In our last post we have listed 7 Awesome Places to Spend Christmas Eve to plan your perfect Christmas eve of this year, now it’s time for New Year’s Eve. The hype of New Year’s Eve can often supersede the night itself, but there are certain destinations that are sure to be a hit regardless. From legendary beach parties to rainbows of fireworks lighting up the world’s most iconic landmarks, we’ve charted some of the most spectacular bucket-list destinations to welcome new year with renewed optimism.
New York, USA
New York City is a classic destination for New Year’s Eve, with festive parties, dinners, and the opportunity to attend one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties to end all parties: the ball drop live in Times Square. It’s basically celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square among thousands and thousands of people (New Yorkers and tourists alike) and watching the ball slowly coming down at the countdown, dropping at midnight and finally find yourself cheering with everyone at the stroke of midnight.
Sydney Harbour’s firework extravaganza is watched by more than a million people gathered along the foreshore. You can enjoy a breathtaking light parade on Sydney Harbour, with a multitude of boats filled with revelers watching the fireworks extravaganza overhead at midnight. You can hire out a boat, bring your own bubbles and start the countdown early. The festivities throughout the city include indigenous smoking ceremonies, aerial flyovers, mini-light shows and a massive dance party at famous Bondi Beach.
London, United Kingdom
The ball may drop in New York City, but Big Ben stands in London. Greenwich Mean Time is the standard from which all other time zones are measured and kept, so it stands to reason that Big Ben is a symbol of steadfast timekeeping and a New Year’s Eve icon. The city is very well lit up and several places across the capital will come up with all the stops to ensure that your New Year’s Eve in London is one memorable one.Fireworks along the Thames are so popular.
Bonus: public transportation is free from 11:45 pm until 4:30 am, so you’ll save a few pounds after an otherwise expensive evening and won’t have to fight for a cab.
There aren’t many places on Earth to witness more (manmade) spectacle than Dubai, and New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to take it in. Explosive fireworks around the city are visible from public spaces, but the best views come from the decadent parties held in the city’s towering skyscrapers, especially the world’s tallest, the Burj Khalifa, where parties rage on the 122nd floor.
Las Vegas, USA
Vegas is bright lights year-round, but it goes all out for New Year’s Eve. The Strip is closed off to vehicles, and pedestrians take over for an unforgettable festival. At midnight, various casinos launch an impressive barrage of fireworks off the roofs of their buildings. You can watch the show from atop the Stratosphere Tower.
If you really want heart-pounding excitement, head to Bangkok, one of Asia’s best places to be on New Year’s Eve. On December 31, this city that’s already famous for putting on a great party, will pull out all the stops to celebrate the holiday. The biggest of all takes place at Central World Square, where several hundred thousand gather to count down to midnight while taking in an impressive light show and live concert.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil’s cultural capital not only offers to-die-for cuisine, beautiful people and spectacular views, it throws a New Year’s Eve celebration that rivals its rowdy Carnival –packing it all into one especially wild night on famous Copacabana Beach. The party includes huge stages set along the waterfront along with a wide array of drum-heavy music, extravagant Carnival-style costumes, traditional dance performances and fairground attractions that entertain more than two million people throughout the evening. They fill the beach in a mass of white – the color believed to bring good luck for the coming year. They sip champagne, dance the samba and toss handfuls of flowers into the ocean as a gift to Yemanja, the Goddess of the seas.
Berlin is renowned for its parties, and not surprisingly, it will also be celebrating New Year’s Eve in style, with some one million visitors gathering at the Brandenburg Gate. “Party Mile,” as it’s called, extends from Brandenburg Gate, lined with numerous food and drink tents serving up mulled wine, beer and local German specialties like curry wurst – pork sausage topped with a curry-laced ketchup. There are fun stages for shows, light and laser shows too. The massive firework display starts up right at midnight as Berliners and visitors toast the New Year in. Afterward, parties, held at numerous different nightclubs, last well into the night and into the next morning. Berghain is especially legendary, known for its wild parties that sometimes continue on for over 12 hours.
Honk Kong, China
Every New Year’s Eve, the radiant Victoria Harbour is the belle of the ball for Hong Kong’s spectacular countdown. A party atmosphere will reign supreme as a stunning pyromusical lights up the skies. Whether you watch it along the shoreline, from a boat on the harbour or on-high in a skyscrape.
Cape Town, South Africa
Fondly known as South Africa’s “Mother City,” Cape Town is a favorite destination for countless travelers to the continent, and New Year’s Eve is an ideal time to check out the diverse cultural offerings of this scenic city for free. Throughout the famous V&A waterfront area, pop-up performances ranging from opera solos to dance ensembles entertain throughout the evening, with free entertainment all tied to the annual theme. Table Mountain is as an inspiring scene under midnight fireworks, and Cape Town may be the safest major hub you can tote tots to: The city hands out free location-assist bracelets for you and any little ones you may be celebrating with.
The party capital of Spain, Barcelona is known to save the best for the last day of the year making it the world’s Best Places for New Year’s Eve. You will never find a dull spot in Barcelona during the celebrations of New Year. Entire city is beautifully decorated too. Unlike many other cities around the world, the party here doesn’t even get started until close to midnight, with the traditional eating of 12 grapes taking place during the twelve chimes on the hour. Then, massive street parties take over Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas and Plaza Reial, with huge crowds that sing and sip champagne to ring in the New Year.
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