fireworks- New Year's Resolutions

Most people have a bucket list of cities they're determined to see at some point in their lifetimes, London and Edinburgh being two of the most popular. But where do you go if you want to party all night on the 31st and cycle all day on the 1st?

Well, there's quite a few dream destinations to choose from so we've picked our favourites to share with you here. So, which one will you pick this New Year's Eve?


London tops most people's list of cities they simply have to spend at least one New Year's Eve in and with good reason - the party down on the Southbank really is amazing. If you are heading here for NYE this year, be sure to get down to the Southbank early to grab the best spot before the raucous crowds arrive.

An unusually cheap night out, you can bring your own booze to the street party as long as it's in plastic bottles and the tubes are free until 4am ensuring everyone can get home safely. Well, everyone willing to queue for an excruciatingly long time anyway!

Once the party's over and you've managed to grab a few hours sleep at your hotel, no doubt you'll be eager to get out on your bike for the first ride of 2015 and you certainly won't be short of places to cycle either.

Two of the most popular places to go for a bike ride in the city if you've got kids with you or just fancy something relatively short and sweet, are Hyde Park and Richmond Park. Both are easy to get to from anywhere around the city, especially Hyde Park which is situated within central London. One nice family route for those new to the city would be to cycle from Buckingham Palace up to Hyde Park where you can stop off for a hot chocolate along the edge of the lake.

For a longer ride yet still keeping things touristy, you could cycle from your hotel to Hampton Court Palace fifteen miles outside of Central London. This is a really popular ride and the palace looks absolutely stunning on a sunny winter's day (which of course New Year's Day will be).

If you fancy cycling even further (you will probably want to stay off the champagne the night before for this one) why not head down to Brighton for a freezing cold New Year's Day dip in the sea - we won't hold it against you if you only manage your toes. It's 60 miles from Central London to Brighton and so requires a full day to do it comfortably but Brighton is a really pretty coastal city and so makes for a great place to spend the night before catching the train (or cycling) back up to London the following day.


Another constant favourite city for celebrating New Year's Eve and Hogmanay in is the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is a small city but it puts on a massive party so guest accommodation sells out fast so if you're thinking of heading here this year, you'll need to be booking a room now. Tickets to the street party cost £20 but are well worth forking out for. The streets are all closed off around the city centre for the party where everyone wraps up warm in their wooly hats, scarves, gloves and puffiest of coats to see in the New Year with fireworks, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and live music.

For your cycle ride the next day, there is again heaps of options as Edinburgh is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is packed full of secret cycle paths that so many people don't even know exist. Check out the Edinburgh Innertube Map to see which off-road routes you fancy pedalling down and cycle from Leith to Portobello, or Canonmills to Trinity.

If you'd prefer a longer ride that takes you out of the city, try the popular Edinburgh to St Andrews route. At 68 miles in length, this route passes over some pretty hilly terrain so only extremely fit and experienced cyclists should try it - especially in the harsh Scottish winters. Make sure you're bike and equipment is all in full working order and take plenty of provisions and warm clothing. St Andrews is a very pretty town and it is highly recommended that you spend a night there before heading back to Edinburgh the next day either by bike or by train.


Celebrate New Year's Eve like they do in the movies by watching the ball drop in Times Square - how much more romantic could December 31st get than that?

Seeing in the New Year in Times Square is a pretty pricey affair but certainly something everyone should experience at least once in their lives - especially if they're a fan of the movie New Year's Eve. The official NYE family party pass costs $129 for under 21s and $199 for over 21s. The official NYE party pass (for couples and groups of friends) ranges between $249 and $299 and prices are likely to go up the closer we get to the big day so buy your tickets as soon as possible. The street party kicks of at 7pm and continues right through until 4am.

The following day it's time to get on your bikes and take a cycle around the city to be one of the first people to see New York by daylight in 2015. Of course, Central Park is undeniably one of the best places to go for a bike ride in the city and makes for a perfect family ride.

Or for a longer route, try out the North and South Country Trail Ways. Starting from the Bronx you can cycle all the way to Carmel in Putnam County with only the tiniest bit of on-road cycling.

The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, Prospect Park, Henry Hudson Drive and Staten Island are all home to great cycling routes too.


