Top 10 places to ring in the New Year
There’s no better way to kick off the new year than by celebrating in a beautiful destination surrounded by your friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, it can be hard to choose one perfect destination from so many fabulous locations. If you’re still searching for the perfect place to celebrate New Year’s Eve, consider one of these amazing destinations that are guaranteed to make your night one to remember:
1. Paris, France
On New Year’s Eve, visitors can join thousands of Parisians on the avenue of Champs-Élysées for a massive street party and fireworks after the clock strikes midnight. Lido de Paris, a popular bar and restaurant located on the Champs-Élysées, has a special cabaret and burlesque on New Year’s Eve and an after-party that lasts far into the night.
2. Hong Kong, China
Festivities begin early in the evening with Hong Kong’s annual New Year’s Eve parade, which lasts until 10 P.M. You can then head over to Victoria Harbour, located in downtown Hong Kong, to watch an elaborate “musical fireworks” show beginning at 11 P.M. You can enjoy the show aboard a festive cruise, or you could take in the view from the Ozone Bar, which is known as the highest bar in the world.
3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With over 2 million Brazilians and tourists flocking to Copacabana Beach every New Year’s Eve, this is location of one of the biggest parties in the world. There are dozens of restaurants to choose from, and a variety of musical acts begin performing at 8 P.M. At midnight, a spectacular fireworks show takes place, and after-parties continue at clubs and bars all around the area. Several venues remain open all night and even serve buffet breakfasts in the morning!
4. Bangkok, Thailand
The Bangkok Countdown has been a tradition for a decade, becoming known as the best party in Thailand and ranked as the 7th best place worldwide for celebrating New Year’s Eve. It begins around 6:30 P.M. and is packed with festivities, concerts, live broadcasts, and fireworks. After midnight, you can check out Khao San Road for street dancing, live music, and parties that will last until the sun rises.
5. Mexico City, Mexico
The biggest party takes place at the Angel of Independence; traffic is blocked off from the area, making room for stages that line the entire street. The party starts early in the afternoon and lasts until the fireworks display at midnight. Then, you can continue your festivities with drinks or a late-night meal at one of the countless restaurants in the nearby area, or you can head to the bar Pata Negra for some fun dancing!
6. London, England
The fireworks that take place on New Year’s Eve are so popular that they’ve become a ticketed event. But if you can’t score a ticket, you can still enjoy them from a restaurant with a view, like the Rooftop St. James, or you can book an evening cruise along the Thames. For an unparalleled party experience, head to Southbank Centre’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular at the Royal Festival Hall, where five floors become transformed into themed clubs!
7. Vancouver, Canada
If you’re tough enough to brave the cold, Vancouver celebrates New Year’s Eve with an all-night street party with plenty of food and live music in Canada Place. For a warmer (and more unique) experience, you can celebrate at the Telus World of Science, which gets transformed into a complete nightclub for New Year’s Eve!
8. Nassau, Bahamas
Festive parades line the streets in Nassau with live music, dancing, and contagious energy to start off the new year on a high note. The parades typically end on one of the gorgeous beaches, where the partying lasts long into the night. If the beach isn’t for you, you can head to one of the renowned restaurants in Nassau or test your luck at the Caribbean’s biggest casino.
9. Sydney, Australia
From the Harbour of Light Parade to performances at the Sydney Opera House, you’ll have countless options for fun and entertainment on New Year’s Eve! You can enjoy the Royal Botanical Garden while you ring in the new year, or embark on a ferry to enjoy the fireworks show at midnight.
10. Berlin, Germany
Thousands of party-goers gather between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column for a celebration that lasts over 12 hours, making it one of Europe’s most popular street parties. With live music, fireworks, and festivities that don’t end until 3 A.M., you can expect to have a spectacular New Year’s Eve in Berlin.
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