Ring In 2015 With The Best European Celebrations


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Are you an expat in Europe planning to spend the holidays away from home this year? Wondering what your options are for having the wildest New Year’s Eve celebration for 2015?

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to start making plans for one of the most festive occasions of the year. For those fortunate enough to be stuck on this side of the Atlantic for New Year’s Eve, there is no shortage of options of European locales in which you are bound to have an extraordinary time ringing in the New Year. In any major metropolitan city there will be concerts, fireworks and massive crowds celebrating in the streets, bars and city squares. Be sure to book everything early, particularly accommodations, as the winter holidays are among the busiest tourist times of the year. Here are a few suggestions for the most festive places in Europe to celebrate, come December 31st, that are guaranteed to show you new cultural traditions and an ecstatic New Year’s Eve.


Madrid is never a bad choice for spending any other night of the year and la Nochevieja—the Spanish name for New Year’s Eve—is bound to be a sensational one in Spain’s capital where yours truly will personally be celebrating NYE. The whole world gathers in the plaza of Puerta del Sol to watch the clock, ring in the New Year and eat 12 grapes for good fortune for each of the upcoming months. Then the crowd scatters to the clubs, to the bars, to the streets and you can bet there will be throngs of people out all night having a good time.

There is also the Winter Festival, an electronic music festival, taking place on January 1st, for those who like to ring in the New Year with loud music and a huge party. Here’s ticketing information.

Madrid Winter FestivalPhoto: Facebook/Madrid Winter Festival


Edinburgh is world famous for its New Year’s Eve celebration Hogmanay that rages on for 3 days. People from all over the world gather to party in Scotland’s distinct capital city and exciting events include a Torchlight Procession, concerts, Scottish music and a huge street party. Apparently Lily Allen is headlining the concert portion this year which is bound to be amazing because who doesn’t love that energetic, smart mouthed, sassy woman? So if you’ve been itching to visit Edinburgh, there’s no better time to do it than this New Year’s Eve. More information about Hogmanay.

Edinburgh's HogmanayPhoto: Facebook/Edinburgh’s Hogmanay


Budapest would be a beautiful place to spend NYE in its gorgeous city squares and along the Danube River. What is particularly intriguing for the party crowd is the New Year’s Rave at Szechenyi bath house, a popular venue famous for its wild, hedonistic parties in its opulent baths. Given Hungary’s extremely cold winters, spending NYE in a bath house sounds quite pleasant. If you’re looking for a more classy time you can also book the Budapest New Year´s cruise that features dinner, classical music, dancing and gorgeous, twinkling views along the river. Find tickets to Szechenyi bath parties and NYE cruises.

FB Szechenyi Baths BudapestPhoto: Facebook/Szechenyi Baths


Considering how hard people party in Amsterdam all other times of the year, NYE in this legendary city promises to be an unforgettable one. People flock to Dam Square and the bars all along the streets lining the pretty canals while special NYE parties go on all night at the clubs. NYE in Amsterdam is notorious for being extremely packed and crowded so plan accordingly. For electronic and house music lovers, the Awakenings New Year’s Eve festival in a wrought-iron dome will feature world class DJs given the Dutch propensity to produce superstars like Tiesto, Afrojack and Armin Van Buuren. Here’s tickets to Awakenings.

Awakenings AmsterdamPhoto: Facebook/Awakenings


Any city in Italy offers a fun NYE—which they call La Festa di San Silvestro—but Naples is especially known for its mind-blowing firework displays at the end of the year. NYE fireworks coupled with the city’s breathtaking coastal views is surely a once in a lifetime experience. Piazza de Plebiscito is the main gathering spot where there will be drinking, food stalls, fireworks, concerts and plenty of good spirits. You may also see people throwing old things out the window, as this is a tradition that is more common in the south. So grab a bottle of Prosecco and some close amicis and head to Naples this New Year’s Eve for a night you will surely remember forever. Naples ItalyPhoto: viaviaggiando.blogspot

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