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The Best New Year’s Eve Breaks in Europe

By JoMonday 24th December 2018

If you’re tired of spending the festive season in the same place, why not do something different this year? Whether you’re dreaming of dancing in Denmark, partying in Paris or sipping champagne in Stockholm, this handy guide will help you find the best break in Europe for New Year’s Eve.

London

New Years Eve London

Head to London to countdown with Big Ben and witness some of the most spectacular fireworks in the world. Watch from the banks of the Thames as the sky explodes with colour at the stroke of midnight, and raise a glass to the illuminated London Eye, Shard and Parliament buildings. Free public transport throughout the night will help you get from the dazzling display to one of the many afterparties, or to the exclusive soiree at the London Sky Bar.

Edinburgh

New Years Eve Edinburgh

Have the time of your life at the three-day Hogmanay Street Party in Edinburgh, a captivating combination of candlelit concerts, street parties and costumed parades. Dating back to 1993, the Hogmanay Street Party takes place all over the city, but the main celebration centres around Princess Street Gardens. As the bells strike midnight, join in with the biggest rendition of Auld Lang Syne and march with thousands of party-goers in an ethereal torchlight procession.

Stockholm

New Years Eve Stockholm

Celebrate the New Year in the Swedish snow at Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum. Sip some bubbly or traditional Swedish brannvin wine as you soak up the stunning firework display, accompanied by live music and unique entertainment on the Solliden stage. At midnight, the classic Alfred Lord Tennyson poem ‘Ring Out, Wild Bells’ is recited, before clubs and bars across Stockholm open for party-goers to dance the night away.

Venice

New years Eve Venice

Visit Venice on New Year’s Eve to experience the lively festivities in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. For an unparalleled view of iconic historic buildings and dazzling decorations, indulge in a candlelit dinner on a gondola as you drift down the Riva delle Zattere. As the clock strikes midnight, gather in Piazza San Marco to exchange a celebratory kiss among friends and family below an epic firework display.

Paris

New Years Eve Paris

Why not embrace the New Year in the mesmerising City of Love? Take in the spectacular sight of the illuminated Eiffel Tower as you sip a glass or fizz or fine wine with a loved one beneath the glittering fireworks display. Gather around the Arc de Triomphe for a luminous light show, featuring themed lasers, projections and music, before partying in one of the many luxury bars along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

Copenhagen

New years Eve Copenhagen

Copenhagen comes alive on New Year’s Eve, with celebratory dinners, sensational street parties and astounding events lighting up the city. Treat yourself to an evening of festive fun at the illuminated Tivoli Gardens, featuring daring fairground attractions and a world-renowned themed firework display. If you fancy a bite to eat, why not indulge in the traditional Danish New Year’s meal of boiled cod with homemade mustard sauce?

Barcelona

New Years Eve Barcelona

Celebrate like a true Spaniard at the Nochevieja show near the mystical Montjuïc Magic Fountain. Immerse yourself in the multimedia explosion of light and colour, combining live music with daring acrobatics and entertainment. You’ll be provided with a bag of 12 grapes to eat as the clock counts down, as is local tradition, before the fantastical fireworks display marks midnight.  

Iceland

New years Eve Iceland

Ring in the New Year in Reykjavik and bask in the warmth of the community bonfires spread around Iceland’s capital city. These festive fires encourage friends, families and well-wishers to reminisce on the past year in the early evening, before joining in the local tradition of watching sketch comedy TV show Skaupið at 10.30pm. Then, it’s time for firework displays, bountiful glasses of bubbly and an action-packed post-midnight party scene.

Although Reykjavik can be a little quieter on January 1st, some Icelanders choose to start the New Year with a splash by jumping in the freezing sea. If the weather is clear, you may even get a glance of the Northern Lights above Norway.

Berlin

New Years Eve Berlin

Raise a glass of Sekt to the world-renowned open air party at Brandenburg Gate and toast the New Year under a starry sky in the heart of Berlin. Make resolutions with your friends at a delectable dinner, before enjoying the festive fireworks, enrapturing laser shows and live entertainment in the centre. Berlin is home to some of the best night clubs in Europe, so strap on your dancing shoes and jive your way into January.

Madeira

New years Eve Madeira

If you’re looking for an explosive way to mark the New Year, head to the vibrant streets of Funchal in Madeira for Guinness World Records’ largest firework show in the world. To mark the ‘Festa’ season, the streets of Portugal are adorned with string lights, seasonal flowers and lapinhas. Strategically placed in the unique amphitheatre of the city bay, the hypnotising firework performance can be easily seen at sea.

If you’d like to make the end of this year one to remember, explore our European cruises to find your ideal New Year’s Eve break.

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