In our last post we have explored 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 a lot of festive parties, dinners, and chance to attend one of the biggest New Year’s Eve 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 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.
Spectacular Sydney Harbour’s firework is watched by more than a million people gathered along the foreshore. You can enjoy a breathtaking light parade on Sydney Harbour. You can get out on a boat, bring your own bubbles and start the countdown early. The New Year celebration around the city include indigenous smoking ceremonies, aerial flyovers, mini-light shows and a huge dance party at famous Bondi Beach.
London, United Kingdom
The ball may drop in New York City, but Big Ben stands out in London. Greenwich Mean Time is the standard from which all other time zones are measured, so it stands to reason that Big Ben is a symbol of dedicated timekeeping and a New Year’s Eve icon. The city is beautifully lit up and several places across the capital will come up with all the stops to make sure that your New Year’s Eve in London is the memorable one. Fireworks along the Thames are very popular so don’t miss it.
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 spectacle than Dubai, and New Year’s Eve is the best time to take it in. Explosive fireworks around the city are visible even from public spaces, but the best views come from the luxurious parties held in the city’s towering skyscrapers, mainly the world’s tallest, the Burj Khalifa, where parties rage on the 122nd floor.
Las Vegas, USA
Las Vegas is bright lights all year round, but it goes all out for New Year’s Eve. The road is closed off to vehicles and pedestrians take over for a memorable festival. At midnight, various casinos launch splendid barrage of fireworks off the roofs of their buildings. You can watch the show from atop the Stratosphere Tower and enjoy the beautiful the stunning view.
If you really want heart pounding excitement, go to Bangkok, one of Asia’s top places to be on New Year’s Eve. On midnight, this city which is already known for putting on a great party, will open all the stops to celebrate the holiday. The biggest of all parties, takes place at Central World Square where thousands of people gather to count down to midnight while watching an impressive light show and live concert.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s cultural capital, not only offers to-die-for cuisine, amazing people and spectacular views, it also offers a New Year’s Eve celebration that rivals its rowdy Carnival on famous Copacabana Beach. The party includes massive stages set along the waterfront along with a wide array of drum-heavy music, carnival-style costumes, traditional dance performances and fairground attractions that entertain more than two million people thought the whole the evening. They fill the beach in a mass of white, the color, considered to bring good fate for the coming year. They offers champagne, dance the samba and toss handfuls of flowers into the ocean as a gift to Yemanja, the Goddess of the seas.
Berlin is well known for its parties, and not surprisingly, it also celebrate New Year’s Eve in style, with almost one million visitors gathering at the Brandenburg Gate. “Party Mile,” as it’s called, starts from Brandenburg Gate, lined with countless food and drink stalls serving up mulled wine, beer and local German dishes like curry wurst – pork sausage topped with a curry laced ketchup. There are many fun stages for shows, light and laser shows are also for kids. The massive firework exhibition starts up right at midnight as Berliners and tourists toast the New Year in. Berghain is especially legendary, known for its wild parties that used tp 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 amazing midnight countdown. A party atmosphere will bring a stunning pyromusical lights up the skies. You can watch it along the shoreline, from a boat on the harbour or on-high in a skyscrape while having your favourite drink.
Cape Town, South Africa
Well known as South Africa’s “Mother City”, Cape Town is a favorite destination for countless visitor and New Year’s Eve is the best time to check out the multi cultural offerings of this scenic city for free. Throughout the most popular V&A waterfront area, pop-up shows ranging from opera solos to dance orchestra entertain the whole evening.
The party capital of Spain, Barcelona is known for the celebration of the last day of year making it the world’s Best Places for New Year’s Eve. You will hardly find a dull spot in Barcelona during the of New Year time as whole city is beautifully decorated. Massive street parties take over Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas and Plaza Reial, with huge gathering that sing and sip champagne to ring in the New Year.
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