Australia's favourite spot to celebrate New Year in ahead of the rest of us back home in the UK, Sydney sure knows how to put on a spectacular firework show.

Families tend to flock to the North Shore to watch the Harbour Bridge fireworks display whilst younger revellers squish into the packed out CBD viewing spots nearer the action. Alcohol isn't permitted in the fenced off areas though, so if you're looking for a proper party the Balmain bohemian pub may be a better bet for you.

Another fantastic option for unbeatable views and all the food and drink that you can carry, is to book a ticket for the NYE Rocket Fireworks Cruise. Tickets start from $490 (£265) for this four and a half hour boat ride making it a brilliant choice for that extra special celebratory romantic New Year's Eve rather than one for the whole family.

Once the party's died down, there's plenty of places to explore on your bicycle whilst enjoying the Australian summer. Centennial Park, Ettalong Way, Sydney Harbour Bridge & Pylon Lookout and the Sydney Olympic Park all make for great family rides varying in length from just a few thousand metres to 35 kilometres in length.

For the more hardcore cyclists, a pedal to the beautiful Blue Mountains may be in order. The ride from the Harbour Bridge into the National Park is about 120km in length so you'll be wanting to take an overnight bag and stay in the park for a day or two before making your way back to the city.


Probably one of the cheapest NYE destinations of choice to get to from the UK, Prague is slowly finding its place on the list of number one New Year's Eve party cities.

Prague in the summer is often so full of stag dos and wedding parties that it's beauty is obstructed from view due to all of the visiting tackiness. But in the winter, the wedding season is over and visitors get to appreciate just how picturesque this historic little city really is.

The fireworks display is free in Prague, like it is in London, and is best enjoyed from Charles Bridge. Of course, you'll have to suffer the harsh winter chill for a long time before the fireworks go off if you are determined to bag a good spot along the bridge.

A better option is to book a ticket on one of the many dinner and disco boat tours that take place on December 31st. Much cheaper than the ones in Sydney, tickets cost around £85 per person and include a multi-course buffet dinner. Just before midnight the boats all pull up in front of Charles Bridge and guests can climb up onto the roof to watch the spectacular firework display before rushing back down into the warmth of the boat to dance the night away.

On New Year's Day be sure to layer up in your warmest cycling gear before setting out on one of the great bike rides the city has to offer. To avoid the hills and visit another beautiful castle, try the 20 mile route from the city to Karlstejn Castle along the Vltava and Berounka Rivers.

A much lengthier option would be to pack a rucksack full of supplies and cycle all the way to Dresden in Germany. Cycling along the Elbe river, this trip is around 90 miles in length and is best split over two days. Once you've seen all that Dresden has to offer, you can easily catch a train back to Prague for as little as £20.


Despite not being Canada's capital city, it is Toronto that is best known for its New Year's Eve celebrations in this part of the world.

Late afternoon the crowds grin and bear the cold to flock to Nathan Phillips Square in their masses to enjoy the free live entertainment that gets the audience in the party spirit ready for when the clock strikes twelve and a new year begins.

Much like in London and Prague, the New Year's Eve celebrations are free to all but the best vantage spots fill up fast so the earlier you can bare to don the winter wear and head into the city centre, the more likely you are to be awarded a stunning view of the fireworks display.

The classic long distance cycle ride from Queen's Park to Dufferin Grove Park at 98 miles in length, is certainly challenging but makes for a perfect start to the New Year for the avid cyclist who isn't afraid of a bit of cold weather.

For a shorter, more manageable ride whatever the weather, Queen's Park is a beautiful park to cycle around and you can easily pop to the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum to warm up.


Long recognised as one of the most romantic cities to celebrate New Year's Eve in, Paris makes for the perfect party/cycling NYE break.

Choose between a fancy river cruise, an elaborate night at Moulin Rouge or pick your favourite vantage spot to enjoy the fireworks show around the Eiffel Tower. Paris has a NYE party option for every budget and is one of the best destinations for couples looking to see the New Year in just the two of them - surrounded by thousands of other couples with the same idea, of course.

