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Five Alternative New Year’s Eve Ideas

If going out clubbing, drinking and partying isn’t really your scene, we’ve gathered some inspirational ideas for how to ring in the New Year in peace. There’s still time to book, plan and arrange after Christmas Day has passed.

Couple enjoying a drink in hotel room

1. A NYE hotel break

The stress of Christmas can get to you, so what could be more relaxing after the dust has settled, than to take a short break away from your anti-climatic home life in the gorgeous setting of Scotland’s scenery. Of course, Edinburgh does New Year like no-one else so if you’re interested in heading there for Hogmanay celebrations, there’s plenty of last-minute deals online. You can try kayak for flights to Edinburgh from £34 and accommodation for 2 nights around £200-300.


New years eve celebration

2. Fireworks (without the cold)

Firework displays are taking place all across the UK on New Year’s Eve but the most spectacular are London’s Big River Display. Of course, you can view them safely and happily from the comfort of your own home BUT there are designated areas, shops and restaurants that are opening especially for members of the public to get a first class seat and a glass of champagne to sip and watch from the warmth of indoors. Our top suggestions are The London Eye, The Trafalgar Hotel, Jimmy’s Lodge on the River, Aqua Shard, Sky Garden or The Orbit.


Young adults sharing pizzas at a party at home

3. Pizza Party!

It’s already a pretty standard night in – ordering a takeaway, drinking some booze and binge-watching TV shows. So how do you make it NEW YEARS EVE special? There’s no better night than New Year’s to entertain, but many of us are often worn out from the Christmas festivities and not interested in another cooking/cleaning project. Invite your like-minded friends around, asking that each of them bring their favourite pizza combination. You can decorate the house with a few twinkly lights and some banners or bunting to create a festive feel without forking out a lot of cash or effort. The trick is to keep it simple and enlist plenty of helping hands instead of attempting an elaborate event on your own strength.


cinema audience

4. Show Up, Show Off!

You may think that all the pantos and musicals finish after Christmas but this isn’t true! There’s still showings on New Years Eve. Get wrapped in the magical world of Sleeping Beauty at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow or have a riot with Jack and the Beanstalk, at Cliffs Pavilion in Southend-on-Sea. In London, Richmond Theatre is putting on the classic Aladdin family pantomine and the Palladium is doing Dick Whittington.


red wine

5. Tasting Experiences

If you still fancy a tipple, but don’t want to fight through the throngs on the big night – a wine tasting event might be right up your street. Veeno is hosting a fantastic evening of celebration of the finest wines from Italy and Britain with some live music to dance away 2017 and into 2018! Find your nearest Veeno at

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