The best places to celebrate New Year's Eve with the kids

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Things to do with kids for new years eve

Use our guide to kids' events and New Year’s parties around the UK and ring in 2018 together as a family

You don’t have to spend another New Year’s in front of the Hootenanny on telly…

1. London New Year Fireworks

Victoria Embankment, Westminster, 8pm–12.15am. £10 each

Probably the best and biggest fireworks display in the country, the capital’s New Year’s show will leave the whole family awestruck. Get tickets and try to arrive early for the best views.

Family friendly New years eve events in London

2. New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND and overnight stay

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort Hotel. £490 for a family of four

Ever heard of Kid Standard Time (KST)? That’s because it only exists at LEGOLAND, for one night of the year. It means that little people can enjoy the excitement of a New Year’s Eve countdown at 9.30pm, before crashing out at the LEGOLAND hotel.

But not before a buffet dinner at BRICKS Family Restaurant, games, character meet-and-greets, access to the indoor LEGO pirate themed water play area, and a fireworks display with special 3D glasses that reveal thousands of LEGO bricks in the sky.

3. Chessington New Year’s Eve Party

Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Kingston upon Thames, adults £124, children up to 12 £99, under 3s go free

While parents relax in the bar after enjoying a family dinner buffet, kids can be constantly entertained by meeting the animals, a Ranger's Club and kids’ disco, until the big countdown.

Then you can all spend the night in one of the uniquely themed bedrooms. For younger adventurers who can't wait until the clock strikes 2018, there will be a special Junior Midnight at 9pm. Also includes entry to Chessington Zoo on New Year’s Day.

New years eve parties for families

4. Torchlight procession, Edinburgh 

Various locations around the city centre. 30 December, 7pm. Ticket and Torch £13

Get in the mood for New Year’s as hundreds of people walk through the city streets on the day before, blazing a path by carrying torches as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations. You can either take part yourself or watch the event from the sidelines.

The procession has three starting points and makes its way down the Royal Mile, passing Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, before a big fireworks finale at Holyrood Park.

New years eve events for kids in Edinburgh

5. A family forest break, Gloucestershire

30 December–3 January, from £80.10 per person for Boundless members

Take the family on a four-night break at Whitemead Forest Park, in the Forest of Dean. There’s a range of entertainment every evening, including live music tribute acts, illusionists, and family fun.

See in 2018 at the newly refurbished Venue, with a New Year’s Eve party for all the family before retreating to a premier apartment set among the trees.

6. New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival, Newcastle

From 4pm, free

Not only is this one of the biggest family-friendly New Year events in the UK, it’s also free. This year, there’s a Norse themed parade, including beasts from Norse mythology, Father Christmas and other festive characters.

The parade winds along Northumberland Street before culminating in a grand firework and bonfire finale at Newcastle Civic Centre at 6pm, so you can be home for bedtime.

New years eve events for kids in Newcastle

7. Throw your own kid-friendly NYE party

There are lots of ways to have fun at home if the thought of big crowds and a late night doesn’t appeal. Make party hats, or try crafting firework crowns out of pipe cleaners and pop some party poppers.

Have a ‘noon year’s eve’ party if the little ones can’t stay up, or celebrate the countdown when the clock strikes midnight in a different time zone.

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