Best New Year's Eve Destinations in Europe
Are you tired of seeing the same faces on New Year's Eve? Do you want to see new landscapes, new environments, to meet new people? Discover the best destinations to celebrate the New Year in Europe. Marvel at the most beautiful fireworks in Europe, party in the most beautiful squares in Europe, dance and sing to the rhythm of the events and concerts organized for the New Year. Count down to the new year in a new language by staying in Funchal, Dubrovnik, Tenerife, Rome,… your best destinations for New Year's Eve in Europe.
1. Madeira Islands
Experience a refined, natural, elegant, tropical New Year on the most beautiful and sunniest of Europe's islands. Chic and gastronomic but also nature and sporty, Madeira has been your favourite destination for a New Year in Europe for 5 years.
Like Marbella, Biarritz, Cannes, Madeira is one of the galactic stars of upscale tourism in Europe. In recent years, it has also attracted travellers looking for outdoor sport, hiking in nature, birdwatching, in search of the most beautiful waterfalls, best instagramable spots and kilometer-long beaches of golden sand (Porto Santo ).
Whether you are an influencer or a hiker, the unmissable event is the evening of December 31 in the bay of Funchal. The largest fireworks display in Europe, at 360 degrees, awaits you for unforgettable memories.
For a meal in a prestigious and affordable place, book at Restaurant Villa Cipriani in Funchal. Have you gone overboard with Madeira Wine and Madeira Rum? Treat yourself to a lazy afternoon on Calheta beach on New Year's Day.
Are you an early riser? Climb to the top of Madeira's peak and watch the sunrise from Pico do Arieiro. Many flights connect the largest cities in America and the United Kingdom to Madeira, for a New Year that is both cosmopolitan and elegant, but also traditional, exotic and folkloric.
How to get there: Book your flights to Funchal Airport.
Where to stay: "Reid's Belmond" where Churchill stayed.
For a sparkling, festive and sunny New Year, Marbella is the best choice ; it has one of the largest concentrations of designer boutiques, haute-couture boutiques, Michelin-starred restaurants, 5-star hotels, an ultra-trendy Marina and a beach awarded as the most beautiful beach in Spain, ... so many good reasons to celebrate the New Year in Marbella.
Film stars but also artisticocratic and royal families have made Marbella their pied-à-terre for holidays combining relaxation, sun, outdoor sport, shopping, parties and beach.
The finest hotels in Marbella offer New Year's Eve parties including meals and dancing. You can also enjoy New Year's Eve party in Marbella night clubs.
Why celebrate New Year’ Eves in Marbella? Because there is nothing nicer than waking up on a New Year's sunny day near the sea, lying on a deckchair, enjoying a massage or a hammam for a detox after party.
How to get there: Book your flights to Malaga Airport (35 min by car / taxi / uber).
Where to stay: "Marbella Club Hotel - Golf Resort & Spa" a luxurious beachfront hotel set between Marbella and Puerto Banus.
Magical at Christmas, London is also an iconic destination for the New Year. What could be more emblematic than to count down to the New Year at the foot of Big Ben, in front of a fireworks display fired from the Thames?
During the day you will not fail to board the London Eye or take a cruise on the Thames. How about a "Beatles Magical Mystery Bus Tour" or climbing on the roof of the O2 Arena? Live unforgettable New Year experiences in London.
The most beautiful parties are held outdoors to admire the fireworks as the Party at the Southbank Center or at "The Rooftop" for breathtaking views of London.
How to get there: Book your flights to London.
Where to stay: "Corinthia London" for the best views of the fireworks display.
Two good reasons to go to Lisbon to celebrate the New Year: the sun & the warmth of the Portuguese people.
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe, ok to be honest it is THE most beautiful. With its emblematic bridge (the same as in San Francisco) it looks like the Capital of California in Europe. Young entrepreneurs, finance, tech, but also foodies, happy revelers and even families love Lisbon.
After an unforgettable evening in the bars of Bairro Alto, in the bars of Cais do Sodré or the Nightclubs of the Portuguese capital, you can have brunch at the 4 or 5 star hotel or in your tourist apartment in the heart of the historic district where you will stay to recover strength and discover the city of 7 valleys.
For who? You don't like to plan your New Years 11 months in advance and want to jump on the next plane without having to book a table, a nightclub entrance or a restaurant? Lisbon is for you. Do you want to celebrate a New Year with your family, with your feet in the water? Book your stay in Cascais / Estoril, the seaside destination located near Lisbon. Travelling as a couple? Book your stay in Sintra and discover the most beautiful castles and palaces in Portugal.
