New Year's Eve - that time of year when people join together and reminisce over the events of the past year. For some, it's a quiet affair with family and friends. For others, it's a grand celebration with crowds of partygoers. Traditions vary all over the world. The Spanish eat 12 grapes for good luck, in Greece, people hang an onion on their front door, and in Finland, people often tell each other's fortunes with the remnants of a melted tin.
New Year's Eve celebrations in Europe are pretty special, so why not venture across the Channel this year and celebrate in style? I've pulled together a list of some great places across the Continent to visit this New Year's Eve.
Belgium is a great place to celebrate New Year's Eve in Europe, and it's not without its customs and traditions. On the last day of December, children write New Year's letters to their parents, and adults toast the New Year with some bubbly. Belgium is home to some fantastic firework displays and there are so many places where you can go to see them!
Fireworks at the Atomium, Brussels
Brussels is perhaps the most popular celebration venue
, with people usually gathering on Grand-Place to witness a breath-taking display.
Another great place to celebrate in Belgium is
, which hosts an extravagant fireworks display on the 'Groot Strand' next to the beachfront. Panoramic views of the coastline, a buzzing atmosphere and a 20-minute explosive display - what more could you ask for?
Celebrating New Year's Eve in the Netherlands often means feasting on a special dish prepared by the locals. 'Oliebollen', a type of doughnut which is deep-fried and delicious - you simply must try it!
Amsterdam is possibly the biggest and brightest New Year's Eve celebration hotspot
, and if you find yourself in this vibrant and architecturally brilliant city, then you're in for a good time! The Oosterdok is a great spot to witness the vibrant sky of Amsterdam as it lights up with a magnificent fireworks display, which beautifully reflects in the famous canals. This picturesque waterside location brings in a mixture of crowds from all over the world, so you'll be celebrating in fantastic company!
When it comes to celebrating in style the French do it best, so charge your glasses and let the countdown begin with our
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle guide to the places to be
, come midnight on December 31, 2014.
Celebrate New Year with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
Wherever you choose to celebrate New Year's Eve in Europe this year, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's super-fast 35-minute crossing time means that all of these places are quick and easy to reach. I hope that this list has given you some inspiration for your New Year's celebrations!
Atomium vuurwerk (1) © LeRoc
Oliebollen bakken © Sander van der Wel