Ring in the New Year in Paris……Illinois > not France!

A few New Year’s Eve parties are planned in the Paris community to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

The fact that New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday this year will not hinder celebrations in Paris, following action by Mayor Craig Smith, who is allowing exceptions for the holiday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. for bars, clubs and restaurants with bar sales.

Mayor Smith said that the exception for special open and closing hours on New Years Eve Sunday was made from a concern for public safety. He explained that because most communities around Paris are operating alcohol sales on that night, the concern became that people would travel out of town to celebrate, then return on roadways, endangering themselves and others.

“This occurs every seven years,” said the Mayor. “The police have been notified which establishments will be open.” He elaborated that no package sales or carry out sales will be allowed on New Year’s Eve Sunday.

For an evening of fine dining, The Tuscany restaurant in Paris offers a special New Year’s Eve menu including appetizers and entrees. Hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dining, and bar hours are 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. with appetizers. Champagne or dessert included with entree. Reservations are now being accepted.

The American Legion’s New Year’s Eve Party will feature the Nosey Joe Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, December 31. Party favors and champagne are compliments of the American Legion. Saturday, December 30 the Jam Band will be the featured entertainment at The Legion to kick-start the weekend celebration.

The Family Traditions band will anchor the Veterans of Foreign Wars party for members and guests only on Saturday and Sunday nights, December 30 and 31, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

The PIlgrim Blues Band will play from 8 to 12 p.m. Saturday at the Rosebud Saloon, 112 E. Court Street. The band plays a variety of music including danceable rock, blues and a little bit of country, and features Dave Frisse, Will Cox, John Beeson, John Ford and Doris Stuckey.

Hilda’s Sundown Saloon at 230 N. Main Street will be open New Year’s Eve from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Disc jockey music starts at 8 p.m. until closing.

For a different venue and family entertainment, the Paris Theatre offers two movies: “Charlotte’s Web” and “Night at the Museum.” 

For further information > City of Paris, 206 S Central Ave, Paris, IL 61944, USA. tel (217) 465-7601, fax (217) 466-1308. http://parisillinois.org