Top Things to do to Celebrate New Year’s in the UK

It doesn’t feel five minutes since we welcomed in this year but, wouldn’t you know it, preparations are already being made to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018.

Top Things to do to Celebrate New Year’s in the UK

Many people leave organising their New Year’s party to the last minute, when tickets for all of the best events have already sold out, leaving little else to do than sit inside and watch firework displays from around the world.

Be prepared and get your New Year’s plans sorted while the weather is still warm. It will come around sooner than you think.

London Celebrations

London, more specifically the London Eye, is home to one of the most famous displays around the world. Each year tops the last, meaning that you will be in for a real treat as we welcome in 2018. Live entertainment either side of the display will keep you celebrating for hours - this is one not to be missed.

This has been an all-ticket event as of 2014, so please refer to the official website for tickets to avoid disappointment. Unsurprisingly, hotel rooms are booked up very quickly, which is just another reason finalise your plans early.


As far as street parties go, there is nothing quite like Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh. This three-day event gets started on 30th December with the torchlight procession illuminating the Scottish capital, creating a breathtaking sight.

The party gets into full swing on New Year’s Eve as the festivities continue past midnight and into the wee hours of the morning. If your head isn’t too sore on New Year’s Day, you can join in the Loony Duck, the annual tradition of dressing up and swimming in the River Forth! The madness is all for a good cause, with money raised for charity, and a plenty of pubs and restaurants ready and waiting to warm up Dookers on South Queensferry.

Organising Your Own New Year’s Eve Party

No matter where you find yourself on New Year’s Eve, there will be somewhere that you can go to celebrate the new year. Whereas Christmas is a time for family, New Year’s is the time for friends and throwing a spectacular party is the way to do it.

Much like you would find organising a Christmas party, venues go quickly on New Year’s Eve, so plan early! Cities such as Nottingham, London, Liverpool and Glasgow are well known for their vibrant nightlife, making for an excellent setting to welcome in the new year in style!

Fancy Dress On The Beach

Heading to the beach not your first thought when planning on how to spend New Year’s Eve? You have obviously never been to St Ives, Cornwall, then. The coastal town sees thousands of partygoers dress up in fancy dress to welcome in the new year, often overspilling onto the beach!

Over 30,000 people, all extravagantly dressed, saw St Ives celebrate their biggest New Year’s Eve in the 21st century last year, and numbers are only expected to rise this time around. If you are looking for an alternative way to welcome in the new year, then this Cornish town is perfect.

Anywhere in the UK

Wherever you opt to spend your New Year’s Eve in the UK, you will almost be certain of a night to remember. As long as you are surrounded by those that care about you the most, and perhaps that special someone to share a midnight kiss with, then your 2018 will be off to a flying start.

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