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New Year’s Eve Celebrations in the UK and Ireland
After a busy first semester at university, it’s almost time to wave goodbye to 2017 and say hello to 2018. And what better way to welcome in the New Year than a good celebration with your friends or family? No matter where you are, you’ll find events and celebrations taking place in towns and cities right across the country; here are our top picks from across the UK and Ireland.
You’ve probably watched the countdown and fireworks on the TV, but if there’s one place to see in the New Year in the UK, it’s from London’s South Bank. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets, you’ll join thousands of people on the banks of the river Thames; where you’ll hear Big Ben bong at 12am and watch a magnificent firework display glow over the city’s iconic landmarks. The celebrations continue right through to New Year’s Day with over 10,000 performers taking part in London’s New Year’s Day Parade through the streets of London.
Celebrate the start of 2018 in style at one of the world’s biggest and best outdoor New Year’s Eve parties at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations. With 3 days of celebrations from 30th December 2017 until 1st January 2018, you won’t be disappointed. A torchlight procession, street party with live music, DJs and street entertainment, a concert in Princes Street Gardens with Rag ‘n’ Bone Man headlining and not forgetting a spectacular firework display over Edinburgh Castle, are just some of the amazing events taking place in the Scottish capital.
Cardiff; the capital of Wales and home to a magical Winter Wonderland this festive season. Head to Winter Wonderland at Cardiff’s Civic Centre this New Year’s Eve, and skate into 2018 on the Ice Rink. But that’s not all. You’ll also find a funfair packed with rides and games, an Alpine Village with its very own Bierkeller Bar and authentic chalets serving delicious treats, and a stage with live music for all to enjoy. Then when the clock strikes midnight, watch on as the skies light up with a firework finale.
The Irish sure know how to party and partying at New Year is no exception. Dublin is one of the friendliest cities in Europe and is a top destination for welcoming in 2018. With its very own festival – New Year’s Festival Dublin, the city will light up with imagination and wonder between 31st December 2017 and 1st January 2018. Centred at the iconic landmark The Custom House, enjoy two days packed with live music, entertainment and performances including aerial and aquatic acrobats.
No matter where you are or what you’re doing this New Year’s Eve, we hope it’s a good one. Look back on what you’ve achieved in 2017, enjoy the celebrations and look forward to 2018.
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