As people all over the world gear up to celebrate New Year’s Eve, we’ve taken a look at some of the best places to see in the new year. While Paris, Sydney and London remain firm favourites, there are plenty of other destinations offering up unique New Year’s Eve experiences.

So why not wave goodbye to 2017 and herald in 2018 in one of these destinations?


The historic Brandenburg Gate is home to one of the biggest open-air New Year’s Eve parties in Europe, boasting DJs, light and laser shows, and plenty to eat and drink. For something a bit tamer, head to Berlin’s Alexanderplatz where you can watch the fireworks or head to one of the area's many bars and clubs.


Large, crackling communal bonfires are a traditional way to ring in the new year in Iceland. Gather round to warm your cockles and join in with a good old singsong as fireworks light up the sky. Alternatively, head off on a river cruise and enjoy the views from a boat – you never know, you may even get lucky and catch a glimpse of the northern lights!

New York

Whether you opt to join the crowds in Times Square for the infamous ball drop or want to try something a bit more out there – think a Purple Rain Dance Party, a midnight run or biking from midtown to the Lower East Side – New York truly has something for everyone. Promising spectacular fireworks displays against the backdrop of some of the world’s most iconic buildings, a New Year’s Eve in New York is sure to be memorable.


Hogmanay in Edinburgh is something to behold. The three-day event kicks off with a torchlight procession on 30th December, but the real party is on New Year’s Eve when multiple events take place all across the city. Join thousands of people for Scotland’s biggest street party with plenty of musical acts, ceilidhs, a spectacular fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle and let’s not forget, a few rounds of Auld Lang Syne.


While not somewhere you’d traditionally think to visit to see in the new year, Dubrovnik has a warm and inviting atmosphere, making it perfect for those looking for a low-key getaway. Join the thousands of people on Stradun, the main street in the city, for live music and entertainment, and watch the fireworks soar above the medieval city walls.


Puerta del Sol is one of the most popular locations in Madrid to welcome the new year. Revellers fill the square, drinking bottles of cava and watching the clock on the old city hall before fireworks light up the night sky. No matter where in Madrid you choose to be at the stroke of midnight, ensure you have 12 grapes to hand and eat one with each of the 12 strikes of the clock. This Spanish tradition is said to bring you luck for the coming 12 months, so it’s worth a try!

Happy New Year from everyone at hoppa! Where will you be ringing in the new year? Let us know in the comments below.

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