If you’re looking for the best places in which to take a city break this New Year’s Eve but have to watch your budget – read on. We’ve done the work for you
We’ve looked at our data and come up with our list of the Best 9 Cheap New Year’s Breaks for 2017. Enjoy.
1. Edinburgh – The UK’s best New Year’s destination?
If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve break in the UK then look no further. Ok, that should actually be ‘Hogmanay break’ rather than ‘New Year break’ but names aside, Edinburgh knows how to party. While there are concerts and street festivals galore, a ceilidh at the base of the castle, and festivities from the humblest of pubs to massive clubs – Edinburgh is also a great place for a New Year’s Eve city break with children or the family with events like the Baby Loves Disco party starting in the early afternoon.
2. Vienna – Waltzing away on a romantic New Year’s break
If you want to escape the UK and are looking for a New Year’s break abroad with a touch of flair, then get yourself to Vienna! Being a German-speaking country, rather than having a New year’s holiday, you’ll be celebrating Silvester (German for New Year’s), but that doesn’t stop the party being premium. Head straight to the Old City which is totally converted into a massive party zone, the centre of which is the New Year’s Eve Trail – jam packed with parties, food, and music to suit every taste. If you’re looking to make this New Year’s break romantic, take a crash course together (glass of sparkling wine included), and then waltz away in the city-turned-outdoor-ballroom before watching the 12 o’clock fireworks display.
3. Lisbon – Eat, drink, and be merry this New Year’s Eve
Where would we recommend for a cheap New Year’s getaway that satisfies the senses? Lisbon, of course! To truly enjoy one of Europe’s best cities for New Year’s Eve, head to the Timeout Food Market to give your tastebuds a treat. Sample delicacies from a huge variety of stalls and wind your way through the city streets towards the waterfront for revelry and a visual feast as the firework display lights up the midnight sky. Finally, take care of your ears and body by throwing shapes on the floors of Lisbon’s legendary nightclubs until the new dawn breaks. All without putting a major strain on your finances.
4. Amsterdam – The perfect New Year’s holiday
If you’re planning to celebrate the end of the year with a party-based city break, Amsterdam is the perfect destination for your New Year’s holiday! The capital of the Netherlands is perennially well known as one of the liveliest cities in Europe and NYE is no exception. To get things going, join the official celebrations in the Oosterdok and watch the fireworks at midnight from the Magere Brug bridge. Then party until dawn in one of the city’s many nightclubs. For more information about making your Amsterdam trip the ultimate New Year’s Eve holiday, visit the city’s official website.
5. Bratislava – Fantastic for a New Year’s city break with kids
Bratislava is probably not the first place that springs to mind when you think of where to head for a cheap New Year’s city break with children, but this gorgeous city offers family fun from midday on the 31st. The stunning medieval old town of the city turns into one giant party as events suited for families get the celebrations going. With a range of traditional activities to modern events, the streets come alive with dancing and singing. Don’t worry though, Bratislava is also a great city for New Year’s Eve for the more mature; the quality of clubs in which to party into the early morn are world-class and definitely for adults only.
6. Berlin – The best parties on New Year’s Eve or any other day
Berlin belongs on any list of the top cheap New Year’s breaks – fact. Berlin is famously a party city any night of the week, month, or year so it’s no surprise that Silvester (NYE) in Germany’s capital is guaranteed to be massive. But why is Berlin one of the best cities for New Year’s eve? Every citizen seems to hit the streets at midnight, but rather than Auld Lang Syne, everyone puts on a firework show with locals lighting more rockets than NASA. Afterwards it’s time to hit the bars, parties, and, of course, the clubs that you’re likely not to leave until well into 2018.
7. Prague – The New Year’s getaway with something for everyone
There are a thousand reasons to visit Prague 364 days of the year but on the 31st of December, the only reason to be here is to party. Booking a New Year’s Eve break, whether you’re after a short break abroad, a family break, a couple’s break, or a straight-up party break, Prague has something for everyone. Head towards the river banks to enjoy relaxed revelry and head to almost any city square for a wilder atmosphere.
8. Reykjavík – An authentic New Year’s holiday
When people ask ‘where to go for New Year’s Eve if I want some authenticity?’, Reykjavik may well be the answer. As far as New Year’s Eve breaks go, the people of Iceland’s capital pull out all the stops and are responsible for all the celebrations. With no state-run festivities happening, the locals take charge, and 200,000 people (pretty much the entire population of the city) take to the streets at 11:35 pm sharp, armed with fireworks galore. Starting with a literal bang, the party continues well into the wee hours or indeed the next day. Continuing the celebratory responsibilities, private parties and events spring up throughout the city, many of which can be found here.
KAYAK Insider Tip: Be warned. Between 10:30-11:35 pm, 90% of the population will disappear indoors to watch a satirical TV show, ‘Áramótaskaup’. Take a breather and regroup – the party official starts at 11:35 sharp with the bang of the first firework.
9. New York – Still the best spot for a New Year’s break
People have mentioned for years that New York is a cheap New Year’s Eve destination when compared to London, but with post-Brexit uncertainty looming, 2017 might be the last year to take advantage of this fact. Sure, you have to factor in the flights and accommodation costs, but as far as a New Year’s city break goes, New York throws one of the most iconic parties (albeit slightly cliche and crowded) in the world in the ball drop, plus public and private parties throughout the five boroughs. Priceless.
Note: These rates are based on the most recent data pulled from KAYAK.co.uk, the cheapest prices are always displayed first, regardless of specific dates mentioned. The prices are quoted in GBP. Flight prices are based on results for a return economy flight search. Hotel prices are for double occupancy, are per night and include taxes and fees. Prices are subject to change, may vary, or no longer be available.