New Year’s Eve is incomplete without fireworks in the sky.
On the stroke of midnight, after you’ve found someone to smooch and before you’ve tried to remember some of the words to Auld Lang Syne, you’ll want to crane your neck upwards to take in a fireworks show.
Ideally, you’ll get to do so for free – here’s a quick guide to where to get your pyrotechnic fix this 31 December, and which events are ticketed.
When: 10.30pm entry, fireworks at midnight
How much: Free
While Manchester’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display has previously taken place at Albert Square or Piccadilly Gardens, this year it will be moving over to Deansgate, next to Manchester Cathedral.
Those who get nervous about change should have little to fear – the same venue was used for this year’s Christmas lights switch-on and went off without a hitch.
The Manchester fireworks show is always a big hit, drawing crowds in their thousands to end the year together.
However, those who insist on raising a toast at the stroke of midnight may be disappointed to find that there is no bar and no alcohol is allowed to be brought into the event.
Where: King’s Dock, Liverpool L3 4FP
When: Event begins 7pm, fireworks at midnight
How much: tickets from £14.20 per person
The Liverpool International Horse Show has an incredible line-up of entertainment in store for New Year’s Eve, making it the perfect choice for families in search of a truly unforgettable way to ring in 2020 together.
With live music from The Kings, LED Trial Bikes and, of course, lots of horseriding action, their programme has something for everybody.
Best of all for anyone who wants to take in a fireworks display but doesn’t fancy braving the bitter December cold – their closing display is entirely indoors!
Where: Edinburgh Castle,
When: party from 7.30pm, fireworks at midnight
How much:£31.50 per person (£21.50 for Edinburgh residents)
Edinburgh’s famous street party is one of the biggest New Year’s Eve party nights to be found in Scotland.
Darkness falls on 31 December and the nation’s capital is taken over by a sprawling party filled with live music and dancing, as people pour in from miles away to join in the fun.
From traditional ceilidh dancing to more modern sounds provided by some of the biggest names in Scottish music, it’s a wild night that everyone can get on board with.
At midnight, the city’s castle is illuminated with a huge fireworks display, opening the New Year with a serious bang.