Where to Celebrate New Year 2017

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Here’s our pick of the best family-friendly places to see in the New Year in the UK.


Big Ben chimes in London

Despite the silencing of Big Ben for the multi-million pound renovation, the bells will ring in New Year. As usual the chimes will be accompanied by a spectacular firework display over the River Thames. If you can drag yourself out of bed, there’s a huge New Year’s Day parade the next day. 

Find out more: www.london.gov.uk


Fireballs in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Join the crowds of people swinging flaming fireballs above their heads in the street as the midnight chimes ring out. It’s just as alarming as it sounds, but a great spectable when viewed from a distance. It really is a unique way to welcome in the New Year! 

Find out more: stonehavenfireballs.co.uk


Whisky and fireworks in Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital is the ultimate place to celebrate New Year. Expect a celebration stretching over three days, with concerts including the annual ‘Concert in the Gardens’ headlined this year by Rag’n’Bone Man. Other events include a stupendous firework display, torchlit processions, whisky tastings and the traditional linking of arms at midnight to sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’. 

Find out more: www.edinburghshogmanay.com



Edinburgh may be famous throughout the world for its celebrations at New Year but Glasgow puts up a good fight for second place. There’s a massive street party and everyone turns out wearing tartan. 

Find out more: peoplemakeglasgow.com


Winter Carnival in Newcastle upon Tyne

This city-wide party features, of course, an impressive firework display, this year in a new location, Town Moor. But most think the highlight is the New Year’s parade, featuring a variety of different characters. This year there’s a theme of East of the Sun, West of the Moon. 

Find out more: www.newcastlegateshead.com

Dressing up in Newquay and St Ives

Fancy dress is compulsory on New Year’s Eve in these seaside Cornish towns. In Newquay, head for Central Square at midnight to watch the fireworks. In St Ives the crowds and the carnival atmosphere spills out onto the beach. 

Find out more: www.stivesindecember.co.uk


Allendale Tar Bar’l in Allendale, Northumberland

The unusual traditional of the New Year’s Eve fire festival in the town of Allendale should definitely be experienced once in a lifetime. Strong men called ‘the guisers’ dressed up in colourful fancy dress walk through the streets carrying barrels filled with burning tar – what’s not to like? The barrels are tossed into the bonfire and the rest of the night is spent singing, dancing and hugging strangers. 

Find out more: www.visitnorthumberland.com