Of the many different European capital cities located within such a relatively easily accessible area that you can choose from for your new year's eve celebrations there are few choices that will be as enjoyable as Brussels, both the capital and largest city in Belgium.
Brussels in renowned for it's spectacular new year midnight fireworks, as well as being the location for some of the most lively and vibrant dance music parties anywhere in Europe - the Belgian youth absolutely love their electronic music!
As well as the new year parties there's always loads to do in Brussels over the festive season, from the impressive and hugely popular Christmas market to the city's many tourist attractions, chief among which are the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the splendid Brussels Town Hall and of course the Place Royale.
If you're coming to Brussels on new year's eve then chances are you've been attracted by the promise of the spectacular fireworks display, and you won't be disappointed.
The fireworks are free of charge to attend and get underway on the stroke of midnight in previous years have been launched from the Mont des Arts, although this has more recently been changed to a display focussed on De Brouckere. We'll confirm the main fireworks venue for this year as soon as we can.
Free public transport is provided by the city until 5.30am on new year's day to help the crowds get to and from the event.
It's obviously important to get there as soon as possible if you want to secure one of the prime viewing spots before midnight, there will be live music to keep you entertained in the hours before and the areas of Place De Brouckere, Grand-Place and Bourse will all be packed.
Away from the main fireworks Brussels is also famous for it's new year's eve electronic music festival, which sees dance parties with 60 live acts and DJs taking place across 15 different venues, including Fuse, Catclub, Wood, Bloody Louis and Mr Wong. The Happy Brussels Ticket will get you into all of these venues, you can buy them from Tourist information places in Brussels, including at the Town Hall, or alternatively secure yours online here.
If you're in Brussels over the festive season then we also highly recommend a trip to the city's famous Christmas market. The Winter Wonders event includes a sound and light show on the Grand Place, a ferris wheel, ice rink and traditional carousels as well as the numerous market stalls selling traditional Christmas fayre. It runs from the 28th November 2017 to the 4th January 2018. There are also Christmas markets in the city at Bourse and Place St Catherine.
If you're looking for somewhere to dine on new year's eve then Brussels will cater handsomely for you whatever your requirements, from simple street carts to Michelin starred fine dining. Top recommendations include La Maison du Cygne Restaurant, Belga Queen, Jaloa and Bonsoir Clara. See the full range of eateries online here.
Places to watch live online - if you can't make it to Brussels in person then the next best thing is to check out some of the live webcam views, of which there are several at key points across the city, including one perfectly positioned in the Grand Place:
Brussels' hotels are surprisingly reasonably priced for a major European capital city, but you will of course be subject to the seasonal premium if visiting over Christmas and new year, so it's always advisable to make your booking as soon as you can.
For availability and reservations you can book local hotels here.
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