New Year Breaks: the 5 best places to celebrate!
Isn’t this year flying by? With Halloween just passed and Christmas on the horizon, it won’t be long until it’s time to light the New Year fireworks, pour a glass of fizz and get ready for a cheeky kiss at midnight. If you haven’t finalised your New Year’s Eve plans yet (or you have terrible ones that desperately need shirking), here’s our guide to the top 5 places to take a New Year break and welcome 2015 in style.
Book your New Year break to Amsterdam and choose from an amazing selection of New Year’s Eve parties to suit every taste. Head to tourist spots such as the Oosterdok, Dam Square, Leidseplein, Nieuwmarkt and Rembrandtplein for tents serving food and drink, amazing firework displays and live entertainment shows. The city streets get extremely busy with people celebrating, creating a party atmosphere that is second to none. There are also lots of New Year’s Eve parties, concerts and club nights taking place around the city – be sure to get your tickets for events like these sooner rather than later as they’re likely to sell out fast.
Moscow is beautiful any time of the year but truly comes to life on New Year’s Eve. The main celebrations take place in Red Square which is lit up with stunning light displays and fantastic firework shows. Be prepared for a truly massive crowd of revellers as New Year’s Eve in Moscow gets verrrry busy; if you want some peace and quiet then stroll along the banks of the Moskva River where you will be able to enjoy the fireworks in a more tranquil setting. Be sure to pack your fur coat, long johns and ear muffs (not just for looking awesome…) as temperatures can drop well into the minus numbers… brrrr!
Brazil has a party animal reputation, so where better to take a New Year break that in its electric city Rio De Janeiro? Join over 2 million people as they welcome the New Year in style with celebrations running all along Copacabana beach. Live shows featuring all kinds of music are dotted along the shore and there is a massive fireworks display from the ocean at midnight. Brazilians celebrate New Year’s Eve wearing white for good luck (sometimes with a splash of colour like red for romance or yellow for success) and traditionally pay tribute to Yemanja, the goddess of the seas, by tossing flowers into the ocean. This is the place to be if you want to feel part of something special.
Welcoming the new year in style in Times Square is surely on everyone’s bucket list; the stunning lights, the incredible atmosphere and the world-renowned New Year’s Eve ball are just 3 of many glittering reasons to choose NYC as your New Year break destination. The key word about this celebration is excess, with New York pulling out all the stops to ensure you have the most memorable and enjoyable night of your life. You can also buy a special party pass that lets you dip in and out of all of New York’s finish New Year’s Eve parties and events. WANT!
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party has been noted as one of the Discovery Channels ‘Top 25 World Experiences’….an amazing accolade to hold. The streets of Edinburgh come alive with live bands and DJs, transforming the city into one of the world’s biggest parties. Lily Allen is headlining the Concert in the Gardens spectacular this year, where five firework displays and lots of audio visual treats will take place. There’s also a stunning candlelit concert in St Giles’ Cathedral and traditional Scottish music at the New Year ceilidh.
*Prices based on 2 adults sharing from 30th December 2014-1st January 2015. Prices correct when checked on 4th November 2014