56 truly amazing things to do on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve ideas for 2017/2018

No plans for New Year’s yet? All dressed up with nowhere to go? Well never fear, we’ve listed our favourite top 56 locations for an incredible New Year's party.

London, UK

Bounce Shoreditch | London

This will be Bounce's first birthday party and NYE celebrations all in one, so it’s set to be a good one. The theme is glow with one of the most elaborate UV installations in London (and there are a lot of installations!) – you won’t be able to sit still. Expect to play ping pong well into the wee hours of the morning and a certain liquid prize for best fancy dress.

Kensington Roof Gardens | London

The Roof Gardens invite you to celebrate in style...circus style. Think big top, a ringmaster, acrobats and stilt walkers - all 100ft above London. There will be entertainment throughout, a winter-themed BBQ buffet and fireworks. Go wearing black tie or in fancy dress. After midnight, can look forward to the 2am breakfast canapés.

Prohibition Party | London

Love any excuse to dress up? Private members’ club Library is pulling out all the stops this year to throw a 1920s-themed prohibition party in the heart of London’s West End. Girls go flapper, guys go dapper in this Gatsby-inspired celebration complete with a four-course meal and live cabaret show.

Blues Kitchen | Shoreditch

Time to go all Kill Bill in this Tarantino themed NYE event. So whether you have a soft spot for the old yellow PVC outfit, or looking or fresh and fly like Jackie Brown, you can get as creative and bonkers as you like. Live music from the Beekays will keep this place thumping until the early hours of the morning.

Somerset House | London

A serene and beautiful way to welcome the new year, skate along with friends and family to the beats of DJ Bad Zuke at London’s most spectacular ice rink. Enjoy champagne at midnight and have exclusive access to the River Terrace for a view of the Mayor’s Fireworks on the Thames. Kick back and relax with some mulled wine or hot chocolate for the kids at this stunning location while the world waits for midnight to chime.

Troxy | London

By day, the Troxy is a stylish and contemporary Art Deco venue. By night, it can be transformed into a vast and vibrant location where revellers can gather in monumental celebration. This New Year’s Eve celebrate with the one and only Mr Robot Wars himself (sorry Red Dwarf has been done too many times) Craig Charles. Get ready to roll up and ring in the New Year with a silky collection of funk and soul beats. Accompanying Craig will be the hip-hop/funk Renegade 12 piece brass band.

Qube Project | London

Legendary UK music brand Hed Kandi will be taking up residence at the Qube Project (formerly Pacha) this NYE - and it’s promising to be a ground-shaker. Live sets by DJs Eibhlin and Kisch will be further amplified by live performers and slick production touches to guarantee a euphoric night on some of the capital’s finest tiles.

OXO Tower | London

Shimmering on the banks of the Thames, celebrate in style at the OXO Tower. Decadent, opulent and above all, mysterious. Think beautiful dresses and high drama to get you into the spirit. With a fabulous three course dinner off the a la carte menu with champagne and wine available, you certainly won’t be disappointed!

Southbank | London

If you don’t have any parties booked and you don’t fancy dressing up in your finery, then you can always head on down to one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the world – trust us, it’s a lot better in real life than on the tv. Join the crowds at Southbank and marvel at the spinning sensation that is the London Eye as it is lit up by thousands of fireworks. The display seems to get bigger and better every year.

Rest of the UK

Arts Club | Liverpool

Who best to celebrate New Year with than a 5 hour special with DJ Yousef for your heady mix of electronica. Expect to pay up to £20, and book quick to avoid being disappointed - especially if there’s a few of you. This promises to be one incredible night.

Allendale Ceremony | Northumberland

If you’re looking for something a little more traditional this New Years Eve, then celebrate in Allendale village with a drink at a cosy country pub by a log fire before heading out into the street for the famous ‘Tar Barls’ ceremony. A procession of local men, called ‘Guysers’, parade in fancy dress with barrels of flaming tar around the village at midnight, before throwing them onto a bonfire to welcome in the New Year in style.

The Warehouse Factory | Manchester

As ever, Manchester’s biggest underground party collective are back with their end of year special from their Store Street home. If there’s one thing you can expect it’s an all nighter of hard dancing, big tunes and some of the best and biggest DJs around coming to take to the decks of this legendary venue. The line-up this year includes the likes of Candi Station, Alexis Taylor and Derrick Carter.

