Top Places for New Year Celebrations Around the World

When it comes to ringing in the New Year, an occasion steeped in traditions and symbolism, there are so many different ways to celebrate; joining thousands of others at midnight for countdown and cracking firework displays, throwing a huge party and inviting all your friends, an extravagant dinner in a flashy restaurant, an all-night rave on blissed-out beaches, or a cosy night in with your family at home.
Where will you be celebrating New Year 2020? Here we take a quick look at some of the most exciting cities around the world to join in with the countdown, watch the fireworks and enjoy the festivities.
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Sydney Harbour

One of the first cities to bring in the New Year, Sydney offers an unforgettable experience where people gather to watch as fireworks and lasers are launched from the length of the spectacular Harbour Bridge, the roof of the Opera House, and the barges on the river.

For the best vantage points why not gather a group of friends and cruise the harbour by boat, including dinner, music and champagne, or splurge out and make a reservation at an award-winning waterfront restaurant for spectacular views, fine wine and multi-course degustation menus.

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A Traditional New Year in London

Join a traditional New Year’s Eve celebration in London. Find yourself a spot alongside the Victoria Embankment and South Bank areas of the River Thames, looking across at the London Eye and Big Ben. The countdown starts as Ben chimes midnight, followed by an impressive display of more than 12,000 flashing fireworks. An amazing light show is launched from the London Eye, and as the skies light up in dazzling displays of bright colours, British rock music adds to the excitement as its booms through the city.
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New York New York

Although it’s freezing cold at New Year’s Eve, that doesn’t stop Times Square in New York from being top of everyone’s wish list of places to be. Over a million revellers pack themselves into the streets where Broadway and Seventh Avenue meet, in anticipation of a 100-year-old tradition, the famous illuminated Waterford crystal LED ball dropping from the former New York Times building. As fireworks erupt with noise and colour, a ton of confetti rains down onto the happy crowd and packed city streets. Big-name concerts keep the crowds entertained, and rooftop parties provide a quieter location for citywide views of the firework spectacle.
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Fireworks in Red Square

In Moscow, New Year is a much bigger celebration than Christmas, and Red Square, Kremlin, and St. Basil’s Cathedral are the best places to see the fireworks at midnight. Decorated with fairy lights and covered in snow, it’s very cold but also very beautiful, a real ‘Winter Wonderland’. Visit the festive market in Red Square and have some fun on the open-air ice rinks in the city, before hitting one of the lavish, extravagant clubs for a night to remember.
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New Year in the Sun

It’s hot in Rio de Janeiro at New Year, which is why the beach is such a popular place to party, with dancing, Champagne and fireworks. Réveillon is Rio’s fabulous end of year celebration that takes place along the stretch of Copacabana Beach.

Celebrations start early in the day, revellers dress up in white, and live musical acts perform the famous Brazilian samba, and international pop stars drive the crowd wild. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the beach is lively with people, and the streets, bars, and restaurants are buzzing with wild parties, dancing, and loud music.

The dynamic city of Bangkok is an exhilarating place to see in the New Year, attracting people from all over to join in the biggest countdown party at CentralWorld, with live music from well-known Thai bands and DJ’s, along with a winter beer garden, and an endless collection of food stalls. Drink champagne as the fireworks burst with vivid colours in the night sky before heading to one of the cities clubs.

Ring in January 1st on one of Phuket’s stunning beaches, dancing the night away on the unspoiled white sands with fireworks, beach barbecues, fire shows, and live entertainment. Join with friends sipping chilled champagne or a signature cocktail at a stylish beach club and be entertained by international DJs. Party until the small hours of the morning, the music’s loud, the lights flash and the night’s sure to be unforgettable. Look up at the fireworks, hug your nearest and dearest, make a wish and let the night sea breeze take it far away into the New Year.

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