Called the Switzerland of the Middle East, Lebanon offers some great outdoor opportunities, exceptional cuisine, and a unique Middle Eastern atmosphere during the winter holidays. The Lebanese consider New Year's Eve a family holiday and usually celebrate it by attending a dinner with family and friends.
However, in the past Beirut has been known for its extravagant mass festivities and street parties, celebrating New Year. Beirut Coundown event, held in La Place De L’Etoile in the center of Downtown, usually features a live music concert with headliners such as Ayman Zbib, DJ Maximus, and Andre Soueid, as well as the spectacular fireworks show, which illuminates the whole sky over the city.
Most hotels in Beirut are also hosting NYE parties and offer entertainment. However, the bookings have to be made early. Restaurants, holding special festive events, showcase delicious Lebanese foods, like tabouli, hummus, and kibbeh.
Although Lebanon is not very famous in Europe as a ski destination, it actually boasts 78 miles (127 km) of slopes, boasting an altitude up to 9,350 feet (2,850 m). Visiting Mzaar Kfardebian or Zaarour, located within just a one-hour drive from Beirut, an be an excellent way to start your New Year vacation in Lebanon before heading to an apres-ski party by the warm Mediterranian sea.