2019 is just around the corner!
Are you looking to enter 2019 in a different way? Maybe you want to spend New Year’s 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. We’ll also give you useful information on timings and tickets.
1) Edinburgh's Hogmanay
- Location Across many areas in Edinburgh
- Date 30th December 2018 - 1st January 2019
What is it?
Hogmanay is the Scottish term used for New Year’s Eve celebrations and it’s celebrations start off with a bang!
What to do?
On the 30th of December, there is a massive torchlit parade which includes a firework display and live performances from many musicians! Guess what! You can take part in the torchlit parade but will need to register beforehand and collect your torches on the day of the event. It is free to watch this parade but be sure to choose a spot that is close to the fireworks as well so you can see them after the show.
On the following day, 31st December 2018 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 dram of Johnnie Walker Whisky perfect for an Instagram shot.
You’ll be happy to hear that superstar DJ Judge Jules will be performing as well! Be sure to get to his performance early as spaces in the front row are on a first come first serve basis! When the clock strikes 12, famous German band MEUTE will provide the best soundtrack you’ll hear to the fireworks that will take you into 2019!
2) New Year’s Eve in Brussels
What to do?
HappyBrussels has a special plan for New Year’s Eve. They are giving you access to all the clubs and parties in the city! You’ll have all the power to Brussel’s nightlife on the 31st of December 2018! With a variety of DJ’s, there are many different tastes for everyone.
If you are in the mood for some techno tunes then you can visit club FUSE. With some of the greatest DJ’s on the scene such as Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May, this is sure to be a great place to party!
But if you are more of a fan of hip-hop why not hop on over to Dyouke’s club? Dyouke’s club’s dress code is ‘fashion street’ so dress to impress and find your inner fashionista for this evening of fun.
You might be asking yourself, ‘how am I going to go to all 10 clubs in one-night?’ Well, HappyBrussels have created this interactive map especially for you to find all the clubs. Find the map here.
Also, not only does it grant access to the best clubs, but it also gives you access to some of the city’s best attractions. You’ll get FREE entrance to the famous Atomium structure which will give you the best views of the fireworks, as well as FREE movie screenings at Cinema Galeries!
We know what you’re thinking! This wristband is amazing! Well, get yours here.
3) New Year’s Eve in Barcelona
What to do?
Prepare to be amazed at the Plaça d’Espanya firework display. Not only are on-lookers treated to a huge firework show, but there is also a magic fountain performance which is a perfect backdrop to the beautiful architecture along the esplanade and it lasts for over an hour so you will never be short of entertainment!
When in Barcelona, you must follow local tradition to have the best time and what better way to do that than by following the Spanish new year’s eve tradition of grape eating. 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 practicing!
If you fancy dancing your way into the new year then you should visit clubs such as Razzmatazz or Sala Apolo for a buzzing atmosphere and great night. Both of these clubs organise new year’s eve parties that last until daybreak’s on new year’s day so you’ll have enough time to celebrate 2019!
For a more chilled night but still full of entertainment, why not visit a flamenco club? You can enjoy all of the celebrations while having a meal and watching the traditional dancing shows with your loved ones. Nothing beats that!
4) New Year’s Eve in Prague
What to do?
The best way to start your New Year’s Eve celebrations in Prague is to watch the Fireworks! The main event is on the River Vltava close to the Charles Bridge with the old town square and Prague castle all in viewpoint! Capturing this on your Instagram story will make it look 10 times better than anyone else’s!
You can expect it to be very busy so we’ll give you the best to places where you can get the best view and the best pictures of these fireworks:
- The top decks of the river cruises, which congregate at Charles Bridge at midnight;
- Charles Bridge itself or the streets nearby;
- The terraces of the riverside restaurants, on both sides of the river;
- The terraces of the restaurants situated higher up in the Lesser Town;
- Anywhere high up on Petrin Hill or by Prague Castle.
After watching the fireworks you’ll want to head over to Prague’s biggest club called ‘Epic Prague’. DJs Manene, Richard Reynolds, Bon Finix and Pauli Gabrieli will be playing the best tunes as you enter 2019. Tickets are only 400 CZK (£14/€16) and can be bought here.
If you’re more into pubs than clubs then you’ll be glad to hear that Prague is hosting a New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl! Tickets are £72.47 which includes an hour of unlimited drinks at your first bar followed by free entry at other bars(and you get to skip the queue if there is one). Can you handle this pub crawl? Buy your tickets here.
5) New Year’s Eve in Lisbon
What to do?
We are giving you 2 places to see the beautiful fireworks on New Year’s Eve in Lisbon.
The town hall organises a brilliant show in Comercio Square. It is tradition to find local portuguese bands take the stage at 10 pm getting you ready for the firework display at midnight! After the firework display, the local DJ’s get you in the partying mood as you celebrate the start of 2019!
The other firework display is held where the Torre de Belem monument is located. With the beautiful monument and the ocean in your viewpoint you’ll experience a firework display you will never forget!
After the firework display, you’ll want to head over to explore the Barrio Alto streets. This is the best area to find the best nightclubs, bars and Portuguese delicacies. Whether you’re in the mood to party the night away, hop on a bar crawl or indulge in some traditional Portuguese cuisines Barrio Alto is the place to be when you start 2019!