From Sydney to Cape Town, here are ten amazing cities that offer some of the most thrilling New Year’s celebrations in the world!
Our planet is filled with wonderful and amazing festivals and traditions, and this is especially true during New Year’s. As the whole world gathers to celebrate the coming year and the beginning of a new cycle, the major cities step up their game to offer unforgettable shows of light and music with the thunderous scandal of fireworks. It’s a wonder to watch in almost any city, but there are some that are particularly good at dazzling spectators when it comes to ringing in January. If it’s spectacle and extravaganza that you like, here are ten cities that truly know how to offer the best New Year’s celebrations.
Sydney is one of the first cities in the world to celebrate the New Year, and they sure know how to do it with grandeur. The massive celebration, attended by over a million people, takes place around Sydney Harbor and it features the famous Opera House and Harbor Bridge in the background. Glimmering fireworks light up the night sky in one of the greatest and most elaborate shows for New Year’s anywhere around the world. Also, it’s summer in Sydney during New Year’s, so there’s that.
If you’re looking for the most eccentric extravaganza of an over-the-top fireworks show, there’s no place like Hong Kong during New Year’s. A breathtaking urban horizon, filled with some of the most fascinating skyscrapers the world has to offer, lights up in a dazzling display of lasers, music, and even dancing fire-dragons. This celebration gets wilder with every passing year, and it surely won’t disappoint this time around.
The fact that Dubai won the Guinness World Record for the largest fireworks display in New Year’s of 2014 should give you an idea of just what this fascinating city is capable of. It doesn’t hurt to have the tallest building in the world (the Burj Khalifa) to decorate your skyline either, or the fifth tallest hotel, the luxurious Burj Al Arab, from which to watch the spectacle.
With the House of Parliament and the London Eye overlooking the Thames as a backdrop, there are few places with a more classic and memorable setting to complement with a world-famous fireworks show for New Year’s. Tickets usually sell out quickly for a first-row experience, but there are several other amazing spots throughout the city from which to watch such a remarkable event, most notably atop the beautiful Primrose Hill. Londoners know how to party, too, with some great after-parties and an amazing atmosphere all over the streets and alleys of England’s capital.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio makes for a beautiful setting this time of year. Warm and mostly clear during their midsummer season in December, over two million people gather around the city’s beaches to enjoy the fresh air and open skies that resonate with fireworks and laughter. The atmosphere is as fantastic as you would expect from one of the carnival capitals of the world.
Few cities are more iconic for New Year’s celebrations than New York, and there’s a very good reason for it. With famous traditions, a wondrous skyline, and riveting nightlife, New York’s festivities are second to none. More than a million people gather in and around Times Square to watch the ball drop amid an unrivaled spectacle of lights and fire.
If what you’re looking for is to party like crazy during New Year’s, then Berlin is your best bet. Suffice it to say the main event is centered around what’s known as “Party Mile,” a wide, two-kilometer-long avenue filled with bars, parties, laser shows, tents, music stages, dance floors, and pretty much all the beer you can drink. The fireworks won’t disappoint either.
Few other cities in the world are as good at parties and extravaganza as Las Vegas. After all, this city specializes in bigger-than-life shows, so if that’s your thing, New Year’s here surely will be ridiculously fun. The famous Las Vegas Strip becomes pedestrian-exclusive and becomes pretty much a single colossal party full of of lights shows, laser spectacles and live concerts. The casinos keep running, and all the good old, regular Las Vegas shows simply complement the scene. At midnight, the sky blazes with fireworks launched across The Strip for an unforgettable display of colors and outright fun.
There are few spots in the world more romantic than Paris. Cliché, I know, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. Walking along the Seine while listening to the classic Parisian accordion around the world’s best cafés is like no other experience out there to share with your significant other, and the city only gets lovelier during its New Year’s celebrations. The Eiffel Tower shimmers with lights and fireworks as the majestic Champs-Élysées flare up with parties and laughs and champagne.
Set on one of the most beautiful spots in the world, right on the southern tip of the South African coast, Cape Town offers an experience you will never forget. During New Year’s Eve, the festivities get going and the party goes on for three thrilling days, with the main show taking place at the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Concerts and unbelievable fireworks take place against the gorgeous backdrop of the South Atlantic Ocean, with even more celebrations surrounding the carnival and parades all around town. Don’t forget to visit the beaches, which become thoroughly alive with the spirit of the season.
There are many more New Year’s celebrations around the world worth mentioning, but alas, we can’t cover them all. Barcelona and Lisbon, for example, also feature amazing festivities in beautiful, almost fantastical settings, and Edinburgh offers a truly riveting atmosphere. You simply can’t go wrong with any of these cities if you want to spend the most memorable New Year’s of your life.