FANCY escaping the usual New Year’s Eve antics this time?
The biggest party night of the year doesn’t have to be all about Big Ben’s “bongs”.
We have scoured the travel world to uncover some cracking deals for inspirational places.
Lisa Minot rounds up her favourites.
BERLIN’S famous Brandenburg Gate is home to one of Europe’s largest open-air parties on New Year’s Eve, complete with party tents, multiple stages and fireworks.
Clubbers can party for days on end at some of Berlin’s famous techno clubs, while elsewhere there are rooftop parties at many bars, ideal for admiring the firework-lit sky.
Three nights’ B&B at the 4 star Titanic Chaussee Berlin in Berlin is from £475pp including flights from Gatwick on December 29.
To book, call 0203 870 6844 or visit loveholidays.com
ENJOY the warmer weather and party with the whole family in Paphos.
At the 4 star Louis Phaethon Beach Club there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained with mini club discos and mocktail parties.
Adults can enjoy a range of activities throughout the week from archery and bowls to cooking demonstrations and quizzes.
New Year’s Eve sees a gala dinner with live music and entertainment.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £830pp including return flights Gatwick on December 29.
THE 5 star Jasmine Palace Resort in Hurghada is a great-value resort for an all-inclusive winter-sun break boasting five restaurants and six bars.
So no worrying about finding somewhere to celebrate.
There is a private sandy beach on the Red Sea as well as a number of outdoor pools, a spa, fitness centre, a kids’ club, pool and a great entertainment programme.
Water sports including diving, snorkelling and windsurfing are available and charged locally.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive costs from £868pp including flights departing Stansted on December 30.
Book at loveholidays.com or call 0203 870 6844.
THE Portuguese islands of Madeira go all-out for New Year’s Eve celebrations with the spectacular fireworks at Funchal, once hailed as the best in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.
Funchal is decorated with stunning lights and live music is performed along the Avenida Arriaga.
On January 5, locals celebrate The Singing Of The Kings, when there are outdoor concerts, street parties, music and food for Twelfth Night.
Seven nights’ B&B at the 4 star Tui Blue Madeira Gardens in Funchal is now from £597pp, saving £412pp, departing Gatwick on December 30.
See holidayhypermarket.co.uk or call 0800 916 5100.
THE French go crazy for New Year and celebrating among the majestic mountains of Val Thorens – the highest ski resort in the Alps – is a spectacular way to do it.
The night’s festivities start with a torchlit descent followed by entertainment for the whole family and, of course, a fabulous firework display at midnight.
For a chance to really mark the night in style, head to the famous Folie Douce on the slopes.
Ski Beat has £410pp off the original price of a week chalet-board at Chalet Renne – now from £999pp.
Includes accommodation at the chalet with its own indoor pool and sauna, cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and three-course evening meal with wine as well as return flights from Manchester on December 28 and transfers.
Call 01273 855100, or visit skibeat.co.uk
FOR guaranteed sunshine over the New Year, a stay in the Canary Island of Fuerteventura promises warm temperatures and the chance to relax and recharge after a busy Christmas.
The coastal town of Caleta de Fuste marks the start of the New Year with a free party in the main square complete with music, entertainment and fireworks at midnight.
The celebrations continue until 3.30am.
Seven nights self-catering at the 3 star Caybeach Caleta is from £499pp, based on two adults and two children sharing and including flights from Stansted on December 30 with 22kg baggage.
HARK back to the decadent days of luxury cruising and combine sunshine with a very British New Year’s Eve celebration in Dubai.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship is docked permanently in Dubai’s Mina Rashid waterfront.
Now a 13-deck hotel and dining destination, you can step back to the ship’s heyday in an Eighties-themed gala dinner-dance under the stars.
The buffet will extend across three decks with free-flowing drinks, live music and a DJ.
Three nights’ B&B is from £1,559pp including return flights with Emirates from Gatwick on December 29.
New Year’s Eve dinner costs extra, with prices from £105pp. See emiratesholidays.com or call 0208 972 8949.
CELEBRATING in Italy’s stunning capital guarantees a stylish way to bring in the New Year.
During La Festa di Roma, there will be 100 outdoor performances from 1,000 artists over a 24-hour period starting at 9pm on New Year’s Eve.
These performances will be staged across the city centre’s bridges, theatres and piazzas.
Three nights’ B&B at the 4 star Raganelli in Rome is from £390pp including flights from Gatwick on December 29.
Find out more and book at loveholidays.com or call 0203 870 6844.
ENJOY the warmer weather and relaxed pace of the Algarve in Portugal.
Albufiera takes its New Year celebrations seriously with a multi-sensory show on the beach and fireworks over the sea.
Enjoy it all with a seven-night B&B stay at the luxury 5 star Pine Cliffs Resort in Albufeira.
Prices are from £497pp including return flights from Gatwick on December 30.
You can book online at kenwoodtravel.co.uk or over the phone on 0207 749 7216.
HEAD to Benidorm for a double dose of good luck over the year ahead.
Locals believe a dozen grapes eaten one at a time on each of the midnight chimes for New Year’s Eve will bring prosperity for the next 12 months.
Visitors can double their chances of positive vibes by following another Spanish New Year tradition and wearing red underwear they have been given as a present.
Usher in 2020 on Levante Beach, where there is an open-air New Year’s Eve party featuring DJs and fireworks at midnight. Get there in time to celebrate with a seven-night all-inclusive stay at the 4 star Flamingo Oasis Hotel.
Depart East Midlands airport at 2pm. Prices are from £405pp, down from £803pp. You can book now at holidayhypermarket.co.uk or call 0800 916 5100.