Beat all other plans with a New Year’s Eve holiday. Feelings of ‘meh’ begone, all those on Malta’s sandy shores come the stroke of midnight will enjoy Valletta’s light shows, fireworks, and an enormous countdown. In Nice, locals and holiday-makers alike will be ringing in the new year at the New Year’s Eve concert. Restaurants, bars, and clubs come together to offer a wild night in this otherwise peaceful city.
Head to Portugal’s Algarve for lively firework displays in Lagos, or an open-air concert at Albufeira’s Fisherman’s Beach. Over in Tenerife, nearly all bars and clubs throw lively New Year’s Eve parties, while the streets often merge in black-tie or family-friendly fiestas.
The way New Year falls this year means the lucky ones get four full days off work. If that doesn’t have you yearning for a quick city break, we don’t know what will. Spend the days walking and exploring Amsterdam, tasting olibollen (traditional doughnuts) and appelflappen (apple fritters). Come nightfall, Amsterdam erupts with parties, beer tents, and general revelry.
Join thousands of others in Barcelona to ring in the new year, and enjoy live music, epic fireworks and fantastic light displays, followed by lively parties and plenty of Cava. If you’re keen to spend New Year’s Eve with your better half, Italy is stunning over the festive period. Venice and Milan in particular are really fun. St Mark’s Square in Venice plays host to the countdown, as well as beautiful fireworks. In Milan, ring in the new year with a delicious dinner for two, before watching the fireworks and clinking a glass or two of prosecco.
Book a wintry escape to the pistes and tie in New Year’s Eve celebrations. Andorra throws New Year’s parties and festivities for families and friends. Whether you’ll be partying in your snow boots, or enjoying quiet nights in front of the log burner, Andorra is charming at New Year. Soldeu and Arinsal are lovely family resorts, while Pas de la Casa is great fun for groups.
If you’re after more choice, the French Alps have hundreds of ski resorts to choose from. There are great parties all over the mountains, from Tignes with its huge firework display, to Val d’Isere, with possibly the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in the Alps.
Spending the first day of the new year whizzing down the slopes? You can’t get much better than that…