Where are the best cities to celebrate New Years Eve?
Feel like doing something wild this New Years Eve or crave an adventure to an new country/city to experience an entirely foreign New Years Eve party? Check out the list below for the best cities in the world to celebrate new years eve!
The Best cities to Celebrate New Years Eve
1. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
While it is famous for its Carnival celebrations in February – its New Years Eve celebrations are pretty hard to beat. Not only are the indoor clubs bumpin’ – so is Copacabana beach, which means lots of thongs, live music and fireworks. With over 2 million people crowding the beach, it’s one of the largest New Years Eve celebrations in the world. Known locally as Revellion the entire beach transforms into an all day party with live music, dancing and party-goers dressed in white. While the beach is filled with party revelers it is also alive with Afro- Brazilian religious tradition which includes lighting candles along the beach to honor the goddess of the sea. Book early as hotels tend to fill up as early as September.
2. Sydney, Australia
Sydney is one of the first cities in the world to welcome in the New Year and it is also one of the best cities to celebrate the coming of the New Year. Its summer-time vibe allows partygoers to choose between beach, club or pub. Sydney’s spectacular fireworks display is witnessed around the world and due to its popularity has been coined the “harbor of lights”. The festivities begin mid-day with the firing of the first harbor cannon and goes into the wee hours of the early morning.
3. Edinburgh, Scotland
The Hogmanay celebration is one of the largest New Years Eve party’s in the world with over 200,000 people attending this 4-day street party filled with live music, outdoors bars and entertainment. On New Years Eve, festival-goers crowd onto Princess Street and fireworks are then set off atop a castle overlooking the city. There is also a torchlight procession where ten of thousands of torch carriers create a river of fire from Royal Mile to Son et Lumiere. Tickets may be purchased in advance.
4. Las Vegas, United States
Enjoy dinner in Venice, ring in the New Year in New York City and party into the early ours of the morning in Paris- you can do it all in Las Vegas. Las Vegas, the party capital of the U.S. is also one of the best spots to welcome in the New Year, with over 300,00 party-goers attending the festivities, club owners go all out with over the top shows and expensive New Years Eve tickets. The Las Vegas strip becomes a vehicle free promenade were you can drink, schmooze and watch the various fireworks displays.
5. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a great party city any time of year and New Years Eve is no exception. Not only are the clubs and bars explosive with energy – so is the city. Head over to either the old town or Charles Bridge to watch the fireworks presentation. Culture lovers can attend the New Years Eve gala at the Prague State Opera or for those wanting a quieter evening, can hitch a ride on a dinner cruise down the Vltava river complete with music and dancing.
6. Goa, India
Backpackers flock to this bohemian venue for its psychedelic trance concerts in the open air and its laid-back beach scene. While the 1960’s put Goa on the map for being a hippie drug den, it has cleaned up its image while still maintaining its free loving vibe. In Anjuna beach, parties can go for as long as 3-4 days at a time. For some great clubs check out either Paradiso or Club Cubana or Nine Bar.
7. New Orleans, United States
While the Mardi Gras parade proves that New Orleans knows how to throw a good party, their New Years Eve celebrations only reinforce that attitude. The world-renowned Bourbon Street hosts the bar scene but the city’s official celebrations take place in Jackson Square. This wild party undoubtedly includes dancing in the streets, live brass bands, tons of drinking, eccentric outfits and fantastic Cajun food. In keeping with their creole traditions, a nine-foot fleur de lis is used instead of the traditional ball in the ceremonious midnight ball-drop.
8. British Virgin Islands
For the biggest party in the Caribbean head to the barefoot island of Jost Van Dyke. This tiny island is a perfect blend of a bohemian party and a Caribbean vibe. This island is incredibly remote, only receiving electricity 20 years ago and is accessed either by private boat of ferry. This tropical paradise is a 48-hour party, which is hosted by Foxy’s Tamarind Bar and Grill, a quintessential beach bar serving up tasty food, live music and dancing.
9. Paris, France
For a more refined Ne Years Eve experience, head to Paris where the famed Champs Elysees is flocked with people from all over France to witness the beautiful fireworks spectacle at midnight. Not only is the fireworks display magnificent but you can indulge in top-notch dining and fantastic clubbing pre/post the street festivities. The Sacre Coeur Cathedral plaza in Montmartre is also a great spot to ring in the new year as it offers a breathtaking view of the Paris skyline. Alternatively, for a more mellow evening, numerous companies offer dinner cruises along the seine.
10. Tokyo, Japan
If you are heading to Tokyo for New Years Eve make sure you plan on staying a while as their celebrations can last up to a week starting from December 29 until January 4. The Japanese bring in the New Year with fireworks, dancing, singing and the traditional Toshikoshi Soba (new years eve noodle), which is a long noodle symbolizing health and longevity. Don’t worry about heading to a crazy club, the Tokyo Tower is were the action is at, offering any traveler a memorable experience. Just be prepared for some serious bell ringing- as the Japanese ring the New Years Eve bell (Juya No Kane) 108 times at temples all over Japan, which represents a prosperous new years.
The Best Cities to Celebrate New Years
While all cities are different, you should choose your new years location based on your tastes and interests. For instance, if you aren’t a huge partier its a good idea to stay away from Las Vegas or Goa but if you are a couple looking for some romance Paris is an excellent option. I love visiting new cities to experience their traditional new years eve festivities. These spots are definitely the best cities to celebrate New Years Eve – what’s your favourite?