Fireworks over the Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Best Places to go for New Year’s Eve in Europe

Why wait for 2017 to kick off your resolutions? Cross another city off your travel bucket list with an adventure to one of the most exciting New Year’s Eve parties in Europe. Whether you like sharing traditional treats with the locals, cruising past the Eiffel Tower with a glass of champagne in hand or letting your hair down in the most lively venues on the continent, our guide has something for everyone. Start 2017 in style with our pick of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Europe.

Parties in Paris

Eiffel Tower on New Year's Eve
Image by Andrea Rodriguez Pabon

While there are no official firework displays held in the French capital, Champs-Elysées is the perfect spot to see the beautiful light show on Paris’s famous Eiffel Tower. Take a cruise down the Seine, sipping champagne as the clock strikes midnight or head up to the plaza at the Sacré-Cœur for a fantastic view of the city. The streets of Montmartre are always alive with bohemian celebrations, with locals celebrating with bubbly and Papilottes, surprise chocolates with messages inside the wrapping.

Local Treats in Amsterdam

New Year fireworks over Amsterdam
Image by Eelco Cramer

Vibrant Amsterdam is always buzzing on New Year’s Eve. All the central squares are filled with locals and tourists alike, enjoying olliebollen (traditional sweet fried dumplings) and apple turnovers. The main hub for celebrations is Oosterdok, where people gather during the day for the best views of the fireworks at night. For an alternative to the hot spots, head into Chinatown, well known for playing host to some of the best firework displays in the city.

Buzzing in Brussels

New Year fireworks in Brussels
Image by Tomoaki Inaba

The centre of Brussels comes to life with the countdown party in the Grand Place (Grote Markt), but be prepared to reserve your spot early – the fireworks and light shows around the historic buildings always draw a crowd. Parties continue long into the early hours, and with a Happy Brussels Party Pass from the local tourism office you can see all kinds of live music and DJs at all the major venues across the city.

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