The Best Places to Celebrate New Year
In the blink of an eye this year will be over and it will be time to welcome in the New Year.
So where is the best place to celebrate the New Year in style, and “party like it’s 1999”? Let’s take a look:
Close to home, our very own London. Thousands of people flock to the banks of the River Thames each year to see an amazing firework display over a backdrop of some of the world’s most famous landmarks. And if you fancy seeing in the New Year in luxury, why not book into the Shard or the London Eye.
New York, USA
“Concrete jungle where dreams are made of...” Alicia Keyes couldn’t have put it better. New York, New York, arguably the World’s best city. Not only will you be looking at a city that’s a real-life film set, but the city that never sleeps also knows how to party.
The biggest party is in Times Square, where a million people gather to dance to live music beneath a huge glitter ball.
Or why not take to the river to watch a spectacular firework display over Liberty Island?
Rio de Janerio, Brazil
If crazy, busy and loud is how you like your New Year’s Eve then Cocabana Beach is where you'll want to be. A party on the beach, with more than two million people, celebrates every type of culture and religion in this vibrant colourful city - there's live music, dance processions and firework displays.
As you’d expect from Amsterdam, there’s a party in every park. Pick and choose your favourite as there’s a huge choice of music and vibe that lasts well into the next morning.
If you want to celebrate like a Viking then this is the place for you. With a dramatic coastline it makes for a perfect break after the chaos of Christmas. Chill out for a day or two before New Year and then embrace the medieval markets, street festivals, and a huge selection of welcoming bars and restaurants.
Be prepared to be amazed at the firework display here in Madeira – so spectacular is it that it’s even been featured in the Guinness Book of Records!
Join in with live music, street parties and festivals, grab something to eat and drink in the huge food markets and celebrate with locals by eating twelve raisins and making a wish each time the clock strikes.
Wrap up warm if you plan to spend New Year in Iceland. With only four hours of sunlight the temperature drops dramatically. Handy then, that on nearly every street corner is a huge bonfire to burn away last year’s troubles. At midnight huge celebrations kick off with fireworks, after which it’s to the local pubs and clubs for a drink and a dance, and then, to help stave off a sorehead, a dip in a hot spa.
Disney World, USA
Every big kid goes giddy with excitement when it comes to Disney, so just imagine what it’s like on New Year’s Eve. The Parade along Central Street is joined by performances from Cirque de Soleil, as well as the traditional favourites. All of this gears you up for a spectacular firework display at midnight. What’s more, all the rides stay open until 1am, and it’s far less busy than the Summer.
As the first major city to welcome in the New Year, Sydney throws an awesome party centred around a spectacular firework display launched from the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. What’s more, there’s an awe-inspiring flotilla along the river made up of 50 illuminated boats.
The famous ‘party mile’ of Berlin is more like a festival than a city New-Year party. Live music, dance tents, international food stalls and more bars than you can shake a stick at; Berlin is fast becoming renowned as Europe’s New-Year capital for the young and trendy.
If you like your parties to last longer than a day then Edinburgh is for you. A three-day Hogmanay celebration starts on 30th December with a torch light procession, and ends with an incredible firework display over the magnificent castle.
As one of the UK’s most historical cities, visitors can also revel in history and culture, all just 90 minutes from Gatwick.