Top New Year’s Eve Breaks Europe
Looking to ring in the New Year in style? Rather than watching all the action on the TV in your living room, do something different and go on a New Year’s Eve break in Europe instead. There are great spots to enjoy that are just a short flight away. Here are some destinations, near and far, that could give you and yours a truly memorable New Year's experience this year.
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Edinburgh offers a world class venue for New Years Eve celebrations. Starting with a Torchlight Procession, the night quickly gets underway with the Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party. Surrounded by 80,000 people with DJ’s blaring music from the Concert in the Gardens from 9pm to 1am, it will be a night you won’t forget. Fireworks explode from Edinburgh Castle which makes for a stunning backdrop to the party. If you are staying in town, try and book a place near Old Town where much of the action will be happening. The Street Party does require a wristband which will set you back £22 but is a small price to pay for the experience.
Amsterdam is a great place to be on New Year's Eve. If you are looking for some hot pop-up street parties, head to Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein or Nieuwmarkt(China Town). Dam Square is commonly the most popular place to be with buzzing beer tents galore and live performances getting you pumped to welcome in the New Year. The official celebrations take place in the Oosterdok area where you can catch a colourful fireworks display with Scheepvaartsmuseum and The VOC Ship in the background. You cannot fully bring in the New Year without tasting a few mouthwatering appelflappen (apple fritters) and Oliebollens (round doughnuts covered in sweet sugar icing).
For a more romantic getaway, head to Prague where you can cruise along the river and watch the firework display in peace and quiet. With castles and bridges scattered throughout the city, there are few bad choices of spots to hang out. New Year's is one of the largest holiday celebrations in Prague and there is no holding back. Head to the main square if you are looking for that party atmosphere with large crowds and loads of fun. The fireworks will be burning brightly over the Charles Bridge on New Year's Eve and there will also be a 10-minute display for children on New Years Day in case you miss it the previous night.
Madrid is another vibrant city during this time of year. Traditionally people will eat one grape every time the clock chimes during the countdown to midnight, eating one per second. It is said to bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year. The best place to witness or participate in this tradition is in Puerta del Sol Square where there is a party atmosphere with plenty of music, bottles of cava flowing and toasts being made all around. Before calling it a night in Madrid, grab yourself a traditional hot chocolate with churros (flour fritters) at the popular San Gines hot chocolate bar.