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    How to spend New Year’s Eve 2016

    New Years Eve is one of the most celebrated times of year. It’s a time for people from all over the world to come together with friends and family to celebrate the year you’ve left behind, and the new year we are entering.

    From fireworks to street parties, drinks with friends and family and singing Auld Lang Syne, there are many great ways to celebrate the New Year. We’ve found some of the best New Year’s celebrations around the UK that you could go to this year:

    Ice Skating 


    Take the family ice-skating at one of London’s top ice-skating rinks this NY. You can skate in the heart of the city at the National History Museum’s open-air ice rink. Enjoy a hot chocolate in the cafe and overlook the other ice-skaters glide around under the fairy lights. The rink is open until 12:30am so you can skate your way into this New Year.

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    Winter Wonderland, Cardiff 


    If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy on New Years Eve, or even New Years day, then a trip to Winter Wonderland in Cardiff is perfect. Relax in the authentic Alpine Village and snack on traditional German treats and refreshing beers, have a go on one of the funfair rides if you’re daring enough and skate around on the open-air ice-rink.

    Check it out by following this link

    City Cruises



    Splash out and see in the New Year in style this year and instead of watching the fireworks from your TV at home, take a romantic boat trip down the river and watch them from the water. Tantalise your taste buds with a delicious meal and drinks and enjoy an amazing view of the fireworks. Dance the night away aboard the R.S Hispaniola which is anchored directly opposite the London Eye.

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    Hogmanay & New Year in Scotland 

    If you really want to celebrate this New Year then Scotland is definitely the place to be! No one knows how to throw a New Years party better than the Scots! Hogmanay is what the Scots call New Years Eve and this derives from the celebration of the winter solstice where the vikings had wild parties late into the night in late December.

    The Celebrations last not one, not two but three days in Edinburgh!

    Day 1: 30th December – Torchlight Procession 



    Join the revellers and start the party by marching through the heart of Edinburgh with thousands of torch-bearers accompanied by pipes and drums. Light the city with a river of fire as you make your way up Calton Hill for a spectacular display of fireworks, light and sound for the grand finale!

    Day 2: 31st December – Hogmanay Street Party 



    Have the party of your lifetime on Princes Street with the beautiful backdrop of Edinburgh Castle to see in the New Year. Dance the night away to live music and DJs and enjoy entertainment, outdoor bars and giant screens. Watch the castle light up with the world-famous Edinburgh Hogmanay fireworks but stick around for the classic Auld Lang Syne national sing a-long where you join hands with friends from across the globe.

    Day 3: 1st January 2017 – The Loony Dook 



    If you want a quick cure for your hangover the next day then join in with the annual splash in the River Forth at South Queensferry for a truly breathtaking experience! And if you’re going don’t forget your fancy dress! – Or you could of course just sleep in!

    House Party 


    To be honest, there’s nothing I quite like more than a good old fashioned house party. Avoid the crowds, long queues and the wait at the bar and invite all your friends and family over for a big New Years get together. Or better yet – have it at someone else’s house to avoid the mess the next day!

    How are you celebrating the New Year this year? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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