The Top 8 Places to Spend New Year!
Are you tired of seeing the same faces on New Year’s Eve? Do you want to see new sites, new environments and meet new people? From fireworks shooting across stunning backdrops to crazy street parties in cool capitals and all-night raves on warm beaches, there’s no shortage of amazing ways to ring in 2019. So, start the year as you mean to go on! You could wake up on the 1st of January in a brand-new city after a night (and maybe morning!) of celebrations! Here’s our top 8 places to spend New Year!
London is a fabulous place at the turn of the year. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, London’s night skies will be a blaze of light and colour with a display of stunning pyrotechnics from the river on London’s famous South Bank. Get your family and friends together and say cheers to 2019!
New Year’s Eve is primarily a street festival in the Roman city centre. Many Romans eat at home or in the restaurant and at midnight they flock to the city centre, to the Coliseum or to the vantage hills to celebrate and watch the fireworks. Even the nightclubs turn up on New Year’s Eve, to celebrate the new year.
An iconic Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is not only a New York tradition, it’s a global phenomenon. An estimate of one million revellers will flock to the land of LED screens to witness one of the best NYC events in December, which includes star-studded New Year’s Eve concerts, the inevitable surprise engagement and a chance to be featured on live television.
The Scottish capital’s famed three-day Hogmanay extravaganza kicks off on 30 December, with a Viking-style torchlight procession along the Royal Mile. The big night itself includes Franz Ferdinand headlining Concert in the Gardens, which wraps in time for gig-goers to catch unequalled views of midnight fireworks over Edinburgh Castle. An adjoining street party dance on into 2019. Celebrations continue on New Year’s Day with live music and the traditional fancy-dress dip in the freezing Firth of Forth (known as ‘the Loony Dook’).
Sydney Harbour’s firework extravaganza is watched by more than a million people gathered along the foreshore – but a better idea is to join the boatfuls of people bobbing in the water. You can hire out a boat, bring your own bubbles and start the countdown early. You might prefer to reserve an outside table at one of the waterfront restaurants by Sydney Harbour Bridge for a front-row seat, but ensure you book early!
New Year’s Eve has its very own name in Poland called “Sylwesters”. Head to Kralow for a celebration like no other as this city has a reputation for hosting one of Europe’s biggest open-air parties. Rynek Glowny, Krakow’s beautiful medieval square, has a huge light and laser show with live pop acts to dance along to. People gather at the free celebrations both in the square and around the city to wait for the clock to strike.
If you’re looking for a city break closer to home, Dublin’s a great option and the Irish sure do know how to party! There’s the iconic Temple Bar, which is a must-visit for anyone’s first time in the city. It’s especially magical on New Year’s Eve, where you’ll find the celebrations spilling out of the pub and into the lively city streets. You could also choose to catch the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment, a light and laser show timed perfectly against DJ tunes that really get the party started. As one of the ‘friendliest cities in the world’, Dublin’s locals are always there to make sure you have a great time too. With quirky performances, dancing in the street and sharing a pint of Guinness with strangers-turned-friends; it’s all waiting for you this New Year’s Eve!
When it comes to New Year holiday destinations, nothing quite compares to hitting the streets of Barcelona. The Catalans sure know how to party, and from super clubs to avenues, the celebrations continue early into the morning. Greet January in a traditional way on Plaça d’Espanya, where you’ll find a stunning light show filled with music and special effects. All the excitement is centred around the Magic Fountain.
If you are partying at home here in the UK, don’t forget us! We provide wonderful celebration balloons for your New Year’s Eve party, our most popular being our ‘pop’ balloon with confetti creating a magical moment for when the clock strikes 12!
Happy New Year!
Until Next time,