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, Fireworks Spectacular and People's Procession of Light are all taking place on December 31st. The party for 2015/15 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.
You do need to get your tickets in advance, they usually go on sale around the end of October, we'll put the link for tickets on here as soon as we get it.
Countdown Concert: Returns again year to help see in 2016. Takes place at College Green, getting underway at 8.30pm and scheduled to run right through until 1am. There will also be 3D projections on Trinity College to help mark the midnight countdown - they were one of the highlights of the whole festival last year.
Big Bang Fireworks Spectacular: Head down to St Stephen's Green for the fireworks, a key part of the NYE Dublin Festival. The streets surrounding the green will be closed to allow easier access to the location, and there will be live music and street theatre performers in the area to help provide entertainment as the buildup takes place. (see note about the fireworks above)
People's Procession of Light: Officially launching the NYE festival, 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.
The will also be The Big Brunch 2016 event on New Year's Day in Dublin, taking place at the Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. This is a free, family friendly event with live music, dancing and various performers.
There is a new website for the Dublin new year events this year, which has been renbranded as the New Year's Festival - get more details on all the official NYE Dublin events here
There is an increased focus on family friendly events, including the Arts Trail, Spoken Word Festival, Food Village and Resolution Day, meaning there is absolutely loads to keep all ages entertained across the whole new year period.
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.
For reservations and online availability of Dublin hotels, visit local hotels here.
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