Where is the best place in the world to celebrate the 31st of December? We took a look around the globe for outstanding annual celebrations, and we gathered together six top destinations for an unforgettable party!
Rio de Janeiro
This “Cidade de Deus” is best known for its colorful and lively Carnaval, but also for its New Year’s – the largest party in the world. The 2.5-mile fine-sanded Copacabana beach hosts every year more than 2 million people that cram together to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This night is a uniquely Brazilian blend between religious and traditional beliefs and large oceanfront music stages, amazing fireworks, and dance performances. For good luck in the New Year, dress all in white as the locals do and make sure you also have something red for romance, green for good health and yellow for prosperity.
Party by night, party by day seems to be the motto for the New Year’s Party in London. Around 250,000 people celebrate this night on the streets of old London, the most popular places being the Tower of London, Westminster and Blackfriars bridges, as well as Trafalgar and Parliament Squares. For an amazing view of the midnight fireworks show on the Thames River, opt for tickets at Victoria Embankment or South Bank. And remember – don’t party too late because the New Year’s Day Parade is a major event that should not be missed!
If you want to be among the first people on the planet to celebrate the New Year or just want to see one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks displays in the world, Sydney is your destination! Using Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as their fabulous setting, Aussies do know how to plan an event. You’ll get to enjoy two fireworks shows – one at 9 PM and the second at midnight. There’s also an air and water show featuring aerial acrobatics. Don’t miss the traditional Aboriginal ceremony that is said to cast away the evil spirits, or the Harbour of Light Parade. For an unforgettable front row experience, Gayot recommends booking places at the Royal Botanic Gardens or at the gala La Boheme.
Not only is it one of the most romantic destinations on earth, but it also knows how to live up to its nickname of “The City of Lights.” For their New Year’s Eve party, Paris makes the Eiffel Tower, the epicenter of a spectacular light show and fireworks display. You can celebrate the Nouvelle Année like Parisians with Champagne, chocolates, and bises (kisses) in a massive street party on Champs- Élysées, but you can also opt for a gourmet dinner in the more relaxed Montmartre. Or, as Travel Channel recommends, go on a romantic dinner cruise along the Seine. It’s said to be spectacular.
Jost Van Dyke
If you are looking for a paradise getaway for New Year’s, the smallest of the British Virgin Islands is the place to be, according to Fodors. The island can be accessed by personal boat and by ferries that come from St. Thomas and St. John,and accommodates people in comfortable seaside villas and cottages. Spend the “Old Year’s Eve,” as they call it, in the most famous place on the island – Foxy’s Tamarind Bar, where the party lasts for two days with live music, drinks, and local foods.
If you want to enjoy the New Year in a warm climate and experience a world-class nightlife scene that caters to all budgets, then Miami is your best choice! This popular destination for celebrating New Year’s offers price ranges from free to VIP. Do not miss the festivities in the Bayfront Park or Lummus Park that start at around 9 PM, which includes live music and culminates with amazing fireworks at midnight.
Without a doubt, there are many other destinations that offer amazing ways to enjoy the passage of the year. So, what are your plans for this New Year’s Eve party?