Held over four days, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay concert kicks off with a Torchlit Procession and Fire Festival. With performances ranging from street artists to Primal Scream, there really is something different for everyone.
London has one of the most famous New Years celebrations in the world. But rather than standing on the banks of the Thames with everyone else, why not enjoy the fireworks on a boat as you cruise along the historic river?
Why not spend New Year’s Eve watching the Hogmanay Gala? Perfect for anyone with a taste for classical music. Enjoy performances by the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and top singers including baritone Richard Morrison.
Jersey is a great place to get away from the crowds and celebrate the New Year somewhere different. Laugh into the New Year with comedy and live music from the in ‘Out with the Old in with the New’ show.
While other cities fire rockets into the sky, Amsterdam celebrates the New Year by sharing food. Sweet food to be specific. There couldn’t be a tastier way to see in 2013 than snacking on a delicious Oliebollen, a doughnut covered with icing sugar.
Come to the Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon and spend the New Year with music and dancing. More than 50 musicians and ballerinas will perform to compositions by Mozart and Strauss.
The Spanish like to celebrate this time of year a little differently. When the clock strikes midnight, everyone attempts to eat 12 grapes in the time it takes 12 bells to ring. A lot of fun, followed by more food, drink and partying into the early hours.
What better place to spend New Year than amongst the lights of Paris? Walk along the famous Champs-Elysees and watch as the fireworks light up the Effiel Tower.
Join the Copenhagen locals in their New Year’s tradition. Every year, hundreds of people gather to jump into the cold water in the city’s harbour. For a warmer option, wrap up and explore this beautiful town, taking in its markets and festivals.
Keep fit this New Years with a run in Berlin. Every year around 2,500 runners all join together to go for a run. You can run as little as 2km or as much as 9.9km, it’s up to you, just make sure you pack a good pair of running shoes.
Come to Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin and listen to one of the largest bell peals in the world. This well known tradition will be joined by the Gospel Choir as the countdown to New Year begins.
Every New Year a full orchestra entertains the audience at the Nice Acropolis, one of the city’s largest music venues. With famous works from composers including Strauss, it’s the perfect excuse for a traditional New Year’s celebration.
Milan celebrate the New Year in the Piazza Castello, in front of the city’s cathedral. People come here from far and wide, to dance, sing and have a good time. As a finale, the Piazza is lit up with a spectacular fireworks display.
In Rome, houses are decorated, not only at Christmas but at New Year too. Gold and silver are used to symbolise the start of a new year. There are fireworks, street performances and of course wonderful Italian cuisine.
Try Frankfurt for a romantic New Year’s getaway. In the city centre, you’ll find quaint little market stalls bursting with food and drink. Then why not watch fireworks from the banks of the River Main.
The streets come alive on the countdown to midnight in Istanbul. The Nisantasi district hosts an exciting and fast paced street party, with live acts and food and drink stalls. It’s a great way to absorb the atmosphere and culture of the country.
Try somewhere other than New York this New Year. Boston comes alive in the build up to midnight – every inch of the city centre fills up with people. There are over 250 performances, exhibitions and interactive workshops all to help you get in the mood.
Chicago’s Navy Pier Family Bash provides a great atmosphere for children and adults alike to celebrate 2013. The event starts at around 8pm and is packed full of music and live entertainment.
This small island, lined with beaches offers a wide selection of activities for New Year. Bars on the beaches offer a lively celebration, or join with hundreds of tobagonians in the many churches for prayer and thanksgiving to bring the old year into the new.
Beach parties to celebrate New Year stretch out as far as the eye can see in Cancun. The evening traditionally starts with a late-night dinner before people head down to the beaches to see in the New Year in the best bars and clubs.
As one of the major holiday destinations in the Domincan Republic, Punta Cana is the perfect relaxing getaway for a quiet New Year’s eve. With 40-mile long beaches it’s not hard to find a spot to yourself. Or, if you prefer a bit of partying, there are beach bars aplenty to dance the night away.
In Antigua, hundreds of people flock to Nelson’s Dockyard, for a night packed full of live music and midnight fireworks from Fort Berkeley. |n the morning ‘Nelson’s Pursuit’ takes place. It’s a fun and exciting yacht race in which everyone is invited to take part.