Best New Year’s Eve Parties and Events across the UK

Before the Christmas festive mood fades out, the countdown for the New Year begins. Fortunately, this New Year eve is on Sunday and it is followed by a bank holiday on Monday so you won’t have to drag yourself out of the bed to work the next day. It’s the perfect excuse for keeping the festivities going well past midnight! We’ve created the ultimate guide to the best New Year’s Eve parties, events and fireworks displays across the nation.

 

London

London is one of the most populous cities in the world, Especially for New Years Eve celebrations. As Big Ben strikes 12 midnight, watch fireworks from the famous London Eye, take a cruise down the Thames, or celebrate while dancing the night away. Check out some of the attractions the city has to offer below!

• The New Years Eve House Party 2017 | Till 4.00 am | Holborn, Central London

• Mabel’s Covent Garden | Till 2:00 am | Covent Garden, London Head to Winter Wonderland for free and get the chance to explore the Christmas markets, fairground rides and a kid-friendly Santa Land.

Head to Primrose Hill and wrap up warm to see unrivalled views over London without paying a penny.
Alternatively, Tower Bridge, Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge are good places to stand if you get there very early.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital is one of the best places in the world to celebrate the New Year. Thousands of people take to the city’s streets, parks and pubs to celebrate Hogmanay every December 31st – and if you’re thinking of joining them, you’ll receive a warm welcome. It is a lively place to be to bring in the New Year, boasting a number of big events including…

• Hogmanay in Edinburgh, which is known as one of the biggest parties in the UK.

• Torchlight parade starts at £3 or £13 for a ticket and torch.

• The street party that includes live music, DJs and street entertainment, from £26.



Birmingham

It’s time to start thinking about how you’ll be celebrating the dawn of the New Year. There’s a host of paid for options, including gala balls and parties, available across the West Midlands to help celebrate the start of 2017, but few are as yet advertising that they will include fireworks. But there are a couple of FREE options in Birmingham city centre on New Year’s Eve.

• On New Year’s Eve, the ice rink and big wheel in Centenary Square having a special late opening until 1am.



Liverpool

Liverpool is one of the most famous clubbing cities in the world and well renowned for its New Year’s Eve festivities. Enjoy the fun with a wide variety of bars and phenomenal restaurants around Mathew Street and Albert Dock. Some popular Liverpool events are business and professional, health and wellness and charity and causes.

• The Club House Liverpool One | Till 2:00 am | Liverpool, United Kingdom

• Bridgeman Place Commerce House | From 31 Dec 20:00| Bolton, United Kingdom



Nottingham

See 2018 in with a bang at the spectacular fireworks display at Nottingham Castle – and it’s free! The party atmosphere will start from 8pm, with a program of live music and entertainment from the bandstand, including performances by Nottingham’s Disco Prophets, a seven-piece band guaranteed to have the crowd dancing all night long.

• Spanky Van Dyke’s | Goldsmith Street, Nottingham

• The Wollaton Pub and Kitchen | Lambourne Drive, Wollaton

• MOJO |Thurland Street, Nottingham



Bristol

While many people in Bristol will be kicking off 2018 with a party or a raucous night out, for many the allure of a celebration packed with fireworks is just irresistible. Although Bristol doesn’t quite have a display to rival the magnificent scenes enjoyed by Londoners every year, there are still some impressive shows taking place around the city which will ensure your New Year starts with a bang.

• The Oxford | Totterdown

• The Crown Inn | Keynsham

• The Farm St Werberghs | Hopetoun Road

• The Avon Gorge Hotel | Sion Hill



Manchester

Manchester’s Christmas season will come to a spectacular end with an incredible fireworks display in Albert Square. The annual event has previously been held in Piccadilly Gardens but recently moved to Albert Square. It will take place again in the city’s large public square while redevelopment work is completed in the gardens.

New Year’s Eve celebrations will start at 11pm with the fireworks released from the roof of the town hall on the stroke of midnight. Road closures will be in place from 9pm around Albert Square (Princess Road, John Dalton Street and Cross Street closed from 10pm), and all roads will reopen at 1am.

And Finally…

Never settle after watching the New Year fireworks, spend a leisurely New Year’s Day at one of London’s lovely attractions, take a refreshing walk around the city or recuperate over a long brunch or roast lunch, whilst the masses are at home nursing a hangover.

Christmas Markets in London

Sparkling lights mulled wine and mince pies; it’s certainly the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas!

Christmas in London is a truly magical experience, with so many activities and events to enjoy the whole festive period. London is an infamous city for all types of markets and fairs in all festive periods of the year. Obviously, during Christmas, there are plenty of classic Christmas markets and fairs happening across the city.

