Say hello to 2018 in style with our list of must-do activities for New Year’s Eve in London, Paris, and Italy.
When it comes to fireworks, London knows how to put on a show, and while tickets for the annual NYE fireworks display are sold out, there’s still plenty of unique ways to enjoy LDN town’s dazzling pyrotechnic display on the biggest night of the year.
Enjoy Londons fireworks from the River Thames aboard the R.S.Hispaniola. Step abroad aboard for a pretty unique New Year's Eve experience; you’ll be greeted with a glass of Champagne before sitting down to a five-course dinner. The boat will be decorated in the festive spirit, along with live entertainment that will have you dancing well into the early hours. Guests can move to the outside decks to get a prime position during the midnight spectacle while of course sipping on some Champagne. But don’t worry if sailing isn’t for you as the ship is moored right across from the London Eye.
- A Vintage New Year's Eve Party
The annual vintage nightclub spectacular in the Royal Festival Hall transforms into five floors of immersive entertainment. Filled with pop-up venues, jive dance classes and OTT cocktails from the TIKI Bar will take you back to the 1920s. There is stylish dining, a hair and beauty salon and even photo studios. But make sure to secure a place on the terrace, so you can ring in 2018 while watching the explosive fireworks display over the Thames. You'll be celebrating New Year's Eve in a venue that's been graced some of the biggest names in entertainment, such as Frank Sinatra.
- The Candlelight Club's New Year's Eve Ball
The Candlelight Club is a pop-up party with a 1920s speakeasy flavor, in a secret London venue completely lit by candles. It’s a night of burlesque, bubbly and theatre, this New Year's Eve event features two rooms of entertainment including cabaret, flapper dancers, fortune tellers, acrobatics and DJs playing vintage party tunes into the early hours of the morning. The event offers an elegant cocktail menu and sophisticated dining all night. Guests are encouraged to dress in 1920s outfits, and ticket holders get an email two days before revealing the location. Make sure to get your tickets in advance because this will sell out quick!
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- The Moulin Rouge
New Year's Eve at the Moulin Rouge is the ultimate way to ring in the New Year while in Paris. With prices ranging up to €1000 per person, your evening will be filled with extravagance including caviar, lobster, and champagne dinner, dancing and music with the Moulin Rouge Orchestra, and a post-midnight show designed especially for the New Year. This years show "Féerie" consists of: a troupe of 100 artists, including the 60 Doriss Girls that were recruited world-wide; 1000 costumes of feathers, rhinestones, and sequins! The evening is topped off with a surprise gift for each person attending. But don’t worry you won't have to spend 1000 to attend, there a range of different priced tickets available so make sure not to miss out.
- The Pavillon Champs Elysées
In the heart of the golden triangle, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Paris, the Pavillon Champs Elysées has chosen to host one of the largest New Year's Eve parties in the city. The Pavillon can host up to 1500 people in this exclusive setting. You’ll discover the latest generation sound system and LED light walls that will make this an unforgettable New Years Eve experience.
- 58 Tour Eiffel
Want to start 2018 from the tallest structure in Paris? Then book a table at the 58 Tour Eiffel which is located on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. You’ll have a bird's-eye view of some of the cities most popular attractions like Champ de Mars, Les Invalides, Montparnasse Tower, Montmartre all from the comfort of your dining table. Then when the clock strikes 12 you’ll have one of the best views of the firework display paired.This year 50 Tour Eiffel has a special NYE menu catering to different price ranges, but make sure to book in advance as spots fill up quickly. Why not take a look at our Paris night tours?
The Colosseum, Spanish Steps, and Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Navona and Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II are all popular gathering places to take part in the midnight countdown and fireworks displays
- The Colosseum
The Colosseum was built to be an entertainment center, and on New Year Eve it fits its purpose once more, it comes to life with a variety of musical performances. Exactly at midnight, fireworks are fired creating the most beautiful backdrop. There is also an outdoor classical music concert at the Quirinale Palace piazza. There will be huge crowds at the venue throughout the evening, so make sure you arrive early.
- Royal Art Cafè: Nye right in front of the Colosseum. Check out our list of Colosseum tours if you're interested!
Set in the historic center of Rome, Royal art café restaurant offers a special program to celebrate the start of 2018. The venue is located in front of the Coli; it represents the perfect place to enjoy your New Year's Eve in Rome. The restaurant proposes a delicious dinner (fish and meat menu available), followed by commercial/revival music (after midnight). The restaurant is a few steps away from Fori Imperiali, allowing you to still bask in the atmosphere.
- Teatro dell’Opera – The Nutcracker
As the main venue for opera and ballet in Rome, the Teatro dell’Opera attracts some of the most renowned musical talents from around the world and this year is no different. This New Years Eve Teatro dell'Opera will host the holiday classic The Nut Cracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. After last season’s success and the sold out box office, the original version of The Nutcracker returns staged by the Giuliano Peparini. Witness the tale of Marie’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, coming to life and taking on the evil Mouse King in battle on Christmas Eve. Tickets sell out fast so make sure to get them in advance.
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