Best destinations to celebrate New Year's Eve in Europe
Are you tired of seeing the same faces on New Year’s Eve? Do you want to see new landscapes, new environments, to meet new people? Discover the best destinations to celebrate New Year’s in Europe and find the best hotels deals for a wonderful New Year’s Eve in Madeira, Berlin, London, Paris, Reykjavik, Brussels, Vienna, Prague, Rome or Dubrovnik.
Why? London is a special place at the turn of the year. The city is lit up and establishments across the capital will pull out all the stops to make this New Year’s Eve in London a memorable one. So, get your nearest and dearest together and say cheers to 2017. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, London’s night skies will be a blaze of light and colour with a display of stunning pyrotechnics from the river on London’s famous South Bank, presented by the Mayor of London and Unicef.
London continues to usher in the New Year on 1 January with the New Year’s Day Parade. This year marks the 30th annual parade to march through London and there will be 8,500 performers representing 20 countries world-wide and from across the London Boroughs, including marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, acrobats and much more. ©visitlondon
MADEIRA ISLANDS, PORTUGAL
Where? From the deck of your cruise ship or from the port of Funchal, the fireworks are so huge that you cannot miss it.
Why? The famous fireworks display, officially recognized by the Guinness World Records, in 2006, as the largest display of fireworks in the world.
This magnificent scenario, of rare beauty, is simply unique, with thousands of multi-coloured lamps decorating the amphitheater of Funchal, transforming it into a grandiose stage. As the clock strikes twelve, on the 31st, the sky is lit up with colour, light and hope in a new year that is just beginning. Don’t miss it and come to live up this event in Madeira! ©visitmadeira.pt
Where? At the Brandenburger Gate
Why? Berlin is celebrating New Year’s Eve in style — with around one million visitors gathering at the Brandenburg Gate to welcome in 2017! All the traditional treats are lined up — more than two kilometres of fun stages for shows, party tents, light and laser shows as well as a mass of food and drink stands. The spectacular firework display starts at midnight on the dot — like the clinking of glasses as Berliners and visitors toast the New Year in. The following parties will last well into the small hours! ©visitberlin.de
Where? On a boat.
Why? The Eiffel Tower, the Seine, the bridges of Paris … a magical setting for a New Year celebration. And for a night you’ll never forget, there is a special festive menu (scallop céviche, duckling breast, Christmas Log) and entertainment from a live orchestra. Please note that guests must be dressed appropriately to board the boat. ©paris.info
Where? Princes Street in the heart of the city of Edinburgh.
Why? Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the biggest and best New Year celebrations in the world. Things get underway on 30 December with the spectacular Torchlight Procession. Join thousands of torch carriers as they create a river of fire from the historic Royal Mile to the son et lumiére and fireworks finale on Calton Hill.
On Hogmanay itself, the action moves to Princes Street in the very heart of the city of Edinburgh beneath the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Around 80,000 people party their way into the new year at the Concert in the Gardens featuring incredible live music and entertainment from headlining band Biffy Clyro, DJ’s, giant screens, outdoor bars and of course, the world-famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks on the castle ramparts. ©VisitScotland
Where? Avenida dos Aliados, in front of the Porto City Hall.
Why? New Year’s Eve in Porto can be celebrated in several locations around the city. On December 31st, there are many street parties and more elaborate programs that serve as options for the thousands of tourists that choose to celebrate the New Year in Porto.
The largest party takes place on Avenida dos Aliados, in front of the Porto City Hall. This is where the largest number of people gather together and the night always features musical entertainment and fireworks. However, if you prefer, you can spend New Year’s Eve in a different manner: on board one of the various cruise ships that fill the Douro River on this night, for example. Porto’s nightclubs, on the other hand, prolong the night’s excitement until dawn. ©Visitporto&norte
Where? All around the city!
Why? Experience delirious tourist and cultural activities such as the Atomium and the Manneken Pis. Discover the charming city streets of the Fashion District shopping, packed with clothing and concept stores and a variety of authentic and trendy bars, each with their own selection of renowned Belgian beers. Expect more than 60 DJs in 15 New Year’s Eve parties around the city and a range of parties for all tastes, going from rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop to house and techno, as well as gay-friendly parties for which Brussels is known for. ©happybrussels
Where? Stradun (the main street of Dubrovnik).
