2020 is just around the corner!

Are you looking to enter 2020 in a different way? How about in a different city?

Lucky for you we have created a guide which will show you the best places to spend New Year’s Eve in Europe.

We’ll talk about all the best firework displays that you have to see as well as all the best New Year’s Eve parties that happen after.

#1 Berlin

What goes on in Berlin?

Berlin hosts one of Europe’s biggest street parties for New Year’s Eve. Every year on the 31st of December, thousands of people converge upon a two-kilometre stretch of the city between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column.

Here, you’ll find live bands, DJs, and locals and visitors alike enjoying the celebratory spirit of the new year! Of course, no NYE celebration is complete without fireworks, and Berlin more than delivers on that front.

Admission is free and the party atmosphere is legendary with DJ sets, live music and light shows setting the scene. Of course, if you can’t make it into the main stretch, you’ll be able to see the fireworks from almost anywhere in Berlin!

If you like to party then be sure to get tickets to Kulturbrauerei, Berlin’s biggest indoor New Year’s Eve party. It will give you entrance to 13 different dance floors, 30 DJs, and live bands.

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#2 Lisbon

What goes on in Lisbon?

Fireworks are an integral part of any NYE celebration and Lisbon has many great spots where you can see them. From any one of the seven hills in the city, by the Tagus River or by Portugal’s biggest square, Praça do Comércio. Let’s not forget the 16th-century tower Torre de Belem, for music, parties and fun with views over the Atlantic.

Alternatively, you can take in Portuguese traditional music at a live fado folk music show, or embark on a bar crawl. Bairro Alto is the best area to experience Lisbon’s vibrant nightlife as it has a wide range of clubs and cool bars.

If you want to celebrate the dawning of a New Year in the Portuguese style, it’s customary to eat 12 raisins, one by one at midnight, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine.

Where to stay?

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#3 Edinburgh Hogmanay


What goes on in Edinburgh?

Hogmanay in Edinburgh is the king of all New Year’s Eve celebrations and should be an everyone’s bucket list. It’s a street party beyond compare, with ceilidhs, music, fireworks and rousing renditions of Auld Lang Syne.

The city’s torchlight procession through the city centre is a memorable experience and each year the Concert in the Gardens draws the crowds: this year Mark Ronson is the star attraction.

You’ll have to attend the biggest street party hosted by Johnnie Walker. DJ’s and street performers will be performing as soon as the doors open at 7:30 pm. Visitors will also receive a complimentary Johnnie Walker Premix Highball Cocktail perfect for an Instagram shot. Get your tickets here!

Where to stay?

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#4 Madrid

What goes on in Madrid?

New Year’s Eve in Madrid will show visitors just how much the city like to party. Madrid is famed for its lively bars and some of the best clubs that don’t close until 6am. Crowds gather at Puerta del Sol just before midnight on, which is the historic square from which all Spanish roads are measured and the most popular place to ring in the New Year in Madrid. Festivities begin to ramp up and continue long into the night.

A bottle of cava and grapes is a must. Locals will eat 12 grapes before the 12 strokes of midnight come to a close, so that’s one grape a second! The is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but legend says if you accomplish it, your year will be full of luck. Best get practising!

An alternative spot to ring in the New Year is around Templo de Debod which affords great views of the fireworks. There are also hundreds of nightclubs to choose from in the city.

Two of the most famous are Joy Eslava & Teatro Kapital, which has seven dancefloors and live performances on the night. We advise buying tickets in advance as demand is high!

Begin the new year with another Spanish tradition of churros as your first breakfast of the year. And there is no better churro shop than, San Gines, which has been in business for 125 years and it’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Where to stay?

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#5 London


What goes on in London?

London is exhilarating on New Year’s Eve. There are many vantage points where you can see the best fireworks. Some areas include Primrose Hill, Hampstead Heath and Millennium Bridge.
A perennially popular NYE activity is a boat ride on the Thames, with options of traditional boat trips with bubbly and music, speed boats and river cruises.

Some of the exciting events taking place include a Creatures of the Night party at the Natural History Museum and a Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala with the Johann Strauss Orchestra at the Barbican. Start off 2020 on a joyous note with the annual London New Year’s Day Parade the next day.

Where to stay?

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