How to get there: Book your flights to Lisbon.
Where to stay: "Portugal Boutique Hotel". Stay in the heart of Lisbon.
Celebrate the New Year in Tbilisi (Georgia), one of the trendiest capitals in Europe and certainly one of the most cosmopolitan. Tbilisi will surprise you with its unique tourist and cultural offer, its buildings with incredible architecture that sometimes seems to come out of a tale of a thousand and one nights. Favourite destination for foodies, wine lovers, instagramers, Tbilisi also attracts those who want to think outside the box and discover one of the most multicultural cities in Europe.
Sublimely decorated for the New Year celebrations, Tbilisi extends the Christmas spirit until mid-January. Many public concerts are organized to celebrate the New Year and if you have left your evening dress at home you will be spoiled for choice in the shops of the shopping streets of Tbilisi. Need a final argument? Treat yourself to a stay in a 5-star hotel in Tbilisi for the price of a 3-star in Berlin and indulge yourself with extras in restaurants, nightclubs, beauty parlour in Europe's most sparkling city.
Want to dance? Several evenings are organized either in hotels in Tbilisi or in night clubs with DJ-Sets.
Are you travelling with your family or with your partner? Do not miss to visit the Christmas market of Tbilisi classified among the most beautiful in Europe as well as its Christmas tree also classified among the most beautiful Christmas trees in Europe!
How to get there: Book your flights to Tbilisi.
Where to stay: "IOTA Hotel Tbilisi" located in Tbilisi, 300 m from Freedom Square.
One of the most romantic cities in Europe awaits you for a New Year "à la carte". Whether you are a fan of elegant parties, with prom, gala dress or a fan of Pub Crawling, Prague at New Year's Eve has something for everyone. The Czech Capital is probably one of the cheapest capitals for a new year in Europe and the Czech Republic is known for its rather inexpensive beers including Pilsner, one of the most famous beer brands in the world. But tradition says that champagne is THE drink to have at midnight .
Prague celebrates the New Year with numerous festivities, outdoor concerts, fireworks, and many private parties in the restaurants, nightclubs and bars of the capital. As New Year’s Eve in Prague is so popular it is recommended to book your accommodation in Prague in advance as well as your tours and activities such as a "Prague Pub Crawl".
The nightclubs are really packed in the New Year so we recommend either to book well in advance or to favour the pub crawls, private parties in bars and restaurants. Plan warm clothes in addition to your party outfit. As you risk forgetting your jacket somewhere, take a warm old coat with you.
Are you in Prague as a couple? Treat yourself to a New Year's Eve dinner with a cruise on the river, nothing more romantic for New Year's in Prague. Themed cruises such as the New Year's Eve Jazz Cruise or the New Year's Eve on a party boat are musts for an unforgettable New Year in Prague.
How to get there: Book your flights to Prague.
Where to stay: "Orea Hotel Angelo Praha" well known for its culinary offering and the stylish Jazz Bar.
The Russian capital has been cited as a must-see destination for New Year's Eve for several years ; Moscow offers something for each of us. Whether you are looking for a classic, elegant and refined New Year, or an underground, electro New Year ... Whether you prefer the trendy bars of the capital or family and friendly restaurants, 100% Russian or unique nightclubs in the world but also trendy places with surprising and quirky themed evenings, Moscow is the New Year's destination that suits everyone.
Moscow has one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe, also ranked among the best Christmas lights destinations in Europe; you will not fail to visit it during your stay in Moscow. A few steps from the mythical Red Square, it is set against the backdrop of the emblematic Saint-Basile-le-Bienheureux Cathedral.
Buy the famous Russian dolls as a souvenir and come back with a mind full of unforgettable moments by booking your flights, your accommodation and your tours and activities in Moscow such as a "Moscow: Exclusive Hot Air Balloon Ride".
Did you know? The Russians first celebrate the New Year (the night of December 31 to January 1) and then Christmas since the Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7. A good reason to visit Moscow this year to discover new traditions and a city as endearing as it is surprising.
Where to stay: "Sadovnicheskaya City Center". Stay in the heart of Moscow.
