Ringing in a new year in a new place
New Year’s comes but once a year, so it’s worth it to make the festivities memorable. But where’s the best place to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31? myself and my partner have celebrated new years eve in a different country for the last 5 years now and we find that it’s the best way to ring in a New Year.
New York City
It may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying that New Year’s Eve in New York City has an atmosphere that few other cities can rival. Most popular, of course, is the annual gathering of a million people in Times Square to see the ball drop On Times Square. For a slightly less chaotic experience, book a reservation at one of the bars or restaurants overlooking Times Square. And for something completely different, consider a night-time boat ride on New York Harbour, which offers the best views of the midnight fireworks display on Liberty Island.
Rio de Janeiro
Known for its wild carnival festivals, Rio knows how to party and its New Year's Eve celebration is no different. The Yearly event known as 'Réveillon' is Held on the Iconic Copacabana Beach, Where two million people cram onto the two-and-a-half-mile stretch of sand for the worlds largest and arguably wildest New Year's party. Locals dress head to toe in white (believed to bring good luck) and toss handfuls of flowers into the ocean as gift to Yemanjá, goddess of the seas. The celebration also includes large oceanfront stages for live musical and dance performances, and a colourful fireworks display at midnight to complete the scene.
Sydney is famous for two claims to fame on its New Year’s Eve celebrations: first, because of its location, it’s the first major city where the clock strikes midnight and second for the largest fireworks display in the world, with one at 9 pm and another at midnight, with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House making for a striking setting. More than a million people attend the waterfront show, which also includes an air and water show featuring aerial acrobatics, an Aboriginal smoking ceremony and the Harbour of Light Parade; a mix of more than 50 illuminated boats in the harbour.
The Edinburgh Hogmanay translates to “last day of the year,” but the annual New Years festivities in Edinburgh actually last three days. Things kick off on December 30th with a torchlight march through the city that finishes with a fireworks finale. While New Year’s Eve is all about massive street parties and outdoor concerts, including a open-air Kelidh (traditional Celtic party). At midnight, 4.5 tons of fireworks explode over Edinburgh Castle while the streets ring out with celebrators singing “Auld Lang Syne.” .
Join a crowd of more than 250,000 across the banks of the Thames and its numerous bridges to see the spectacular light and firework display or listen to the chiming of Big Ben at midnight. Then on New Years Day the streets of central London are meet with colourful parade floats, followed by the Queen of England’s horses.
The City of Light lives up to its nickname on New Year’s Eve, when the Eiffel Tower, arc de Triomphe and Disneyland Paris become the back drop of a spectacular light show. Live like a Parisian by popping a bottle of champagne and exchanging cheek kisses at the Champs-Elysées street party. Recently in the past couple of years the ‘official fireworks displays have been absent due to safety threats but that shouldn’t stop you from bringing in the nouvelles années.
One of the world’s most dramatic skylines lights up every year with a display of fireworks that grows more impressive every year. The events kick off in Hong Kong’s Times Square shopping mall, where a replica ball drop takes place in homage to New York City’s famous festivities. Victoria Harbour is the center of the evening activity, though, so savvy locals party on boats, rooftop terraces, or at the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Tsa Shui for the best views of the dazzling lightshow.
The German capital has a reputation for being a party city year-round, so you can imagine what New Year’s Eve (known as "Silvester") is like here. The centerpiece of the celebration is “Party Mile,” a two-kilometer stretch of bars, international food stalls, laser shows, video screens, party tents, music stages, and more between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column. After the fireworks show at midnight, the crowds head to the city’s many dance floors, where they stay out until dawn or later.
More than 300,000 revelers descend on this party capital for the big night, when the Las Vegas Strip becomes car-free and transforms into a giant street party with live bands, light displays, and laser shows. The city also hosts a mind-boggling number of concerts, shows, and parties in clubs, hotels, and casinos, meaning there’s no shortage of evening entertainment options. Come midnight, fireworks are launched from seven rooftops along the Strip, so chances are you’ll see them whether you’re on the street or a rooftop club.
Walt Disney World
New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World is a dream come true for families traveling over the holiday. The theme park stays open until 1 am, but it’s packed with fun activities all day long. Leading up to the midnight fireworks show, there are many performances, dance parties, live entertainers, and confetti explosions to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the most popular for New Years Eve, while Epcot puts on an impressive lights and laser show just before midnight. Be aware that you may need to arrive at the park early on New Years Eve as the parks will reach maximum capacity and they will close admission.
This atmospheric city is famous for its New Year’s Eve Grand Ball, hosted at Hofburg Palace, but there’s more on offer than just throwback elegance. Vienna’s famous Christmas markets transform into New Year’s fairs, and hundreds of thousands of revelers crowd the Silvesterpfad (New Year’s Path) in the city center on New Year’s Eve. Fueled by mulled wine, the party starts at 2 pm and goes until well after midnight, with fireworks appearing over the Wiener Prater fair.
A city that knows how to party and New Years Eve is no exception. The Oosterdok is the main place to celebrate NYE but throughout the city, especially Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt, Leidseplein and Dam Square are famous for the fireworks that include numerous kinds of firecrackers and sparklers or even crackers and bangers. At Museumplein a big event is organised where the high fireworks strike the audience with awe. The most important factor that the city of Amsterdam offers to the crowds of the New Year’s Eve is that each and every person who desires to enjoy the night without spending money can hit the streets and enjoy with the crowd as a big friendly group. No matter where you decide to spend your New Years Eve in Amsterdam you will be sure to have a good time.
With only four hours of daylight in late December, locals in the northernmost capital of the world are ready to party like no one else. New Year’s Eve kicks off with community bonfires around which people sing, dance, and play music. Meanwhile, fireworks light up from every corner of the city thanks to fairly relaxed government restrictions. As midnight approaches, crowds gather around local landmarks like Perlan and Landakotskirkja church for the best views of the official fireworks displays.
New Year’s celebrations span three days in this vibrant South African city. On New Year’s Eve, the Victoria & Albert Waterfront hosts a concert and midnight fireworks display. (check out Table Mountain for unobstructed views of the fireworks).
This bustling metropolis’s locals and expats come together for New Year’s Eve festivities, the centerpiece of which is a massive gathering in Central World Square. The crowd numbers hundreds of thousands, and entertainment includes a spectacular light show, live concert, and video screens projecting celebrations from around the world. At midnight, of course, a series of fireworks displays illuminate the riverside. Afterward, the party continues at nightclubs and the lively beer gardens lining the streets.