Dublin is a city that embraces a good party at pretty much any time of year so New year's Eve here is really just another excuse. In recent years they've really raised the bar though, with the NYE Dublin Festival holding a series of special events to provide entertainment for all ages. I've never been to Dublin at new years, but from visits at other times of year I can vouch for the friendly welcome you're sure to receive, and with so much going on it certainly seems a great option so see in the new year.
Dublin also embraces the New Year with a New Years Day parade, organised in honour of the Lord Mayor. For more details of this event see our New Years Day page.
There are several major events in Dublin on New Year's Eve 2015-2016: The Countdown Concert, Spoken Word Festival and People's Procession of Light are all taking place on December 31st. The party for 2015/16 is again sponsored by mobile phone giants 3 and goes under the official title of 3 NYE Dublin.
Note: The new year's eve event for 2014-2015 was noteworthy for the lack of fireworks, which was a big disappointement for many who attended in anticipation of seeing some pyrotechnics - we'll be looking to provide an update as soon as possible as to whether that is likely to be the case again this year.
Countdown Concert: Returns again this year to help see in 2016. Takes place this year at 3Arena at North Wall Quay and will feature live performaces by The Coronas, Fatboy Slim, Kila, Ryan Sheridan and Little Hours. Tickets are for sale online here.
People's Procession of Light: the procession is another free and family friendly event. It gets underway from St Stephen's Green at around 7pm and will work it's way through the winding city centre streets, along Temple Bar and past City Hall before reaching the parade end at Dublin Castle.
In the probable absence of fireworks, the main visual spectacle again looks set to be provided by Luminosity, a sefries of 3D light projections illuminating the city from 5pm each evening on the 30th December - 1st January. The most spectacular projections are on large iconic buildings and in public areas such as Wolfe Tone Square and Trinity College.
There is a new website for the Dublin new year events this year, which has been rebranded as the New Year's Festival - get more details on all the official NYE Dublin events here
The entertainment continues on into new years day and includes Resolution Day, a 5k fun run and a Children Storytelling & Art Workshop at Smock Alley Banquet Hall, again you can see the full details fo these events at the link above.
if you're looking for new year dining options then Dublin offers plenty of choice, from fine dining to a wide range of kebab and burger joints! Top recommended restaurants include the Pearl Brasserie, Sabor Brazil, The Vintage Kitchen and Rustic Stone. Veggie options are limited, but you will get a decent vegan feed at Umi Falafel. See the full range of Dublin restaurants, with customer reviews, here.
Places to watch live online:
There has been an RTE broadcast of the New Years Eve celebrations in previous years but we've not yet been able to track one down for this year - we'll keep looking though, if anyone else finds one, please let us know using the contact details below.
Latest: There is a New Years Eve Live program being advertised on RTE One, promising live coverage from the 3Arena at the NYF Dublin Three Countdown Concert, hosted by Kathryn Thomas and Keith Walsh - this should be available to watch online via the RTE Player
For those living overseas there is an international version of the RTE Player but it's not certain a this stage whether or not it will be carrying the new year coverage; RTE International
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