NIGHTLIFE

Don’t for­get the cham­pagne! Hilda Hoy rounded up some great spots to ring in 2015 on New Year’s Eve.

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS -

Happy New Year! Our rec­om­men­da­tions for a sparkling New Year's Eve.

With food, friends, fizz, and, frankly, a rather fright­en­ing amount of fire­works on the streets, Ber­lin­ers love to mark New Year’s Eve with plenty of fan­fare. Known as Sil­vester, the night is one long cel­e­bra­tion in Berlin, with plenty of op­tions for par­ty­ing well into the wee hours of 2015. The mother of all cel­e­bra­tions is held ev­ery year at Bran­den­burg Gate, said to be one of the big­gest out­door New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions in the world. Some one mil­lion fun seek­ers come here to ring in the new year with two km of live mu­sic, DJs, danc­ing, food, drink, and a thrilling fire­works dis­play.

Fur­ther south in Kreuzberg, Vik­to­ri­a­park is another popular spot for open-air par­ty­ing and mak­ing the mid­night count­down. A rar­ity in this flat city, the park boasts a gothic memo­rial atop a 66-me­ter-high hill, pro­vid­ing a great view of the city as it ver­i­ta­bly ex­plodes in fire­works at the stroke of 12. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to join in the am­a­teur py­rotech­nics – shops all around town are per­mit­ted to sell fire­works from 29–31 De­cem­ber.

For less ex­plo­sions and some fam­ily-friendly fun, head to Win­ter­feldt­platz, where the pretty neigh­bor­hood square fills up with lo­cals of all ages soaking up the warm, fes­tive at­mos­phere. Lo­cal bars and restau­rants spill out into the streets with mu­sic and drinks, with out­door danc­ing to keep rev­el­ers warm in spite of in­hos­pitable tem­per­a­tures.

To make this New Year’s Eve an epic night to re­mem­ber, the Sil­vester Ticket Berlin (www.sil­vester-party-berlin.de) grants ac­cess to six par­ties across the city, use of bus and boat shut­tles be­tween the venues, and all-in­clu­sive drinks all night long. Be­tween the six dif­fer­ent party lo­ca­tions, you’ll have ac­cess to 18 dance floors, a wide va­ri­ety of mu­sic styles, and rooftop ter­races boast­ing breathtaking views of the city. A mag­nif­i­cent night to kick off what’s sure to be a mag­nif­i­cent year to come.

“Ber­lin­ers love to mark New Year’s Eve with plenty of fan­fare.”

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