Royal Armouries Museum | Leeds

If celebrating New Year's Eve with masked stilt walkers, chocolate fountains and champagne sounds like your idea of fun, The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is offering just that. A delicious three course banquet will be on offer as well as a resident DJ to really get the party started. The Fabulous Bogus Brothers will then take the stage and count you in to celebrate 2017 with a bang.

Three NYE Festival | Dublin

Hop across to Dublin for a wild night of street festivals, concerts and the procession of light. This year, catch The Coronas headline alongside Fatboy Slim, Kila, and Ryan Sheridan, whilst sampling the delicious artisian food at Dublin Castle’s NYF Food Village. The city's landscape comes alive with 3D adminations at the Luminosity events.

Hogmany | Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Hogmany is not just one party, but a full blown event of concerts, street parties and even a torchlight procession! Get involved in a traditional ceilidh or revel with 80,000 others at an all-night street party before making your way towards those midnight fireworks – the choice is yours. With garden concerts, a more solemn candlelit concert and Viking processions, the only question left to ask is how will you fit them all in.

The Bo Nanafana Social Club | Norwich

A New Year’s Eve party with a difference, Hogmanay-wey-hey promises acts and entertainment from another dimension as you enter The Twilight Zone, with rockin’ blues, surprise cabaret and a midnight cosmic countdown to round it all off. With tons of secrets and surprises in store, there’s plenty to look forward to with a free prize draw and even a free and easy dance class! Book your tickets quickly to avoid disappointment.

Frog & Bucket | Manchester

Laugh your way into 2018 at the comedy night hosted by the Frog in Manchester with allegedly the best New Years Eve party in the North West! With three top of the line headline acts and one fantastic local, you’re sure to leave with your sides splitting! With live chimes from Big Ben, huge confetti cannons and a sing-a-long with the DJ, it’s a night you don’t want to miss.

Fancy Dress Carnival | Newquay

More fancy dress coming your way with this great carnival as the whole town dresses up and cavorts into the centre – you’ll think it’s Halloween all over again! A much-loved Newquay tradition, residents and visitors of all ages are encouraged to wear fancy dress and outrageous costumes through town for celebrations, ending up at Central Square for the count-down to midnight.

Rest of Europe

Comercio Square | Lisbon

Comercio Square is the biggest square in Portugal – this will be a favourite place for welcoming the new year. Thousands of revellers pour into the area in time to enjoy the spectacular NYE firework displays at midnight. The square bring to you exceptional views of the river, together with sparkling lights when the fireworks light up the skylines and reflect on the Tagus River water.

BrandenBurger Tor | Berlin

The imposing BrandenBurger Gate is historic and unique, and one of the best locations in world to say goodbye to one year and hello to a new one. With over one million people huddled together to ring in 2017, you’ll find a whole host of stages, music, bars and plenty of excited people. Get ready to feel connected to all of humanity with the giant public countdown to a new year which will be broadcast around the world.

River Cruise | Budapest

A stunning city of faded grandeur, enlivened with a spirit of entrepreneurialism, Budapest, is and will forever be the jewel of the Danube. Stroll the riverbanks and soak in the peculiarity of modern architecture, sitting beside elegant opera houses and blocky socialist buildings. Yes, Budapest can be enjoyed and admired by anyone, but for a truly unique experience, why not take a river cruise, watch the fireworks and welcome in the ‘Szilveszter’.

Town Hall Square | Copenhagen

Copenhagen is buzzing on New Year’s Eve, with thousands of revellers out and about the town centre. At 12pm, it’s traditional for people to gather on the Town Hall Square, at the heart of Copenhagen, to hear the clock tower chime in the New Year. Another popular gathering spot is the bridge across the lakes to Nørrebro, Queen Louise’s Bridge.

Freedom Monument | Riga

The cheeky Balkan, Riga has an air of mischievousness about it, that is only heightened by it’s superb (albeit slightly creepy) gothic architecture that adorns over 750 buildings down the main boulevards. Regal Riga and the beating heart of Old Town is the perfect place for an aimless wander and to enjoy the incredible fireworks display. Head towards the Freedom Monument and immerse yourself in a carnival of incredible noise and colour.

