Whether you like to spend New Year dancing the whole night away, watching the fireworks or sipping champagne with family and friends, it’s the one night of the year you’ll remember for years to come.
If you’re looking to go somewhere different this New Year, we’ve come up with five top New Year getaways to start 2015 off with a bang.
1) EDINBURGH HOGMANAY
The Scottish capital boasts world-famous celebrations, making it one of the most spectacular places to see in the New Year. Head into the city for the first event of Hogmanay – the Torchlight Procession, ending with fireworks on Calton Hill. Meanwhile, the Concert in the Gardens music and fireworks spectacular on New Year’s Eve has to be seen to be believed!
The Spaniards know how to throw a party, and New Year’s Eve is no different. Join in the local festivities by heading to one of the city’s big squares before midnight – the main celebrations take place in Plaça de Catalunya – or book into one of the city’s luxury restaurants and toast 2015 with a glass of bubbles. Spanish tradition asks you to eat one grape on every chime up until midnight – and if you finish all 12, it’s believed that you’ll have a year of luck and prosperity. There’s an art to that if you’ve never done it before…but you’ll manage!
As one of the New Year celebration capitals of the world, what could be better than seeing in 2015 in London? One option is to brave the crowds and head to the Thames to watch the world-famous firework display next to the London Eye. Just be sure to wrap up warm and arrive early to get your spot – viewing zones can be closed off as early as 9pm. If that doesn’t take your fancy, then hit one of London’s stylish clubs or bars in time for that moment when Big Ben’s midnight chimes begin.
Families can also enjoy the New Year period in London, with more than 250 free attractions on offer to visitors. The festive outdoor ice-skating rinks will still be open and you’ll be able to catch the end of the January sales in shops across the city. The sales tend to start earlier each year, so you’ll catch some bargains before and after New Year’s Eve.
4) SÖLL, AUSTRIA
Escape to powdery slopes this New Year in the pretty village of Söll, based at the base of the stunning Hohe Salve mountain. Söll is the perfect resort for beginner skiers, and you can even ice-skate on Lake Moorsee, toboggan or take day-trips to Innsbruck and Salzburg. If you want to relax and see in the New Year, then the excellent sports centre Panoramabad has an indoor pool, sauna and steam room. Söll also has plenty of lively après ski, with music and dancing until the early hours – perfect for New Year party animals.
5) COSY UP IN A CORNISH COTTAGE
If New Year crowds are not for you, escape from the world and see in the New Year in a remote, Cornish cottage – what could be better than waking up to stunning sea views (and easing the hangover) and breathtaking landscapes on January 1st? You could even hire a large farmhouse with friends and toast in 2015 with bubbles and your own private celebration, before spending New Year’s Day dining at one of Cornwall’s cosy pubs or taking the dogs for an exhilarating walk on the beach before feasting on a lunch of fresh fish…then a delicious traditional Cornish tea later!