On the eve of the New Year, Lonely Planet published a list of the best cities to celebrate the most long-awaited and beloved holiday.
The New Year opens up opportunities for vibrant celebrations: from noisy parties to immersion in cultural traditions with family and friends. Lonely Planet has highlighted several cities that are considered ideal for celebrating one of the main days of the year. Megacities will give tourists many vivid impressions.
From a boat ride on the Thames to a huge fireworks display, London has something for everyone. Tourists can enjoy famous New Year’s celebrations here, visit popular spots such as Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill, and Millennium Bridge, or party at famous nightclubs.
Madrid is the perfect place to spend a fun night out on New Year’s Eve. Nightlife in the Spanish capital follows an unconventional schedule; locals can party until dawn. An interesting tradition is observed here — eating 12 grapes in the last 12 seconds of the outgoing year.
Although many Swedes prefer to spend this holiday at home, Stockholm offers great activities for those who decide to head out into the cold Scandinavian night. Tourists can enjoy the splendor of the evening fireworks display that illuminates the Royal Castle, while additional events such as the New Year’s Eve concert at Stockholm Cathedral and the traditional New Year’s Eve concert at the Royal Swedish Opera create a magical atmosphere.
The Scottish capital offers a traditional Hogmanay celebration with ceilidh dancing, music, fireworks, and the song Auld Lang Syne. Here you can also see a solemn procession with torches, accompanied by the sound of bagpipes and drums.
The Irish celebrate the New Year in style, and the Dublin festival is proof of this. Here it is customary to spend a festive evening in one of the popular pubs, such as the Temple Bar, to fully immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere.
The capital of France invites tourists to celebrate the New Year on a romantic trip. Views of Paris from the Sacre Coeur, as well as exquisite French cuisine, add a special charm to this event.
The hilly streets of Lisbon provide excellent views of the colorful fireworks display. A festive atmosphere reigns at Praça do Comércio and at the majestic Torre de Belém.
Berlin, the official party capital of Europe, completes the list. The city is famous for its techno clubs, and the New Year’s party at Kulturbrauerei with 30 DJs on 13 dance floors is famous throughout the world. Berlin attracts those looking for an unforgettable New Year’s experience.