Best New Years Eve Celebrations in Europe

Danielle Call

With the new year approaching, I find myself planning more and more trips. This list is hopefully going to narrow down my choices for vacations in Europe to celebrate New Years Eve next year!

Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, Reykjavík, Vienna, Edinburgh, Brandenburg Gate, London, Madeira Islands

  • Brussels in Brussels, Belgium

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      Belgium has such a rich history it would be a great place for a New Years adventure. Exploring museums and tasting chocolate by day, and ringing in the new year with parties and fireworks around the city!

  • Paris in Paris, France

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      Paris is beautiful all year, but watching fireworks over the Eiffel Tower would be gorgeous!

  • Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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      With New Years parties ranging from fancy balls to all night raves, Amsterdam would certainly be an exciting place to celebrate the new year! Explore the beautiful canals by day and check out the mini winter festival. Make sure you find some oliebollen (fried dough balls) and champagne to ward off evil spirits heading into the new year!

  • Reykjavík in Reykjavík, Iceland

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      Bonfires line the streets in Reykjavik on New Years Eve! Although there are no official fireworks displays here, you'll find locals shooting off their own around the city and if you're lucky you may catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

  • Vienna in Vienna, Austria

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      Experiencing Vienna under the glittering lights that line the streets with food stalls and live music that is all over the city on New Years Eve would be incredible. Spend the day touring the city and explore the New Years Eve Trail in the Old City for a spectacular party to ring in the new year.

  • Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland

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      Celebrating New Years in Edinburgh would be so much fun with all of the concerts and outdoor bars set up for the occasion. The coolest thing about New Years Eve in Edinburgh is the Hogmanay celebration that actually starts on December 30th with the torchlight parade through the city! Talk about extending the holiday celebration!

  • Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

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      Berlin is a great city to party in all year, but especially on New Years Eve! All around Brandenburg Gate different stages and huts are set up for concerts and street food.

  • London in London, England

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      A beautiful city any time of year, the New Years celebrations in London are full of spectacular lights and fireworks from the Thames and the London Eye! To keep the celebrations going into the new year you can watch the New Years Day Parade!

  • Madeira Islands, Portugal

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      Take a New Years cruise here to view the fireworks or stay on the islands for a few days. The fireworks on the Madeira Islands are in the Guinness World Record Book as the largest New Years fireworks display in the world!