Emblematic New Year's Eve (15 suggestions)

Find out where you can spend the New Year’s. Amsterdam? Berlin? Madeira? Stockholm? Excelente gives you 15 cities that can be great for celebrating New Year's Eve.

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Celebrating New Year's Eve in another city involves exploring local gastronomy, culture and architecture. In addition to the usual celebrations, you should take a few moments to get to know the highlights of each city, taste new snacks and discover different monuments.

In the countdown that marks the transition from the Old to the New Year, many of the cities are surrounded by fireworks shows. The festivities also tend to take place on the streets and the Christmas Markets can still be visited.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

In Amsterdam, you can spend your New Year's Eve at Awakenings festival, with lots of techno music, or at the Winter Festival, where you can go skating. The city also has what is considered the “Winter Paradise”. Here, in the centre of the city, you can indulge in various winter activities: ride on carousels, on the Ferris wheel, on the ice rink, enjoy a snowball fight and ski.

The city also hosts the Festival of Lights. With this event, Amsterdam is illuminated by various lights and projects of art, design and technology. On New Year's Eve, you should enjoy the light show on a boat trip. At midnight, the inhabitants often unite, and fireworks are launched on the streets.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Berlin, Germany

It is at the Brandenburg Gate that citizens come together to count down and welcome the new year. In this space, people can enjoy the shows and fireworks. In Breitscheidplatz, near the Gedächtniskirche Christmas Market, New Year's Eve is also celebrated on the street.

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Berlin, Germany

Buenos Aires, Argentina

In Buenos Aires, celebrations tend to be quieter. In the capital of Argentina, you can celebrate in a calm way in restaurants or clubs. If you prefer something more hectic, you should visit the bowling alches (bars or nightclubs), or Puerto Madero, where there is a fireworks show and live music. In addition to the fireworks show in Puerto Madero, which lasts about 15 minutes, you can also watch what takes place in the Woods of Palermo.

At midnight, the inhabitants of Buenos Aires usually take to the streets and sing local music. On New Year's Eve, the city also hosts several tango shows.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Brussels, Belgium

The fireworks show in Atomium is one of the highlights of Brussels New Year's Eve. The FCKNYE Festival is regarded as the “biggest New Year's Eve party” in Brussels. The event brings together 15 thousand people and has more than 35 international artists. In Brussels, you should also explore the Royal Palace of Brussels, the Official Palace of the Belgian Kings and the Cathedral of St. Michael and Saint Gúdula.

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Brussels, Belgium

Cape Town, South Africa

The festivities are more intense in the first days of January, specially on the 1st and 2nd. Therefore, if you want to celebrate the New Year in Cape Town, you must extend your stay until January 2 or 3. It is in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront neighbourhood that you can watch the fireworks. Celebrations tend to end early and do not extend into the night. If you want a more lively evening, you can visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. In this space, visitors have access to a special programming of electronic music.

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Cape Town, South Africa

Dubrovnik, Croatia

In Dubrovnik, from December 31st to January 1st, restaurants have special menus and the city centre is filled with classical music concerts. Like the cities mentioned above, Dubrovnik is also illuminated by the colours of the fireworks at midnight. In the centre of Dubrovnik, you should visit the Sponza Palace, the Stradun Plate, the Bell Tower, the Old Port and the Franciscan Monastery.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Stockholm, Sweden

If you want to watch the fireworks, you have to position yourself at Stockholm's Royal Palace at midnight. It is recommended you visit the Skansen Open-air Museum, ABBA Museum, Drottningholm Palace or Artipelag, or attend a concert at the Royal Opera House. If you want some fun, you should explore the skating rinks of Kungsträdgården. Spending New Year's Eve on a ship from Strömma is also a possibility in Stockholm.

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Stockholm, Sweden

Lisbon, Portugal

In Lisbon, you can participate in one of the multiple parties that are organised in the different bars and clubs. If you prefer, visit the Tagus, you can take a boat trip, try the tapas, the seafood and the caldo verde. During the trip, you will have live music and be able to enjoy the lights of the city. Boat trips may also include a bottle of Moët & Chandon and a more sophisticated buffet. It is in Praça do Comércio, Parque das Nações, Parque Eduardo VII and Jardim Amália Rodrigues that fireworks shows take place.

