We know that celebrating New Year’s Eve in the same city can eventually get boring. So, it’s never a bad idea to venture outside of the usual place and experience the New Year celebrations elsewhere. Plenty of cities around the world know how to put on a show when bringing in the New Year. Whether you choose to discover a destination near or far, there’ll no doubt be colourful fireworks, a vibrant atmosphere and good memories to be made. But, where is the best place to ring in the New Year? Well, get your New Year’s Eve plans started by checking out our top New Year destinations.
New York, USA
New York is perhaps one of the most recognised cities when it comes to New Year’s celebrations. Massive crowds of people flock to Times Square to see well-known musicians take to the stage and perform their biggest hits. As well as to see the famous ball drop on One Times Square. Of course, huge crowds aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. So, luckily enough, New York caters for all. Book your spot at one of the fancy restaurants or bars which overlook the hustle and bustle of Times Square as you toast in the New Year. For something a bit more adventurous, head out on a night time boat ride where you can view the exciting fireworks display on Liberty Island from afar.
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We’ve all seen the Sydney Opera House emblazoned by bright lights and colourful fireworks. It’s yet another popular highlight of celebrating New Year’s Eve abroad. But, the city’s setting is not the only New Year’s claim to fame that Sydney has. In fact, it’s the first major city that crosses over into the New Year. As a result, Sydney puts on one of the biggest fireworks displays in the world, lighting up its wonderful waterfront. You can expect loads of people to attend, with usual numbers reaching past the million point. One of the most unique things to experience is the Aboriginal smoking ceremony in order to cleanse bad spirits as well as fabulous shows from the air and water.
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There’s no doubt that one of the most beautiful sights to see is the Eiffel Tower at night. What’s even better? Seeing the Eiffel Tower during the New Year’s celebrations. Not only is the tower beautifully lit up and glistening. The surrounding fireworks display further enhances Paris‘ self-proclaimed ‘City of Light’ crown. As well as the fantastic views, join in on the party as locals continue to ring in the New Year down the Champs-Élysées. Pop a bottle of champagne and enjoy the company of others as you look forward to the year ahead.
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Europe has plenty of great cities to spend New Year’s Eve in and Berlin is one of them. First and foremost, Berlin has long built its reputation on its nightlife and party lifestyle. So, you can only imagine what New Year’s is like in the capital. Head to the hub of all the action… known as ‘Party Mile’, the stretch between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column becomes one of the largest street parties in Europe. Hosting a range of bars, food stalls, party tents and music, you’re in for a treat when you wander about this two-kilometer street party. Head to the Brandenburg Gate for its thrilling fireworks show, then make your way to one of Berlin’s top clubs where you can hit the dancefloor.
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Vienna is one of the best cities to visit for its Christmas markets, so why not stay on and continue the celebrations into the New Year. The New Year’s Eve Grand Ball hosted at Hofburg Palace is no doubt one of the city’s biggest attractions. But, you can also roam around where the Christmas markets once were. The area gets turned into New Year’s fairs attracting large crowds. On the other hand, many head for Silvesterpfad located in the centre of the capital during New Year’s Eve. Here, you can drink mulled wine, watch the fireworks over Wiener Prater fair and party past midnight into the early hours of the morning.
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