The year is almost close to an end with the Holiday season already in full swing. New Year dawning upon us and if you still haven’t, it is still not too late to decide where to ring in the New Year. Read on for a list of the most grand and exuberant celebrations for New Years Eve and the places to be. Even if you don’t think you are one for last minute plans, scroll down below and discover the must visit places for New Years.
1.) New York City
If you are looking for a exuberant celebration with lots of people, then visiting the Times Square for New Years Eve is for you. The energy and vibe there is unmatched with almost a million people gathered together, and with performance from musicians till the countdown. The silver ball drop that is 12 foot wide and weighs nearly 12,000 pounds begins it’s 70 foot drop at 11:59 P.M. It is one of the biggest New Year parties with people flocking from all over the world.
Celebrate New Years with the Londoners at their iconic Big Ben by the Thames River. The iconic structure witnesses a crowd of 250,000, who flock by the banks of Thames River to witness a fireworks show as the Big Ben chimes in the new year at midnight. There are several clubs and restaurants offering a good view, and buzzing with festivities along with cruises in the Thames River. Or you could simply take a stroll and witness the celebration at London Eye, the Houses of Parliaments with marching bands, colorful floats, costumed dancers and a procession of the Queen’s horses.
Sydney is a popular place buzzing with visitors to celebrate New Years especially since it is one of the major cities that welcomes the new year first. Sydney walks in to the new year, 16 hours before New York does. For people seeking respite from the cold winters, Sydney offers a tropical celebration.
The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge are the center of the celebration. Close to a million people gather to watch aerial shows, mini light shows, Aboriginal smoking ceremony that is said to cleanse bad spirits, and the Harbor of Light Parade, a flotilla of more than 50 illuminated boats in the harbor. All of these culminate into the final fireworks display at midnight.
5.) Rio De Janeiro
Rio De Janeiro is known for it’s wild and thrilling carnivals, it’s New Years celebrations are no different. The city’s Copacana Beach probably hosts the world’s largest New Years Eve party with about 2 Million party goers in attendance. The Carnival party has giant stages set along the sea, with loud music, traditional dance performances and fair style attractions that entertain visitors throughout the evening. When midnight strikes, a procession of boats set off a spectacular show of fireworks over the ocean.
4.) Hong Kong
If you are one for a dazzling firework show, then Hong Kong is the place to go. Hong Kong is known for having one of the best fireworks on New Years Eve in the world. It has an amazing pyrotechnic show, that features showering lights and sounds with a dragon that dances across the sky. The city’s Times Square Mall also hosts a replica of dropping the ball like in New York. Celebrate at party on boats, rooftop terraces, or at the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Tsa Shuifor the best views of the light show.
Dubai, the city of the World’s Tallest Building has a spectacular show to offer around it’s iconic landmark. The city has several parties on New Years Eve, giving strong competition to the star show around the Burj Khalifa is the fireworks at Burj Al Arab and at The Palm Islands. The Dubai Mall, in the proximity of the Burj Khalifa is one of the best spot to see the fireworks display.
What better way than to welcome the New Year than in the City of Lights! The city gathers around it’s iconic Eiffel Tower which has a spectacular light works and fireworks show on display. A massive street party is celebrated at the Nouvelle Année on the Champs-Élysées where champagne flows and chocolates wrapped in sparkly paper that crackles like a firecracker when opened are served. If you would rather have a quiet evening, book a dinner cruise sailing through the Seine with equally breath taking views of the show.