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Lisbon, Portugal

Madeira, Portugal

In the Madeira archipelago, in Portugal, visitors can get to see one of Europe's most incredible fireworks shows. The event takes about eight minutes and, in 2006, was ranked by Guinness as the greatest show in the world. In Funchal, sound and light shows will unfold.

On the Central Plate of Avenida Arriaga, visitors can watch performances by various groups and visit the Christmas Market. In the Ethnographic Village, located in Largo da Restauração, visitors can experience gastronomy, handicrafts and Madeiran folklore. It is also in this space that there are two traditional nativity scenes that should also be visited.

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Madeira, Portugal

Marbella, Spain

In addition to themed parties, the inhabitants of Marbella often gather in the Plaza de los Naranjos, in the city centre. Here, people gather with the bottles of caba and bunches with 12 grapes, attend the usual concert and wait for the City Council clock to sound at midnight. At this time, along the coast, fireworks shows can be enjoyed. Citizens usually eat the grapes to have a good time the following year. Plaza de los Naranjos features several bars and restaurants that celebrate the new year into the night.

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Marbella, Spain

Paris, France

In Paris, to celebrate the New Year, you must go to Disneyland Paris or take a New Year cruise on the Seine River. A ride on the Ferris wheel, which is usually found in the Jardin des Tuileries, is also something that tourists often do. Notre Dame Cathedral also often hosts midnight mass on New Year's Eve. Saint Chapelle also tends to organise some winter music concerts.

If you prefer something more lively, you need to visit the city's clubs and bars or experience the street celebrations in Sacre-Coeur or Champs-Élysées. It is on Avenue Champs-Élysées that the fireworks show takes place at midnight. At the Arc de Triomphe, you can watch the shows of sound and light.

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Paris, France

Sydney, Australia

Watching the fireworks is the most anticipated moment all night long. The city has several points organised so that people can see the two fireworks shows. The first show starts at 9pm and the second takes place at 24h00. The festivities start on the streets at 8pm and include music and dance.

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Sydney, Australia

Tbilisi, Georgia

In this city, you have to taste gozinaki, the honey and nut jam that is only made at this time of year. Throughout the city, you will find restaurants and bars that host New Year's Eve celebrations. You just have to choose the one that is most appealing. As in several cities,  Tbilisi also gives us a fireworks spectacle in the transition of years. However, here, the spectacle is very much appreciated and is considered the great moment of New Year's Eve.

In Tbilisi, you can experience chichilaki, a tradition in which citizens burn a white Christmas tree, after exchanging gifts. People also tend to choose mekve, the first person to walk through the door of the house — that same person determines whether the new year is going to be a year filled with good or bad luck.

On January 1st, it is a tradition for people to go through the sulphur baths. On January 2nd, the celebrations continue. The inhabitants believe that what happens on this day will define how the year will be. After five days, people return to celebrating Christmas and the celebrations flood the city again.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - 31 December, 2020: Christmas time in Tbilisi, Liberty square
Tbilisi, Georgia

Venice, Italy

Like many other cities, Venice also brings the party into the street, even when New Year's Eve is icy. In Piazza San Marco, the White Venice Capodanno a Venezia is held, an event that brings together thousands of people, shows and concerts. On January 1st, the Teatro La Fenice hosts the New Year's concert, conducted by Daniel Harding.

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Venice, Italy

Vienna, Austria

The Sylvester Pfad party takes place every year and brings together townspeople and tourists in the city centre. The event features several concerts and, close to midnight, people gather and dance the waltz, to welcome the New Year. It is at this time that the Pummerin bell of St. Stephens marks midnight, followed by the fireworks. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will also organise an opera show at the Musikverein.

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Vienna, Austria
Emblematic New Year's Eve (15 suggestions)
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Emblematic New Year's Eve (15 suggestions)