Many will have already made plans for their New Year’s Eve celebrations and although thousands visit London – the actual firework display requires tickets – why not consider Edinburgh or heading for the South West down to Cornwall.

London attracts thousands of visitors and even if you cannot get a ticket for the actual firework display there are many other ways to celebrate in the City.

Edinburgh Castle aglow with fireworks for Hogmanay

Head to Edinburgh and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Scotland. You will be surrounded by the historic beauty of Edinburgh as you’re immersed in a fizzing atmosphere of fireworks and music.

Dance the night away at the Concert in the Gardens featuring live music, entertainment, DJs, giant screens, and outdoor bars. Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the evening will include not just one finale display, but three other firework displays in the run up to the final event. After the clock has struck midnight join family and friends in the traditional song of Auld Lang Syne.

Loony Dook, River Forth at South Queensferry, Edinburgh

If you still have energy for celebrating on New Year’s Day then Edinburgh offers Loony Dook – the annual event sees merrymakers stroll through the High Street in the Dookers Parade before heading to the icy waters of the River Forth for a bracing dip, all clad in fancy dress of course.

New Year’s Day Swim, Wales

Another location for the hardy to welcome in the New Year with a bracing swim is Saundersfoot. Don the fancy dress, get your hot drink on standby and join over 1,000 other swimmers in the icy waters. Thousands crowd the surrounding beach to watch the swim, and enjoy fireworks and music prior to the culminating event.

Burn away bad spirits with the Stonehaven Fireballs

Or travel further in Scotland and experience the heat at the frosty festivities in Stonehaven, where a fireball parade marches through the streets of Aberdeenshire. This amazing spectacle has been celebrated for over 100 years, and always attracts a large crowd. Traditionally, the fiery furore was seen as a cleansing ritual to burn off bad spirits before the New Year begins. Grab your winter warmers, and watch as the piper-led march heads a dazzling display of brave souls, all swinging fireballs above their heads!

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New Year with witches, wizards, and dragons, Cornwall

Alternatively, you can take a trip to St Ives in Cornwall and celebrate New Year’s Eve at the English seaside. Welcome in the New Year amongst goblins, witches, knights and even the Grinch! See the idyllic town of St Ives transformed on New Year’s Eve, as it becomes awash with partiers and revellers alike, all adorned in fancy dress. Thousands take to the streets for an evening of fun, as live bands perform in the harbour and local restaurants and pubs host their own themed events. The evening celebrations culminate with the traditional countdown, ending in a firework display which lights up the whole harbour. Once the roads close at 6pm the fun begins. The main celebrations are centred on the harbour front with live bands and food stalls, the town bars and restaurants have some sort of event. If you are thinking about eating out be sure to book early.

 

Images: London Eye – Julian Elliott Photography/ St. Ives Cornwall – Visit England/Andrew Boxall

More information on these events:

www.london.gov.uk/events/2016-12-31/london-new-years-eve-fireworks-2016

www.edinburghshogmanay.com/events/midnight-moment

www.visitscotland.com/see-do/events/christmas-winter-festivals/hogmanay

http://www.visitwales.com/things-to-do/whats-on/events/january

www.visitscotland.com/see-do/events/christmas-winter-festivals/hogmanay

www.stivesindecember.co.uk/St-Ives-in-December-Events/new-years-eve-fancy-dress-and-fireworks