Renowned for being one of the top New Years’ Eve destinations, and maybe the top for cruisers, Madeira is normally on the Canary Island’s route. It is Portuguese and mainly Christian so Christmas is special, the streets of Funchal get beautifully dressed with thousands of lights. Even outside Funchal, almost every lamppost will be dressed up. However, on New Year’s Eve, they go crazy. Crazy, Crazy! Fireworks and activities make Madeira Island one of the most amazing places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. So much so, that people travel there just for this celebration. The curved bay acts as a huge theatre with barges in the bay shooting a massive firework display into the sky. Whether you watch from the beach, a bar or the ship this is one of the star places to be on New Years’ Eve. And who wins that prize this year? The P&O ship Ventura. Take a look at our Madeira films. Toboggan or sleigh ride. The Botanical Gardens. Madeira Guide.
Sydney Australia is also always popular. Don’t forget the Christmas markets will have vanished.
These are fireworks at Funchal, shot by a drone.
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If you came here because of its Christmas title, don't be disappointed. Our Christmas joy published in November also includes the Kew Gardens Light show, Bath Christmas Market and Christmas Markets at the Southbank and Bankside as well as the lights in Oxford & Regent Street and Liberty's windows.