The highest dance floor in Europe, fireworks galore and natural wonders – here’s our bucket-list worthy ideas for toasting in the New Year.
#01 - Mayrhofen, Tirol – Slopes and Party Train
Some of the finest slopes in Europe and one of the best spots to party on the 31st. This place has it all.
WHAT TO DO
> Hop on the New Year’s Eve Zillertal Railway Train and stop at every station between Jenbahck to Mayrofen for live music and entertainment.
> Hit the bars in town until the small hours – expect spots like Ice Bar to be bouncing through the night.
> Follow the annual horse-drawn procession on New Years Day to the snowy racecourse for the first flutter of the year.
> Or you could head out to Austria’s steepest run, Harakiri. Be warned the 78% gradient should only be tackled by the best of skiers. We can highly recommend watching from the sidelines with a hot chocolate in hand.
#02 - Krakow, Poland – The Best NYE Party in Eastern Europe
The second largest city (behind Warsaw) and one of the oldest cities in Poland, Krakow is famed for throwing the best New Year's party in Eastern Europe.
WHAT TO DO
> Head to the historic main square early evening and start your celebrations with the locals. Expect a free concert, roasted chestnuts and plenty of mulled wine.
> Cheer in the NYE countdown to the sound of the bells from St. Mary’s Cathedral before a procession of fireworks lights up the night sky.
> Head to the bars and clubs around Old Town and Kazimierz to dance through the night. Remember the best spots book up fast so get your tickets online or through a local seller before the 31st.
> Spend New Year's Day strolling through the city and enjoying the after-party vibes with the all other revelers.
#03 - Tromsø, Norway - The Northern Lights
Nothing can you prepare you for the staggering beauty of the Northern Lights. The best spot to see them in Europe is Tromsø.
WHAT TO DO
> Book a boat trip or an excursion to the countryside (away from light pollution) and prepare to be mesmerised by the psychedelic rainbow of colour.
> Get involved in daytime adventure activities, choose from dog sledding, snowshoeing, whale watching or snowmobiling.
> Head to the main street of Storgata where you’ll find plenty of international restaurants and buzzing bars and nightclubs.
#04 - Grindelwald, Switzerland - The Whole Town Is A Party
NYE in Grindelwald next to the spectacular Eiger and Wetterhorn should be on every skier’s bucket list.
WHAT TO DO
> Take the streets and party on the 31st, quite literally, as the town's roads are closed. Patrons spill out of the bars and restaurants to dance outside.
> Join the cowbells ringers. Yes, you read that right. At countdown, locals walk from bar to bar ringing cowbells much to the joy of the everyone there!
> Shake off the night before with a perfect afternoon spent skating on the natural ice rink in town.
#05 - La Plagne, France - Red Pom Pom Night and Torchlight Descents
Enjoy the magic of the 11 “villages” across the plateau with free bus services over the New Year.
WHAT TO DO
> Watch La Plagne locals and Freeski Olympic hopefuls Marie Martinod, Kévin Rolland, Ben Valentin and Thomas Krief return home for special airbag training session held in Plagne Centre. Expect to see some mighty tricks being thrown down.
> Head to the pistes of Montchavin Les Coches around 6pm to watch a magical torchlit descent down the slopes.
> Get yourself to the curiously named Red Pompom Night - it's La Plagne’s main New Year celebration party held at the Front de Neige in Plagne Bellecôte with music, dancing and fireworks. The free buses run late.
#06- Edinburgh, Scotland - Auld Lang Syne and The Loony Dook
OK, we can't guarantee snow but no one embraces NYE with quite as much revelry and passion as Scotland does.
> Get the party started on the 30th when thousands of torch-bearers, pipe players and drum beaters march through the heart of Edinburgh creating a splendor of fire that stretches from the Royal Mile to Calton Hill.
> Join one of the greatest NYE parties on the planet underneath the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Expect live music, DJs, outdoor bars and thousands of people ready to party. Join hands at countdown and take part in the world's largest rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
> Clear your head on the 1st and take part in the Loony Dook. Join the Dookers Parade on the High Street before plunging into the freezing River Forth. All in fancy dress, of course.