For a festive New Year Ibiza is the best choice. Known for its evenings bringing together the best DJs, the best dancers, the biggest shows in Europe, Ibiza also means lazing around, beaches, outdoor sports, nautical activities, seaside restaurants… The perfect mix between fiesta and idleness. Celebrate the New Year at the Paccha, at the Amnesia, or in the conceptual "Ushuaia Beach Hotel" a hotel-Nightclub that offers non-stop parties, from the balcony of your room.
How to get there: Book your flights to Ibiza.
Where to stay: "Can Vistabella Boutique Resort" for a bohemian chic nature retreat.
9. Sao Miguel
You spend most of your time in the underground, buses, open spaces, closed offices, meeting rooms, shopping centers and you want wide open spaces and nature? Celebrate New Year's Eve in The Azores.
Every year a fireworks display is fired from Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores on the main island of Sao Miguel, many festivities are organized such as public concerts and you can prolong the party in the bars and restaurants of Ponta Delgada.
A light meal, based on fish would be perfect if you want to dance until the end of the night… But what about the traditional "Bolo Rei" a cake filled with almonds and ten coloured candied fruits ?
The Azores are also a well-being destination. After a party washed down with Gin des Azores and Vinho Verde, treat yourself to a detox in your wellness hotel or in the many natural thermal spots of the Azores such as "Furnas Boutique Hotel".
During your stay do not miss to visit Sete Cidades, considered to have the most beautiful landscape in Europe.
Really need to recover from a drunken night? Visit the two Azores tea factories and cut down on this old migraine with natural means.
Want to get away from the crowds? Visit Flores and Corvo, the least populated islands of the Azores.
How to get there: Book your flights to Ponta Delgada.
Where to stay: "Furnas Boutique Hotel - Thermal Spa" located in Furnas, the largest concentration of thermal waters in Europe.
Edinburgh is a must-see destination for the holiday season. Its Christmas Market is ranked among the Best Christmas Markets in the United Kingdom and New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh is truly one of the best in Europe.
This event is so important to the Scots that it bears a name "Hogmanay". A true institution, the New Year is celebrated from December 31 to January 3 with gigantic parties, open-air concerts that bring together local and international artists such as Basement Jacks. An XXL fireworks display is fired at midnight followed by festivities until the early hours in the streets and parks of Edinburgh.
One of the national customs during the Hogmanay is "first-footing". It is about being the first to walk through your best friend's door or your favourite neighbour. If you are the first to walk through their door, don't forget to bring a gift such as whiskey, shortbread biscuits (butter cookie) or even salt. This will bring good luck to both of you.
The Hogmanay in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is probably one of the biggest parties in Europe.
How to get there: Book your flights to Edinburgh.
Where to stay: "Point A Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket" situated in the best rated area in Edinburgh.
For a festive and friendly New Year, Porto is the destination to put at the top of your travel wishlist. The countdown in front of the city hall of Porto followed by concerts and parties in the bars, restaurants, nightclubs of Porto is a unique experience to live at least once in your life.
Portugal is renowned as one of the safest countries in Europe, with the lowest crime rate alongside Switzerland. Festive, friendly and safe end-of-year celebrations await you in this city which has become the tourist capital of Portugal.
For a New Year at the heart of the festivities book your accommodation at the InterContinental Palacio das Cardosas, for a New Year wellness & gastronomy book your accommadation at The Yeatman, for a romantic New Year at a more democratic price book your accommodation at Porto Moments.
How to get there: Book your flights to Porto.
For a festive and sunny New Year, Dubrovnik is a great choice. Celebrities like Bill and Hillary Clinton come to spend the New Year in this medieval city also adored by fans of "Games of Thrones". Many concerts are organized in the city and most of the restaurants in the old city centre are open and offer New Year's meals with dancing also organized by the best hotels in Dubrovnik.
As Dubrovnik Christmas Market is open until January 6, you can stroll through the aisles of the Christmas market, have a drink on the terrace soaking up the sun or treat yourself to one of the many tours and activities in Dubrovnik such as a "Lokrum: Island Walking Tour from Dubrovnik "or a" Game of Thrones Tour ".
Where to stay: "Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik" set on a spectacular cliff ,it offers splendid sea views.
Belgians are friendly, they like to party and they brew the best beers in Europe. In addition to that, they have a wide range of dishes such as carbonade, fries, waterzooï which seem to have been made to wipe off the excess alcohol of the day before.
You will be spoiled for choice for the New Year in Brussels: private parties in the nightclubs of the capital, in a restaurant of your choice or, as the Belgians do, by making "chapels", that is to say wandering from bar to bar like the English crawling bar. Bars specializing in craft beers, Themed bars decorated with coffins, LGBTQ + bars, Trendy bars, undergrounds, electro evenings in abandoned places are waiting for you.
