It is so nearly Christmas. Levels of excitement are reaching fever pitch here at Juliettes (if you have children, you’ll know exactly what we mean). While we are still working our stockings off finding last minute gifts for our customers, we are all looking forward to a well-earned Christmas break. No doubt all our customers are too, so we decided to put together a few of our ideas on getting the best out of your Christmas. We’ve chosen 3 of our favourite Christmas Cocktails, 3 fantastic Christmas Destinations and, finally, 3 of the Best New Year Destinations. If we’ve missed the sleigh and you have already planned this Christmas down to the last brussels sprout, you could always start planning for next year.
New Year Destination 1 : Edinburgh
This has to be the ultimate party destination for New Year. We’re not just talking New Year’s Eve itself here. Edinburgh knows how to celebrate in style with a full-on, 3 day Hogmanay extravaganza. Festivities get going on 30 December with thousands of party-goers parading with torches through the streets to Holyrood Park and a fantastic firework display. On New Year’s Eve, even more revellers take to the streets for partying, dancing and the world’s biggest and loudest rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Then, for those with enough stamina, celebrations continue on New Year’s Day with live music and traditional ceilidhs all over the city. No wonder Scotland has an extra day’s holiday on 2nd January! Find more information about our number one favourite of the New Year Destinations here.
New Year Destination 2 : Berlin
Berlin’s party starts during the day with the Berliner Silvesterlauf – a pancake race in fancy dress from the arty Grunewald district to the centre of Berlin, flipping pancakes all the way. Later, Berlin welcomes around 1 million guests and Berliners alike to a huge open air party between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. Festivities kick off at 7 pm with live music, DJs and dancing. A spectacular firework display at midnight is followed by partying into the early hours of New Year’s Day. All entertainment is free of charge and makes an unforgettable start to 2018. More information on one of Europe’s best New Year Destinations here.
New Year Destination 3 : Sydney
If fireworks and sunshine appeal, Sydney has to be the perfect place. The Harbour fills up with boats full of revellers, out to watch the world’s biggest New Year firework display at midnight on Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s said that the Sydney fireworks are enjoyed by more than 1 billion people around the world. You can hire a boat and motor across to Cocktaoo Island for a moonlit picnic. If spending the evening on a boat is not for you, there are vantage points all around the bay. Why not book an outside table at any of of the waterfront restaurants around the bay for a front row seat? On New Year’s Day, hangover permitting, there is always the option of climbing the Harbour Bridge. The colours and sounds of Sydney are like nowhere else on earth, making this the southern hemisphere’s ultimate New Year Destination. More information about vantage points and tickets here.
Wherever you choose to spend New Year’s Eve this year, we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2019