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Party your way into the New Year

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By Jack Sullivan

With 2015 just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of our five favourite places to celebrate, all of which are, of course, easily accessible by train (natch)…

1. Amsterdam
Amsterdam is known for many things, one being the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. It offers a vibrant, buzzing nightlife like no other, and is home to techno night ‘Awakenings’, which  this year is being hosted by British DJ and rave-scene veteran Carl Cox. You’d be in for a night of a lifetime (if you can remember much of it, that is) and would definitely be starting 2015 in style.

2. Barcelona
Nochevieja is a Spanish tradition whereby people eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight – 1 for each time the bell chimes. It’s believed that, if you can eat them in time, you’re in for a year of good fortune – how’s that for a challenge? Even if you don’t manage it, you’d still have a laugh and a good time, which is why Barcelona has made it on our list. A meal at one of the city’s fine restaurants, followed by a fireworks display, completed by an all-night street party makes for a damn good way to celebrate!

3. London
It’d be a crime not to include the UK’s capital in this list. London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and New Year’s Eve shows this perhaps more so than any other time. Renowned for one of the most dazzling fireworks displays in the world – and perfectly situated in England (save money AND the planet) – London is definitely a place to consider this year. What’s more, the celebration continues next day with a spectacular New Year Parade throughout the capital.

4. Prague
Prague was recently mentioned as hosting one of the best Christmas markets, and now it has snuck its way back to us as we give it an honorary place in this list. It’s a popular destination with lots to do, and it offers a good time to all. Whether you hop on a boat for a river cruise through the city, witness one of many fireworks displays, or find yourself in one of the array of clubs, one thing we can guarantee is that you won’t regret it!

5. Dublin
It’s a known fact that the Irish like a drink or two (or twenty), but aside from booze, the city has a lot to offer. It’s a beautiful place and is close to home (ish), and so is definitely worth considering. Every year hundreds of people gather in the city centre for its New Years Festival across 3 days – there’s so much to do we don’t have enough words!

Happy New Year!

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