Hot Lists Thursday, December 24th

Herefordshire Live's guide to an alternative New Year's Eve

Hot Lists Thursday, December 24th

Herefordshire Live's guide to an alternative New Year's Eve

Don’t worry about the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne. Do something different this New Year's Eve with our quick guide to having an alternative NYE.

Do it like they do it NYC. Every December 31, the New York Road Runners hold the Midnight Run, a four-mile unscored run around Central Park. There are fireworks, DJs along the course, and a sparkling cider toast at the halfway point. This might not be Manhattan, but why let that stop you? Plot a course, grab your high-vis and get running.

Staying in? Make it far more interesting by introducing one of these weird and wonderful New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world. 


  • In Romania, people put on bear costumes and dance at different houses to keep evil at bay.
  • In Spain, party-goers stuff 12 grapes into their mouths – one for each chime as the clock strikes 12.
  • In Chile, they chow down on a spoonful of lentils - a midnight feast that is meant to bring a year filled with work and money.
  • In Russia, revellers write down a wish on a piece of paper, burn it, throw it into a champagne glass and knock it back before 12.01am.
  • In Denmark, people jump off chairs at midnight… yeah, this one depends on how much you’d had to drink.


Have a garden party. Friends, family + bonfire + beer.

Have a house party. Friends, family + board games + beer.

If you’re heading into Hereford city, bring back the old tradition of heading into High Town to watch the Buttermarket clock strike 12.

Get dressed up, go out in style. Castle House Hotel’s NYE party is open to non-residents – and the £100 ticket will get you a champagne reception and seven-course dinner then, at midnight, fireworks by the old castle moat. There are also New Year’s Eve parties at the Feathers in Ledbury (£89.50pp), a License to Kill, Dress to Thrill party at the Venue in Hereford (open 10pm – 7am), and DJs and fireworks at the Left Bank in Hereford (8pm to 2am, £20pp).

Man up and pay to get into your local. It’s your favourite boozer for a reason so cough up the entry fee and celebrate the new year where everybody knows your name.

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