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 2016-2017: The Countdown Concert, Spoken Word Festival and The Luminosity Light Show. are all taking place on December 31st, although sadly it still looks at though we will once again have to make do without an official St Stephens Green midnight fireworks display.
The Dublin Countdown Concert returns again this year to help see in 2017. Takes place this year back at the iconic Dublin new year venue of St Stephen's Green. Headline acts performing live will be Walking on Cars, The Blizzards, Brian Deady and Little Hours. Tickets for the Countdown Concert are available online here.
Sky Dance at The Custom House is a new addition to the new year's eve celebrations, a free event taking place at the Custom House Quay from 5-7pm and including a stunning performance or airborne dancing and gymnastics.
In the probable absence of fireworks, the main visual spectacle again looks set to be provided by Luminosity, a series 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 such as the city's famous Custom House.
We are also promised this year a series of pop-up events throughout the festival, so be prepared for surprises in and around the city over the new year period.
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
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 and online booking options, here.
Places to watch live online:
Last year there was live TV coverage of the Countdown concert via RTE, if this is the case again this year it 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
For reservations and online availability of Dublin hotels, visit local hotels here.
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