Eiffel Tower (120 Years Old) Will Sparkle in the Sky every night for 3 months!

by Tory Hoen

The Eiffel Tower is one of those icons that still thrills me every time it sneaks into my line of vision. Whether from the rue de Belleville in the 19th, the steps of the Panthéon in the 5th, or the bridges on the western end of the Seine, the tower quietly asserts itself from hundreds of vantage points around the city, reminding us of how Paris’ beauty can sneak up on you at any moment. I would argue that the tower is at its most stunning at night when it is glittering against the blackened sky. Anyone who has ever crossed one of Paris’ bridges to suddenly look up and witness the shimmering lights can attest to the undeniable magic of that moment—however clichéd it might be.

This year, the Eiffel Tower turns 120 years old. In celebration, the tower will have the first of its new light shows this Thursday (October 22) at 8pm. The display will last 12 minutes (one minute for each decade the tower has stood) and will repeat every night for the next three months.

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Those in Paris should make a point to witness the real thing, but even our international readers can partake in the spectacle. The French car company Citroen will position 10 cars around the tower (each equipped with a camera to capture the action from a different angle), and the show will be broadcast on the company’s site:

Make sure to tune in—or look out your window–Thursday night at 8:00pm.

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Written by Tory Hoen for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Tory Hoen

After attending Brown University and spending two years in New York, Tory bought a one-way ticket to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a writer (and of drinking wine at lunch). During her time in the City of Light, she chronicled the euphoric highs and the laughable lows of ex-pat life on her blog, A Moveable Beast. Though she's now based in New York, she travels frequently to Montreal and Brazil, and she'll use just about any excuse to jet to Paris ("I ran out of fleur de sel"). A regular contributor to Hip Paris, Tory also writes for New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and she is a co-author of's Guide To Life After College. View Tory Hoen's Website

2 comments on “Eiffel Tower (120 Years Old) Will Sparkle in the Sky every night for 3 months!

delightful xx

CHEERS! I wish i could be in Paris today,
But i’ll watch on TV

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