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Best places to see in the New Year

Best places to see in the New Year

When the clock strikes twelve on the 31st of December this year, where will you be? If you’re yet to make plans, but don’t feel particularly inspired by your local options, why not ring in the New Year in another part of the world?

Many destinations have developed a global reputation for their NYE celebrations, each promising a music and fireworks-filled party you won’t ever forget. Here are five of them:

1. Sydney

Sydney has two NYE-inspired accolades to its name: it’s the first major city to see in the New Year, plus it hosts the largest fireworks display in the world. Hoards of spectators gather at the water’s edge to marvel at the spectacle in the sky, with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House serving as the backdrop. December marks the start of summer in Sydney, so why not stick around and sample the city’s beautiful beaches?

2. New York

New Year’s Eve in New York is an assault on the senses – at least, in Times Square. Think bright, dazzling billboards, fireworks, confetti, live performances and an energetic buzz that can’t be matched anywhere else in the world. Wrap up warm (extra warm), find your spot in the crowd and watch with bated breath as the legendary New Year’s Eve Ball descends at the stroke of midnight. Read our recent blog for some tips on what to see and do whilst in the city that never sleeps.

3. Edinburgh

Edinburgh doesn’t do anything by halves, with its NYE festivities spanning three days. It’s called ‘Hogmanay’ and kicks off with a torchlit procession through the city on the 30th of December, followed by a fireworks display. The 31st is jam-packed with live performances and street parties, with the midnight fireworks exploding over the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. Make sure you learn the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne before your trip! 

4. Rio de Janeiro

Rio may be renowned for its carnival, but its NYE celebrations are nothing to be sniffed at. If you very much enjoy the hustle and bustle, head for the iconic Copacabana Beach where millions – yes, millions! – of visitors dance to traditional Brazilian music whilst fireworks are set off over the ocean. Watch as locals, dressed fully in white, throw handfuls of flowers into the ocean as a gift to the goddess of the sea, Lemanjá.

5. London

If you’d rather stay in the UK, London puts on an impressive show. Join over 250,000 people on the banks on the River Thames for the fireworks and light display, looking out for landmarks including the London Eye, Shard and Houses of Parliament in the distance. Stick around for the New Year’s Day Parade through the West End streets; this year, it’s expected 10,000 participants from the UK, Europe, USA and beyond will take part.

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