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What to expect in Paris over the New Year holiday

I will be in Paris for the weekend of New Year's with my wife and 3 teenage children for five days.
12/30: Friday
12/31: Saturday
1/1: Sunday
1/2: Monday
1/3: Tuesday
I expect most sights to be closed Sunday, New Years day, and then again on Monday, Jan 2, in observation of New Year's Day. So of the 5 days we are in Paris, two are not really available for traditional museums and sights.
Question: What will be open those two days, Jan 1-2? What should we plan on doing those two days?

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The wonderful Musee Jacquemart-Andre is open every day of the year. As well, and although I can't find confirmation of this, I would expect the Seine cruise boats to be running, perhaps on a reduced schedule. A walk around Montmartre would be nice, weather permitting, with maybe a visit to Sacre Coeur. If you google something like "walk routes in Paris" you will get ideas, again, weather permitting. You will need to work at it to find enough to occupy yourselves or you could just hunker down in whatever cafes you find open.

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Maybe this was a typo, but New Year's Day is 1 January, not 2 January.

Any place that is normally closed on Sunday and/or Monday will remain closed.
Any place that is normally open on Sunday and/or Monday will likely remain open.
It's a possibility that some places might open a little later on New Year's Day, to allow their employees to get some rest.
Restaurants, and stores will be open, so you won't starve.
Most people just take a nice long walk - especially if the weather's nice - to work off the calories they ingested on New Year's Eve.
All the public parks will be open.

Public transportation is free on New Year's Eve until the next morning.
You won't notice any disruption in public transportation while you're in Paris.
Taxis run on a regular basis, as do trains.

It will be easier for you to go to the official websites of any place you have in mind to visit, to get the dates of holiday closings.

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Vedettes du Pont Neuf will offer Seine cruises on 31 December, but the last tour leaves at 5:45 PM.
The website states that cruises will be available on 1 January, but on "the Sunday schedule". Nothing more definite than that.

Bateaux Parisiens books dinner cruises at more than 300 EU per person for New Year's Eve. I've gone twice, and it is definitely not worth it.
This company does not offer cruises on New Year's Day.