New Year’s Eve Breaks
Celebrate a new beginning with a holiday!
New Year’s Eve is a special time of celebration. It is really out with the old and in with the new, and for many, it is time for a fresh start. What I like most about it is reminiscing about the great things that happened me this past year and embracing them as I go into the new. I would reflect on the bad things that happened and be sure to leave them in the past where they belong. This year is about looking to the future, about celebrating with family and friends and in general, having a good time.
N.Y.E. is celebrated in a variety of different ways all across the world. Why not jet off to another time zone, to another way of life, to create another amazing memory with your best friends by your side. Of course, nobody is stopping you sitting by the fire in your PJ’s and slippers watching the Late Late, but that isn’t a moment you will treasure for a lifetime!
Get a New Year’s Break
City breaks are the perfect way to discover and explore some of the most beautiful cities in the world – and we’re lucky to have a lot of them on our doorstep. But if you really want to finish off the year on a high note and ring in 2018, then you’ve got to do N.Y.E. right. Plan well in advance, and you’ll be able to book a city break at this time of year which will be guaranteed to be the pièce de résistance!
When to book your New Year’s Eve Deals
To get the best deal for your 2018 New Year’s getaway you should really consider booking early. The hotels have figured out it’s a returning event and kept the prices high :D You could be lucky on a good deal for flights though. The last minute booking panic will definitely push the prices so be sure to discuss your travel plans early enough with your partner, friends or family. I will continue checking though, for N.Y.E. deals, even last minute breaks, so be sure to have a look here on the blog.
The best places to spend New Year’s Eve
There are so many destinations to choose from that it can be hard to know where to go. But since each one will have its own spin on N.Y.E. you’ll have an amazing time for the start of 2018 no matter where you choose to go. And who says you have to go abroad as well? There are a couple of places closer to home that I can recommend too! So book your deal for an N.Y.E. holiday and look forward to having a fantastic time.
New Year’s in Dublin
The capital’s got plenty up its sleeve for NYE. As well as the vibrant nightlife there’s a whole slew of cultural events going on, so keep your eyes peeled. The New Years Festival in Dublin has a huge programmed jam-packed with lights, colour and action, and there are tons of local artists that are showcased as well. You can even take things easy with a trip to the Teeling Whiskey Distillery or kicking back with some fine wines at the Cellar Bar or Fallon & Byrne.
New Year’s on Achill Island
What might sound like a bit of a random suggestion at first in contrast to Dublin is actually one of my favourites, especially if you’re fancying a more low-key night. The fact that Achill Island is one of the most westerly points in Europe means that it’s a fantastic place to watch the final sunset of the year. The place to be is Minaun Hill, where you’ll get fantastic views over the Atlantic. After midnight a lot of the local villages and towns will have traditional music and parades. And if you’re feeling brave, then why not head to Dugort for the traditional swim the next day? I’m sure that’ll clear your head! ;)
New Year’s in Dingle
What a random place to celebrate N.Y.E? Not for us Irish people! Out of whatever reason, the Dingle peninsula has developed into a hyped N.Y.E. location. Well, Dingle Town isn’t too big, so I’m sure you won’t miss the party. However, for the fireworks, be sure to get yourself a good spot at Dingle Bay. They go off at 10 pm :) The marching band will lead you into town, so if you’ve had one too many, just follow the music guys. But I’m serious, it’s a cracking atmosphere and the place is absolutely packed. Promise, it’ll be fun!
New Year’s in London
A classic place to see in 2018! Not only are the flights ridiculously short but you’ve also got an incredibly diverse city that’s filled to the brim with things to see and do. The usual place to see the fireworks is at the London Eye. This is ticketed, so book in advance! Personally, I find the crowds a little too much, but you can always head up to Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath – you’ll have a great view across London so it’s a fantastic vantage point.
New Year’s in Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s another classic – no-one does N.Y.E. quite like the Scots! The annual Hogmanay celebrations really are a feast for the eyes – as well as awesome fireworks lighting up the castle, there’s also torch-lit processions, pipe bands and the famous Vikings of Up Helly Aa. Dance the night away in the street parties, get some delicious scran at the street food stalls and belt out Auld Lang Syne as loud as you can.