Usually, Christmassy cheer has well and truly begun on late November and continues till the New Year. So, here in this article, we have some refined list of best Christmas Markets and Fairs in London.

Best Christmas Markets and fairs in London

  • Christmas in Leicester Square:

Details: 10th November -7th January

Leicester Square, WC2H 7DE

  • Christmas by the River at London Bridge City:

Details: 30th November – 3rd January,

Tower Bridge City, SE1

  • Kingston Christmas Market:

Details: 16th November – 31st December |

Kingston Market Place, Kingston-Upon Thames, KT1 1JS |

  • Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. :

Details: 17th November – 1st January,

Hyde Park, W2

  • City Christmas Fair at Drapers Hall:

Details: Until 4th December |

Drapers’ Hall, EC2N 2DQ

  • Winter fest market at Crystal Palace Park:

Details: December 8th – January 2nd |

Crystal Palace Park SE20 8DT |

  • Wintertime at Southbank Centre: 

Details: 10th November – 30th December |

Southbank Centre Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX |

  • Winterville Christmas market on Clapham Common:

Details: 23rd November-January 1st |

Clapham Common, SW4 9DE |

  • Greenwich Wintertime Festival:

Details: 22nd November-December24th |

Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9LW |

  • Massive Arts Christmas Fayre:

Details: Until December2nd |

Ritzy Cinema Brixton, SW2 1JG |

  • Christmas at Kew:

Details: 22nd  November-1st  January |

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, W9 3AB |

London’s magical Christmas markets and festive fairs are worth wrapping up warm and stepping outside for, with tempting food, warming cocktails and the chance to turn Christmas present shopping into a fun day out rather than a dreaded chore.

What is “BlackFriday” and “CyberMonday”?

        Black Friday is a bit like a retail version of the Hunger Games, it turns retail shopkeeper’s balance sheets from red (loss) to black (profit). It’s an informal name for the day following Thanksgiving in the United States of America which falls every fourth Thursday of November. This year, the event falls on Friday, November 24 (TODAY).

In U.K the term “Black Friday” is the day when emergency services activate contingency plans to cope with the increase in workload due to many people going out drinking on the last Friday before Christmas. But Nowadays it all about shopping.. shopping.. and just shopping.

Black Friday is a shopping day for a combination of reasons. As the first day after the last major holiday before Christmas, it marks the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Additionally, many employers in the US give their employees the day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. In order to take advantage of this, virtually all retailers in the country, big and small, offer various sales including limited amounts of door-busting items to entice customers new and old.

Cyber Monday… Probably the only time of the year people look forward to Monday mornings! Just like the now infamous Black Friday Events across the globe, “Cyber Monday” to has become an international marketing term used by online retailers across the world. It’s quickly becoming one of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year. This year, the event falls on Monday, November 27.

Online retailers have stated in the past that their sales increased substantially on the Monday after Thanksgiving, a trend that is driving serious online discounts and promotions on Cyber Monday this year. UK online retailers are now referring to “Cyber Monday” as the busiest internet shopping day of the year that commonly falls on the same day as the US Cyber Monday.

 

Top 10 “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” 2017 Stores:

  1. Walmart
  2. Amazon
  3. Sam’s club
  4. Target
  5. Kohl’s
  6. Best Buy
  7. Toys R Us
  8. HP
  9. American Eagle (AEO)
  10. Macy’s

 How to get the best discounts?

  • Prepare tonight
  • Stack your vouchers
  • Shop early in the day
  • Watch out for doorbusters
  • Start early.
  • Do your research.
  • Compare prices.
  • Create a budget—and stick to it.
  • Avoid pricey accessories.
  • Check all store policies in advance.
  • Don’t just focus on Friday.

 NOT to Buy on Black Friday!

The days surrounding Thanksgiving offer up a seemingly endless smorgasbord of deals. But not every Black Friday offer is truly worthy of your cash. To help you sort the doorbusters from the filler deals, here is a list of things you should skip this Black Friday.

  • iPhones
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Tools
  • Jewelry: Wait until January to make your jewellery purchase, and get a head start on Valentine’s Day.
  • 1080p TVs
  • Black Friday Models
  • Final Sale Items
  • Gift Cards
  • Winter Clothing
  • Holiday Decorations

Tips to Do a Safe Online Shopping

  1. Check the seller’s customer satisfaction ratings.
  2. Check the Better Business Bureau site to see if there are a large number of complaints about the seller.
  3. Whenever possible, use a credit card for payment.
  4. Never enter your credit card information on a page that is not encrypted.
  5. Go directly to the seller’s site rather than clicking a “coupon” link that was sent to you from an unknown source.