New Year's Eve in Eastern Europe is a special time of year. Concerts, parties, and other special events draw visitors to East and East Central Europe's major cities. Travel to Eastern Europe in December and experience the best of the winter holidays - many Christmas markets stay open through the 31st of the month, and New Year's Eve celebrations offer plenty of opportunities to party.
- Wish someone a Happy New Year in the Eastern European languages
Russia's New Year is an even more important holiday than Christmas, and many of the traditions typically ascribed to this holiday, like decorated trees and visits from Santa Claus, are applied to New Year's.
- New Year's Eve in Moscow: Brave the bitter Russian winter to celebrate New Year's Eve in Moscow and hear the Kremlin clock strike midnight.
Poland's New Year
The Czech Republic's New Year
- New Year's Eve in Prague: It's easy to find a party on any night in Prague, but Old Town virtually bursts with enthusiasm - and Czech beer - on New Year's Eve.
- New Year's Eve in Budapest: Budapest's many New Year's Eve options mean it's easy - and prudent - to celebrate near your hotel so you aren't stranded when everyone makes a beeline home after midnight.
Slovenia's New Year
- New Year's Eve in Ljubljana: The main square in Ljubljana is the center of the public celebrations for New Year's Eve. Here, you can party so hard you won't be able to pronounce the name of the city. If you're looking for something on a smaller scale, book tickets early for a private function.
Slovakia's New Year
- New Year's Eve in Bratislava: Watch fireworks explode over the Danube River with 10,000-plus other celebrants in Slovakia's capital city.
Croatia's New Year
Lithuania's New Year
- New Year's Eve in Vilnius: If you don't have a local friend to celebrate Lithuanian New Year with, head to Vilnius' celebration epicenters - Cathedral and Twon Hall Squares.
Latvia's New Year
- New Year's Eve in Riga: Bring your warmest winter wear for counting down the minutes to midnight on Dome Square.
Estonia's New Year
New Year's Eve in Tallinn: Tallinn's Christmas markets stay open well after New Year's Day, so if you have the time, be sure to pay them a visit.