New Year’s Eve has a reputation for being a little bit of a let-down. The most hyped night of the year has a lot to live up to and usually ends up with one too many in your local pub or a disappointing house party. If you’re determined to have the best New Year ever, here are 10 suggestions for how to celebrate in style in and around Leeds city centre.
Royal Armouries Museum
If its old-fashioned glamour that you’re after, book a ticket for the Royal Armouries Museum’s New Year’s soiree. This elegant masquerade ball is held inside the building’s cocktail bar and is sure to be one of the most desirable events this New Year in the city. Guests will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine before admiring the chocolate fountains and ice sculptures.
Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Dr, Leeds +44 113 220 1999
Another elegant option is the black-tie ball at Weetwood Hall, where guests will be encouraged to dress to impress as they ring in the New Year. The night begins with a glass of champagne, followed by a four-course dinner, entertainment, a midnight toast and dancing. If you don’t fancy heading home at the end of the night, there are plenty of rooms available to book for the night.
Weetwood Hall, Otley Rd, Leeds +44 113 230 6000
Harewood House & Gardens
If you’re looking for something to do during the day, prior to the evening’s celebrations, Harewood House is the place to head. The historic house and gardens will be re-creating a Victorian Christmas with the rooms decorated accordingly, Christmas carol performances, loans from Ilkley Toy Museum and actors dressed in Victorian costume. The impressive gardens which usually close during the winter months will also be open to the public.
Thor’s Tipi will be popping up in Leeds over the festive season with cosy log fires, a winter garden and a selection of food and drink to choose from. The Viking-themed bar will be celebrating its last day in the city on New Year’s Eve, making this the perfect place to start your night with double celebrations afoot.
The Queen’s Hotel
Another option for a gala dinner, The Queen’s Hotel is hosting an elegant party in its Ballroom. The night will begin with a glass of champagne and canapes, followed by an impressive six-course dinner and dancing the night away to a swing band and DJ. The best part? Tickets include a room in the hotel, so you’ll only have to venture upstairs to collapse in a comfortable bed when you become weary.
The Queen’s Hotel, City Square, Leeds +44 113 243 1323
Club Mission – Love Leeds NYE
One of the biggest nights in the city, Love Leeds is ringing in the New Year with their legendary 12 hour party. Hosted at Club Mission, the event will take over all six arches with an impressive collection of house DJs keeping the party going all through the night. If you think you can last until 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day, this is where you need to head.
Club Mission, 8 Heaton’s Ct, Leeds +44 870 122 0114
Orchestra of Opera North
If you prefer to celebrate the New Year earlier on and simply relax at home in the evening, why not book tickets for Viennese Whirl from the Orchestra of Opera North, hosted at Leeds Town Hall. From 3 p.m. in the afternoon, guests will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine before spending two hours entertained with Viennese waltzes, marches and polka.
Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds +44 113 247 7988
Friends of Ham
Friends of Ham always throw a great New Year’s party, and this year is to be no exception with Hammy Hogmanay already selling fast. For just £30, tickets include live jazz music upstairs, DJs in the Piggery and a smorgasbord of ham and cheese to line your stomachs. There’ll also be mulled cider available all night and champagne for celebrating midnight.
Friends of Ham, 4-8 New Station St, Leeds +44 113 242 0275
Issho Japanese restaurant and Kori Bar are celebrating the new year with a five-course tasting menu and party. From the rooftop bar, you’ll be in prime position to watch the fireworks explode over the city at midnight, with a DJ continuing the party afterward. Tickets are £75 per person, including the fine dining experience and entire evening’s entertainment.
Issho, 3rd Floor Rooftop, Victoria Gate, Leeds +44 113 426 5000
Is there a large group of you looking for a fun New Year’s party? Tiger Tiger may well be your best option with its eight bars and six dance floors ensuring that there’s plenty of space to accommodate large parties. Check out their VIP packages of perhaps consider booking a table in the restaurant to line your stomach for the night ahead with a five-course meal.
Tiger Tiger, The Light, 117 Albion St, Leeds +44 113 236 6999