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5 Best European cities for New Year’s Eve

Make this New Year’s Eve a night to remember with our list of the five best European cities holding celebrations this year.

Although New Year’s Eve has a reputation for being one of the biggest nights of the year, sometimes it can get boring, with the same old food, drinks, fireworks, New Year’s countdown and the inevitable hangover the next day. So, this year, why not spice things up a little bit with a change of scenery, and take a trip to a European city to ring in the new year? Our list of the five best European cities for New Year’s Eve promises some of the biggest and most dramatic celebrations around. It’s going to be an exciting 2020…

Party it up in Berlin 

Berlin is renowned for its party scene, so if you love a fiesta, there’s no better city to celebrate the New Year. With wild parties, techno music and some astounding fireworks, Berlin certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the festivities. Join a huge open-air countdown at the New Year’s Eve party at the Brandenburg Gate, along with thousands of people from all over the world.

Revellers can enjoy listening to world-class DJs, street food, live music and laser shows. Alternatively, for a more relaxing evening, you can opt to take in a New Year’s Eve concert - Berlin’s Philharmoniker is supposed to be one of the best. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to have a blast. Check out the accommodation available and plan the ultimate New Year’s night out.

A romantic New Year’s in Paris

If you’re after a sophisticated New Year’s celebration with your partner, Paris is surely the ideal New Year’s Eve city break for any romantic. Before the clock strikes twelve, sample some of the finest champagne and sparkling wine in a Parisian bar, before heading to the Champs-Elysées for a stunning fireworks display. Don’t forget to pick up some papillotes - tasty chocolate treats that you can get in most supermarkets. The fun doesn’t stop there - you can also take in a show, go to the theatre, or dance the night away in one of the stylish clubs. If cabaret is your thing, the Moulin Rouge is putting on a New Year’s Eve Evening, where attendees can eat delicious Parisian fare, accompanied by a dazzling show. Book tickets in advance to avoid missing out.

Light festival in Amsterdam

The diverse range of New Year’s activities in the Netherlands' capital city Amsterdam draws revellers from all over the place to celebrate. Munch on delicious oliebollen (deep fried dough balls) and sip champagne while wandering around the Amsterdam Light Festival and taking in the fabulous light displays. Later on, stop off at one of Amsterdam’s infamous club nights - if you’ve bought a ticket in advance, that is. Melkweg and Ziggo Dome are always buzzing. Depending on where you book your accommodation, you may be able to fit some sightseeing in around the fireworks and partying.

Fireworks and festivities in Rome

Take an adventure this New Year, and jet out to Rome for an unforgettable party. Rome’s unique festival La Festa di Roma is a 24-hour event that takes place in multiple locations around the city - plus it’s free to attend! This year’s theme is nature, so turn up for 9pm on the 31st and expect to witness a grand celebration of Planet Earth. Elsewhere in the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to firework displays, but the Piazza del Popolo is always a crowd-pleaser. Before you set out for the evening, make sure to sit down for a cenone, or traditional Italian New Year’s Eve dinner - just remember to book your reservation well in advance as the city will be busy. If you’re really in the party mood, lots of the city’s festivities last all day and well into the small hours.

Legendary light displays in London 

No New Year’s Eve list would be complete without London, which truly comes to life on the 31st December every year. If you’d like to attend the legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks display, you’ll need to purchase a ticket, but you can also see the display from a riverboat cruise on the Thames, or one of the nearby establishments, such as the Southbank Centre, which is throwing a party to remember across five floors. During the day, you can go ice skating, check out Winter Wonderland, or swing by the West End, and when night falls, try some sumptuous food at a swish restaurant, then take your pick from one of the vibrant club nights on offer. Or, for something alternative, Sway bar in Covent Garden is holding a burlesque and cabaret night, perfect for the more mischievous among you. Book your accommodation in London today and get ready for the best New Year’s Eve yet.