Istanbul celebrates the arrival of the new year with a spectacular fireworks display over the water, but as you wait for the arrival of the midnight pyrotechnics the city has a vast range of new year's eve parties and celebrations to keep you entertained.
Istanbul might not necessarily be a city you would associate with huge festivities for the new year, but this is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city these days and comes to life with a host of special new year's parties and events.
The main New Year's Eve Party in Istanbul sees crowds gather in public places around the city, most notably in the city's iconic Taksim Square and along Istiklal Street, where there is a lively atmosphere throughout the evening, leading up to the fireworks at midnight which are launched from various points across the city.
The magnificent spectacle of the Bosphorus Bridge is a focal point, with the backdrop of the city skyline providing some great views and plenty of vantage points to choose from as the pyrotechnics can be seen for miles around.
Many people choose to celebrate with a special New Year's Eve dinner on a Bosphorus cruise, where the views from the water are among the best you can get, especially as they're guaranteed to be unobstructed! There are many companies offering this service, so plenty of choice.
Elsewhere in the city there are a range of parties to choose from. Among the most popular choices are the Gar Music Hall Restaurant & Turkish Night Show, the new year party at the Reina Club & Restaurant, the NYE party with folk music and dancing at the famous Galata Tower Restaurant and the New Year's Eve Gala at the 360 Restaurant & Night Club, which also secures you fantastic views across the city.
Istanbul is one of the more reasonable priced captial cities in this part of the world, making new year's eve here an attractive proposition with visitors from overseas, especially given the wide range of top quality hotels, many of which offer special packages and host their own private parties over the Christmas and new eyar period to attract guests.
For the full range of hotels, bed and breakfast, apartments, hotels and guest houses in Istanbul for New Years Eve, you can make reservations online for local hotels here.
Aside from the official dinners there are a multitude of dining options to choose from in Istanbul, with the full range of international cuisines well represented. In fact, there are over 10,000 different dining options across the city so there really is something for everyone!
Top recommended venues include Siva Cafe, Yesil Ev, Haci Baba, Aheste Restaurant Galata, Imbat and Fuego - see the full range of options here.
Places to watch live online - there are several live webcam views in key positions around the city, including panoramic views across the Bosphorus:
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