Five events that you don’t want to miss this New Year’s Eve

Monday 21st November 2022

As we edge ever closer to the end of another year, you might be starting to think about how exactly you’ll wave in 2023. Want to go all-out or keep the night super low-key? Either way, you’ll find no shortage of exciting New Year’s Eve events taking place across Northern England and Scotland. 

Need a little inspiration? Take a peek at our five fabulous picks which are all perfect for celebrating New Year’s Eve with a bang in 2022. Family-friendly festivities – from firework displays to live music shows – and fancier adults-only affairs are just some of the outstanding options on offer.

1. Experience the magical Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh

Nowhere puts on more of a show at New Year than Edinburgh. Scotland is famed for its lively Hogmanay celebrations, with the capital hosting its biggest and best events.

The main attraction is the Hogmanay Street Party. This year, it’s set to take place in the heart of the city from 9.30pm onwards on the 31st of December. As one of Europe’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations, it typically sees the sky above Edinburgh Castle illuminated with hundreds of colourful fireworks. You can also expect loads of food and drinks stalls to tempt your tastebuds, plus every ticketholder will receive an LED wristband that allows you to become part of the display once the clocks strike midnight.

There are plenty of other Edinburgh Hogmanay events – from live bands to DJ sets – to add to your agenda too. After something a little more child-friendly? The Night Afore Disco Party on the 30th of December is a great pick for those celebrating with kids and it’s set to be hosted by Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

2. See Newcastle beautifully lit up during the Lasers of Light New Year show

Forget firework displays. New Year’s Eve in Newcastle is all about…lasers! Returning after a successful run in 2021, the Lasers of Light show is a truly innovative experience which’ll see hundreds of lasers cast wonderful illuminations across the city’s most iconic sights – including the Tyne Bridge and the ancient Hadrian’s Wall.

The light installation has some pretty impressive credentials, with Seb Lee-Delisle (a BAFTA award-winning artist) responsible for its design. The show will be accompanied by music too, making it a particularly fantastic option for families looking for a fun and unique way to say goodbye to 2022.

The Lasers of Light show is set to take place hourly after dark from Friday 30th December until Sunday 1st of January. You can watch it from multiple places across the city, although the best view will be from the Quayside. In between shows, why not make a beeline for the Tyne Bridge where you’ll be able to curate your very own show using the structure’s controllable lasers?

Newcastle new years eve laser show

3. Soak up the festive ambiance with a York New Year’s Eve break

Why wait until January to book your next city break? New Year’s Eve is often the perfect time to explore a new city or revisit an old favourite. Charming York couldn’t be a better pick thanks to its wonderful festive ambiance and vast variety of New Year events – from themed parties and fun tribute shows to swish black-tie balls.

The city is also packed with luxury hotels which make the ideal bases for a night or two of celebrating. Many have fantastic New Year’s Eve offers, including The Grand right next door to York station and Middlethorpe Hall on the outskirts of the city. From exquisite fine dining to plush suites and sensational spa treatments, there’s no better way to kick off a brand-new year than with a little R&R!

4. Get ready for some disco dancing at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall 

Manchester’s musical heritage makes it a natural choice for a night out on New Year’s Eve – no matter your age. Plenty of venues across the city are set to host events in 2022, from the cool Depot Mayfield near Manchester Piccadilly station to numerous clubs and bars in the Northern Quarter.

For a night you’ll really remember for years to come, why not check out Bridgewater Hall’s spectacular Back to the 70s event? This fun throwback New Year gala will see the venue’s talented Love Unlimited Orchestra perform live versions of all your favourite tunes from the 70s, from Marvin Gaye hits to Chaka Khan chart-toppers. 

Seats start at £38.50 and are limited, so don’t forget to book well in advance. There’s also an option to upgrade your ticket with either a slap-up three course meal and champagne or a sharing platter with fine wine from the venue’s swish Charles Halle Restaurant.

5. Gaze up at fantastic fireworks in the Lake District

If you’d prefer to be a bit more relaxed after the hectic Christmas period, why not escape all the hubbub with a New Year’s Eve break in the Lake District?

The breath-takingly beautiful National Park is an ideal spot to visit in late December due to its lush scenery, cosy accommodation options and wonderful range of wholesome dining venues. Windermere is particularly popular and couldn’t be easier to reach by rail via Oxenholme Lake District station. And many of its hotels and lodges make a real effort to celebrate New Year’s Eve with firework displays and special parties.

Why not enjoy a Lake District New Year watching fireworks explode over the surface of Lake Windermere? You’ll also find many pubs and restaurants in places like Penrith, Carlisle and Keswick host ticketed events where you can ring in 2023 with delicious food, lively music and plenty of good company. 

Ready to party this New Year’s Eve?

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