New Year’s in Paris
N.Y.E. by the Eiffel Tower with your love in your arms, well it doesn’t get more romantic than that. The City of Light really is timeless! By day you can stroll the beautiful boulevards, snuggle up with a coffee in the traditional cafés or explore classic sights such as Notre Dame and the Louvre – you can even go ice-skating at the Hôtel de Ville! Watch the Eiffel Tower light up as the entire city of Paris takes to the streets. The Champs-Elysée is at the heart of the party and offers spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower light show. The Montmartre street party has a less crowded party as it is a little bit further from the centre. You can admire the Paris skyline from the high steps of Sacre Coeur plaza; the Eiffel Tower is in perfect view from there. The Parisians take the celebrations quite seriously and have no qualms about kissing complete strangers on the street. Alternatively, you can avoid the streets and take to the river! Imagine….sailing down the Seine toasting with a bottle of champers as lights fill the Eiffel Tower and the Paris sky. Does anyone need a date?
New Year’s in Berlin
Berlin is famous for doing its own thing. Laid-back, bohemian and downright cool, the German capital’s the perfect place to be if you’re looking to enjoy some fantastic culture during the day, and party like a madman at night. Before you head to one of the legendary Silvester parties, be sure to swing by the Brandenburg Gate for the awesome fireworks show. If the crowds are too big, then Viktoria Park and Teufelsberg are also fantastic places to be. The cheap cost of living here means that you’ll be able to treat yourself to fantastic meals out without breaking the bank.
New Year’s in Barcelona
I have heard of drinking champagne at midnight, I have heard of sipping wine at midnight, I have even heard of knocking back shots but Barcelona has a very different tradition. On N.Y.E. in Barcelona, it is customary to eat twelve grapes, once for each of the clock chimes, as it brings good luck. Try it…or film your friend trying it! The street parties are not as wild here as you would imagine. There is an official celebration at the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc which goes on for 45 minutes featuring some theatre performances and of course, fireworks. For the most part, however, it is a bit of a mix. Some people go clubbing but others tend to go for a meal and spend quality time with loved ones, an altogether more relaxing affair. Either way, it is a lovely way to bond and ring in the year ahead.
New Year’s in Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s already famed for being one of the party capitals of Europe, and over N.Y.E., it’s no exception! There are street parties everywhere you turn, and the locals will be out and about letting off a few firecrackers of their own! The city’s main squares, Dam Square, Museumplein and Rembrandtplein, are some of the best places to see fireworks displays, or you can head to Oosterdok or Magere Brug. Get some traditional oliebollen doughnuts along the way to keep you going:
There are so many parties to be found in The Dam featuring international DJ’s, Burlesque shows, and many street parties. In reality, street parties are where it is at because clubs will overcharge on door entry and drinks just for the night that’s in it. Also, you will get every Tom, Dick and Harry who never steps foot outside the door from one year to the next raining on everyone else’s parade. So, don’t get caught up in the mess and party it up on the streets. Museumplein in Amsterdam holds the national party which attracts thousands upon thousands. Get your “Ross and Monica” dance routine ready because this party is televised, and you just know your dancing will take you right to the top. Nieuwmarkt in Chinatown has the biggest fireworks display if you want to watch the dark sky burst with colour.
New Year’s in New York
Two words…. Times Square! Probably the most famous and most breathtaking place to spend N.Y.E! There’s no denying just how massive a thing N.Y.E. is in New York, so be prepared for a wild ride! Alright, you are are facing queuing for over 12 hours to get to it only to be squashed by other optimists. However, it is one of those “things to do in your lifetime” kind of things. If you find yourself in New York on New Year’s Eve, just make the decision to head here and enjoy it, you will remember it forever. Every year at midnight (New York time) the eyes of the world turn to Times Square to watch this spectacular affair. This official countdown has become a global favourite as people unite, drink and dance to amazing performances from top acts. Become one with millions as the square flares with colour, and an outpouring of love, emotion and well wishes. Forget it, I’m not going to recommend anywhere else to go to New York, just go there. With countless fireworks displays and the famous countdown at Times Square, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice. You can even add a touch of pizzazz by booking you and your partner into a VIP party or even book a cruise in the New York Harbour. You have the freedom to do whatever you want here!
So whatever corner of the world you decide to spend your New Year’s celebration, just make sure you make it a meaningful one which you will relive in years to come. Keep an eye on my blog for offers! Also, Check out my guide on free things to do in New York, Amsterdam and Barcelona while you’re there.