New Year’s Eve is a night of untold revelry the world over, and Europe is certainly no exception. Having travelled all around the continent, we’ve come across quite a few cities that really know how to throw down when the ball drops on the 31st of December. Even though New Year’s and Christmas celebrations are smack in the middle of Europe’s winter, the Europeans never shy away from a party! Here are three of our top picks for making magical memories in Europe on New Year’s Eve!
Amsterdam is the one place that will compel you to relax into the groove and go with the easy flow that is so characteristic of the Dutch population. The Netherlands’ capital is all about grandiose celebration and the list of Amsterdam New Years’ eve parties is almost as long as the Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal) . Visitors can look forward to everything from fireworks, dance and music on the Oosterdok, Rembrandtplein and Nieuwmarkt, to trance parties, masquerade balls, Gatsby-themed banquets and luxurious cruises along the city’s canals.
Situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, the beautiful capital of Scotland is renowned for simultaneously embracing ancient rituals and partying up a storm as the year rushes to a close. It is after all the home of Hogmanay – Scotland’s famous NYE festival that comprises a full three days of revelry in the form of awesome bands and incredible events hosted by artists from around the globe.
You will have to go a long way to find a destination with more convivial ambiance for a New Year’s Eve celebration than Edinburgh. If the rigors of Hogmanay seem a tad too energetic for your liking, you could always join in Scottish heritage pursuits like the torchlight procession to celebrate the end of the year up the Calton Hill or partake in the annual candlelit concert at St. Giles’ Cathedral. No matter where your tastes may lie, there is something for everyone to enjoy on New Year’s eve in Edinburgh.
New Year’s Eve in Florence is a festive affair that sees most locals and visitors flocking to various piazzas throughout the city to enjoy free entertainment. Traditionally, there is one big concert at the historical centre, with many more dotted throughout the city. Offerings range from electronic music and international DJ sets, to gospel and swing. There are also classical music concerts by the city’s renowned symphony orchestra, as well as ice skating and snow tubing for those revellers who want to work up a sweat in the lead-up to the ball drop.
Normally the areas that host NYE concerts are completely closed to traffic, which means partygoers are free to get around on foot, take the tram or make use of shuttles in the city’s outer quadrants. All in all, Florence is a great option for NYE if you want to partake in outdoor festivities that won’t break the bank.
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