New Years Eve – off to a foreign City!
Forget your New Years resolutions for next year. Instead, plan your New Years Eve party in the city of your dreams. You will have a fantastic time and the memories of starting 2016 will stay with you for a long time to come. The possibilities are endless. Consider the great cities of the world, all offering both visitors and locals the change to experience spectacular fireworks, open-air parties along with many attractions and entertainment available into the small hours. So why not celebrate this New Years Eve in London, Barcelona or Rome?
A Happy New Years Eve in London
A city trip to England’s capital is always a highlight- but have you ever celebrated New Years Eve in our great city or taken a spin into the New Year in one of the Millennium Wheel’s glass gondolas, also better known as the London Eye?
When Big Ben rings its bells twelve times at midnight on Dec 31st, welcoming in the New Year, it will be accompanied by the sound of champagne bottle corks popping all over the city. London’s renowned firework display will light up the sky above the River Thames, giving a great view from many points along the riverbank. Under cover of London’s night sky, the best view of the city and the London Eye is from the north bank of the Thames, near Embankment. Celebrate in Trafalgar Square and join in with the many revellers (some in fancy dress and masks!), mass parties and live music. And if you aren’t suffering with a hangover the next morning, don’t miss the World’s largest New Year parade along the Thames, between Parliament Square and Berkeley Square. Starting at noon, you can see brightly decorated floats, marching bands and over 10,000 people representing all 33 city areas of London.
Tip: The most popular meeting points and viewing areas, such as the London bridges and north bank of the Thames will get crowded early. So grab your space as soon as you can. Happy New Year!
Buon Anno Nuovo in Rome – New Years Eve in vibrant Italy
Italians love to celebrate and enjoy a traditional “Capodanno”. Concerts, from rock to classical, dance shows and fireworks will be enjoyed in many public venues, in the heart of the old town, in restaurants with New Year Galas, in trendy clubs, discos, historic castles or at home!. Do you fancy celebrating like the Romans? No problem. Whether you are looking for something lively or soft and romantic, the choices are endless. The large Piazzas (Piazza del Campidoglio, del Colosseo, Novona, del Popolo, etc.), are popular meeting places for both young and old. Enjoy a stroll through the historic old town or experience the countless party venues in the Via Condotti and Via Vittorio Veneto. And don’t forget the Spanish Steps and the stairs in front of the Trinita dei Monti church. From the Monte Pincio hillside, you get a wonderful view over Rome towards St. Peter’s Basilica, where, traditionally, the Holy Mass is taken by the Pope on 1st January. Also, did you know a rather unusual, local tradition in Rome is to throw food from windows and balconies. So be careful when looking up!
Tip: If you love spectacular firework displays accompanied by classical music, the best place for viewing is from the Piazza del Popolo.
Feliz Año Nuevo in Barcelona – see in New Years Eve in Spain
Spain’s most charming Mediterranean city offers countless opportunities for celebrating New Years Eve and for memorable New Years Eve parties. The world renowned “Nochevieja” (New Years Eve) begins in Barcelona at dusk and goes well into the early hours of the morning. Traditionally, the night starts with a hearty dinner accompanied by family and friends. Afterwards, there are toasts to the New Year, shared with everyone out on the streets of Barcelona.
Two hotspots which are always packed full on New Year’s Eve are the Placa Catalunya, and the famous Las Ramblas right in the centre of the city. Celebrations take place in all areas e.g. on the Placa de les Glories Catalanes, near the attractive illuminated skyline, the Torre Agbar, with an illuminated giant countdown clock or at a New Years Eve dinner in the panoramic restaurant of the TV tower Torre de Collserola. Concert lovers should not miss the New Years concert which takes place in the Concert Hall Palau de la Musica Catalana.
Tip: If you like a great view over the city to watch the fireworks, visit the Montjuic mountain or the Park Güell (designed by the architect Gaudi) . For good luck: go the Piazza del Sol at midnight, when the church bells ring 12 times, you have to eat a grape with every toll of the bell!
It is all about a truly memorable experience. Whatever city you choose to explore, Interhome wishes you all the very best, much success, good health, and all the love in the world. Happy New Year!
P.S. Let us give you a few ideas for choosing the perfect holiday house or apartment for your up and coming holiday celebrations: City Ideas