With less than two weeks to go before New Year's Eve, tickets to events around the UK are selling out fast.

Tickets to see London's hugely popular fireworks display have already sold out but there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the end of 2014.

From Edinburgh to Cardiff, here are a selection of the best street events, bars, parties and fireworks in the UK to bring in the new year in style.


It would be difficult to find a more festive way to start New Year's Eve than Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, which has countless mulled wine and bratwurst stalls, fairground rides and an ice rink, as well as live music. It is free to enter, but it is best to arrive early as it will be busy.

Travel on the Underground is free until 4.30am, which makes it much easier for Londoners to get around this year. For those with £75 to spend on the evening, Shakespeare's Globe is offering a three-course dinner and live music (with a complimentary glass of Prosecco and half a bottle of wine), for a cultural night in beautiful surroundings.

The morning after – after a significant fry-up – it is worth heading over to the New Year's Day parade, which starts at midday at Piccadilly. It goes through Haymarket, Pall Mall and Whitehall, before arriving at Parliament Square at 3.30pm.


It has been confirmed that Manchester City Council is letting off a spectacular display of fireworks over the city centre, likely to be at Piccadilly Gardens or Albert Square.

For those wanting a street food extravaganza, the Great Northern Warehouse – at the junction of Deansgate and Peter Street – a variety of pop-up food stalls, selling everything from dim sum to gourmet ice cream.

The Deaf Institute, on Grosvenor Street, is one of Manchester's best-loved clubs and will host a New Year's Eve party with 1980s electropop and 1960s Motown, as well as ska and Britpop. You can also expect frozen cocktails, face painting and glitter cannons.

Revellers wearing tartan skirts and shawls dance in Princes Street during the Hogmanay street party Reuters


New Year's Eve in Birmingham will kick off with a midnight firework display in Centenary Square in the heart of the city. For those wanting an alternative night out, Propaganda at the O2 Academy will be hosting a Great Gatsby party, to introduce 2015 in vintage style. Tickets cost between £10 and £20.

For dance music lovers, Global Gathering Presents NYE is back this year, with tickets from £24.50. Jaguar Skills will be making an appearance, as well as Friction, Wilkinson, Linguistics and David Rodigan. It was announced earlier this year that summer dance festival Global Gathering will take a break for the first time in 15 years in 2015.


Rugby is the theme for this year's New Year's Eve events in Newcastle, as the city celebrates its role as a host city in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Starting at 5.30pm from the Monument, the Winter Carnival will feature rugby-themed floats, before arriving at the Quayside for live music, fireworks and dance performances.

For those wanting an extra-special New Year's Eve, you can even take a river cruise with a DJ, food and drink via River Escapes.


Before heading to the city centre, head to Roundhay Park to witness the spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks display and bonfire.

The Royal Armouries Museum is holding a New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball, with stilt walkers, enormous chocolate fountains and flowing Prosecco, as well as a live band. With a four-course banquet and a variety of cocktails, the party continues until 2am.

For revellers staying in the city centre, Call Lane has a variety of bars and restaurants. Mission is good for a clubby and hedonistic experience, while HiFi's NYE Soundclash promises a mix of funk, soul, hip-hop and disco.

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Cardiff hosts fireworks and an outdoor ice rink until after midnight on New Year\'s Eve Flickr


Named one of the "Top 100 things to do before you die", Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party is one of the world's greatest new year celebrations.

The city centre comes alive with music, parties and fireworks, against the beautiful backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. All events are ticketed and it is advisable to book in advance. The world's largest Ceilidh starts at 7pm on the city's famous Mound.

Although hotels in the city are booked up months in advance, there are still apartments available. Check Visitscotland.com for more details.


There is so much to do in the Welsh capital on New Year's Eve, also known as Calennig. The city centre hosts an outdoor ice rink until after midnight, as well as a firework display and a live DJ playing at the Civic Centre.

Something Creatives, a collective of musicians, artists, designers and foodies, is taking over Cardiff Harlequin House – one of the oldest buildings in Cardiff – and turning it into a four-floor party for the evening.

There will be a BBQ, fireworks, a 1920s speakeasy, a champagne bar and various discos. For those wanting to dine in style, there will also be a New Year's Eve dinner in a candlelit dining room – but tickets are selling out quickly.