Best Places to Celebrate New Years Eve 2015 in Europe

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While places like North America and Asia have New Year’s celebrations that rank among the best in the world, Europe certainly has something to say to that. From the culture of Vienna to the chic coolness of Paris and the unique party that is Hogmanay in Edinburgh, New Years Eve 2015 in Europe is an experience that will be remembered for years to come. Let’s get into the details below…

1) Vienna, Austria

Those seeking a dose of culture to ring in 2015 will want to head to the capital of Austria, as The Vienna Philharmonic puts on a concert on New Year’s Eve. Televised internationally in over 90 countries, this fine display of classical music mostly features the compositions of Johann Strauss, making it a dignified way to bid 2014 adieu and welcome in 2015.

If you would rather celebrate the arrival of a new year outdoors, Vienna city centre becomes one big party from 2 pm to 2 am, with live entertainment and numerous food and drink stalls entertaining and sustaining the happy and lively masses.

If you are a bit too claustrophobic to gather with the crowds in the lead up to 12 midnight, going on a boat trip along the Danube will allow you to view the fireworks in a classy and atmospheric setting.

At the writing of this article, time is beginning to run short, so be sure to book your hotel in Vienna in advance if you want to celebrate the New Year in this city.

2) Paris, France

Want to ring in the New Year in style? Paris might just be the destination for you, as they eschew public firework displays in favor of a dazzling light show at the Eiffel Tower at Midnight. Join some locals with their champagne and papillottes, and after enjoying a meal in a fine restaurant with them, head out for some of the cities’ famed clubs like neighborhoods like Montmatre, where the low key but stylish New Year’s celebrations will rank among one of the more special events you have ever attended.

3) Edinburgh, Scotland

While the world has some well-regarded New Year’s Eve celebrations, it is in a class by itself in Edinburgh, as it goes by its own name (Hogmanay), and lasts over three days. The NYE song “Auld Lang Syne”, was written by Robbie Burns, and after being sung by celebrants of Hogmanay for years, it has spread to other places in the world, giving one an idea of the influence this place has had on the modern holiday as we know it today.

Events that shouldn’t be missed during Hogmanay include the torchlight procession, the party itself on the evening of the 31st, which goes all night until the light of dawn, and Loony Dook, where participants dress up in wacky costumes and run into the freezing waters of Edinburgh harbour.

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