As another New Year’s Eve approaches and we all spread ourselves desperately thin in order to see all of our loved ones, it seems like the perfect time to plan something special for the whole family to enjoy. This year, why not say no to a night out whilst the kids stay with the grandparents? Say no to a ‘quiet night in’ whilst everybody else enjoys themselves? Get everybody together, young and old and head on a family New Year break to remember! My greatest New Year memory was seeing in the new millennium – a rented cabin in Scotland filled with every member of my family I could name, all having an amazing time and creating memories that live on now. 2013 could be the ideal time for your family to all get together, so we’ve created a list of what we think are the perfect family breaks to keep everybody happy as we enter the new year.
As most of us boring lot sit around watching the excitement on TV with a mug of hot chocolate and microwave slippers on, you could be there in person experiencing the amazing fireworks as they fly out of Big Ben and whizz around the London Eye! London is one of the most incredible cities to visit on any day of the year, so as New Years Eve counts down its last seconds why not cuddle together by the banks of the Thames and make the most of the wonderful celebrations laid on for us? Book a great family hotel in the centre so you can explore the shops, food stalls and street entertainment during the day, then head on over to Hyde Park in the evening to spot celebrities, listen to great live music and take in the inspiring atmosphere as people from all over the world join together in the capital to bring in 2013.
Traditionally one of the greatest places possible to spend your New Year celebrations, Edinburgh is the height of entertainment and excitement. With live music, great food, fireworks and much more, Hogmanay takes over the city and is guaranteed to have something for the whole family to enjoy. Our great range of Edinburgh New Year packages can take care of everything for you, or if you fancy discovering everything yourself and just need somewhere to rest you head, our hotels in Edinburgh have lots of options. Join the huge crowds in their rendition of Auld Lang Syne and take the festivities to the next level. Don’t forget your camera!
Fireworks, music and partying is all great fun on New Years Eve, but why not make sure everybody (little ones included) enjoys the whole day with a brilliant, family theatre show. Shrek the Musical, Dick Whittington and Scrooge are all available to see on the last day of the year, so check out the theatres to see what’s on and where, and head off on a break to remember. With all-star casts, traditional story lines and witty humour, everyone is sure to love a good old stage show to welcome in the New Year.
The Lake District
With all of the beautiful scenery, peace and quiet and as much untouched landscape as you could ever wish for, The Lakes could be the ideal destination for you to escape the busy crowds and bring in 2013 in your own special way. Why not wrap up warm and build a camp fire with lots of singing and yummy marshmallows, or gather around the log fire after a tiring day of exploring the wilderness while someone cooks you a delicious dinner? However you fancy spending the last few hours of 2012, The Lakes is a blank canvas for you to create the perfect memory that will last a lifetime.
If you have a young family, Disneyland Paris is the ultimate destination to spend New Years Eve together. What could be more amazing than bringing in 2013 with Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and Peter Pan by your side? The park has celebrated its 20th Anniversary this year so New Year celebrations are destined to be special this time round. With fireworks, parades, music and all of their favourite Disney characters, a New Year’s party at Disneyland Paris is something everybody will remember forever. Have a look at our Eurostar packages to Disneyland where everything’s already taken care of for you. All you need to do is pack and enjoy every second. Your little ones will.
How are you spending New Year’s Eve this year?