It’s one of the biggest parties of the year and all around the world people will be counting down, popping corks and singing a rousing verse or two of Auld Lang Syne. But with children in tow, options of staying up to ring in the new year may feel limited. But that shouldn’t mean that New Year’s Eve can’t be a great celebration for families.
According to global travellers, here are the best places to stay for New Year if you’re travelling with the kids.*
Get your spine tingling with excitement for the New Year with fireworks over Sydney Harbour Bridge
One of the best things about seeing in the New Year in Sydney is that you can see it twice – sort of. In order to make sure local families and visitors with kids aren’t left out of all the fun, the city traditionally puts on a family firework display at 9pm on December 31st, ahead of the second display that occurs just after midnight. With spectacular pyrotechnic displays turning the Sydney Harbour Bridge and its surrounding buildings into a blazing riot of sparks, fire and colour, everyone in the family is sure to be impressed. And if you’re looking to stay close to the action, Central Station Hotel was recommended by families as a place to stay on New Year’s Eve.
Historic Tartu is captivating on NYE when covered in snow
Estonia’s second largest city might not be the most obvious choice for a spot of New Year’s fun with the family, but this historic city boasts a fascinating old town to explore and lots of old European charm. Then, there’s the Soup Neighbourhood, where each street of wooden houses is named after a soup ingredient. One family who visited were particularly impressed with the New Year celebrations at the Dorpat Conference Hotel, which threw a grand bash in their banquet centre with food, drinks, music, activities and cartoons to keep the kids amused.
This port city in northern Sardinia is a great family-friendly NYE destination
It might be a little chilly at this time of year to appreciate the fantastic beaches you’ll find around Olbia, but this port city captivates even when it’s cold. Olbia’s centre boasts cobbled streets and a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere with appealing little trattorias where the younger members of the party will always be welcome. And on the big night itself, the town comes alive with street performers, food stalls and all sorts of entertainment, culminating in a fireworks display by the coast. The Grand Hotel President comes recommended for families, and makes for a sumptuous stay no matter your age.
Blackpool, United Kingdom
Lap up the entertainment and family-themed shows in Blackpool
Blackpool is full of family fun whenever you visit, and even in the winter there’s nothing that can beat the tantalising smell and cosy comfort of a plate of traditionally British fish and chips. There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to entertainment, with numerous family-themed shows and attractions to enjoy, and some great places to stay too. The New Sandringham Court Hotel received a recommendation from a user who travelled with young children, highlighting the friendly staff and hearty breakfast.
*Booking.com's data scientists used review data to find the best destinations for NYE with kids.