Innsbruck will host New Year's celebrations in its historic market square. A programme of live music and shows will take place on several stages between 6 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.

From 9 p.m. there will be DJs and the Elvis Las Vegas Show in the square, then from 11 p.m. live transmission of the Silvester Countdown, followed by the highlight of the night - a huge firework display at midnight on the Seegrube (Nordpark Mountains) and in the centre of town with dancing to the traditional Austrian waltz under the Golden Roof.

An alternative party venue is the New Year's Party in the Congress Innsbruck with Radio Welle 1, which starts at 10 p.m. and rolls on until 4 a.m.

Children's entertainment will begin earlier in the day: at 4:15 p.m. with the Children's New Year's Run held in Maria Theresien Strasse.

From Innsbruck centre you can hit the slopes in 15 minutes: the Nordkettenbahnen cable car transports skiers from the city centre directly to the slopes of Nordpark (Seegrube-Hafelekar). For a wider choice of terrain, access all nine resorts of the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck (295 kilometres of pistes) by hopping on the free ski bus or hiring a car.

The ski shuttles are free with a valid ski pass or Club Innsbruck Card (free with accommodation). Shuttles run from December to April and pick-up from outside selected hotels in the city and transport you to and from: Nordpark (15 mins), Patscherkofel (20 mins), Axamer Lizum (30 mins, Kuehtai (40 mins), Muttereralm (45 mins), Rangger Kopfl (20 mins), Glungezer (50 mins), Schlick 2000 (25 mins), and Stubai Glacier (30 mins).

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