The Best Destinations in Europe for a New Years Eve Getaway
Whether you're looking for spectacular firework displays, big nights out or cosy nights in, Europe has some of the best destinations in the world for celebrating New Year's Eve. Check out our top 5 recommendations below for ringing in the New Year in style.
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Berliners love a party and there's no better excuse for a party than New Year's Eve. One of Europe's biggest street parties takes place in Berlin every year between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. The celebrations kick off with live music and DJs in the evening and ends in a fantastic midnight firework display, free of charge for everyone.
Budapest is full of parties, concerts and special events for New Year's Eve, including legendary boat cruises on the River Danube. Book your flights and accommodation well in advance to get the cheapest prices and don't forget to pack your warmest gloves, scarves and boots. If you can survive the winter temperatures, you're in for an unforgettable New Year's Eve in Budapest.
Dublin's famous New Year's Festival attracts party-goers from around the world who flock to the Irish capital to ring in the New Year in style. Not to be missed is the Countdown Concert, which showcases some of the best Irish bands leading up to midnight, while light and laser shows illuminate the night sky. There's no doubt that Dublin knows how to party with the best.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is one of the most popular cities in Europe to celebrate New Year's Eve and for good reason. Find a restaurant or bar with a rooftop terrace to appreciate the firework displays up close and personal - remember to book up early to guarantee the best seats in the house. At ground level, the Amsterdam Light Festival illuminates the maze of canals.
Madeira goes all out for New Year's Eve festivities. It has been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records for having the 'Greatest Firework Show in the World' celebrating the arrival of a new year. As well as unforgettable fireworks displays, Madeira parties hard on December 31st until the small hours of the next morning. Book night club tickets far in advance for entry to some of the best parties on the island.
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New Years Eve Getaways in the UK: The Top 5
The UK has a fantastic choice of New Year's Eve getaways for families, couples and groups of friends alike. Be sure to plan ahead to gain access to the best events the country has to offer. You're sure to have an amazing night with your loved ones, an evening you'll never forget.
If you can brave the cold, London is the ultimate UK destination for an unforgettable New Year's Eve. Every year the sky above the English capital lights up like nowhere else with a spectacular fireworks display set against the iconic London skyline. Tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to book well before. New Year's Eve in London is a fantastic bucket list item for families and couples.
Newcastle is one of the top party destinations in the UK, so it's no surprise that Geordieland goes all out for New Year's Eve. The annual Midnight Firework Display on Newcastle Quayside is a popular attraction with locals and visitors. Every year the banks of the River Tyne are overflowing with well-wishers, ready for the big countdown. The Geordies love a party.
New Year's Eve is known as Hogmanay in the Scottish capital. Edinburgh celebrates the New Year with a 3-day festival full of concerts, parties and street parades. Hogmanay takes place at various locations across the city centre, so do your research and book tickets in plenty of time to avoid disappointment!
The Welsh are famous for their love of partying and New Year's Eve is no exception. Head to Cardiff Winter Wonderland to enjoy the rides then go ice-skating staying to watch the Midnight Firework Display over Cardiff Civic Centre welcoming the New Year with a bang. If you're keen to party, be sure to book tickets for one of Cardiff's many NYE club nights. Get ready to party into the new year.
Newquay is a surprisingly popular destination to spend New Year's Eve as the town comes alive every year in celebration. Visitors and locals of all ages don their best fancy dress as part of an annual tradition. They then make their way to Central Square for the countdown to midnight, followed by a spectacular firework display over Newquay Harbour.