Searching for the best event to celebrate the new year is always tricky. Whether you’re from a small town or a big city and are looking for something new, we’ve put a together a list of the best cities to ring in the new year. Get your travel points ready, because you’ll definitely be wanting to travel for New Year’s Eve this year.
1. New York City
We’ve all watched it on TV, but on everyone’s bucket list is attending New Year’s Eve in Times Square. New York City hosts of the most famous celebrations with live celebrity entertainment and the 12-foot crystal ball that drops each year signalling midnight. Book your reservations for a restaurant overseeing the excitement, or get right into the crowd for a close up view of it all.
Spending the new year in Sydney means you will be amongst the first to ring it in. They celebrate with the largest fireworks show in the world with over one million people watching as they light up the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in two magnificent displays throughout the night.
3. Rio de Janeiro
The world’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration takes place in Rio on Copacabana beach. In the past, over two million people have gathered for the event and packing the beach full. Known for their carnivals, it is easy to imagine the spectacle of NYE in Rio. Dancers, live music, and one hell of a party awaits you this new year on the beach.
4. Las Vegas
If you’ve ever been to Vegas you can imagine the theatrics that would take place on NYE. A car-free Las Vegas strip is flooded with live entertainment, pyrotechnics and people. Hundreds of events will take place in the city while fireworks are released from rooftops along the strip. This giant street party will be worth the hangover.
Ring in the new year with Big Ben and a taste of London. Every year, Big Ben chimes at midnight, ringing in the new year. While he chimes, a theatrical fireworks display begins surrounding not only Ben, but the London Eye and Palace of Westminster.
6. New Orleans
If New Orleans wasn’t already on your bucket list for Mardi Gras, it will be now. A 15-minute long firework display will kick off the nights festivities taking place along the Mississippi River. In New Orleans fashion, a huge party on Bourbon Street will take you straight into the new year with loud music and parties throughout the Quarter.
Why Orlando? For a Disney themed NYE of course. One of the best parties happens each year at Walt Disney World. That’s right, the children’s theme park is host to several events throughout the day, including a Cirque de Soleil show, and ending with a stunning fireworks display. Feel young again this NYE in Orlando.
What says Paris more than the Eiffel Tower and des Champs-Élysées? Not to worry, both monumental places will be a part of Paris’s New Year’s Eve celebration. The city of light puts on a light show at the Eiffel Tower with fireworks that can be seen from across the city. If you’re looking for more excitement, head over to Paris’s famous shopping street where champagne will be popped and des bisous pour tout le monde!
Really want to go all out for NYE this year? Join the celebration that lasts three days in Edinburgh. With over four tonnes of fireworks, you’ll have plenty of time to get a shot of the festivities. The following days, the city hosts parades and parties that don’t stop until you drop.
10. Hong Kong
Already been to NYC for NYE? No problem. Hong Kong replicates the festivities beginning in their Times Square mall, where they drop a replica ball at midnight. Every year the city flaunts spectacular pyrotechnics show that will ensure NYC is jealous.
Start booking your flights tonight, all 10 of these destinations will make for your most memorable New Year’s Eve yet!