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New Year’s Eve ideas for 2017

New Year’s Eve is always a special time as we close the books and celebrate the end of the old year and prepare for the possibilities and potential of the coming year. To help with your end of year planning the TransferGo Blog has compiled a list of New Year’s Breaks for those looking for deals, couples, families and those looking for European celebrations.

Cheap New Year Breaks

London – The celebrations in London are what one expects from one of the world’s best-known cities. Hundreds of small celebrations and street parties can be found throughout the city, along with concerts and performances of almost every type. The 10-minute fireworks display along the Thames and the massive New Year’s Day parade are truly spectacular.

St Ives – On New Year’s Eve the normally quiet town is filled with visitors from around the UK ready to welcome in the New Year. Street parties are numerous and the fireworks display is one of the best in the UK. It is traditional for revellers in St Ives to welcome in the New Year in fancy dress and costumes.

Edinburgh – The Scottish capital is one of the most vibrant places in the UK to welcome in the New Year. The party actually lasts for three days and includes street parties, concerts, art events and a vast array of entertainment events. The especially brave and adventurous celebrants welcome the New Year by taking a quick swim in the River Forth.

Cardiff – The Welsh New Year’s celebration is known as “Calennig” which translates as “the first day of the month”. Celebrations are held throughout the city including skating at the Welsh Winter Wonderland and a spectacular firework display at the stroke of midnight.

New Year Breaks for Families

London – While the stroke of a midnight firework show may be a bit late for younger children, London is filled with family friendly celebrations. Ice rinks can be found at Somerset House, the Natural History Museum and Canary Wharf. Kew and the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland are full of funfairs, food and light shows leading up to midnight. There are also a number of child-friendly street fairs and entertainment events throughout the city.

Edinburgh – While the city is well known as being the centre for grown-up celebrations, Edinburghh does not leave the younger celebrants wanting. The National Museum has a special slate of celebrations including lantern processions, concerts, performances and treasure hunts geared for kids and families. Kids can also take part in the Calton Hill Torchlight Procession.

New Year Breaks In Europe

Bratislava – One of the more interesting places to spend New Year’s Eve is Bratislava. The old medieval city start their celebrations around midday on the 31st and continue until the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. The streets are filled with singing and dancing and traditional and modern celebrations abound. The city’s legendary clubs are all in full swing and offer events to suit any taste.

Vienna – For New Year’s or Silvester as it is called in Austria, the Old City is converted into a party zone which includes the New Year’s Eve Trail where parties, music and food to suit every taste can be found. The area includes a massive outdoor ballroom where couples can waltz their way into the New Year.

Lisbon – You can bring in the New Year in style and without breaking the bank. The city’s legendary nightclubs will be in full party mode. The Timeout Food Market is a favourite destination where you can sample culinary delicacies of practically every description while making your way to the waterfront for entertainment and the impressive New Year’s fireworks display.

New Year’s Eve Breaks for Couples

Skenfrith, Monmouthshire – The former 17th-century coaching room is now home to 11 boutique rooms and an award-winning restaurant. Their two-night New Year package includes gourmet meals, fireworks and breakfasts, all of which are designed to help you welcome in 2018 in style. Even if you are not a guest, the dinner menu is well worth the visit.

Winchester, Hampshire – The King’s Head, just 10 minutes outside of Winchester is the perfect place for couples looking for a low-key New Year’s celebration. The atmosphere of the old coaching inn is cosy and comfortable. All the food is locally sourced and seasonal with the added benefit of being incredibly well-rated. The cottage style rooms feature antique furnishings and the original fireplaces.

Devon – The Mason Arms in Devon is just a 10-minute walk from the beach. The traditional thatched inn’s history dates back to the mid-1300s. The menu includes upscale as well as more informal dishes. Rooms are located above the pub and cottages are available behind the main building.

The TransferGo Blog regularly publishes articles to help you find the best international restaurants, markets and travel destinations.

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