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels Airport.
Where to stay: "Novotel Brussels City Center" for a detox in its on-site spa center with fitness facilities.
We love Graz's initiative not to allow fireworks on New Year's Eve for animal welfare. Graz on the New Year is therefore also a perfect destination if you want to celebrate the New Year with your dog/ cat /.
When we think of the New Year in Austria we first think of its gala evenings but there is also an offer for those looking for underground, experimental events. Every year the city of Graz organizes public concerts and light shows in the streets and parks of Graz.
Big parties are also organized by the city or private organizers at Franziskanerplatz and Mariahilferplatz. If you are chilly, there are many clubs which organize special parties for New Year's Eve in Graz.
Whether you prefer the New Year Party in the streets" to the"New Year's Ball" you will probably be celebrating it to the sound of "Blue Danube Waltz".
How to get there: Book your flights to Graz.
Where to stay: "Hotel Daniel Graz" is a modern hotel 10 minutes’ walk from the historic Old Town.
Come and experience the “Dolce Vita” in Rome. For a warm, gastronomic and festive New Year, Rome is one of the best destinations in Europe. If we love its emblematic places decorated with the most beautiful Christmas trees (do not miss the Colosseum Christmas tree, considered one of the most beautiful in Europe), we also love Rome for the end of year celebrations for 3 reasons: Fancy hotels and restaurants, incredible Italian pastries, partying everywhere.
Rome is the number 1 destination to celebrate the New Year if you answer yes to the following 3 statements: You want to celebrate a real New Year (fireworks, parties, restaurants, traditions). You know how to mix elegance, refinement and convivial celebrations. Would you rather wake up in a nice hotel / airbnb rather than on a friend's inflatable mattress? If yes, the party is everywhere in Rome on New Year’s Eve and one of the traditions for good luck is breaking glass on the ground. If you are used to walking barefoot, Rome is definitely not for you.
Because it is probably the most festive city in Europe on New Year's Eve and because it combines tradition, gastronomy, celebration, elegance and friendliness, Rome is truly one of the best destinations for New Year's Eve in Europe.
Meet at Piazza del Popolo from 10:30 p.m. and celebrate the New Year with the Italians this year.
Where to stay: "Hotel Giolli Nazionale". Stay in the heart of Rome.
Kitzbühel offers a dazzling New Year's Eve with breathtaking fireworks. Many activities await you such as a torchlight ski downhill by instructors and "Ski & Fun parties", fireworks for three days from December 30th to January 1st!
Book your accommodation in Kitzbühel and enjoy an exceptional new year!
How to get there: Book your flights to Salzburg Airport (1h by car / taxi / uber - 2h30 by public transport).
Where to stay: "A-Rosa Kitzbühel" features a 3,000m2 spa area.
The capital of Sweden is an ideal destination for a New Year under the sign of "Hygge" and "Lagom" two Swedish concepts which are the new trend of well-being.
Forget about binge drinking, alcohol mixtures, the aftermath of dubious experiences such as left clothes, kisses too quickly given, wandering and excess.
The "Lagom" and the "Hygge" are well-being concepts , for oneself, for others and for the planet. The "Lagom" preaches sobriety be happy with simple things like a meal with friends, in a restaurant, a walk in nature. The "hygge" cultivates small pleasures, moments for oneself and for friends. These two concepts also include a reflection on our planet, ecology but also our relation to the others.
If you prefer to start the New Year off on the right foot and prefer to wake up with a smile rather than a hangover, New Year’s Eve in Stockholm is a good choice.
Obviously you can party in the many bars, restaurants and nightclubs of the capital, if possible avoiding excess to enjoy many activities and tours in Stockholm such as a "Stockholm Culinary Tour".
How to get there: Book your flights to Stockholm.
Where to stay: "Blique by Nobis". Stay in the heart of Stockholm.
Canary Islands - Spain
For a sunny New Year, Tenerife is definitely the best choice in Europe.
Many private evenings are organized by restaurants and hotel owners of the island with 330 days of sunshine per year.
For a friendly and warm New Year, let's say more sober and conventional, book your accommodation in the North of Tenerife Island in Puerto de la Cruz. You will find a wide choice of hotels or private apartments / villas for a festive atmosphere without being totally unbridled.
