Our party guide for New Year’s Eve in Istanbul for the best Bosphorus fireworks cruises, galas & balls, Turkish nights, and concerts countdowns. Europe’s biggest parties await in the best nightlife areas, shoreline clubs, and restaurants of Istanbul.
New Year’s Celebrations
New Year’s Eve is heavily celebrated here with parties spread across all districts. You don’t have to be down by the waterfront, as the city towers, hills and rooftop bars also provide great sightlines.
A party guide for New Year’s Eve in Istanbul offers fireworks over the Bosphorus views from a boat… Count down the 2020 clock in one of Europe’s biggest party cities. New Year’s Eve in Istanbul offers fireworks over the Bosphorus views from a boat, shoreline clubs, hotels, and restaurants, as well as, from the city’s towers and hills.
NYE parties are held all over town, so you don’t have to be done by the waterfront, as there so many nightlife areas in Istanbul where you can literally celebrate till next year. If you want to light up the night, know there’s no shortage of options to party in Istanbul. New Year’s Eve is heavily celebrated here across all districts.
Bosphorus Dinner Cruises
If you want front stage access to the fireworks, you can’t get any closer than the Bosphorus cruise boats do the heart of the action.
While there are a million travel agents who sell these tickets, there are four main boats: Incisu (Dances of Color) Turnatour, Queen Tour and the Pereme, which all have Turkish nights entertainment. In case those boats are sold out, there’s also the Seremoni (Ottoman Nights) and the Orient Bosphorus.
NYE dinner cruise shows usually include whirling dervishes and belly dancing, along with folk and rhythm dances with DJ music for dancing after midnight.
Diner and unlimited drinks come standard, but premium upgrades are recommended for a better drink selection and to skip the bar lineups.
Prices start from around 120 € with some places offering premium ticket upgrades for an extra 30-40 €.
Turkish Night Dinner Shows
If you want to enjoy the same type of show found on the Bosphorus cruises while on land, there are few different options for that too.
Prices start from around 120 € with some places offering premium ticket upgrades at 30-40 € extra.
Seven Hills Restaurant
Located in the heart of Sultanahmet, Seven Hills New Year’s Eve Party offers rooftop views of the fireworks over Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus.
Dinner starts with an impressive selection of cold and hot appetizers followed by a main course turkey stuffed with chestnuts or fresh fish. Desserts include sweet pumpkin with tahini and cherry chocolate cake.
Unlimited local drinks are also included, along with champagne on the terrace when the fireworks start. The night’s entertainment consist and Oriental shows, live music with keyboard and DJ selections.
The dinner and show cost 150 € per person, while a hotel stay is extra. Room options range from 165-270 € along with a President Suite option for 450 €.
The NYE shows usually include folk dancing, belly dancing, live music and a DJ finale with dinner and unlimited drinks included.
New Year’s Eve Galas & Balls
While the dinner cruises and Turkish nights can be entertaining, the food is average at best, and they can be seen at any time. If you have a little more money to spend, a unique gala night might be in order.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski
If you’re dreaming big for New Year’s Eve, you might as well dream of partying in a palace. Not only do you get restaurant seating on the Bosphorus, but you get a beautiful view of the fireworks in a majestic setting.
Their Laledan Restaurant Package starts at 550 € for a Park Side Room or 630 E for Bosphorus Room Pricing includes a two-night stay, a festive Italian buffet dinner, and a New Years Day brunch with over 300 options.
Their Tugra Restaurant Package starts at 580 € for a Park Side Room or 670 € for a Bosphorus Room Pricing includes a two-night stay, a glass of fine champagne, a 5-course set menu dinner, and a New Years Day brunch with over 300 options.
The Presidental Hotel
The New Years Ball at The Presidental Hotel features dinner with a rich appetizer plate, seafood crepes and the main course of baked turkey with chestnut and rice. Desserts include sorbet with mint, and rotte gruzze served with red berries and vanilla sauce.
Harkan Kartal headlines the night’s entertainment along with belly dancer show, orchestra, and a DJ performance.
Unlimited local drinks, as well as coffee and tea are included.
The cost is 90 € per person for entrance to the Marmara Ball Room, but a hotel stay is extra. Room options range from 105-120 € with an extra 15 € if including breakfast.
Four Season Bosphorus
The details are a little slim so far for their Bosphorus Ballroom Gala as there’s only mention of it including a five-course dinner, drinks, music, and a live dance show, along with New Year’s Day brunch at their Aqua Restaurant.
Their Mysterious Garden Gala @ Aqua Restaurant is truly a mystery as there’s only mention of it including a special six-course menu, a glass of Prosecco and New Year’s Day brunch.
At their 2019 Gala, they offer detailed info about the bands playing, as well a detailed menu which was quite delightful. Let’s hope they update their Facebook Event Page soon, so we can know what’s happening this year.
New Year’s Eve Concerts
If you were hoping some famous musicians would be coming to Istanbul to get the New Year’s Eve party started, have no fear.
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in a Club
The number of options for clubbing in Istanbul is pretty much near endless. Some clubs do, however, have a limited number of tickets which are sold in advance, others, like Nardis Jazz Club, are first-come, first-serve.
The Light it Up Party @ W Istanbul has a New Year’s Eve lineup card of 17 DJs spread across 9 hours and three stages with unlimited drink tickets starting at 400 TL.
IF Performance Hall
Their famous White Party is inspired by Apollo, the God of music and dance and included a time tunnel concept that takes from the past to the future. The Snow White decorations are specifically designed for New Year’s Eve and add their giant LED screen hovers above the crowd.
4 DJs pump out electronic music through your veins with retro and futuristic light shows and complimentative dance performances.
99 TL gets you in the door with a reserved ticket, but you’ll still need to add your drinks on top.
Similar to IF’s White Party, Babylon’s Oldies but Goodies starts off in retro mode by going back in time from ABBA to Michael Jackson and then moving into the 80s from Depeche Mode to Madonna, and Snap to Donna Summer.
125 TL gets you in the door with an early bird reservation, but you’ll still need to add your drinks on top. Students, however, get a discounted 80 TL ticket.