Hlavné Námestie | Bratislava

Slovakia’s capital enjoys and envious position overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe. Snow peaked mountains sit in the background, while a carpet of green trees unfurls in front. Why not visit the xmas markets in either of the two squares – Hlavné námestie and Františkánske námestie before the Old Town diversifies into certain “concert zones”. Or for a taste of the good life and spectacular views of the surrounding city, make your way to the Sky Bar.

Real Casa de Correos | Madrid

For a night of memorable frivolity, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more stunning city than Madrid. Take to the city centres streets around the Real Casa de Correos and dance through until the early hours. Watch in anticipation as Madrid’s golden ball drops during the final countdown welcoming in the New Year with oh such Spanish style and panache! Alternatively, hit the bars and clubs on a Sandemans New Years Eve pub crawl, the choice is yours.

Vabaduse Valjak | Tallinn

A bit if a tongue twister we’ll admit BUT, the capital of Estonia, Tallinn has for too long been overlooked in favour of more glamourous named cities, but no more. This sprightly capital, with it’s chocolate box market stalls, buzzing nightlife and up and coming restaurant scene is beginning to make waves. Combine this with disgusting affordability and NYE in Tallinn should be on everyone’s to do list. Head towards Vabaduse Valjak for spectacular views of the fireworks.

Wenceslas Square | Prague

Oh Prague, what new and exciting superlatives can be conjured up about this already remarkable city? Untouched by the devastation of World War II, the Czech capital becomes a place of wonderment over New Years. Locals like to mingle in the centre, so head to Wenceslas Square and soak up some of that Czech hospitality and maybe a beer or few. Alternatively, hit the cocktail scene and sample a sumptuous array of flavours and concoctions at Alibi.

Panorama Sky Bar | Warsaw

Situated on the 40th floor of the Warsaw Marriott, the Panorama Sky Bar has crafted a fine evening’s entertainment for the 31st December 2016. With the lit-up city as a glittering backdrop, master violinist Sara Malinowska will be performing live, and DJ Chriss Jaxx will spin tunes into the early hours. Glamour is a must, so make sure you dress to impress.

Moulin Rouge | Paris

The Moulin Rouge has long been a location filled with decadence and mystery, and what better night to take in a show and celebrate than New Year’s Eve? Raise a glass on the stroke of midnight with a Gala Dinner and Cristal Roederer Champagne at the Moulin Rouge, followed by a special viewing of the famous show – a Parisian cabaret with 100 artists and 60 legendary Doriss Girls.

Tollwood Festival | Munich

Beautiful Munich has much to offer for the New Year’s Eve countdown, and the celebration in Tollwood is no exception. The festivities begin well before midnight with stage acts, music and food, and culminate in the wonderful Midnight Waltz, a traditional highlight! Ring in the New Year at midnight with thousands of people at the edge of Bavaria, and stock up on mulled wine to keep out the cold.

Northern Lights | Iceland

What better way to drink in the vastness of time and space than by watching it come to life through the spectacular Aurora Borealis – surely much more magnificent than any firework show conceivable! Set out on a boat and raise a glass to the heaven’s to celebrate the New Year in what is simply the most magical way possible. You’re sure to feel both insignificant and extremely precious all at the same time as you watch the night sky transform all around you.

Race the Clock | Barcelona

Get ready to race the clock when you take part in the Spanish New Year’s Eve tradition of Nochevieja, where people eat twelve grapes at the stroke of midnight – one for each time the bell chimes. If you can eat your grapes back in time, expect a year of good fortune. If not, at least you will have made a few of your friends laugh! Once you’re finished making a fool of yourself, enjoy an incredible fireworks display at the Plaza de Catalunya to kick off a street party that goes on all night.

Party Boat | Prague

Prague is a popular destination to experience over New Year with some of the best spots to watch fireworks in Europe. To avoid crowds head to the top decks of the river cruises, or around Charles Bridge, or higher up in the Lesser Town, by Prague Castle or on Petrin Hill.

