New Year around the world

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As the bleak midwinter threatens to take us all down with it, you may be considering a sneaky last minute escape to somewhere exotic to ring in the New Year with style. We’ve got some hot tips for where to spend the first few minutes of 2013 and how to keep costs at an absolute minimum.

At a time like this, travel agents everywhere will be trying to offer cheap holiday deals in the hope of attracting more customers. A quick online search will bring up hundreds of agents with some fantastic deals.

Want to escape the post-Xmas blues? Read on!

Why not jet over to Europe?

December makes a cold hard month for most of Europe, but that doesn’t mean you have to jet off to Australia to have a fun-filled holiday. Europe has some of the best ski venues in the world and package holidays are ripe at this time of year. Shop around while the snow is fresh to make the most of some great discounts,or if you are more into nature in places like Amsterdam for example you can visit the Artis zoo. Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe. Next to possessing a zoo, Artis also contains an aquarium and a planetarium; so it has multiple fun options for your vacation.

If you’re looking for somewhere a little warmer, you could head to Lanzarote. While it’s not exactly bikini weather, highs still range from 20-22, which certainly beats highs of zero over here in the UK! Lanzarote holidays are becoming more popular for UK holidaymakers, so get in there while the going is good! There are some truly thrilling firework displays going on along the coast as the New Year rings in and plenty of parties and club nights to attend so you can dance the night away.


Where will you be when the countdown ends?

Or go across the pond…

For the more adventurous among you with a little bit extra to spend, there’s nothing to stop you heading off somewhere a little further afield. New York boasts one of the world’s best New Year’s Eve parties in Times Square, with several venues offering a variety of celebrations from movie screenings to live DJ sets so there’s something to suit everyone before, and after, the famous ball drops.

Make sure you get your spot early – people tend to start arriving at around 3pm to obtain the best standing positions for a view of the ball. Add your voice to the millions counting down the New Year as the ball descends and witness a kaleidoscopic light display that is simply breath-taking.

Add a bit of colour to Edinburgh this New Years...

Add a bit of colour to Edinburgh this New Year’s

Celebrate closer to home…

Anyone on a budget, or for those who just don’t fancy straying too far from their home comforts, the UK’s own Edinburgh offers a fantastic Hogmanay party in true Scottish style. The long-standing street party has a great community feel, with three stages each playing host to some fantastic bands. Down in the gardens there’s a party of a different class going on, with headline act Simple Minds warming the crowd up before the spectacular fireworks display from the castle. Join hands with your neighbour and sing Auld Lang Syne to ring in the bells – there is something uniquely magical about this age-old tradition.

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