2018 has flown over, it only feels like yesterday when we welcomed the New Year with open arms. As we get merry on all things Christmas, we have no doubt that the remaining few weeks will be gone in a flash. So there is no better time to finalise those New Year’s Eve plans than right now!
Whether you spend New Year’s Eve snuggled up on the sofa celebrating with loved ones, at a house party or one of the many pubs and clubs across the nation, maybe it’s time to break the mould and welcome the New Year with a brand new tradition?
It isn’t too late to book the ultimate New Year City break and say hello to 2019 in one of these fantastic cities!
Renowned for hosting some of Europe’s biggest open air parties, Krakow has a number of free events around the city to celebrate the New Year in style. Ring in 2019 in Rynek Glowny, the Medieval Square, with a light and laser show as live pop acts get you busting out your best dance moves!
Paris may save its fireworks for Bastille Day but it still lights up the night’s sky. Prepare to be mesmerized with the laser show at the Champs Elysees. Looking for something more sophisticated? Indulge in a dinner and cruise down the Seine. What could be more magical than sipping champagne with your loved one as the clock strikes 12? With the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop you’re guaranteed to have the perfect midnight kiss.
With 2km of food stalls, live music and entertainment stretching from Bradenburg Gate to Victory Column, Berlin has something for everyone. Watch the fireworks in Alexanderplatx then continue the celebration with an 8 in 1 club ticket and party ‘til dawn.
Make sure you wrap up warm as Amsterdam hosts a number of free parties across the city’s public squares with celebrations at Leidseplein, Dam Square and Rembrandtplein continuing into the early hours of 2019. If you’re looking for somewhere a little warmer, head to any number of the bars and clubs that Amsterdam has to offer - most supporting some of the top DJ’s! Clubbing not your scene? Take to the water and ring in the New Year on Amsterdam’s infamous canals.
Give Stockholm a whirl as you chassé around the ice rink at Kungstradgrden. Saunter down to Skansen to the open air museum for the traditional reading of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s ‘Ring out Wild Bells’. Don’t miss the fireworks near the water’s edge in the old town’s inner harbour. Not ready to call it a night? Take your best moves and dancing shoes to the bars and restaurants of Sodermalmsto.
Knowing how to put on a remarkable show, Madeira held the official Guinness World Record for the largest firework display in the world from New Year’s Eve 2006 to 2012. Watch their spectacular firework display light up the unique amphitheatre city’s bay. As the midnight sky illuminates in colour, the Madeira Classic Orchestra is the perfect accompaniment down at the city pier. Take to the sea, or one of the surrounding hills, for the best advantage points.
New Year’s Day is Prague’s official firework display but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to celebrate the turn of the year in style. Enjoy a luxury cruise along the Danube River or spoil yourself with a Mozart Gala Dinner. Celebrations take to the streets in Wenceslas, Old Town Square and Charles Bridge with views of the castle and the fireworks on New Year’s Day.
Most famous for being the best place to see the Northern Lights in Europe, it isn’t only the aurora that lights up Reykjavik’s skies on New Year’s Eve! All over the city residents light fireworks with the skies only going dark and the streets quiet as they head indoors to watch Aramotaskaup. Ring in the New Year on top of Oskjuhlio Hill (or any high ground) and watch the night sky light up in a spectacular sea of colours. You never know you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!
As 2018 heads towards the departure gate, which city are you going to land 2019 in?