On New Year's Eve, the city of Berlin invites guests and Berliners alike to celebrate the beginning of a new year with a huge open air party. The celebrations with live bands, DJs and a spectacular fireworks display at midnight are free of charge and attract about one million people every year. The ensuing party continues until the early morning hours of New Year's Day.
The New Year's Eve celebrations take place on a two-kilometre long stretch of "Straße des 17. Juni" between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. The festival programme includes a number of live music performances, light and laser shows, and DJ sets. Along the festival area, food stands offer snacks from all over the world.
The festival area is open Friday, 30 December 2017 from 14:00 – 20:00 for general rehearsals. On New Year's Eve (Sunday), gates open at 14:00. Between 14:00 and 18:30 that day, visitors can witness a number of live rehearsals for the evening. The official entertainment programme starts at 19:00. The fireworks are ignited at midnight, the party kicks off at 00:30. There is no official closing time.
Artists on the main stage in 2016 were: Jermaine Jackson, DJ BoBo, Marianne Rosenberg, Rainhard Fendrich, Max Giesinger, Bonnie Tyler, Peter Schilling, Fun Factory, La Bouche, Wincent Weiss, Kerstin Ott, Venga Boys, Ray Wilson, Radio Future and Hermes House Band.
Admission to the festival area is free. To prevent overcrowding, the area is closed-off at a certain point. Security checks are carried out at all entrances. It is prohibited to bring any kind of fireworks, pointed or sharp items, or any other items which could be used as weapons. This also applies to glass bottles, backpacks and other large bags.
New Year's Eve Party
Straße des 17. Juni
|Opening Hours:||31 December 2017. Gates open at 14:00. (On 30 December the venue is open from 14:00 to 20:00.)|
|Useful hints:||The street party takes place on Straße des 17. Juni between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column.|
|Admission Fee:||Free admission|