Every year, people from all around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve together. Whether you decide to celebrate yours in your home country or overseas this year, the occasion isn’t what it typically is without massive and colorful fireworks, memorable social gatherings, heart-beat music, all-night dancing, and fabulous food and drinks. Even so, each setting has its own differences and unique varieties.
From the City of Love to the Land of Smiles, the whole world starts cheering as soon as the clock strikes midnight every last day of the year. If you plan to spend yours in the city this year, here’s a list of 7 awesome cities you’ll love to go for your next New Year’s countdown.
1. New York City, USA
Not only is New York City famous for being one of the world’s best cities, it’s also recognized as one of the ‘hottest’ places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. In fact, there are very few places in the world like it.
Every year, millions of people flock to Times Square to watch NYC’s iconic ball drop and famous superstars perform on stage. From watching fireworks displays at Central Park to attending a formal night at the Russian Tea Room (highly popular among the affluent), there are plenty of spots in New York City available for your New Year’s Eve reservations this year.
2. Paris, France
Celebrate your New Year’s Eve with unforgettable romance and colorful fireworks in the City of Love. At midnight, join the French at the iconic Eiffel tower to welcome the new year with a bunch of stunning fireworks that beautifully color the sky. Optionally, you can take a boat ride along the Seine if you prefer to do something more relaxing, romantic, and private.
Go to Bateaux Parisiens and open your New Year’s champagne bottle, accompanied by amazing live singing and orchestra — or go to Paradis Latin, a cabaret located on Cardinal Lemoine street where you can happily groove, taste the finest French gastronomy, and enjoy exceptional cabaret performances.
3. Sydney, Australia
Sydney has a reputation for lighting up some of the most gorgeous and artistic fireworks for New Year’s Eve. Not only are they massive, they’re known to be the largest firework displays in the world. Every year, over one million people visit Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge to watch the incredible waterfront shows that play twice during the yearly occasion; one at 9am and the other at midnight.
Apart from these shows, spectators also can participate in other fun activities, such as watching aerial acrobatics and aboriginal smoking ceremony, or attend amusing parties at Manly Beach or Bondi Beach.
4. Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong offers some of the most dazzling firework displays in the world for you to reminisce many years from now. Famous for its world-class ‘Symphony of Lights,’ Hong Kong’s light art gets even more impressive on New Year’s Eve — and it always gets better every year. While you celebrate the joyous occasion with the diverse crowd around you, pay attention to your surroundings. You’ll likely see an amazing pyrotechnic dragon in the sky!
You can also see a replica of the NYC ball drop at Hong Kong’s Times Square. For party revelers, partying on rooftops and boats at the Victoria Harbor is certainly going to be a great experience!
5. Melbourne, Australia
Apart from Sydney, Melbourne is also well-known for its extraordinary New Year’s Eve celebration that hosts almost a million people each year. Likewise, what’s New Year’s Eve without fireworks? In Melbourne, gorgeous fireworks are usually lighted up brightly at Yarra Park. As soon as the clock strikes midnight, you’ll see them burst and colorize the sky with their artistic patterns.
Entertaining live performances by the Australia’s indigenous folks make the event even more exciting. The 2017 celebration is expected to light up $400,000 worth of fireworks that’ll amaze more than half a million people. Care to join?
6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The world recognizes Brazil for its hectic carnival and in case you didn’t know, its capital, Rio de Janeiro, hosts a number of happening events for New Year’s Eve, too.
These events which invite over 2.5 million tourists include unique traditional dance, loud and catchy music, and millions of fancily dressed people from Brazil and all around the world. Champagne and other kinds of alcohols are continuously sipped before the countdown begins — and beautiful flowers are thrown into the ocean as a gift to the Goddess of the seas, called Yemanja.
7. Bangkok, Thailand
If you’re wondering whether Thai people celebrate the New Year like the rest of the world, the answer is ‘Yes.’ Hundreds of thousands people (both Thai locals and expats), gather in Bangkok every New Year’s Eve to do the countdown together before big, bright light shows and video displays start playing. Live concerts and loud music make the celebrations even more enticing.
From family-friendly diner cruises along the Chao Phraya River to colorful fireworks at Central World Square and Asiatique, or an elegant dinner gala in the city’s fanciest restaurant, there’s an abundance of wonderful activities in Bangkok for each and everyone to enjoy on New Year’s Eve. For those looking to party all night long, there’s no better place other than the Royal City Avenue to do it!
What about you? Where will you celebrate your upcoming New Year’s Eve?