If you want to enjoy a sociable, exciting New Year’s Eve, you might-as-well go BIG. There are some amazing events to be enjoyed at either end of MegabusGold’s sleeper service route – London or Scotland – so take a look at our ideas below.
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London: The best fireworks experience
Be ready to buy! The last chance to get tickets for London’s annual firework display over the Thames is Friday 2 December. Of course, fireworks can be seen from a great distance away and remain enjoyable – but the best viewing spots are now ticketed, allowing for a better (and safer) experience near the river. And this also means you don’t have to freeze for hours on end, after grabbing a vantage point earlier in the day. Tickets are £10 each and MUST be bought from the official provider to be valid.
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London: Celebrate at The Shard
Another great opportunity for an impressive new-year perspective is The Shard. Between 10pm and 2am, you can enjoy a welcome cocktail, live DJ set, a glass of champagne and a goody bag... and, most importantly, the ultimate view over London from Western Europe’s tallest building. The cost? It’s not cheap at £195, but you could end up spending that on taxis, while attempting to find your brother-in-law’s colleague’s sister’s house party in the middle of nowhere, so...
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Why celebrate for just one night, when you can extend it to three? If you take a Hogmanay minibreak in Edinburgh, you can start on 30 December with a torchlight procession, then enjoy numerous spectacular events on the last day of 2016 – including a street party, live music concert and a ceilidh in the old town – then (if you’ve got any energy left) there’s the final fling on 1 January. Need accommodation too and want to keep things simple? The official website offers package deals, as well as tickets for each event.
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Aberdeenshire: Stonehaven Fireballs Ceremony
This free Hogmanay event is a particularly powerful example of Scotland’s traditional winter fire festivals – and it’s been celebrated for over 100 years. It began as a cleansing ritual to burn away bad spirits from the old year, so the new year can represent a truly fresh start. A procession of people swing fireballs over their heads as they follow a piper through the streets. No tickets are required, but donations are welcomed and early arrival is recommended, to ensure admission.
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Great-value new-year travel
New-year celebrations are famed for their massive expense – so making the travel cost-effective can really help take the burden off your bank balance. If you want to make a mini holiday of it in London or Scotland, why not give MegabusGold’s sleeper service a try? An overnight journey, comfortable bunks, free wifi and friendly staff – and all for a very reasonable price.
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