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 hundreds of thousands of people every year. The ensuing party continues until the early morning hours of New Year's Day.
New Year's Eve between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column
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.
Opening Hours 2018/2019
On New Year's Eve (Monday), 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 and continues until 03:00 in the morning of the New Year.
Participating artists 2018
Artists on the main stage in 2017 were, among others: Tom Gaebel, Rednex, Whigfield, Oli P., Höhner, Münchener Freiheit, Die Lochis, Alina, Micar, Alex Christensen, Nana, Nico Santos, Fernando Varela, Wincent Weiss, Ben Zucker, Boybands Forever, MousseT + Natalia Avelon, Lions Head, Beatles Musical, Conchita, Lucenzo, Stereoact ft. Chris Cronauer, Bell Book & Candle, Alice Merton, Spider Murphy Gang, and Frontm3n. The artists in 2018 have not been announced yet but will be published here in December.
Admission & Security Policy at the New Year's Eve Party
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.