Best Cities In Europe To Spend NYE

December 24, 2019

New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate and reflect on the year just passed. Each country has their own traditions and ways of celebrating so we thought we would take a look at some of the best places in Europe to spend NYE. Plus with our regular ferries to Europe, these destinations are super easy to get to. Start planning your NYE getaway now or plan ahead for next year!


Take a trip to Paris to celebrate New Year’s Eve at one of their famous nightclubs such as Wanderlust or The Rex Club. If you fancy something a bit different, try an evening river cruise down the Seine, a torchlit procession to pick grapes at midnight or the Sacré-Coeur street party, with amazing views across the city.



La Festa di San Silvestro, New Year’s Eve, is celebrated all over Italy with a special traditional dinner, fireworks, music and dancing, and prosecco. La Festa di Roma is an all-day festival which lasts from 9pm on December 31st until 9pm on January 1st and involves performances and installations from hundreds of artists. Enjoy the festival before taking in the fireworks at midnight which burst over the Colosseum and signify the start of the new year.


In Amsterdam nightclubs across the city host NYE parties including masquerade balls and rooftop raves but if you’re after something more relaxed how about a New Year’s Eve meal with a view? The Sky Lounge at the Hilton is just one of several venues which provide fantastic views across the city – perfect for viewing the fireworks at midnight as you sip champagne.



The fireworks in Lisbon signify the start of the new year and there are some great vantage points across the city to view them. The centre square, Praça do Comércio, is a popular place to gather and the 16th century tower Torre de Belem has music and dancing throughout the night as well as amazing views of the fireworks against the backdrop of the Atlantic.


Join one of Europe’s biggest street parties in Berlin on New Year’s Eve. Admission to the 2km stretch of party is free and the atmosphere is buzzing with DJ sets, live music and light shows leading you up to midnight. Continue the party at one of the city’s many clubs and dance until the early hours.



Celebrate into the early hours in Madrid at one of the many bars and clubs open all night. Join the tradition of eating 12 grapes with the stroke of the bells at midnight, or for something special, watch the sun rise over an ancient Egyptian temple at the Temple of Debod. End your evening with churros and hot chocolate at Chocolatería San Ginés, one of the city’s oldest chocolateries which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.


For a truly party atmosphere, head to Brussels for New Year’s Eve where over 50 DJs in 10 clubs and unique venues across the city will be spinning their decks and entertaining revellers long into the early hours. With music from house and electro to rock ‘n’ roll and hip-hop, as well as techno parties for which Brussels is known for, you’re sure to have a good NYE in Brussels. Just don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes.


Photo by Alexandre Istratov – Atomium


DFDS run four ferry routes to Europe, including Dover – France, Newhaven – Dieppe and Newcastle – Amsterdam. Find out more here.

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