Forget Christmas, New Year’s Eve, also known as ‘Hogmanay’ is where the real party is.
As soon as the final plate is cleaned on Christmas Day and you begin to map out your plan of attack for the manic Boxing Day sales, your mind will almost certainly begin to turn its attention to the big end of year celebrations that kick off on December, 31.
Counting down the days ourselves, we take a look at some of the greatest cities around the world to spend your New Year’s Day celebration.
From the Catalan capital to the famous ‘Big Smoke’, this is an exciting and varied list that may just provide some inspiration for those looking to celebrate the end of 2019 away from the dreaded New Year’s television.
Here are 9, spectacular cities around the world perfect for seeing out the New Year in.
Catalan capital Barcelona is a great place to see out the year, and welcome in a fantastic, fresh year, in one of Europe’s greatest cities.
Crowds tend to gather at Plaça d’Espanya, close to Montjuïc in the city.
Numbering into the thousands, the party atmosphere is ratcheted up with great Catalan spirit with the New Year arriving accompanied by a fantastic fireworks display.
Food lovers alert – The range of delicious, locally produced cured meats available in the city make for the perfect late brunch hangover cure.
You can even bring some of the meats back home with you to share with others and keep for yourself – the choice is yours. Sadly, our friends never got the chance to try any!
Financial capital London is one of the most famous cities in the world.
Often referred to as ‘The Big Smoke’, London is one of the greatest places to visit during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The city’s famous skyline, including Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, and of course, the Coca Cola London Eye, is taken over by a vast fireworks display that acts as a fitting finale to the end of the year.
Australian icon Sydney is of the country’s biggest cities.
You won’t believe it’s New Year’s if you decide to visit at this time of year, the weather is often a world away from the freezing temperatures normally associated with this great festive time of the year.
During New Year’s Eve, the city’s famous harbour, home to the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is the setting for a great, multi-stage event held each and every year.
Travelling the length of the world for the New Year’s will be worth the flight.
New Year’s barbecue meal on the beach anyone?
4. Hong Kong
Another famous harbour, Hong Kong, much like Sydney, has a great natural waterfront perfect for welcoming in the New Year with a magnificent fireworks display.
Victoria harbour with a vast range of traditional and modern luxury boats and vessels, is a historic harbour that is part of this vibrant city territory, famed for its shopping and nightlife.
5. New York
Often referred to as ‘the City that never sleeps’, the main areas in New York come to a standstill during New Year’s as thousands upon thousands of people flock into the city to join in with the festivities.
As mentioned previously, Times Square is the place to be for New Year’s although the sheer volume of people may put some holidaymakers off attempting to attend this insanely popular New Year’s event.
During the New Year’s celebrations, the most romantic city on the planet is perhaps, along with obvious Valentine’s Day, at its most charming and exciting.
Popular to place to propose to your loved one, the ‘city of love’ is one of the greatest New Year break destinations around.
City icon, the Champs-Elysees, is where locals and tourists tend to gather for the New Year countdown.
Wonderfully lit up, this and the city’s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower, are great sights found in the city.
Scots are known around the world for their Hogmanay celebrations and rightly so.
Historic capital Edinburgh is one of the best parties in the world during New Year and the perfect Winter city break where you can relax and take in the sights in the run up to the main event.
Spend some time shopping along Princes Street or enter the magical Winter wonderland that is the festive markets.
Slowly but surely, Edinburgh Festive markets have taken over huge sections in the centre of the city.
The ice rink at St Andrew Square is a fantastic highlight found just off George Street resting behind Princes Street.
The party at Brandenburg Gate in cosmopolitan Berlin is not to be missed!
One of most famous party spots in the world, it was here that Berliners celebrated the fall of the Berlin wall back in 1989.
Berlin fully gets into the festive spirit at this time of year, offering some great festive markets and lovely food to keep the winter chill at bay.
Another romantic inclusion to our list, Venice, a city comprised of hundreds of small islands, is one of the great historic Italian cities.
Bit of Trivia – Most of the buildings in Venice rest on thousands of chopped tree log foundations that are encased in mud.
With its series of canals, iconic St. Marks Square, and host of fascinating fountains, there is a lot to see and do beyond merely welcoming in the New Year when visiting the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’.
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