For your New Year's Day bike ride, cycle down the River Seine or pedal your way to the beautiful Palace of Versailles just outside the city. This 13 mile route is a favourite among local cyclists and it never fails to amaze people at how quickly they can leave the buzz of the city behind as they set off on two wheels to the picturesque town of Versailles.


Arguably the cycling capital of the world, no one is going to deny that Amsterdam sure knows how to throw a good party and its New Year's Eve celebrations are no exception.

Just a short drive, boat ride or flight from the UK, Amsterdam is so easy (and cheap) to get to that it makes for a great budget NYE getaway for groups of friends, couples and families.

To join in the lively party scene, head to Dam Square early to bag a good spot to view the fireworks, watch the live entertainment shows and get more than a little tipsy from visits to the beer tents. If crowds aren't really your thing, the great thing about Amsterdam is that you can pick any bridge around the city to watch the multitude of fireworks lighting up the city at midnight set off both from organised events around the city and from people's homes.

On New Year's Day, rent a bike (or hop aboard your own) and explore the city by bicycle if it's your first time in this beautiful city. If you're eager to explore a little further, then cycle the 57 mile route to Rotterdam and visit one of the largest ports in the world.

For those looking for an even longer, multi-day route, Amsterdam is a great point to begin cycle routes to Bruges, Brussels and even Paris. But remember that is will be pretty chilly in December and January in these countries so you may want to save these longer routes for the summer.


Another youthful city famed for its nightlife and outrageously good parties, Berlin is fast becoming one of the most popular cities for young people to see in the New Year despite the often harsh climes and crazily low temperatures.

Join in one of Europe's biggest NYE street parties by nabbing yourself a spot somewhere between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column to watch the fireworks spectacular unveil. A programme of live bands and the city's favourite DJs keep the crowds entertained in the lead up to midnight and plenty of street food stalls serving an array of dishes from all over the world are on hand to keep everyone's bellies full.

The street party is free for all to attend and goes on into the early hours of the morning.

If you're not too tired the next day, a cycle around the Tiergarten is a fun and refreshing way to start the New Year before choosing a restaurant to enjoy a hearty Berliner brunch in. Another favourite route (and a short one too) follows the East Side Gallery although this isn't a great choice if you're actually looking to get any exercise in as you'll no doubt be stopping every three or four metres to admire the art.

For a slightly lengthier cycle route, pedal out of the city to the palace region of Potsdam 22 miles from Berlin. This is a beautiful little town and great for exploring with the whole family, making it a great destination for a full day trip by bicycle.


If you prefer the idea of spending NYE in the sunshine and can afford the airfare, Rio de Janeiro may well be top of your list. Those of you that have experienced Carnival in Rio will be all too aware of how well these guys know how to party.

Probably more suited for couples and friends than for families, the party starts at 8pm and goes on well past midnight. Grab yourself a spot along Copacabana Bay and dance your way into 2015 along to the live music featuring everything from to traditional Brazilian music to rock 'n' roll and pop.

At midnight a fantastic fireworks display goes off from barges out at sea creating the most gorgeous picture out over the sea.

Although not often thought of as a cycling city, Rio de Janeiro does boast over 450km of dedicated cycle lanes along its beaches and through the city all of which are perfect for exploring on New Year's Day. Choose to cycle from Leblon to downtown, up to Christ the Redeemer (suitable for more experienced cyclists) or pedal all around the coast line for fabulous views and a truly memorable New Year's Eve.


Another favourite Latin American city to see in the New Year in, Buenos Aires is a great choice for families and those looking for a slightly more low-key but equally as exotic affair.

A stunning firework display can be enjoyed from many points around the city including from the restaurants of Puerto Madero and at The Planetarium. If you are in Buenos Aires without any kids and are eager to party Latino style though, then head to la Recoleta to see in the New Year before proving that Brits can dance too in one of Palermo's many dance clubs that don't even open until after midnight.

If your legs aren't too achey from all the dancing the night before, follow one of the many cycle routes all around the city or join an organised cycle tour to learn a bit about Buenos Aires' history at the same time the next day. If you've already got your fill of Buenos Aires in 2014, then catch a ferry over to Uruguay for the day and cycle all around the pretty little town of Colonia before getting the boat back to BA in time for dinner.

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