Love Land Festival | Amsterdam

“The Loveland Festival is one of the Netherlands’ biggest dance festivals, and its Loveland New Year edition at Mediahaven is set to be equally larger-than-life.” Listen to the sounds of Speedy J, Agoria, Scuba and Noir Gregor Tresher to name a few, with their effortless blend of house and electronic. The last ticket release is already upon us, so get in there fast.

Alvsborg | Gothenburg

This New Year’s Eve, follow the Swedish leaders as they venture up to the best vantage points in Gothenburg to take in the midnight fireworks over the harbour. Thick jackets and a bottle of bubbles are vital, and Göta Älv and Älvsborg bridges provide particularly desirable views of the display, reflected magnificently in the water below.

Mosaique | St. Petersburg

While Moscow plays host to exclusive, glamorous New Year’s Eve events, St Petersburg offers an altogether more bohemian Russian welcome farther north. With its edgy urban décor, avant garde lighting and killer sound system, Mosaique commands an eager party crowd all year round. For New Year’s Eve 2016, they’ve invited US electronica ace, DJ Kris Wadsworth along to help fill the floor.

Piazza del Popolo | Rome

Few cities do New Year’s Eve fireworks quite like Rome, and the best place to pull up a perch? It’s got to be Piazza del Popolo at the entrance to the Villa Borghese gardens. Home to Rome’s oldest obelisk, this spacious square invites along local musicians of every genre from rock to pop, for a varied performance lineup ahead of the colourful pyrotechnics at midnight.

The Cathedral | Helsinki

Finding a New Year’s Eve hotspot in Finland isn’t always simple. Like their Scandinavian cousins, the Finns tend to enjoy private parties. But if you find yourself in Helsinki this NYE, the best place to celebrate is at the magnificent cathedral. The bells ring out at midnight, shortly followed by plenty of fireworks. Providing you wrap up warm, you’ll enjoy celebrating with the best of them well into the wee hours of 2017.

Fjallgata | Stockholm

This New Year’s Eve, do as the Scandinavians do and head outside to witness the fireworks going off as the clock strikes 12. In order to get the best whizz-bang for your buck, wrap up warm and head to Fjällgata: Stockholm’s highest natural point, boasting killer city views. With plenty of bars and restaurants tucked away on the neighbouring Folkungagatan, there are sufficient boltholes for a glass of something warming.

Stratos | Oslo

Fancy seeing off 2016 in Oslo? We’ve got the skinny on the classiest way to ring in the new year, and it comes complete with spectacular views. For the 14th year running, Stratos is hosting its rooftop NYE celebration. Located on the 12th floor of the Folketeateret on Youngstorget, Stratos offers a front-row seat to the city’s myriad firework displays come midnight. Dress to impress to meet their black tie code.

Outside of Europe

Sydney Harbour Fireworks | Australia

The fireworks display at Sydney Harbour with Sydney Opera House as a backdrop is known all over the world. Why not experience the magic for yourself aerial acrobatics, Aboriginal displays and the Harbour of Light Parade as well as many more events leading up to the spectacular fireworks themselves? Experience the warmth of the Australian sun as you ring in the New Year and start off 2015 on the southern hemisphere.

Moon Shadow | Malibu. CA

Few places in the world scream ‘party’ quite like the state of California, and this is as true for New Year’s Eve as any other time of year. Enjoy cocktails on famous Malibu beach, dinner at Moonshadows and dance all night with the DJ as you countdown to the beginning of the New Year. Get ready to spot some celebrities and maybe even dip a toe in the Pacific!

Times Square | New York. NY

Times Square is synonymous with New York glamour and intrigue, and now you can be part of the experience by taking a trip to Times Square for the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Watch the ball drop as 2018 becomes official and grab a glass of the ball’s official champagne, Moet & Chandon. You might even catch a glimpse of yourself on TV! Then get ready to cavort into the night as the city of New York begins a whole new year.

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q | Austin

A Texan New Year’s Eve is nothing without a little live music, so scoot your boots over to Stubb’s Bar-B-Q restaurant on Red River. Following in the footsteps of Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, the Nightowls will be taking to the venue’s legendary stage with their unique mix of R&B and soul. There’s chilled bubbly and a buffet dinner for ticket holders, so grab yours quickly!

