Phew. You’ve made it. 2012 has brought with it the wettest weather since records began, continued economic uncertainty, doomsday warnings, Gangnam Style and much else to test the fortitude of humankind, and you’ve come out the other side intact. Many of us will be giving ourselves a hearty pat on the back for seeing ourselves through the year intact, by spending its final hours celebrating with friends and/or family, to varying degrees of raucousness. Here’s our brief guide to a few of the best festive destinations on offer in York this New Year’s Eve:
New Year’s Countdown
A classic New Year’s experience. In the hours leading up to the stroke of midnight, hordes of locals young and old alike gather at the base of York Minster to ring in the changes. The whole appeal of this event is in sharing the moment with other people – the New Year’s countdown invariably gets lost amidst the giddly eulalia of the crowds and there’s nothing here in terms of entertainment. What you will find is an amazing sense of community spirit, and quite probably a great many familiar faces. The New Year’s Countdown at York Minster is free to everyone.
Stonelove Fancy Dress Ball – Fibbers
This looks set to be one of your funnest NYE options by a long chalk. Expect a sea of revellers dressed up as their rock or pop star of choice, dancing the night away to a soundtrack of indie, rock and pop classics.
York 800 Film Screenings
Two public screenings of a film documenting the extensive celebrations of York’s 800th year as an independent city will offer plenty of reasons to move on into 2013 feeling proud of the place we call home. The film chronicles many of York’s brightest moments from 2012, including the Queen’s Jubilee visit, the York City FC return from Wembley, Buskival, the Olympic and Paralympic flames’ journeys through the city, the Mystery Plays and the events of Charter Weekend including Ebor Vox. No entrance charge.
Showing times are as follows:
Parliament Street 12:00 – 17:00
Duncombe Place 22.00 – 00.30
Lollypop vs Phat NYE Party – The Duchess
Cheap kicks aplenty are yours for the taking at The Duchess this NYE with rock bottom drinks prices and rock kids flailing around to pop, hip-hop and nineties/noughties r&b. It’ll be a bit like the most perverse school disco in the world. Cake and champers will come as standard.
Ticket info here.
Narnia NYE – Tokyo
Tokyo’s Narnia NYE sounds like a high-octane, high-budget thrill ride, promising a champagne and turkish delight reception for the first 100 people through the door (sorry, wardrobe), an ice mansion make over, a NYE video countdown, confetti cannons, pyrotechnics and an outdoor Winter wonderland. If you can bear to watch Mr Tumnas dry-humping Lucy and Susan on a confetti-strewn dancefloor deep into the night, then this is for you.
Berlin Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Gala (live screening) – City Screen
If much of the above sounds unbearably juvenile, then rest assured, there’s a much gentler, more nuanced offering at hand. Beamed live from the Berliner Philharmonie, this special screening will feature performances of works by Antonín Dvorák, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johannes Brahms and many others, beautifully realised by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
The screening commences at 16:30 and will last 90 minutes.
So there you have it. More variety than you can shake a stick at, and we’ve only just scratched the surface of all the myriad events celebrating New Year’s Eve in York this December. Whatever you choose to do, we can only wish you the happiest, most unreservedly joyful of evenings.
Happy New Year.