Another year is almost drawing to the close. Though endings can be bittersweet, they can also mean new beginnings and opportunities to plan new adventures, discover new places, make new friends, and create new memories. The New Year has many traditions around the world that people celebrate, including wearing different colors, eating grapes, sweeping the house to bring luck during the new year, ringing bells, or leaving home to experience a new place!
If there’s one great way to ring in the new year, it’s traveling! You don’t have to wait for a ritual or a tradition. Whether you prefer partying the night away, experiencing a show, or simply having a dinner in a different city, the world has incredible destinations where you can ring in the New Year your way. If you want to discover the best places to celebrate the New Year with your partner, family, or friends, keep reading to learn more about the many places and traditions that you can experience!
Australia isn’t just paradise; it’s one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. In Sydney, New Year’s Eve is one of the most important holidays, and you can’t miss their incredible fireworks show. And who doesn’t love fireworks? Darling Harbour and the Opera House become the perfect places for tourists and locals alike who want to experience a night full of music and color. Each year the theme is different, and people from around the world come to enjoy the show.
If you’re a party animal, Melbourne is a place where you can enjoy great nightlife, incredible food, and unforgettable concerts. On the Gold Coast, you can find clubs where dancing the night away is the only way to celebrate the New Year. If you prefer having the sand between your toes, there are plenty of events at the beach to choose from. You can’t miss this incredible place to party the old year away and bring in the new!
Spending New Year’s Eve in the Big Apple is a chance to experience one of the greatest parties in the world. Every year, Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve is hosted by Ryan Seacrest, bringing musical guests and fun for the whole family. If you prefer to leave the rock and roll to Ryan Seacrest, you can spend the evening in New York watching the fireworks and light shows in Central Park or go to the Promenade and check out the Brooklyn Bridge Park while you enjoy a nighttime picnic and watch the light show.
If you’re looking for a classic New Year’s Eve experience, Times Square is the place to be. People from around the world fill up the square to watch the famous ball-drop. Here everyone waits anxiously while they start their countdown at 11:59 ending with everyone yelling out, “Happy New Year!” when the clock strikes midnight.
Throughout the year, New York is synonymous with nightlife, and during New Year’s Eve, you can meet new people while you ring in the New Year. Whether you prefer celebrating in a bar, going to a restaurant, going bowling, or drinking at a rooftop bar, make sure you make your reservations in advance so you can ensure that your night will be lit!
On December 31, over one million people from around the world descend on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to join the largest beach party in the world, known to locals as Reveillon. As a tribute to the Afro-Brazilian goddess of the sea and love Iemanjá, everyone dresses in white and throws white roses, candles, and other offerings into the ocean while they count down until the clock strikes midnight. When the New Year has officially begun, participants watch the largest fireworks show in the world, and people play samba in the streets and dance on the beach. If you’re looking for a party in the streets that goes until the early morning, Copacabana is the place to ring in the New Year. The best part is that because it’s summer in Brazil at that time, you can escape the winter blues and ring in the New Year with warm weather.
If you want a celebration full of tradition and an all-night party, head to Copacabana!
Whether you’re a hopeless romantic traveling with your significant other, going on a friends’ getaway, doing on a family vacation, or traveling solo, the City of Lights is a great place to spend the New Year.
You’ll fall in love with Paris no matter what your preferences are. If you’re looking to be the life of the party, you’ll want to head to the Champs-Elysées, the city’s most famous avenue which is decorated to the nines for the holidays with window displays from some of the world’s most famous designers that are sure to leave you in awe. Starting at 10pm, people start gathering in the street to start the countdown. The next two hours are full of fun and parties in the street. The Eiffel Tower, the most iconic monument in Paris, is decked out in lights, and every year over one million visitors fill the Champ-de-Mars gardens to ring in the New Year. With its bright shining lights, the Eiffel Tower is the ultimate place to celebrate with a partner.
If you’d prefer to see more of Paris by night, you can also take a river boat tour and watch as the whole city celebrates. With all these options, what do you have to lose?
As you can see from the past few popular destinations, fireworks are the guest of honor at New Years’ Eve celebrations. No matter where you are; they’ll be at the party, and Singapore is no exception.
In Marina Bay, one of the most important New Year’s Eve parties takes place, complete with a giant carnival, an art fair, and many other activities to participate in while you wait for the biggest moment — the countdown! The last few seconds of the year culminate in a huge light show with fireworks that light up the bay while the party rages on all night.
With so many options to choose from, all you have to do is decide. Which destination appeals to you the most?
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