For a 100% guaranteed sunshine New Year and big party, choose the Costa Adeje, in the south of Tenerife Island. Its large resorts, nightclubs, will appeal to those who want to party until the end of the night for a small price.
What better than resting in the sun the day after a party. Did you know that Tenerife is ranked among your best destinations for winter sun in Europe? The more athletic and those who have not abused alcohol and food will take a bike tour. Tenerife is ranked first among Best Bike Destinations in Europe and there are many racing bike rental shops available on the island.
For a festive and sunny New Year on the Costa Adeje or a nature New Year in Puerto de la Cruz, there is certainly a part of Tenerife that will suit you.
Book your flights to Tenerife, your accommodation at the best price at the Costa Adeje or in Puerto de la Cruz as well as your activities and tours in Tenerife such as a "Tenerife: Kayaka Safari with Sea Turtles and Snorkeling".
Where to stay: "The Ritz-Cartlon Abama" for its 7 outdoor pools and its award-winning spa.
Certainly one of the best destinations in Poland, Gdansk which is an all year round is also one of the best destinations in Europe for New Year's Eve.
Historic city with incredible architecture, it is also an almost seaside resort and you can escape in a few minutes by train or bus to see and feel the sea in Sopot and take beautiful invigorating walks. Magical at Christmas, Gdansk is also magical at the New Year.
One of its great assets, in addition to the feeling of security and warmth of the Poles and their many trendy bars and restaurants, is without a doubt the super affordable price of accommodation in Gdansk.
You can stay in a prestigious hotel such as a Hilton for a much more affordable price than a 2 star hotel in Paris, Berlin, London. Do not miss to visit the Dlugi Targ Market and stock up on fruits and vegetables for a festive but also healthy New Year. Climb to the top of St Mary Cathedral or the Gdansk Ferris Wheel for breathtaking views of the city. Do not miss to taste Polish specialties at the Christmas market in Gdansk on Targ Weglowy, the Christmas Market is open until January 1.
How to get there: Book your flights to Gdansk
Where to stay: "Hampton by Hilton Gdansk Old Town". Stay in the heart of Gdansk.
European Capital of Culture, Matera is one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in Europe, and the most beautiful UNESCO site in Europe.
If Christmas in Matera is a magical moment in this deeply believing city, many end-of-year events but also around the epiphany, make Matera a first choice destination for the New Year.
Concerts, masses but also flea markets, Live Nativity, many high quality events await you for the end of the year celebrations mixing tradition, Christian faith, gastronomy and culture.
Do not miss the fireworks display, one of the most beautiful in southern Italy.
How to get there: Book your flights to Bari (50 min by car 1h50 by public transport).
Where to stay: "L'Hotel In Pietra" offers unique rooms set in Matera Sassi area.
The Christmas Capital of the World is also where Santa's Head Office is located as well as his gift factories, reindeer, and everything that concerns the magic of Christmas. It is for these many
good reasons that each year lucky holidaymakers book their flights, accommodation and their tours & activities in
Rovaniemi such as a "Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village".
Because there is no age to marvel, discover the reindeer, take a sleigh ride in the snow, stay in an ephemeral , magical Ice Hotel. Rovaniemi is definetely to be put at the top of your travel wishlist for New Year's Eve in Europe, as you place the star at the top of the tree.
How to get there: Book your flights to Rovaniemi.
Where to stay: "Apukka Resort" offers multiple activities on site such as snowmobiling, husky safaris, Northern Lights Safaris and reindeer sleigh rides.
Reykjavik is the perfect destination for a New Year’s Eve off the beaten track in Iceland's capital. We advise you to book well in advance as prices go up quickly as the holidays approach. You will be able to save on your accommodation and offer yourself extras among the best activities and tours in Iceland such as a "From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip".
Don't book a 3-day stay and reduce your carbon footprint by staying longer. Come a full week and discover the best nature wonders in Iceland such as its volcanic beaches and legendary waterfalls. At midnight go out of the bars and restaurants, pop the champagne at the foot of the iconic Hallgrimur church and see the magnificent fireworks display. If you are a believer, step inside this church for an unforgettable Midnight Mass.
Book your flights, your accommodation and your tours and activities in Iceland and celebrate a unique New Year in Europe. Are you an adventurer? Discover some Icelandic specialties such as the pork roast iced with Coca Cola and its Coca Cola sauce...
How to get there: Book your flights to Reykjavik.
Where to stay: "Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel" located in the main shopping street in Reykjavik.
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