Every year I always feel pressurised into doing something ultra cool and trendy on New Year’s Eve. There always seems to be a ridiculously overpriced club night going on or someone hosting a party that will be the ‘most epic night ever’ (but never is!) If I wasn’t pre-booked to be a bridesmaid for my best friend’s wedding this New Year’s Eve, I think I’d definitely be tempted to get away for a few days and escape the hype with my other half and maybe just a few of our closest friends. There are some amazing places to celebrate the arrival of the New Year across Europe and I’ve chosen my favourite picks below.
1. La Saint-SylvestreinParis, France
Paris always has a special and exciting atmosphere but at La Saint-Sylvestre the French capital truly comes to life. On a New Year’s Eve break in Paris the iconic Champs-Elysees is the place to be if you want to be at the centre of the party. From 9pm people from all over the city start to flock to the famous street. There are numerous spots along the way where you can get a good view of the Eiffel Tower, which explodes into a dazzling display of light when the clock strikes twelve.
2. Silvester inBerlin, Germany
I’ve never been to Berlin but a lot of my friends have told me that it’s a great place to visit for an eclectic party atmosphere. On 31st December the city hosts one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations across the whole of Europe. The city’s celebrations are focused around the iconic Brandenburg Gate from where a phenomenal fireworks display is launched. Stretching out for two kilometres surrounding the Gate are numerous party tents, video screens and refreshment stands creating a truly vibrant atmosphere in the heart of the city.
3. Notte di San Silvestro in Rome, Italy
Rome is one of my all time favourite destinations for a city break thanks to its breathtaking architecture. I’ve never visited over the festive period but can imagine the historic capital looks even more magnificent lit up with sparkling lights and the glow from fireworks displays. A good place to celebrate if you’re planning on heading over is near the Colosseum on Via dei Fori Imperiali where there’s live music usually fireworks at midnight. The city’s traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations are centered around the Piazza del Popolo where huge crowds celebrate with music and dancing and of course, an impressive fireworks display.
4. Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland
No list of top destinations to visit on a European New Years Break would be complete without a mention of the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh. With a string of events taking place over three days attracting visitors from around the globe, Edinburgh’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are a must-visit for anyone hoping to see in 2013 in style. The celebrations kick off on Sunday 30th December 2012 with the beautiful Torchlit Procession fromthe historic Royal Mile to the Son et Lumiére. On New Year’s Eve itself join in with a giant street party and concert in the gardens, all topped off by a breathtaking fireworks display. If you’re not feeling too fragile on New Year’s Day don’t miss the Loony Dook in South Queensferry where hoards of fancy-dressed brave souls take a splash in River Forth all in the name of charity.
5. Fin de Año in Madrid, Spain
The colourful capital of Spain boasts a great party atmosphere as well as its own New Year’s Eve traditions when it comes to welcoming in the year ahead. The celebrations surround theCasa de Correos building in Puerta del Sol Square whose clock leads the way in the countdown to midnight. Celebrations in Madrid traditionally involve eating a grape on each of the twelve chimes of the clock, followed by a glass or two of sparkling Cava.
Have you ever visited any of these European destinations for your New Years Eve celebrations?