The city of Manchester is always lively on New Years Eve, with the city centre acting as a magnet to residents and visitors from the local area, attracted by the bright lights of the Oxford Street area and the buzzing nightlife down Canal Street. With packed bars, clubs and restaurants, Manchester has something to offer everyone for NYE 2016.
Although not quite as lively as the huge events in London or Edinburgh this is still usually a decent-sized party and will be very busy, so if you are planning on being here then be sure to make your plans and any necessary reservations well in advance. Getting home is likely to be an issue too with taxis very much at a premium after closing time, so get one booked before you head out if you can.
There is usually a large scale public fireworks display as well, but the Manchester council have made something of an art form of delaying a decision on this and then throwing something together at the last minute, so it can be very difficult to plan in advance - we will keep you informed on any rumours as soon as we can, keep an eye on the fireworks section below.
The New Years Eve fireworks are traditionally the highlight of the city centre celebrations, and after a much maligned adsence for as few years they did actually return for new year's eve 2014 with a 10 minute fireworks display in the city's famous Piccadilly Gardens.
The event then returned for NYE 2015, with the gardens again providing the focal point, and the Piccadilly big wheel in particular but once again they managed to shoot themselves on the foot somewhat with the midnight display being delayed by several minutes thanks to an inconveniently positioned tram!
Latest:As of 15th December it does actually look as though there WILL be fireworks in Manchester on new year's eve, with chief councillor Pat Karney seemingly determined to make sure the event goes ahead and boosted by large donations from local businesses. The location is as yet to be confirmed but it will NOT be in Piccadilly Gardens this year.
Manchester is of course famous as clubland, so the locals bars and nightclubs will be pulling out all the stops to put on the best parties, with the iconic Canal Street always a popular destination. Top venues around the city this year include the Baa Bar, Revolution, Lloyds Bar, Norwegian Blue and Tiger Tiger - party and ticket details to follow.
Those looking for a more sophisticated edge to their evening should head for The Bridgewater Hall for their famous annual New Years Eve Opera Gala, featuring the Manchester Camerata accompanied by well known stars of the West End. There is typically a Last Night of The Proms style finale to usher in the new year in style - tickets are also available online or from the Bridgewater Hall Box Office.
For foodies there will be a Friday Food Fight event taking place at the Great Northern Warehouse, the return of a popular food event for both established and up and coming food vendors that has previously taken place regularly in the city before ending in August 2015. The new year event represents something of a swansong for a previsouly very popular event.
If you're looking for a quieter evening, or just some pre-party sustenance then Manchester has a vast range of restaurants from small cafes to 5 star luxury establishments you won't go hungry, that's for sure! You can check out the full range of local restaurants here.
Places to watch live online, including a live camera on Oxford Street:
Places to stay are plentiful in the city and more fashionable suburbs around Wilmslow and across Cheshire, for early bookings and availability check out local hotels here.
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