Definitely Dublin for a fantastic New Year party

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The city that loves to party is laying on a two-day New Year celebration that will light up the skies and fill the air with music.

Dublin’s dynamic New Year’s Festival will burst into life early on 31 December and keep up the momentum until the closing hours of 1 January, ensuring that 2020 is well and truly welcomed.

To give revellers of every age the opportunity to join in the fun the Midnight Moment Matinee, an early countdown event, will begin around 6pm and will feature an amazing laser light and aqua beam display.

Bringing the Old Year to a close, the Countdown Concert at historic Custom House will see top music acts perform blistering sets that will have thousands of people dancing in the streets. Country star Lisa McHugh and Ireland’s newest female pop artist, Aimee, will join rock veterans Ash and platinum-selling Walking on Cars who will headline the festival’s highlight event.

And as 2019 draws to a close, crowds will gather along the quays for the fabulous Liffey Lights Midnight Moment. The dazzling choreographed light show will see a symphony of laser and aqua beams dance across the sky in time to original music created especially for the countdown event.

New Year’s Eve will see Dublin’s streets filled with revellers and its pubs throbbing with music and good cheer as the city and its guests celebrate into the early hours of New Year’s Day.

And the party will continue on 1 January 2020 with the New Year’s Day Concert in vibrant Temple Bar. This family-friendly event will include music from Ireland’s finest musicians, bands and choirs as well as pop-up street performances.

Make sure to make the most of a New Year stay in Dublin by exploring some of the city’s rich culture and soaking up its lively atmosphere.

Top Dublin attractions include the fascinating Guinness Storehouse, historic Kilmainham Gaol and the unique Book of Kells in Trinity College.

Or you can just enjoy a stroll through its elegant Georgian squares, some window shopping in bustling Grafton Street and a meal in one of the city’s excellent eateries.

And be sure to stop into a cosy pub along the way to enjoy a trad session and a pint of the black stuff.