It’s not just Christmas that’s round the corner. As well as doing your festive shopping, it’s time to think about how you’re going to spend New Year’s Eve, otherwise you risk ending up at home in front of Jools Holland.
Here’s our guide to some of the best ways to bring in 2014.
Hit a club
New Year’s Eve is undisputedly the biggest clubbing night of the year and clubs all over the country will be hosting special events. In London, highlights include the Blitz-themed shindig at Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, a glam Great Gatsby bash at Mansion Bar and a return to Studio 54 at Drink, Shop & Do.
Further north, there’s a Hacienda-themed event at Manchester’s newest venue, Albert Square, and a 24-hour 20’s-style party at The Liquor Store, also in Manchester.
Cruise the Thames
Rather than watching the fireworks over London from the crowded streets, why not float under them on a river cruise? Most packages include food and drink and live entertainment as well as an amazing view of the festivities.
It may be too late to plan a New Year celebration in New York or Sydney, but if you fancy celebrating overseas, look for a last minute trip within Europe. Amsterdam goes all out for NYE with live shows and beer tents in Dam Square before the city is illuminated with a pyrotechnic light show, while Barcelona is jam-packed with super-cool clubs for you to dance the night away in.
One of the biggest and best parties in Europe takes place in Berlin, between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column, with over a million people gathering to see live music, light shows and of course the famous fireworks.
Head to Hogmanay
No one does New Year, or should we say Hogmanay, quite like the Scots. Join the 80,000 revellers who head to Edinburgh each year for a huge street party. This year’s festivities include performances by The Pet Shop Boys and Django, Django as well as a huge ceilidh and fireworks display at midnight. The next day you can tackle your hangover with a dip in the freezing River Forth as part of the annual Loony Dook event.
Cosy up in a cottage
If you want a slightly quieter New Year, you don’t have to stay at home in front of the TV. Why not head to the countryside for a rural retreat? Get a group of friends together to share the cost of a cottage and cosy up in front of a log fire with some good food and drink to welcome in 2014.