6 Affordable Things to do in Europe for New Year’s Eve
This year is flying by and before we know it, it will be the end of 2018. This means one thing: time to start making epic plans for New Year's Eve. It is an incredible experience celebrating the start of 2019 in a new city with your friends, so why not pack up and go for December 31st and start the new year with a trip to one of Europe's greatest cities! A New Year’s Eve spent in Europe doesn’t have to mean blowing all your money in one night (don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest staying sober). To prove it, we’ve put together some options in a selection of European cities to help you decide where to lose your dignity for the final time in 2018 but also to say welcome to 2019 in the best but most affordable way possible. Remember to plan your trip in advance while there are still beds in our hostels!
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See in 2019 with a bang in London
Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London, SW1A 2NS, United Kingdom
Spending New Year's Eve in London really doesn't have to be as expensive as you think. If you’re only in the capital for New Year’s Eve once, you can’t miss the most spectacular display of fireworks in the country that light up the skies from 12am. Exploding right over the London Eye and twinkling over the city’s stand-out skyline, for only £10 a ticket it is a fantastic way to enter 2019 with a bang. If you don’t fancy getting in with the crowd (or paying for the ticket), why not set up camp on Primrose Hill with a flask of your favourite tipple and a big blanket and watch the display for free?
End the night in Belushi’s bar in London Bridge with drinks that will not only taste delicious but also won’t be a pain in the wallet. There will be an epic New Year's Eve party going on at Belushi's until early hours in the morning bringing backpackers, students and locals all under one roof. Better yet, your bed will be just upstairs in the hostel if you choose to party here. Convenient.
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Be in awe of the Brandenburg Gate under explosions of colour
Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate will once again be a haven of New Year celebrations. The huge open area behind this mega tourist attraction will cater for foodies and party-goers and the live acts will make it a night to remember. On the strike of midnight, fireworks will burst the sky into colour so all the lucky ones there can welcome the New Year in with a bang. This is essentially a huge open air street party that will go on until 3am. Fighting the crowds for a spot is worth it when entry is free but you could even make a visit the afternoon before New Year’s Eve as some of the acts will be practicing their performance from 2-8pm and this means avoiding the masses of people!
Once you snapped some insta-worthy pics of the fireworks over the gate, either head to the world famous nightclub Tresor to begin 2019 with some techno music or wander down to Belushi’s for a more cheap and cheerful night to remember. It’s a 35 minute walk but we would hope you’d have your beer jacket on by then.
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Party in the street at Champs-Elysees
Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
Be at the heart of the NYE action at Paris’ Champs-Elysees famous street party. Grab a good spot to watch the Eiffel Tower from afar as it dances into 2018 with glistening lights. You’ll feel like the most romantic traveller in all the land. Alcohol is not permitted in the Champs-Elysees area so don’t make the mistake of bringing your own or you’ll get smacked with a fine. You can, however, find plenty of alcohol and hours of music in the bars and clubs that line the avenue. You might find you’ll spend a little more as this is the 8th arrondissement after all, however the drinks will be sure to send you into a delightful mood when the night eventually draws to a close. La Cordonnerie is a cheaper option however you’ll have to stroll a little longer from Champs-Elysees to get there than you might want to post-midnight. Want to know the best nightclubs to hit? Check out The Best Clubs in Paris
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Groove into the new year at a free Dutch party
Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam, Netherlands
What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than to go to a free party with BYOB available? Kop van Java hosts the official countdown to the New Year and will have DJs playing from 11pm. Beer tents and DJs will get you in the mood for the biggest countdown in Amsterdam and set you up for the best NYE ever. Don’t forget to decant your champagne as glass is not allowed into the venue… Worth it for a free party though. Make sure you try the deep fried oliebollen, a traditional Dutch sweet treat eaten on New Year's Eve. Leidseplein, Nieuwmarkt and Rembrandtplein will all be buzzing too with New Year's Eve celebrations.
If you reckon you’ll be ready to move the party elsewhere after the fireworks pop, make sure you buy an Amsterdam Nightlife ticket for only 11 euros so you can party into the early (or late) hours of the new year until you can barely stand up. This ticket will give you entry to three NYE parties Amsterdam including the main event at Delirium. It can’t get much better than that. If you're staying at our St Christopher's Hostel you can be sure there will be parties going on at Belushi's downstairs, the biggest and best New Year's Eve party in Amsterdam.
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Smash some bottles in Barcelona
Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
New Years Eve, known as 'Nochevieja' in Spanish is always a fun celebration. See the New Year in a little differently as Barcelona’s Placa Catalunya is cleared to allow crazy crowds to take part in the majorly impressive, yet fairly terrifying, midnight bottle toss. Arrive at about 11pm and when the clock strikes, you’ll see bottles fly into the air and smash into pieces on the ground. Once the fun and games are over, spend your first few hours of 2018 on a bar crawl in the Gothic Quarter. Remember to wear your red undies as this is tradition in Barcelona for their New Year's Eve. Then head to Belushi’s for Barcelona’s biggest New Years Eve bash.
One unforgettable and cost-free thing to do is make a stop at the spectacular New Year Chimes firework show. Located at the Magic Fountain near Plaza Espanya (around the corner from Belushi’s), this event attracts locals and tourists from all over the world to join the New Year countdown. The show consists of a wildly colourful water and light display, fireworks and music that creates an electric atmosphere. Be prepared to encounter some Spanish New Year’s traditions while you’re there too - such as stuffing your mouth with 12 grapes on the 12 clock gongs leading up to midnight.
Carpe Diem Lounge Club (CLDC) and many other on-shore bars are just a little walk up the beach if you want to dance the night away right by the ocean after a few too many drinks however these clubs will be pricey on NYE. The beach will be buzzing all night so buy your drinks from a local store and make your own party on the beach. Check out The Best Clubs in Barcelona
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Party like a Scotsman at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
Throughout Edinburgh city centre, Castle Street
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is back again to help celebrate not only the coming of 2019, but also its 26th birthday which means it is gonna be the usual enormous party, but even bigger. A ticket will cost £26 but it will be worth it for the massive street party, fireworks and overall incredible atmosphere. Make sure you're in a good position to see the ultimate fireworks explode over Edinburgh Castle at 12am. This year, the theme is "We Love You"; interpret this as you will. If you want to buy tickets to the concert taking place alongside the Hogmany, expect musicians Franz Ferdinand as well as DJs who will take to the 3 stages from 7pm. Head to Belushi’s to party afterwards which is a 15 minute walk away to down some jagerbombs and yummy cocktails.
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Article by Darcy King and Shereen Sagoo
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