Check out our list of THE best places in the world to ring in the New Year
When the clock counts down to midnight, wouldn’t you rather be somewhere really special than crammed into your local pub with a glass of warm champagne? These are some of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve and to ring in the New Year in a way you will never forget. Here are some New Years Eve travel tips.
Sydney Rocks New Years Eve
Sydney is justifiably proud of its New Year’s Eve fireworks – they are frequently acknowledged as the best in the world and are seen by over one billion people around the globe. And they really are spectacular. You’ll need to claim your spot around the harbour foreshore early as more than a million people will be there to watch the show.
The fireworks on the Harbour Bridge are the star of the show, but the light show is continued all around the waterfront, up the Parramatta River and even on boats in the harbour. Each year the fireworks display runs along a different theme, curated by a local artist or designer – Reg Mombassa of Mambo fame was behind the 2013/14 display.
Travel to Edinburgh
The Scots call New Year’s Eve Hogmanay, a term which dates back to the Middle Ages and was used to mark the celebration of the winter solstice. Today, they like to start the celebration a day early with a huge torch lit parade down the Royal Mile on December 30.
The next night, the party centres around Princes Street with Edinburgh Castle as the backdrop. Enjoy live music, entertainment, traditional Scottish dancing, DJs, bars and a huge fireworks display at midnight. The song Auld Lang Syne was written by Scotsman Robert Burns and you’ll hear the sentimental tune sung throughout the city as revellers welcome in the New Year.
New York City is New Years Eve Central
Every year one million people cram into New York’s Times Square to watch the ball drop at midnight. It’s a scene that has been made famous by countless movies and it is something of a surreal experience to be in the middle of it. But be warned: it’s also freezing cold, incredibly crowded and there are no public toilets. A better (and more expensive) option is to buy tickets to one of the surrounding bars or hotels that look over the square and enjoy the night with some warmth, comfort and bar service.
The Marriott Marquis hotel faces directly onto the square and for just over $3,000 each guests will have a direct view of the ball drop as well as food, open bar, live music and entertainment until 2am. If you want to clear away the cobwebs the next morning, join the Coney Island Polar Bears for a dip in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Samoa and American Samoa
Apia, the capital of Samoa, isn’t exactly renowned as a party town. But if you want the unusual distinction of being one of the first people in the world to ring in the New Year then this is the place to be. In 2011 Samoa jumped the International Date Line and went from being one of the last countries to tick over to midnight to the very first.
Then, if you really want to make the most of it, you can take a one hour flight to neighbouring American Samoa (conveniently located on the other side of the date line) and celebrate all over again 25 hours later. New Year’s Eve doesn’t get more special than that.
Rio de Janeiro is a Great New Years Eve Destination
There are parties all over the city, but you’ll want to head to Copacabana Beach. Two million partygoers will be dressed in white, said to bring good luck for the coming year, and dancing to Brazilian samba, international rock bands and house DJs.
There’s a huge fireworks display and the champagne will be flowing – though a lot of it will be sprayed over the crowd rather than drunk. The Brazilians like to party late, so expect to be dancing on the beach until the sun comes up.
Goa, India For a New Years Eve You Will Never Forget
This is a beach party with a difference. Goa has been famous since the 1970s as a stop on the hippie trail and the laid back atmosphere lives on. Up and down the coast the palm trees are strung with fairy lights, thousands of people are dancing on the sand and bonfires twinkle in the distance.
You can choose between the more chaotic, rave-style dance parties or chill out at a tiny beach shack and watch the festivities. The next day, you can undo some of the damage with yoga, meditation and massage.
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