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Whether you’ve had the best year yet or eagerly anticipate the next, there’s something about a New Year break that makes the occasion bigger, better; more exciting. For me at least, the temptation to discover somewhere new can prove overwhelming as the year ends—after all, New Year’s Eve celebrations differ hugely from country to country, and getting away from the norm is a great way to clear off those cobwebs. The question is: where will you start afresh this year?
Whether you fancy heading for the bright lights of London or want a weekend in the Scottish wilds, know that HomeAway has plenty of New Year’s Eve accommodation options. In fact, there’s a tailor-made solution for every traveller: bask in glorious sunshine by your beachside hut, or celebrate NYE with the locals on a foreign city break—you could even take to the slopes on New Year’s Day if you wish! With such endless possibilities, you’re sure to be on course for a very happy new year. But before you start booking, read on for our favourite NYE holiday spots.
Top five destinations for New Year’s Eve 2014/2015
New Year’s Eve in France
Fancy celebrating New Year’s Eve, or La Saint-Sylvestre, with the French? You should do: renowned for its outstanding gastronomy, France offers up nothing less than dinners of champagne and foie gras on the special night in question. And the next day, on Le Jour de l’An, people get together to exchange cards and gifts. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from partying in Paris, skiing in Chamonix or having a quiet break in Cannes. The choice is yours.
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New Year’s Eve in Scotland
On to the Scots’ Hogmanay—and there’s nothing quite like it. It’s here you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in Celtic fashion: sup whisky in a Highland castle, don a kilt for a grand ceilidh, or make like the locals in Edinburgh and take to the streets for a party like no other. Once the bells have rung out, you’ll want to start first-footing (being the first to cross a threshold in the new year). But be prepared: as a Scot, I know the tipsy celebrations often last well into 2 January…
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New Year’s Eve in England
There’s nothing wrong with staying at home on New Year’s Eve: England has plenty to recommend its celebrations! London is, of course, the obvious choice, what with its upmarket Thames River Cruises, beautiful balls and incredible fireworks display beside the London Eye. That said, there’s always a cottage in the Cotswolds to consider, where your family can simply unwind. Why not book a lodge in the Lake District, and spend New Year’s Eve in a hot tub?
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New Year’s Eve in the Caribbean
For those of you rolling your eyes at the prospect of Scottish snow, French frost or the biting cold of an English winter, here comes the Caribbean. And what better way to see in the New Year than nursing a chilled cocktail on a tropical beach? For the ultimate New Year’s celebration, escape on a winter sun break to its idyllic islands. The Bahamas has the Junkanoo Parade, St Maarten’s fireworks are unparalleled, and there’s boat-hopping on the British Virgin Islands.
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New Year’s Eve in New York
Ah yes, the Big Apple, and the ball drop in Times Square. No self-respecting article on New Year’s Eve could leave it out! Of course, NYC has everything you need for a New Year break to remember: outstanding cuisine, exquisite parties, amazing acts and wonderful accommodation. You could hop aboard a booze cruise at New York Harbour, enjoy a seven-course meal at an award-winning restaurant, or join over a million people to be televised from famed Times Square.
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Holiday Apartments for rent for New Year's Eve
Charming apartment in the heart of the historical center, a short walk from the main attractions of the city. Located on the first floor of a very old and quaint building, the apartment can accommodate a maximum of 6 people and consists of a livin...
This amazing and elegant apartment is located in the heart of Rome, just over the famous Turtle Fountain. The place is spacious and well organized, it can host up to 7 persons and has kept most of the period characteristic of this kind of ancient ...
This modern flat is located in the Prati area, a residential and elegant district close to the Vatican and 5 minutes away from the popular Piazza del Popolo, on the 4th floor with elevator of a 1890’s period building. It can host up to 6 people. I...
This cozy and characteristic one-bedroom flat is located on the second floor of an ancient building. The apartment is bright and elegant and has been furnished with distinctive refinements. The design is modern and functional but some period chara...
This comfortable and spacious apartment is situated in a great central location moments away from the Vatican and the historical centre. In close proximity there are bus and metro stops and the many fashionable shops, bars and restaurants of Via C...