The big party night is just around the corner. But where should you be when the clock strikes 12 on December 31?
Well, whether you are a party animal or a nature enthusiast, like massive street parties or fairytale balls, or simply want to witness the most stunning fireworks display - Whatever it is that you desire, after scouring the world for the best annual celebrations, we bring to you the top 10 best places in the world where you should consider ringing in the New Year.
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Whether you are on a budget trip or on an extravagant spree, this liberal capital city of Netherlands has plenty to offer to your young-at-heart spirit and is an apt choice for NYE celebrations.
From impromptu street parties to lavish nightclubs, dance festivals to lovely light installation by international artist — famously known as Europe’s party capital, Amsterdam offers an amazing nightlife for all party animals. The Dutch are known to have a good time and every corner of Amsterdam reflects that jovial essence of the country. While Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt, Museumplein and Dam Square are always buzzing with some activity, Oosterdok is the official place for the grand New Year’s Eve celebrations.
And even though there are several New Year’s Eve parties across the city center and canals, what’s really a spectacular experience is the regal and dazzling fireworks display. As soon as the clock strikes twelve, the firmament of Amsterdam lights up with fireworks, light and sound. Ringing in your new year in Amsterdam is almost surreal!
If you like the sound of chilly polar nights with just a few hours of daylight, snow and bonfires with music, cruising out on waves — You need to head straightaway to Reykjavik to greet your New Year.
Reykjavik is just more than a New Year’s Eve destination. With its extraordinarily stunning landscapes and several adventure activities, it is a great choice for someone who wants to enjoy a New Year’s Eve along with nature.
New Year's Eve in Reykjavik is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm by the Icelanders. One can find community bonfires with people playing live music and dancing around it, several pubs and bars are open all night to continue with the celebration and the city just don’t sleep during the NYE. A brilliant display of fireworks welcomes the new year and the festivities extend till the next day, as one can go and unwind in the nearby hot springs.
Ringing in your New Year in Reykjavik is an experience like no other, just don’t forget to pack your bags with all the warm clothes that you have J
This Austrian capital is one of the most exotic location to ring in the New Year.
The grand New Year’s Eve ball in the Hofburg ballroom is something beyond imaginations and akin to living your fairy tale moment. The New Year’s Eve revelry begin as early as 2pm on December 31, and continue up to wee hours of January 1, morning.
The city is brimming with concerts and entertainment even before the grand NYE revelries. One can either pre-book tickets for the different concerts or enjoy them live on giant video walls set up at the New Year's Market on City Hall Square and also at the square in front of the Vienna State Opera.
Several musical events can be enjoyed at the Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Theater an der Wien and the Kammeroper. Walking along the streets with a cup of mulled wine one can find multiple gastronomes serve punch and culinary treats along with different programs with all kinds of music. If you wish to embrace the New Year in a romantic style you can ride in the old carriages of the Giant Ferris Wheel at the Prater and enjoy the illuminated panoramic view of Vienna, while raising a toast with a glass of sparkling wine. Stunning firework show can be experienced around the city.
Bringing in the New Year in Vienna is an experience which everyone should have at least once in the lifetime.
Asia’s very own version of Las Vegas is an ideal place to enjoy the New Year’s Eve. Macua showcases a wide array of exciting nightlife venues and excellent scenery to have a perfect NYE.
Macau is known for its buzzing party scene and NYE celebrations are marked by the magnificent fireworks on the banks of Nam Van lake.
One can even enjoy the spellbinding fireworks just outside of the Lisboa hotel or along the Avenida DA Praia Grande, both great places to watch the fireworks over beautiful Nam Van Lake. Another exciting thing to look forward during your New Year’s Eve celebration is the Macau Light festival 2016 - Treasure of Light which runs from December 4, until December 31.
The local performers will further add charm to your festivities by light and music show - Melody of Light.
The casinos of Macau are another big attraction.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
If you are a hard-core carouser than Rio De Janerio is a perfect place for you to head to bring in the New Year. With one of the world’s largest and wildest New Year’s Eve party, the carnival city is a mecca for partygoers.
Copacabana beach hosts one of the grandest NYE bash — Réveillon, where about 2 million visitors come up on the beach to watch the amazing fireworks display across the coastline. Surprisingly, despite the huge crowd, the atmosphere is peaceful with a surge of vivacious energy all across. No drunken brawls, no fights just pure gaiety in abundance.
New Year’s Eve celebrations in Brazil is a blend of religious, traditional and superstitious beliefs. The locals dress up in white, which is believed to bring good luck. Flowers are tossed into the ocean as a gift to Yemanjá, goddess of the seas. With live music from Brazilian samba to rock bands the official celebrations usually trigger off at 8pm and goes on till the wee hours of the morning.
New Years in Rio De Janeiro is simply fantastic.
Sydney boasts not only of a perfect location for the New Year’s Eve celebrations, but it also happens to be a place on the map where the clock strikes first at midnight.
From hosting one of the largest New Year’s Ever soirées, Sydney is also popular for having thrilling air and water shows, featuring exciting acrobatics and water display. The harbor light parade with an illuminated fleet of about 50 ships is mesmerizing, transporting you into a different world.
The Sydney Opera house and the harbor make for a striking backdrop for one of the largest fireworks show, one at 9pm and the second one at midnight. More than one million people attend this stunning waterfront show for their New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Cape Town, South Africa
How about celebrating your New Year’s Eve on top of a mountain with a picnic basket and stunning views of the fireworks on the waterfront? Like the idea? If yes, then head straight to the picturesque cape town to welcome the New year.
New Year’s Eve celebration at the flat-topped Table Mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town is quite popular. One can either hike up the mountain or use the cable cars to get to the top. And the party just doesn’t stop after December 31, revelers often continue partying by heading out to the beach.
The celebrations further continue with the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival parade through downtown. More than 10,000 performers with dance and sing on the streets, this tradition dates back to the 19th century when the slaves were allowed to celebrate the new year on January 2.
New York, USA
The New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York kick off in the famous Times Square with some well-known musicians and the ball drop where a 12-foot-wide crystal ball weighing nearly 12,000 pounds descends atop Times Square.
Following this unique experience, you can head to the harbor for a night time boat ride to enjoy the unobstructed view of the midnight fireworks display on the liberty island. Or hop into a night club and let your hair down.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Imagine this — welcoming the New Year with a dazzling display of fireworks against the backdrop of the most powerful waterfalls in North America — trust us nothing is more hypnotic than this breathtaking sight.
And if the above-mentioned sounds appealing, you need to head to Niagara Falls on New Year’s Eve to witness this stunning view.
Two sets of fireworks of about 2000 pounds are set off from the Victoria park overlooking the falls and international musical acts keep the crowd of all age group engaged until the clock strikes midnight.
The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights also is the highlight of the holiday season. Using more than three million lights a spellbinding lighting display is put up and the city looks all decked up in shimmers.
Las Vegas, USA
If you are the kinds, who love to get on the street and dance away to glory, a New Year’s Eve celebration in this party capital is a must for you.
With about 300,000 revelers descending in Las Vegas to ring in the New Year, the Las Vegas Strip becomes car-free and transforms into a giant street party with live bands, pyrotechnic displays, and laser shows.
The energetic city also hosts a spectrum of mind-boggling concerts, shows, and parties in clubs, hotels, and casinos, which ensures that there is entertainment galore all across Las Vegas. And as soon as the clock strikes 12, fireworks are launched from seven rooftops along the Strip, lighting up the Las Vegas sky beautifully.
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