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What to do for New Years Eve in Istanbul

2nd December 2013

New Years Eve 2014 - Celebrate the biggest party of the year in Istanbul


Whether you're an expat living in Istanbul or just visiting, prepare to plan one hell of a New Year in one of Turkeys most vibrant cities. Always big on its celebrations, Istanbul boasts dazzling nightlife, events, entertainment and a spectacular firework display come midnight.

Here are a few ideas for anyone thinking of celebrating New Years Eve in Istanbul…. (or see All Events in Turkey)

If you are looking to celebrate the New Year in style then a Yacht cruise party on the Bosphorus strait is for you.  Here you can expect, live music, DJ's and various entertainment shows that will provide a fun packed evening. 

Enjoy a perfect night along the Bosphorus with views of the city and lots of spectacular firework displays.

Most Yacht Cruise companies, will for a set fee, offer a pick up/drop off service. 

Events include; dinner, drinks, entertainment and champagne at midnight.

Or try celebrating this NYE at the biggest street party –Taksim Square! Come new years eve Taksim turns into a mass celebration.

If you like crowds, there will be thousands of people, from locals to international visitors all welcoming in the New Year together. The masses gathers in Taksim Square and Istiklal Street in the City center and all around, the atmosphere is astatic as the countdown to midnight reaches its dramatic ending.

If you enjoy an upmarket extravaganza, head to the swanky neighborhood of Nişantaşı. There is an array of fancy restaurants and bars to choose from with many venues offering NYE dinner-and-entertainment deals. Then later you can grab your champagne and watch the fireworks on the main avenue, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi.

If you are looking for a more low-key street celebration, then visit the Galata Tower and party with young locals and expats.

For a truly local experience, visit Burgazada, the third largest of the Princes’ Islands, and partake in the bonfire parties around the pier.

Or simply Book a lavish hotel. The larger well-known Istanbul hotels offer fixed priced entertainment. You can indulge in luxury with exclusive packages that include; accommodation, New Year's Eve dinner and live music.

Hotels in Istanbul

Come Midnight the sky’s of Istanbul will be illuminated by fireworks.
Istanbul host’s a fantastic firework display, so come midnight it’s a great idea to be at an establishment with a rooftop terrace and enjoy spectacular views across Istanbul.


Happy New Year: 'Mutlu yıllar!'

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