In Interlaken, the beginning of the New Year is celebrated for three whole days. The “Longest New Year's Eve”, as it's called, takes place every year from 31 December to 2 January. The celebrations on the evening of 31 December are followed by the first open-air concert of the year on 1 January. At Touch the Mountains, you can listen to free live music. One day later, on 2 January, Interlaken is haunted by the Hardermannli (the spirit of the Harder Kulm mountain), his wife and their children, the Potschen who, donning masks, frolic through the streets of Interlaken. After the traditional Potschete procession, people gather in the pubs around Interlaken for a cosy evening together. The Harder-Potschete has been celebrated in this way for almost 50 years. Other traditional New Year celebrations are held in the Holiday Region Interlaken too. In Beatenberg and Sigriswil, for instance, young “Trychler” walk through the village sounding their bells to welcome in the New Year.