Why? You can arrive in Dubrovnik from all the corners of the earth. You can leave it for the most different corners of the earth too, but you can also come back to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is not a city for one time; it’s a gift for a lifetime.
Great entertainment on New Year’s Eve 2016 is provided by the selection of the most famous Croatian performers. Dubrovnik residents and their guests will start welcoming the New Year with a rich music and entertainment program. ©dubrovnik.hr
Where? City Hall Square and in the Prater.
Why? At the change of year, the whole of Vienna is given over to partying and dancing. The New Year’s Eve Trail in the Old City is the highlight. A great ambience can be enjoyed as much at a gala dinner or festive ball as it can at a concert, the opera, in a hip club or a sophisticated bar. ©wien.info
Where? Imperial Forum.
Why? The province of Rome is a matching frame for the many treasures of the capital, and the surrounding area has, more or less directly, experienced the influence of the history of the Eternal City. Rome is probably one of the most romantic places for your New Year’s Eve, the Eternal City of love.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Where? Letná Gardens.
Why? Prague has been considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world since Middle Ages. Adjectives such as “golden,” “city of a hundred spires,” “the crown of the world” were attributed to Prague, which is located right in the heart of Europe. Prague welcomes the year with a traditional fireworks display.
The fireworks will be launched from Letná Parks and can be best watched from the bridges and embankments. ©praha.eu
Where? The Terreiro do Paço. From 9pm (metro station: Terreiro do Paço)
Why? On December 31st Lisbon dresses up to welcome the New Year. Thousands of people fill the city main streets and public squares to celebrate amongst “New Year” friends.
The Terreiro do Paço will be the giant party hall for the city’s New Year’s celebrations, featuring lots of entertainment to mark the passage into the New Year. Lisbon has begun the countdown to its big New Year’s Eve night, which will be held in Terreiro do Paço. But this New Year’s Eve promises much more. To mark the entry of the New Year, Lisbon’s skies will light up with a fabulous fireworks display and musical entertainment.
Do not make any more plans for New Year ... and enter Lisbon’s largest “living room,” Terreiro do Paço, with a fabulous view of the River Tagus and the best Portuguese music. ©Visitlisboa
Where? Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm.
Why? Like many other festive occasions in Sweden, the New Year has become increasingly dominated by the traditional offerings of the media. Each year ends with a live broadcast from the Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm, where the bells chime and a New Year’s verse (interestingly enough by the British poet Lord Alfred Tennyson) is solemnly declaimed to the nation. There’s something nice and secure about rounding off the year in front of the TV in your living room.
Many, however, prefer the cold night air. Those who are not lucky enough to live in a town flat with a view tend to seek out public places at midnight from where they can fire off rockets and sneak a look at other people’s firework displays. You stand there, enveloped in your heavy winter coat, gazing open-mouthed as the horizon — whether high-rise buildings in silhouette or a sparse line of pine-trees — comes alight, flashing and crackling. ©sweden.se
Where? All around the city!
Why? There is no other place like Gdansk. Other cities can just resemble Gdansk. Its unique location and over a thousand years’ history shape Gdansk’s expressive and distinctive character and give it strong and implicit recognition among European cities.
Nonetheless, the city holds an abundance of mysteries; it has its own spirit which makes it impossible to mistake Gdansk for any other place. ©gdansk4u
Where? Although there are no official city sponsored events, there are plenty of private parties and smaller happenings going on all over the city.
Why? New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik is an extraordinary experience, especially given the fact that there are no official firework displays in the city. This legendary night is very much created by the people of Reykjavik who collectively do an amazing job. At 11:35 p.m., a brilliant display of fireworks is unleashed as 200,000 people (approx. the population of Reykjavík) set off around 500 tons of fireworks. After midnight, the nightclubs and pubs remain open and the celebrations go on well into the morning. ©visitreykjavik.is
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