Top 10 New Year’s Eve Programs In Istanbul
Istanbul formerly known as Constantinople,
is the largest city in Turkey, serving as the country’s economic, cultural and historic hub.
The new year’s arrival is customary in Turkey, which means that it is celebrated by Turkish people themselves,
even though some conservative people may assume that celebrating it is no different from celebrating Christmas.
Here are some activities for different tastes and interests, hope you can find something interesting to try out and
1. New Year’s Eve Bosphorus Boat Tour
One of Istanbul’s most characteristic and unique things is riding on a boat,
between the Asian and European continents.
It is such a speechless experience that is never dull to have.
Traveling over the Bosphorus waters, you can rethink your new year’s resolutions and the meaning of life!
There are many options to pick for having a boat tour for the new year’s eve celebrations.
Most of them include fresh appetizers, delicious snacks, and traditional desserts.
Apart from food, this long sea journey comprises music and dance performances.
The most crucial detail is booking in advance for the new year’s celebration.
Here are some of the boat companies that offer Bosphorus cruise parties:
2. New Year’s Eve Menus at Restaurants
Traditions matter a lot but sometimes going in different directions is more exciting.
Reserving your table at a Turkish tavern, ‘meyhane’, and tasting our alcoholic beverage rakı with many kinds of delicious
mezzes is just so classy to go for something else.
So if you still feel like this might be a fantastic occasion to rethink the past and have good wishes for the future,
many taverns are offering new year’s eve packages.
If you are interested in different types of entertainment and food combinations, you can try out destination-themed
restaurants such as La Bodeguita Istanbul.
Here you can feel the Cuban vibes to the fullest, and they organize a New Year’s Eve dinner,
which starts at 8 pm on 31st December.
It includes Cuban dance shows, live music, cocktails, and delicious food.
Here are some suggestions for the taverns, which have menus special for New Year’s Eve.
- Haydi Gel
- Müsaade Kadıköy
3. Special New Year’s Concert at AKM
You might come across the suggestion of taking a stroll in Istiklal Street during New Year’s Eve.
However, this is also when it could be so crowded, and you might now feel in the mood.
Still, if you can’t give up on enjoying the oldie goldie things, go ahead walking the street and end your stroll in front of
the newly launched Atatürk Cultural Center a.k.a. AKM at the heart of Taksim Square.
It was closed in 2008 and reopened its doors on 29th October 2021.
This Opera House from 1969 is worth seeing with its exquisite design.
Istanbul State Opera and Ballet will be performing a concert on new year’s eve.
4. Special Deals at Hotels
Spending New Year’s Eve at a fancy hotel could be a fantastic experience
if you are interested in planning a romantic night.
Many top-quality hotels that mostly have a historical touch offer special packages and host private parties on 31st
These packages include various services such as staying a few nights, live music, and more.
Here are some hotels which offer New Year’s Eve packages.
- Le Meridien Istanbul
- CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul
- Grand Hyatt Istanbul
- InterContinental Istanbul
5. New Year’s Long Parties at Nightclubs
Some of us are more energetic than others.
If your inner energy doesn’t let you stay still but jump around,
then you might instead prefer to dance in all-night events. In Turkey ’90s,
Turkish Pop music is a particular type of music that local youngsters enjoy a lot.
If you are interested in being and experiencing the urban youth culture,
the New Year’s special 90’s Turkish Pop Music Party at Hayal Kahvesi Aqua Florya might be just for you!
The venue is not in the heart of the city.
To enjoy it to the fullest, you might need some relaxing moments.
So the Florya, by the side of the Marmara Sea, might be a cozy option for the new years celebrations if you are
overwhelmed with the uber-crowded areas of Istanbul.
If you prefer to be relatively close to the city center, you might like Dorock XL,
which is in the famous district of the Asian side, Kadıköy.
Partying at Dorock XL together with DJ performance and fun music is a great way to count down to 2022.
There is a lot more to do in the Kadıköy neighborhood.
6. Christmas Festivities at Kanyon
For those of you who love to be surrounded by Christmas ornaments all around,
fancy shopping malls might be the correct address for you.
Between 1-14th December, there will be a set ice rink under the name of Roller Disco in Kanyon.
It will be a total fun time with music, and it could be an exciting option, especially if you have kids to entertain.
Besides that, there will be many other dances, music, entertainment, and surprise events during December.
I am sure celebrating Christmas in Istanbul will be more than enough for you to get in the festive spirit!
7. Shopping at Christmas Markets
Those who came to Istanbul at least once know their address for shopping.
Beyoğlu, Kadıköy, and Nişantaşı are the central neighborhoods where you will see many shops ornamented in
Christmas themes and having some Christmas time campaigns as well.
8. Christmas Parties at Clubs
There are some options to celebrate the arrival of Christmas on various days.
Turkey’s international community platform Yabangee organizes a night at Kafe Pi in the Beşiktaş neighborhood.
If you want to spend more time socializing around with English speakers, this could be a good option for you.
There will be some DJ performances and delicious drinks on 17th December. On the Asian side, the Groundy Club in
Kadıköy also organizes a Christmas Party on 24th December.
The first drink will be the treat at this party.
There is an entrance fee for these events, so make sure you check the information in advance.
If you are looking for more activities around Beşiktaş, the trip plan of Efe might fit your wishes!
9. New Years Tango Marathon in Istanbul
Hello, dancers from all around the world!
Would you like to participate in a dance festival full of festive Christmas spirit?
Can anyone imagine the vibe in the air in the middle of the dance hall where you can see the Marmara Sea?
This festival takes place at the Tango La Vida, a tango school in Kadıköy.
Many international DJs will be accompanying you at your last dance through the year 2021 between 30th December and 3rd January.
10. Christmas Concert Series at Galataport Istanbul
It could be your second or third time in Istanbul, It doesn’t matter.
This venue is new for all the locals as well.
From Karaköy to Topkapı district, the cruise port and cultural complex project Galataport finally opened its doors on
29th October 2021.
Between 17- 26th December, there will be a Christmas Market which includes souvenir stands, brand stands,
DIY workshops, skating, cockhorse, and concerts!
You might not want to miss a broad genre of local musicians.
From indie sounds of Nilipek, Yüzyüzeyken Konuşuruz to Jazzy İlhan Erşahin and many famous pop singers such as Sertap Erener and Yalın.