New Year’s Eve is rather universal. And some parts of celebrations all over the world are held in common – lots of food and drink, lots of revelers in the streets, and, of course, the fireworks. Amidst all of the sameness, however, there are some things unique to major cities throughout the world. On this most celebrated night of the year, and there are amazing European cities that definitely wrap up New Year’s celebrations into some great packages. Here are thirteen unforgettable New Year’s Eve parties.
In Scotland, it is known as the Hogmanay celebration, which is translated as the celebration of the year’s last day. There are old traditions – ceilidh dancing, a torch run down the Royal Mile, a freezing dip in the River Forth, a dog-sled competition, and the Loony Dook Parade. Revelers fill the streets, diners and pubs and await the New Year and the annual fireworks show. The party continues through the night, and no one seems to mind the cold temperatures, even in kilts.
This little island off the coast of Portugal is only one of two islands in an archipelago that are inhabited. But New Year’s Eve is the event of the year. In fact, in 2006, Madeira was placed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest fireworks display in the entire world. The city of Funchal is also fully decorated with lamps of all colors. At midnight, the largest display in the world begins, entertaining natives, tourists and cruise ship passengers who are parked in the harbor solely for this event.
The big draw in terms of a light show and display of fireworks is probably the Eiffel Tower. However, visitors should not miss the streets of Paris on this night – it is the biggest part of the year, with partiers roaming in and out of restaurants and night clubs. For those who prefer a more romantic experience, there are cruises along the Seine, either private or on party boats, with specialized French cuisine buffet and plenty of champagne.
Attend a huge street party on New Year’s Eve in Berlin, between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. Street vendors provide massive amounts of food and drink; along the way are shows, light and laser shows and party tents for those who find the chill a bit too much. The midnight fireworks display is spectacular and you can watch it from the street. Of, if you have chosen a quieter venue like the dance party at ewerk, you can dance on any of the 4 floors for that purpose and then climb up to the rooftop terraces with a 360-degree view of the city. There you will find a lounge and plenty of room to watch the fireworks display. Your entry cost includes dinner, snacks all evening and an open bar.
The banks of the Thames River host over 250,000 revelers on New Year’s Eve in London. When Big Ben strikes midnight the light and fireworks shows begin. Even though the part continues through the night, most are not too tired for the next day’s celebrations which include and hours’ long parade with dancers, floats, bands, and the Queen’s horses.
If you are looking for a more culture-filled New Year’s Eve, then Vienna is your definite destination. There are still street festivities, of course, and even some low-brow fireworks. But the biggest draws for tourists on this celebrated night are performances by some of the world’s most renowned symphony orchestras and formal balls held in several places throughout the city. On New Year’s Day, champagne brunches are held all over the city.
Shops, restaurants, and bars of course are all open for the entire night. You can actually shop for anything all night long and taste any variety of Belgian beer in very trendy bars. This year there will be 60+ DJ’s all around the city to host 15 parties –music will include all varieties for any taste. Brussels is also known for its gay-friendly festivities around the world.
Reykjavik has no public fireworks display. It is private individuals who put on this huge and extraordinary party. 500 tons of fireworks are purchased, organized and set off, beginning at 11:35 p.m. in this city, and about 200,000 people participate in this huge display. The restaurants, pubs, and vendors stay open all night. It should be mentioned that 200,000 is about the population of the city. Bonfires are a common tradition that started many years ago, as is eating dinner at home with friends before going out for the revelry. Visitors can find restaurants in the major hotels.
Stradun is the largest street in Dubrovnik, and on New Year’s Eve it is filled with crowds of people, spilling over into the side streets. Croatian entertainers and musician entertain the crowds, and street vendors sell such great foods as carob almonds, dried figs, and fritters. Champagne literally flows like water.
You will find that every street corner in this ancient city has goblets of wine for sale, along with great appetizers. And it all starts quite early in the day. So, you can imagine that by midnight, when the fireworks begin, people are pretty raucous. If you love a really huge and loud party, you will love Rome on New Year’s Eve. The wildest places? Piazza del Popolo and Campo dei Fiori.
Prague, Czech Republic
There is much to do in Prague on New Year’s Eve, no matter what your preferences may be. There are restaurants and bars, of course, but also themed river cruises (e.g., jazz cruise) and street revelry with vendors selling plenty of food and drink. As midnight approaches, people begin to gather along the river, either at Old Town Square or at Wenceslas Square for the fireworks.
Red Square is the place to be on New Year’s Eve in Moscow – an epic party, to be sure. It is probably compared, and rightly so, to Times Square in New York. The crowds are huge. If you want a smaller venue for your celebration, there are plenty of clubs that offer an all-night party. Many of them cater to a younger crowd, but you can find one for a bit older customer too. The bar parties are really lavish and quite extravagant. Fireworks begin at midnight at Red Square, and they are a sight to see.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The official site for celebration is the Oosterdok. There at midnight, the sky literally lights up with displays and fireworks, accompanied by music and much revelry. Other historical centers that celebrate quite well, too – Dam Square, Nieuwmarkt, Rembrandtplein, and Leidseplein. At Dam Square specifically, there are beer tents and live entertainment. It is loud. If you prefer a quieter venue, then go to the bridge on the main canal to view the fireworks.
There you have it – thirteen amazing cities that will accommodate any type of celebration for New Year’s Eve. These cities are historic, beautiful, and filled with world citizens. Attendance any of these extraordinary celebration you will remember all your life, moreover, you will be motivated for the whole year to visit next city from the list. So, don’t be shy, plan, organise and manage your life to receive such unbelievable emotions which makes our life even more fascinating.