Victoria Harbour Fireworks | Hong Kong

A city of spectacular skyscrapers and bustling life, it’s no surprise that Hong Kong offers both locals and visitors one of the most incredible New Year’s Eve experiences in the world. The fireworks themselves are perhaps best viewed from a boat on Victoria harbour as they are reflected in the glass towers that stand on the island. Enjoy a fantastic cruise with food and drinks before the display, or head into Hong Kong centre to enjoy a luxurious dinner.

Anjuna Beach Party | Goa

The gorgeous Indian state of Goa perhaps best celebrates New Year’s Eve on the beautiful Anjuna Beach. With a cocktail in hand, get ready to see the sun go down and indulge in some revelry with the best of them as India gets ready to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in a prosperous and pleasant 2018 for one and all. With plenty of hotels and resorts near the sea-front, you can be assured of a fabulous party on the beach.

Louis Restaurant | Dubai

Extravagant, awe-inspiring and massive the incredible Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building is home to the luxurious Louis Restaurant, the perfect place to sip champagne and enjoy fine dining while Dubai explodes in colourful fireworks below you. Raise a glass to the New Year in style and get ready to experience breath-taking views like no other.

Copacabana Beach | Brazil

You’ll want to break into a chorus of Copacabana rather than sing a round of Auld Lang Syne after partying hard on this world famous beach! Millions of revellers will celebrate under the watchful eyes of Christ the Redeemer in this, one of the world’s most famous places to party. Grab a cocktail and get ready to party on with performers, tourists, local Brazilians and street parties that take over this part of town. When the fireworks begin, you’ll never want to go home!

Siloso Beach Party | Singapore

Tucked away in the heart of Asia, stunning Singapore is the epitome of luxury. Enjoy a New Year’s Eve bash like no other at Siloso Beach, with 12 hours of non-stop partying, eating and drinking, interrupted only by the countdown to 2015. Definitely don’t wear your best clothes as Siloso is best known for its colourful celebrations – prepare to be splashed with plenty of washable colour!

Federation Square | Melbourne

If you’re hoping to be in the heart of Melbourne for your New Year’s Eve celebration, then get yourself to Federation Square to take in the host of jazz tunes, African drums, DJs and dancers. Let your hips swing to your favourite party tracks as you’re surrounded by thousands of others waiting to ring in 2017 with a remarkable fireworks display. It’s Melbourne’s biggest party of the year!

AgeHa | Tokyo

Tokyo knows how to put on a party, and New Year’s Eve at the ageHa nightclub is one you’ll never forget. Cram in with 5000 others at Tokyo’s biggest club as the world counts down to 2018. With baby bottles of Moet & Chandon and reserve seating, this promises to be an elegant affair that delivers on style and substance. If you don’t fancy reserve seating, you can always get down and boogie with your champagne glass in hand, and get ready to stare in awe once the fireworks begin.

Voodoo | Las Vegas

Las Vegas is full of bright lights, so what better way to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks than by watching them from a rooftop club? Get ready to experience absolute VIP treatment, spectacular views and plenty of champagne, chocolates and party favours, relax on the balcony with your drink of choice and survey Sin City in all its opulent glory.

Nikki Beach Complex | Miami

One of the most elite hotspots that Miami has to offer, the Nikki Beach complex promises a New Year’s Eve to remember this year. A ticket will reward you with an A-list cocktail of haute cuisine, live music, DJ entertainment and a private fireworks display. The organisers also promise ‘Nikki Beach-style surprises’, though your guess is as good as ours…

Chicago River | Chicago

It’s huge, it’s eclectic, it’s free. It’s Chi-Town Rising. This six-hour-long New Year’s Eve bonanza along the Chicago River draws more than 100,000 revellers from start to finish each year, putting on a packed programme of celebrity and musical appearances. As the celebration marches on, the Chicago Star climbs 36 storeys of Hyatt Regency Chicago’s West Tower and the night culminates in a dazzling fireworks display as the new year arrives.

Bourbon Street | New Orleans

They sure know how to party in the Deep South, and Louisiana’s legendary French Quarter provides a mighty fine spot to ring in the brand new year. Our top tip? Head to Bourbon Street and venture up to Bourbon Vieux, where a ticket will buy you a spot on their huge balcony overlooking one of the most historic streets in the city, as well as a taste of gourmet Big Easy cuisine from their buffet.

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