It’s the Final Countdown: Lucas Fox recommends the best ways to spend New Year’s Eve 2015
New Year Chimes Celebration
This year Barcelona will host its second official New Year Chimes Celebration on Avenida María Cristina from 11pm on 31 December with performers and spectacular fireworks. Don’t miss the spectacular “Magic Fountain of Montjuïc”, located on Plaça d’Espanya, for a unique water and light show set to classic festive tunes.
One of the most infamous New Year’s Eve parties takes place at the summit of Montjuïc in Poble Espanyol. The venue provides three different spaces, each with its own unique atmosphere and theme. The spacious Plaza Mayor is located outside, with an elegant marquee in the (unlikely) event of inclement weather and there is a sumptuous VIP area, if you’re feeling fancy! Poble Espanyol hosts one of the biggest and most popular parties in Barcelona with around a thousand local and international guests.
This iconic venue, famous around the globe as the home of electronic music in Barcelona, provides another spectacular setting for seeing in the New Year. This “super-club” offers something for everyone, boasting five enormous rooms over three levels, welcoming prestigious DJs from around the world. They offer a variety of ticket options to suit all budgets and varying degrees of hedonism!
New Year’s Eve Madrid 2015 Countdown
Madrid’s answer to the New Year’s Eve in New York’s iconic Times Square, the Plaza del Sol attracts thousands of locals and visitors alike to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. As the clock strikes midnight, the crowd eats one grape for each of the twelve chimes, and the enormous golden ball slowly drops, marking the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. Don’t miss the electric atmosphere – this is one of the most iconic scenes in all of Spain (and is in fact broadcast live to the nation).
Madrid Winter Festival
The Madrid Winter Festival was conceived last year in a bid to welcome global music talent to the Spanish capital (think “Frozen” meets “Glastonbury”). Hosted by international DJ Richie Hawtin, the New Year’s Day event is set within a bullfighting ring in the sleepy town of Moralzarzal, just 40 minutes from Madrid.
With fifteen hours of cutting edge sets from both established and up and coming DJs, from 3pm on the 1st of January to 6am on the 2nd, the first edition of the event was a roaring success. The good news is the venue Cubierta de Moralzarzal boasts a retractable roof for staying cosy in the crispy wintry sunshine – perfect for frozen toes!
Circo Loco at DC-10 New Year’s Day
Set in what was originally an old farmhouse at the end of the airport runway, DC-10 is one of Ibiza’s most iconic and unique all-day clubbing destinations. The entire island assembles for the infamous Circo Loco New Year’s Day party, which begins at 2pm on the 1st of January and goes on late into the 2nd! This crazy circus brings together some of the world’s most acclaimed DJs for a hedonistic carnival atmosphere with a dash of “anything goes”. Dance in the winter sunshine and welcome 2015 with an almighty bang!
Blues Brothers New Year’s Eve Gala
This year’s elegant New Year’s Eve Gala at the luxurious Puente Romano will host the “D&C” big band for incredible live tunes in a beautiful setting. Featuring a live link to Madrid’s Puerta del Sol to celebrate the bells, the Gala will celebrate in style. This unforgettable show inspired by the Blues Brothers jazzy rhythms will unfold throughout a sumptuous five course meal, and is sure to get you dancing after dessert.
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Funky Buddha
You are cordially invited to Funky Buddha’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade extravaganza! This opulent evening is set to be one of the most spectacular and exclusive events in Marbella! The town’s it-crowd are sure to turn out in their glamorous best, ready to dance the night away!
In typical Spanish fashion, the city comes to life after the bells strike midnight! Most local families tend to enjoy a late dinner, followed by the “doce uvas” (twelve grapes) and a glass of crisp, chilled cava, before they hit the town. Your best bet for a cracking atmosphere prior to medianoche is to head to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
Watch Valencia explode into a cacophony of colour and laughter as the city’s bars and clubs throw open their doors until la madrugada (the wee small hours). Don’t miss the historic Barrio del Carmen, which boasts one of the best atmospheres in the region, for a night to remember! Churros con chocolate will most definitely be required the following morning!