5 Best destinations to celebrate New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and if you’re hoping to bring in 2019 on foreign soil, we recommend booking your trip now.
Discover the best destinations to celebrate New Year in Europe and find the best hotels deals for a wonderful New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh, Berlin, Prague, Amsterdam and Barcelona.
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a world famous New Year festival, and presents three days of outstanding events.
Following last year’s sell-out, with revelers from over 70 countries joining celebrations, this year has a new street party featuring additional entertainment, a new stage and increased arena space. Not to mention one of the biggest fireworks displays on the planet!
Take a trip to Prague for New Year’s Eve and either bar hop around the amazing array of drinking holes, or find a spot on the banks of the Vltava to soak up the atmosphere. Celebrations also commemorate the creation of the present day Czech state (1 January 1993), and include copious amounts of Bohemia Sekt, the Czech version of Champagne.
If you like to party, you will love Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve. Celebrations begin on 29 December, when the whole city comes alive with light and sound, through fireworks, live music and plenty of beer.
Look out for oilebollen – soft, dough balls, deep-fried in sugar, that can be found at street stall vendors right across the city.
Another renowned party destination, Berlin will be holding some big events over the New Year.
Head to Berghain – one of the city’s most iconic nightclubs or the Brandenburg Gate, where you’ll find nearly two miles worth of frivolities to fill your boots with.
Don’t miss Silvesterlauf a 6.3km pancake race up and down Teufelsberg (Devil’s Hill), held on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve.
In Barcelona, a customary tradition is to shove twelve grapes into your mouth (one for each chime of the clock) as midnight strikes.
Oversized pyrotechnic displays take over the beach, which is filled with people drinking the much-loved Catalonian sparkling wine, Cava.