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5 ways to ring in the New Year in Northern Ireland

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest global celebrations of the year when friends and family all get together to reflect on the previous year and get excited for the one ahead.

With glitzy gala balls, sumptuous suppers and lively entertainment, Northern Ireland is the perfect place for a celebratory short break this New Year’s Eve.

1. Titanic Belfast

Celebrate in style in the heart of the city with a trip to Titanic Belfast where a midnight piper will ring in 2018.

Sip on a fabulous cocktail upon arrival before enjoying a light supper in this iconic building. Tap along to live music at the start of the evening before dancing the night away thanks to a DJ in front of the stunning Titanic staircase.

Cross the River Lagan to the Cathedral Quarter to stay in luxury at the 5* Merchant Hotel.

Titanic Belfast

2. Killyhevlin Hotel

Treat yourself to a night to remember this New Year’s at Killyhevlin Hotel in Co Fermanagh.

Indulge in festive splendour at a Champagne reception before choosing what delicious food tickles your fancy from the gala dinner menu. 

See in the New Year with live music from the amazing Cold Comfort and join a traditional Scottish piper for a rendition 'Auld Lang Syne'.

3. The Dark Hedges Experience

For more of an alternative New Year’s Eve celebration, venture to the Hedges Hotel in Ballymoney, stopping along the way at the iconic Dark Hedges.

Snap that final photo of 2017 at the home of one of Game of Throne’s most famous locations. Head inside to warm up and enjoy music, dancing and a light supper.

The Dark Hedges

4. Slieve Donard Hotel

Enjoy the final day of 2017 with a relaxing afternoon tea at the Slieve Donard Hotel, before counting down to midnight at the foot of the Mournes.

Evening celebrations will kick off with a champagne reception and exclusive Hogmanay banquet, which includes a traditional address to the haggis.

When the clock strikes 12, a piper will lead the celebrations with a spectacular view of fireworks over the Irish Sea.

5. Derry City Hotel

Celebrate the beginning of a new year with views over the River Foyle and Derry~Londonderry’s famous Guildhall, while you enjoy a six-course banquet at Derry City Hotel.

Start the New Year’s Ball festivities with a sparkling reception and see off the night on the dancefloor to music from the Mindbenders.

Great NI walks for New Year’s Day

Great walks for New Year’s Day

Mount Stewart

Wrap up warm and enjoy a walk through the magical gardens at Mount Stewart. Led by one of Mount Stewart’s gardening experts, the tour will include unique stories and unusual facts about the stunning gardens during winter.

Gosford Forest Park

Go for a dander around the Castle Path circular walking route in Gosford Forest Park in County Armagh and admire the Arboretum and southern end of the walled garden. Pass oak and Norway spruce plantations as well as rate breed and heritage poultry enclosures.

Davagh Forest

County Tyrone-based Davagh Forest is a true hidden gem and lies approximately six miles north west of Cookstown. Explore the untouched rural landscape of rolling hills and sweeping and take the shorter circuit walk along a pleasant riverside path which meanders through beautiful woodland.

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