Whether you’re looking for ideas on where to party, where to take the family, cheap New Year city breaks or the best places in the world spend New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our top 5 ultimate New Year destinations for last minute travel plans!
Headlining the list of top cheap New Year’s breaks for 2017 (or indeed, any year) is Berlin. Famous for its nightlife and music scene, it should be no surprise that the German capital puts on a good party for New Year’s Eve (or Silvester, as it’s known in Germany). Join the countdown at the Brandenburg Gate (in the image to the left) for the electric atmosphere of the crowds, fireworks and live music. Check out the line-up of famous DJs at one of the city’s most renowned clubs, such as Astra Club and the Ritter Butzke, or hit one of Berlin’s NYE parties like the HYTE-Party, this year in Funkaus Berlin, which is guaranteed to be massive. If your budget demands a cheap night out on the town then head to Humboldthain Club, where the drinks are reasonably priced and entrance is only 10 euros a head, and dance the night away to a mix of House, Techno, Boogie, Funk, Hip Hop and all the classics.
The perfect destination for a last minute holiday to bring in the New Year, Porto is a charming seaside city on Portugal’s north-westerly coast that puts on a great night of festive entertainment. A little more under-the-radar than some of the other destinations on this list, the city still draws in the crowds (gathered especially on Avenida dos Aliados, in front of the Porto City Hall, where the largest party takes place), but offers a more relaxed atmosphere on New Year’s Eve. For a change from the city’s nightclubs and bars (offering dancing ‘til dawn), why not step aboard one of the many cruise ship on the Douro River for spectacular views of the fireworks at midnight. Or celebrate as the Portuense would with a meal at one of the city’s must-try restaurants, before a night-time stroll around its beautiful, higgledy-piggledy medieval centre.
Only a short hop across the channel (via plane, train or car), Paris is an easy option for a last minute New Year getaway. Not necessarily the cheapest of New Year destinations, the City of Lights does, however, offer a night of glitz and glamour for a range of budgets. For those with cash to burn, kick the festivities up a notch with a New Year like no other at the Moulin Rouge, Paris’ infamous nightclub. An evening here includes its world-famous cabaret show, a gourmet meal of lobster and champagne (a bottle per person) and a special-post midnight performance, all for the price of 500 euros per guest. For everyone else, take to the Champs-Élysées for the official Parisian New Year’s Eve street party and lights show, or head up to the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre for stunning panoramic views of the city. After the fireworks have died down, warm up in any one of the many bars or smaller cabaret clubs in the nearby streets.
For anyone looking for something different this December, a trip to Iceland’s capital is the ultimate way to see in the new year. With magical snow-covered settings guaranteed, and even the chance of celebrating under the Northern Lights (if you’re lucky), New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik is an extraordinary experience. There are no state organised festivities or major fireworks displays here, so instead the locals run the show. At 11:35 pm on the dot, the city’s inhabitants take to the streets, armed with bundles of fireworks, for a massive bonfire extravaganza. The celebrations carry on well into the early hours of the morning, and sometimes the next day, with bars, private parties and events all over the city.
You’ve probably never considered it, but Slovakia’s capital is the perfect destination for families looking for a New Year’s city break with children. Cheap, friendly and with plenty going on to keep everyone entertained, Bratislava offers family fun in a beautiful setting. On the 31st, the medieval Old Town turns into a lively, party, with people of all ages singing and dancing. Festival stalls sell mulled wine and snacks, there’s an ice rink on Hviezdoslavovo námestie (one of the best known squares in the city) and at midnight the River Danube is lit up by the glow of fireworks.