Best Places for New Year Celebrations
Our New Year’S Eve mini cruise may have sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy New Year on the continent. So why not try these on for size?
So our New Year Mini Cruise is all sold out, but why not head over with our Amsterdam
hotel break option? Club nights turn into street parties as locals and tourists celebrate together. Christmas markets will still be up, so you can dine on local delicacies, getting a taste of the culture. Make sure ‘oliebollen’ (small Dutch donuts) and ‘appelflappen’ are included. The city’s official fireworks display takes place at Oosterdok.
The Queen’s early evening speech silences the city, so tune in for it at 6pm. There’s also the ringing of the City Hall clock at midnight, with everyone seeing in the New Year by singing the national anthem, sharing a bite of ‘kransekage’ (marzipan cake), washing it all down with some fizzy. For fireworks, head to Tivoli Gardens. Ride the attractions until 10pm, then wrap up warm for the pyrotechnics at midnight.
Watch a profusion of fireworks, the largest in the UK, as Big Ben strikes 12 and celebrate New Year in London. Crowds flood to see the spectacle, set against a backdrop of the London eye.
Alternatively, take a cruise down the Thames, with a dinner or party cruises available. Dance all night at an array of swanky clubs, or opt for a classy evening with a gourmet meal and splendid views.
Wish everyone ‘Bonne Année’ followed by ‘bises’ (small kisses on either cheek), all with a glass of crisp Champagne in hand, because where better to enjoy it? The Eiffel Tower becomes illuminated at midnight, conducting its own light show. There’s also a parade at the Champs-Elysées (where you’re also guaranteed a good view of the Eiffel Tower) with fantastic floats and a brass band.
The 2km stretch between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column turns into a massive street party. There’s live music, food and drinks stalls and a light show. Fireworks kick off at midnight, and there’s no official closing time.
Spend the day in Grunewald at the pancake race. Watch runners in fancy dress attempt to race while flipping pancakes.
Place de Brouckère is the centre of attention in Brussels as the New Year is seen in with an extraordinary display of fireworks. There’ll be plenty of live entertainment, including DJs, as well as a sound and light show. There’s plenty to choose from, too, with around 15 NYE parties across Brussels for you to choose from.
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