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5 places to party in style this New Year

Skyscanner brings you these top tips for where to do and what to do to celebrate New Year in five European cities.

Skyscanner brings you these top tips for where to do and what to do to celebrate New Year in five European cities. So pop the champagne and book your ticket to party central…

1. Edinburgh – from £54

Hogmanay, as New Year’s Eve is called in Scotland, is celebrated with a fervour perhaps unmatched anywhere else. The big events are the open-air street party (wear your winter coat – you’ll need more than whisky to keep you warm!) with Mark Ronson, and the Concert in the Gardens, starring Primal Scream. Go local by seeing in ‘the bells’ at The Tron on the historic Royal Mile, and sort yourself out on New Year’s Day with the ultimate hangover cure – Irn Bru – ‘Scotland’s other national drink’. Find cheap flights to Edinburgh

2. Rome – from £66

Party all night long in the Eternal City. Join the crowds for live music and fireworks in the Piazza del Popolo, or enjoy the outdoor classical music concert in the square in front of the Quirinale, off Via Nazionale. However, when in Rome you really should celebrate with a Sogni romani, the locals’ cocktail of choice with four kinds of liqueur in red and yellow stripes – the colours of the city and the Roma football team. Fight your way to the bar at art-nouveau Bar Rosati in Piazza del Popolo. Find cheap flights to Rome

3. Berlin – from £66

More than a million revellers pack onto the aptly-named ‘Party Mile’ that centres on Pariser Platz by the Brandenburg Gate where there is a pop concert and an epic fireworks display at midnight. However, if necking biers with the masses is not your style, get your glad rags on for the annual New Year’s Eve Gala at the stunning Philharmonie concert hall, where the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performs Dvořák, Brahms, Strauss and such, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Find cheap flights to Berlin

4. Barcelona – from £67

The Catalan capital lives up to its lively reputation as New Year celebrations go on through the night. The places to party in the streets are Las Ramblas, Plaça Catalunya and the Plaça Reial, but you could also dance under the stars on the beach, perhaps after a meal on the waterfront. Do it like the locals by joining in the ‘eating of the grapes’ tradition. When the clock strikes midnight, eat one grape per chime – each one symbolises a month of good luck. Champagne accompaniment is optional! Find cheap flights to Barcelona

5. Paris – from £74

The main place in Paris where the crowds gather to celebrate la Saint-Sylvestre, as the French call New Year’s Eve, is the Champs-Élysées. As you’d probably expect, champagne is the celebratory tipple of choice, so bring a bottle, but getting smashed and falling over in the street just isn’t very Parisian. Mark the occasion in traditional manner by splurging on a special six-course dinner, although you should book in advance because this is the night that everyone eats out in Paris. Find cheap flights to Paris