well as shows, parades and special festive decor. Sleeping Beauty Castle sets the perfect backdrop for the celebratory fireworks that occur at midnight during the extended holiday hours at the park. Ticket prices vary according to several packages offered.

Disneyland Paris, Avenue du Parc, Chessy 77777 France

New Year's Eve In Paris: Video

The Eiffel Tower lights up the night with an illuminating LED light show at midnight, as shown in this video of the 2010 New Year's celebration.

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