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The New Year is almost here. It’s time to dust off the year you’ve left behind and start the journey into what will surely be a splendid 2015. The best way to do that is to start the year off with an epic celebration filled with joy, friends, family and New Year wishes.

So where are the best parties to attend and how can one narrow it all down when booking their New Year break? To assist in the decision making process, Opodo has created a travel study showing the most popular destinations for New Year’s Eve. The study also reveals other interesting data, like: For most of our fellow travellers, the holidays will last an average of 4 days, with the holidays mostly kicking off on December 30 with a return date of January 2. The top most visited city during this time is the very hip and innovative Amsterdam, with its epic party scene. It is closely followed by the more relaxed atmosphere in Geneva. Get the low down on the Top 5 cities for celebrating the last day of 2014 and the start of 2015 and keep reading on how you can celebrate one of the most magical nights of the year.

Map of top New Year Destinations 2015
Top 5 New Year Destinations for 2015

 

 

Amsterdam
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Surrounded by canals and their characteristic tilted houses, a New Year in Amsterdam could become a mystical experience. The city, which is #1 in the list of favourite destinations for the British, never disappoints on December 31, despite the very cold temperatures in the Dutch capital.

THINGS TO DO:

  • Witness the explosion of firecrackers and fireworks at the stroke of midnight from Skinny Bridge.
  • Celebrate with the Dutch in Museum Square (or Museumplein in Dutch).
  • For an injection of techno , the old gasworks, Westergasfabriek, offers a night of DJ sets by Carl Cox and many other interesting names.
Geneva
Fireworks over Lake Geneva for New Year's Eve
Photo by Yves Merckx via Flickr

Geneva offers a unique landscape for a great celebration. This New year, enjoy the view while on the slopes or celebrate along the shore of Lake Geneva; it’s your call, but either way, travellers are sure to enjoy themselves.

THINGS TO DO:

  • Countdown to 2015 in Plainpalais’ celebration with live music, food and fun.
  • Watch the fireworks along Lake Geneva.
  • Fireside Theatre is hosting a NYE Revue for an entertaining evening of music and comedy for the whole family. The final show, however, will also host a DJ, to dance the night away.
London
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Thanks to our next top destination, an amazing night in UK isn’t too far away. With its festive vibe and electric night life, who wouldn’t fancy New Year’s Eve London? Whether you choose to welcome the New Year on the dance floor, in a square with crowds of people or at a hipster bar, this evergreen destination has something for you. Enjoy!

THINGS TO DO:

  • Attend a memorable “boat party” on a party boat that cruises the Thames.
  • Admire the midnight fireworks show from the London Eye.
  • Dance all night in one of the super clubs, such as the Brixton Academy or Fabric.
New York
New York City during New Year's
Photo by Anthony Quintano via Flickr

If what you’re looking for is to start 2015 with a big bang, then New York, the city that never sleeps, may just be your cup of tea.

THINGS TO DO:

  • If you’re in New York, watching the ball drop in Times Square is a must!
  • Embark on a New Year’s Eve cruise from the New York Harbour.
  • Go to a concert in one of the many live music venues or celebrate in big style at Lincoln Center for their annual New Year’s Eve Gala with the New York Philharmonic.
Edinburgh
Edinburgh for New Year
Photo by Andy via Flickr

New Year, better known as Hogmanay, is a huge event in Edinburgh. During this time, visitors can look forward to incredible live music, the warmth of large crowds and spectacular events that include splendid decorations and fireworks. Ringing in the New Year in Edinburgh truly is a memorable experience travellers will love.

THINGS TO DO:

  • Attend the Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party, arguably one of the greatest New Year’s Eve parties in the world.
  • For the brave, there’s the Loony Dook! Follow the masses and take a dip in the icy waters of the River Forth, a tradition.
  • Attend the torchlight procession, which takes place on December 30. It’s considered the opening event of the Hogmany festivities.

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