New Year’s Eve is always a time to celebrate, especially this year as we toast to the dawn of a new decade! Why not start 2020 in one of these beautiful cities? Whether you’re looking for spectacular firework displays, Christmas markets or just a beautiful location full of festive spirit, these handpicked destinations have it all. Discover our top picks for an amazing last minute trip, or get inspired and start planning ahead for 2021!
Get on your skates and enjoy Europe’s largest ice-skating rink, with an amazing backdrop of the Vajdahunyad castle. With streets lined with fairy lights and Christmas markets, this amazing city is sure to give you that festive feeling! To celebrate the New Year, book a breathtaking river cruise complete with great food and fantastic DJs, and get a great view of the fireworks over the Danube. Budapest has something for everyone this New Year, whether you want to enjoy a chilled winter holiday or party all night long.
For a more traditional holiday this winter, take a trip to Stockholm. Spend some time exploring the city’s historical buildings and their beautiful decorations, meet the reindeer, or go ice-skating. The city’s six-hour New Year’s Day experience is a great way to get a taste of what the area has to offer, with ice-skating lessons, tours and lunch around an open fire. After your jam-packed day of exploring, get ready for the New Year’s Eve celebrations, which start at Sweden’s oldest open-air museum on the island of Djurgården. A tradition that began in 1897, this unique celebration is complete with singing, dancing and poem reading. If that’s not your thing, Skansen offers beautiful views over the city, where you can ring in the New Year with the fireworks.
For an iconic New Year’s Eve, Madeira is the place to be! Their fireworks won the Guinness World Record for the biggest display in 2006, and even though they no longer hold the title, they still put on an impressive show with the largest display in Europe. Take in these spectacular pops of colour all over the city and book a boat trip for the ultimate experience, with amazing views and even better celebratory parties to enjoy.
Copenhagen is known for its unique combination of rich history and ultra-modern design, with diverse scenery and shopping to enjoy throughout the city. For a festive fairy-tale feeling, visit the Tivoli gardens, where you’ll find a beautifully decorated 19th century amusement park and Christmas market stalls selling mulled wine and festive treats. For New Year’s Eve itself, make your way to Queen Louise’s Bridge for the best views of the remarkable firework display over the lakes.
For a picture perfect getaway, choose the Swiss city of Lausanne. The last day of their annual festival of lights, Lausanne Lumières, is a stunning New Year’s Eve spectacle where a dramatic light display is held at the Cathedral in remembrance of the fires that took place in 1368 and 1405. This tradition has been around since 1904, bringing crowds together to pay their respects and celebrate the city with champagne and mulled wine. Afterwards, there’s an annual concert at the Cathedral before the midnight fireworks over the lake begin.