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Ring in the New Year European Style

A&K Destination Management Company
Enjoy Free Sightseeing in Europe this New Year

New Year is an event celebrated the world over as people gather together full of hope for the year to come. With such expectation, it can often be difficult to decide how to see in the New Year, but we have the perfect solution to your dilemma. Why not take advantage of a truly worldwide event and make this year the year to experience something different, somewhere different.

In Europe we like to welcome the New Year in style with street parties, dinners, fiestas and balls taking place across the continent and dazzling firework displays illuminating the skies at midnight. Among the exuberance and festivities, Europe boasts some quirky and unusual traditions sure to bring you luck and good fortune, or an evening of entertainment at least. We have depicted a few of the more popular traditions below. Come and revel in the European atmosphere this New Year, learn more about our fascinating rituals, and maybe even take part in a few customs yourself.

Book a minimum 5-night tour anywhere in Europe this New Year and receive a free day’s sightseeing with one of our hand-picked, local guides who, with their unrivaled local expertise, can take you on an insightful journey into the culture of your chosen location.

To give you more inspiration we have put together six very special itineraries incorporating the highlights and spectacular New Year festivities of London, Edinburgh, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and St Petersburg, guaranteeing you a celebration to remember. Book now to avoid disappointment as these events are very popular and tickets are likely to sell out soon.



New Year Traditions Around Europe

New Year’s Eve, known as “la Saint-Sylvestre” in France, is celebrated with “le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre”, a special feast with family and friends thought to bring good luck. Signature dishes include pancakes, foie gras and champagne.

Bleigiessen is a popular tradition in Germany and involves the telling of fortunes.The unusual ritual involves dropping molten lead into cold water and the shape it forms is used to predict the person’s future.

New Year trees are popular in Russia. Known as Novogodnaya Yolka, these are decorated like a Christmas tree. Russians say farewell to the old year by remembering the most important events of the last 12 months and making a wish for the New Year.

Home to the lively Hogmanay, Scotland upholds a number of unusual traditions. Auld Lang Syne, directly translated as “times gone by”, is an old Scottish song, first published by the poet Robert Burns. The song is now sung at midnight while everybody links arms. First footing is a custom in which the first male visitor to enter a house on New Year’s Day brings with him coal, whisky, or perhaps shortbread, as a symbol of good luck. However, a blonde or red head is not allowed to enter first.

In Spain it is traditional to eat twelve grapes, one on each chime of the clock at midnight. It is thought the tradition dates back to 1909 when grape growers suggested it as a way to cut down on surplus production from the year.

“La Festa di San Silvestro” in Italy is often celebrated with a meal. Lentils are thought to symbolise money and good fortune while pork symbolises the richness of life in the forthcoming year. Wearing red underwear is also thought to bring good luck!


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