Three barges, the iconic Big Ben and the incredible London Eye were all packed with pyrotechnics as midnight struck on 31st December, welcoming in the new decade in traditional style.
On what was probably one of the clearest night skies since September (we all recall how dreadful the weather was over the Bonfire Night season and beyond) it was set to be an outstanding night of pyrotechnics across the UK. However, despite the clear night, there had been a little shower earlier and it was very windy which added to the smoke issues.
They used the same ‘London is Open’ as for the Olympic 2012 event to welcome in the forthcoming EURO 2020 which the UK will be hosting. They even had some single shots spelling out the same. The finale was absolutely gorgeous.
Whilst it was lovely, you should check out the event at the Champs Elysee:
The use of lasers, coloured lighting and pyrotechnics were gorgeous and given the bad press about pollution, particularly following the Aussie PM’s decision to go ahead with the display in spite of a huge number of calls to cancel it. They decided that it should proceed thanks to the amount of investment and planning which had already taken place.
Well done to all the professional teams around the world who helped to ring in the New Decade.
WHAT: SILVESTERPFAD – NEW YEARS EVE WHY: NEW YEAR’S EVE TRAIL WHERE: VIENNA, AUSTRIA WHEN: 31ST DECEMBER 2019 – 1ST JANUARY 2020 COST: FREE EVENT
New Year’s Eve is known as Silvester in Austria and is the Roman Catholic feast day of the same-named pope and latterly the saint who died on the 31 December AD 335. However, this has no relevance to how the Austrian’s celebrate and welcome in the upcoming year.
One of the biggest open-air parties in Europe is taking place all around Vienna and this year it celebrates its 30th year. Silversterpfad translates as New Year’s Eve Trail and is an event that has 12 locations and stages with live entertainment, music, and shows. The choice is varied from soul to pop and rock, funk dance and much more, just by moving sites you can party like it’s any year.
With this year being the 30th celebration it has been promised to be bigger and better than ever. The slogan for this year’s celebration is “Vienna Connects” focusing on togetherness in Vienna with 12 hours full of celebrations, laughter, dancing, flirting along with giving luck a helping hand with comedy and magic.
Highlights of the Event
Encounter Zone – “Friends in Vienna” – this special attraction has been introduced this year at the square between Café Landtmann and Burgtheatre. As well as a DJ stage and “Bussie Bar” it is a space to bring people together and meet up in a fun but uncomplicated way making sure that no one spends New Year’s Eve alone.
Street of Luck – Take a peek into your future beforehand as the Teinfaltstasse is transformed with stalls offering free and varied entertainment such as horoscopes, fortune-telling, tarot readings and magic giving guests an amount of love, health and wealth for the forthcoming year.
Music for the eyes – bringing for the first time a visual jockey to the stage this section of the event is a visual and musical delight. Along with the jockey there will be large led screens where video artists will show impressive images and animations in real-time along to the musical performances on the stage creating an illusion of both light and sound.
Known and Beloved – Sticking to the cherished traditions of the Viennese trail the giant Christmas chandeliers will light up the pedestrian area along the street in the heart of the city. Beneath them Vienna’s ballroom dancing schools offering free waltz lessons for everyone. The Austrian mint is also out and about along the Grabben, pick up your 2020 coin available in silver or copper dedicated to the Vienna Music Association (Wiener Musikverein). Another tradition is a giant screen set up outside the Vienna state opera house showing high lights from the Staatsoper’s opera productions including a live broadcast of Johann Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus” from 7pm. For the little ones in the family, they can enjoy the cheeky and funny stars of the “Hallo Okidoki” Show.
To keep your energy up and make sure that everyone is fed and watered throughout the evening there is a choice of bars and restaurants available along with dozens of food stalls scattered around the Sivesterpfad. (Please note that there is a deposit scheme in place for cups and plates encouraging people to return and reuse).
The most popular highlight of the festival each year is, of course, the musical fireworks over the Rathaus. Starting at 8pm DJ’s warm up the crowds and heat up the atmosphere at the Riesenradplatz with a selection of music for all tastes. At the stroke of midnight, the spectacular show kicks off lighting up the skies in an abundance of sound, colour, and effects lasting 12 minutes, leaving a smoky haze and smell of gunpowder around Vienna.
Leave 2019 behind and celebrate the New Year with over 700,000 locals and visitors at this unique party experience in the beautiful city of Vienna.
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS MANCHESTER WHY: NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORK EVENT WHEN: 31ST DECEMBER 2019 WHERE: DEANSGATE, MANCHESTER (IN THE FOREGROUND OF THE CATHEDRAL) COST: FREE
It’s BACK!! – Once again this year the delightful City of Manchester will be ringing in the New Year in style, with another superb firework display; this family-friendly event has music from 10.30pm onwards and a countdown at midnight before a spectacular firework display is launched from the back of the iconic Manchester Cathedral. As it is a family-friendly event, there will be no alcohol, no bar, and no drinks allowed.
Generally, the event is well supported with thousands in attendance but having moved from Albert Square to Piccadilly Gardens and now onto Deansgate, you can be forgiven for getting a little dizzy! Pat Carney, Councillor, has confirmed that this move is only temporary whilst the refurbishments take place to the Town Hall and surrounding buildings.
You can eat out according to your budget and taste all over the City and beyond. For Gin lovers, there is a beautiful 18th-century coaching house that has 1300 different gin’s (yeeha) The Old Bell Inn at Delph (just outside Oldham). You can eat in the brasserie (less formal with a selection of ‘bar meals’) or in the main restaurant where traditional fayre awaits whilst you make your way through the gin list! This place is still a little outside of the City but being only 30-mins away, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch. If you want to stay put, the New Year’s eve (festive menu) is packed with delicious morsels like a starter of ham and black pudding spring rolls with pea puree and a fried duck egg or how about delicious hot smoked salmon with baby beetroots, a goats cheese bon-bon and dressed mixed leaves.
Head into the City for choices galore whether you want a traditional Steak (get to Hawksmoor – reviews have this beating the usual Gauchos etc) or a delicious Pizza (Cibo – pronounced Cheebo) three courses on New Year’s Eve is just £40 per person which I think is exceptional value for money and they are even offering entertainment.
Whether you are planning to stay over in one of the huge numbers of hotels in the City (which I have to say are very reasonably priced) or live around Manchester, get along and show your support.
If you would much rather stay at home and entertain family and friends, fireworks will be the perfect close to the occasion and we have single ignition barrages (firework cakes which you light once and then get to a safe distance to enjoy) starting from around £10 to a huge suitcase-sized compound cake (several smaller cakes fused together to give a show lasting anything from 1 ½ – almost 3 minutes) at £332.50. We can deliver to ANY UK MAINLAND address – we can even get fireworks to freight forwarders in Glasgow to get them over to the Islands off Scotland.