Think back to last New Year’s Eve. Did you have high expectations of spontaneity, romance, or just plain excitement? Were you devastatingly let down? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us... every. single. year. It’s not too late to plan an amazing New Year’s and avoid the routine. You know what routine I’m talking about...a few bottles of cheap champagne and hanging out watching the ball drop on TV in someone’s basement. Check out some of our favorite cities to spend NYE... guaranteed more fun than that party you go to every December 31st.
New Years celebrating starts early on December 31 with Berliner Silvesterlauf, the annual costumed pancake race. After working up an appetite, join around one million of your closest friends at Brandenburg Gate to ring in the New Year in a big way. This area is packed with over a mile of stages, party tents, light shows, and of course, more food or drink than you can imagine.
Whether you’re looking for a classy cocktail party or an all night rager, London has what you need for an epic New Years Eve. For a glamorous night, celebrate Prohibition-style at one of London’s most legendary New Year’s Eve parties. Channel your inner Gatsby or pull out that flapper dress and sip teacup cocktails while dancing the Charleston. London is also home to Ministry of Sound, one of the most intense NYE club experiences in Europe. Looking to enjoy the fireworks? Hop on one of the many river cruises to get a great view of all the action.
New Year’s Eve in Madrid is marked by lots of grapes,and I don’t just mean in the wine. When the clock strikes twelve, all celebration stops while everyone attempts to eat the 12 lucky grapes in time with each chime. If you’re successful, you’ll experience one full year of good luck. Crowds gather at Puerta del Sol to watch the clock strike together, but after midnight the real partying begins. The crowd disperses throughout the city where parties and bars are packed until the wee hours of the morning.