Top Events and Experiences over New Year's
There's plenty going on over New Year's in Northern Ireland – from gala balls and cultural treats to family days out, New Year's walks and some unique (and chilly) challenge events.
Here are some of our top suggestions.
Celebrate in Style
Ring in the New Year in style at glitzy gala events on 31 December. Spend the evening at one of our most iconic attractions with New Year's Eve at Titanic Belfast. Enjoy a cocktail on arrival and dance to live music from the James Peake Experience. A light supper will be provided before a midnight piper welcomes in 2014.
Other options include a Black Tie Gala Ball at Belfast's Europa Hotel or why not spend the evening in the UK City of Culture, Derry~Londonderry, with a Big Band Extravaganza at the Everglades Hotel or Evening Gala at the White Horse Hotel.
If you fancy a quieter night on New Year's Eve, why not head along to the New Year Ceili at An Droichead in Belfast on 4 January, with a champagne reception, dinner and musical entertainment.
It's a quieter time of year but there are some great cultural events taking place over New Year's and into January. Enjoy classic and contemporary film screenings at the QFT in Belfast (30 December onwards) or the Ulster Orchestra's ever popular New Year Viennese Concerts in Belfast (3 - 4 January) or Derry~Londonderry (6 January).
Family Days Out
With plenty of great family events taking place over the New Year's period, there's no reason to stay indoors. On 1 January, you can celebrate Happy Zoo Year at Belfast Zoo, where there's free admission for one child with each adult, enjoy a ride on the Belfast & County Down Railway, or head along to Tick and Twitch at Castle Espie near Comber, County Down, to spot as many species of birds as you can to be entered into a prize draw!
Outdoors and Active
If you fancy a New Year's Day stroll to make up for the festive excesses, head along to guided walks at Murlough National Nature Reserve or Mount Stewart House and Gardens, both in County Down.
For the more adventurous, why not take a plunge into the sea? These events, which are often for a worthy cause, are becoming very popular at New Year's. Options include the FASA Polar Bear Plunge in Ballywalter on the Ards Peninsula, New Year's Day Dip at Browns Bay, Islandmagee and ClIC Sargent New Year's Day Dip in Portrush, County Antrim.