New Year's is one of the most awaited events across the globe! While people celebrate a gazillion festivals throughout the year, this one day is a gala extravaganza that the entire world rejoices barring all cultural and physical disparities. The intensity, glamor and exuberance varies from destination to destination. So, this time around, we bring you the most popular New Year spots which are sight to behold on this night!
The center of Brussels, Belgium, is traditionally a very busy place on New Year's Eve. People gather on the Place de Brouckère, or the Grand Place, to watch the New Year's Eve countdown. Fireworks are shot from the Mont des Arts on New Year's Eve in Brussels. Parties are held at the Mont des Arts, the Grand Place or the Bourse to watch the fireworks. Brussels is also known for electronic music parties and festivals on New Year's Eve. In 2013, Brussels Electronic Music New Year's Eve hosted 80 acts in eight different venues throughout the evening. The city of Brussels also hosts webcams so that people can watch the festivities from a more private location.
New Year in Edinburgh includes the massive Hogmanay party that fills Princes Street every New Year's Eve which are world famous, and for good reason. It's the ideal time of the year for Scots (and Scots-at-heart) to prove their legendary hospitality with a right old knees up in the City Centre. The Street Party, the fireworks, 'Auld Lang Syne' and all that's on New Year's Eve is wonderful. The Old Town Ceilidh and the Concert in the Gardens are also regarded as world-class events. You mustn’t miss their special Dog sledging competition and the Loony Dook parade as well.
Who are the greatest party people in the world? Definitely the peeps from the Caribbean! So what's the greatest place to ring in the New Year? Definitely the Bahamas! Nassau's all-night party Junkanoo parade, Nicholls Town is decorated with balloons, Green Turtle Cay is set for the masquerade, Alice Town is loaded with beer. On 31st December, the beaches on the islands turn wild with booze and fireworks and music and parades, a colorful display of their strong belief in everything that is larger than life.
New York, United States
When you think about New Year's Eve events in New York, the gigantic Ball Drop at Times Square and the massive celebration around it is probably the first one that comes to mind. While the rest of the world watches half a million New Yorkers freezing their tails off in midtown, the rest of NYC will be shuts down to ring in the new year in style. People don their most festive holiday dresses and getups and head out for a night of New Year’s Eve fireworks, amazing New Year's Eve concerts and other first-of-the-year festivities with the roundup of the best parties and events for the upcoming year!
New Year's Eve, or La Réveillon de Saint Sylvestre as it's known in France, is a happening night filled with dinners, cruises, events and cabarets. Can’t think of a better night to celebrate than on the top of the Eiffel Tower! A fabulous multi-course dinner at maybe the Bateaux Parisiens and plenty of champagne on a boat cruising along the Seine.
The legendary cabaret show at Lido de Paris, with its dancers, the Bluebell Girls, has been a Champs-Elysees iconic cabaret and supper club for seventy years and remains the most popular show in central Paris.
Also Paris is filled with lovely and historic churches and what better time than New Year's Eve to spend a memorable evening tucked into a Gothic masterpiece for a seasonal classical music concert. As a special treat, there's also a New Year’s Eve performance of Swan Lake by the Paris Ballet.
Launched from the foot of the London Eye and from rafts on the Thames, the firework is visible from most of central London, the basic rule is that if you can see the London Eye, you'll be able to see the show. There is enough firepower for an hour-long display into ten explosive minutes, lighting up the sky for miles around. The best views are from Victoria Embankment, the South Bank, and Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge. Hungerford Bridge is closed after 8 PM and there's also no entry to Westminster Bridge after this time. Watched by half a million people, it is a sight to behold. The marching parade and procession of Queen’s horses is also a specialty.
You can spend New Year’s Eve in warm weather and viewing tropical scenery on the Moana and Wakiki beaches. Celebrations are often more fun in Hawaii and plenty of Hawaiian destinations host everything from parties to fireworks. New Year’s in Hawaii consists of Mochi Pounding (If you want to experience Hawaiian culture first-hand), Cruises like the Pacific Whale Foundation and the Pride of Maui, a huge pyrotechnics show at the Grand Wailea Resort and fireworks at Aloha Tower Marketplace Entertainment.
Retro styled dance-a-thons, music shows, fireworks, food, fun and frolic, the New Year celebrations at Miami are the biggest competition to the one in Times Square, NYC. However, they hold more diverse events as compared to NYC. The grand Ball Drop from 35 foot neon ‘Big Orange’, the lit up Bayfront Park, revelry at the Miami Beach and fireworks across the Lincoln Road make Miami a sight to behold on this day.
Stunning Sydney Harbour with its breathtaking fireworks, Sydney knows how to host a New Year's Eve celebration. 3-course meals, cocktails on arrival and live music at the Clark Island Garden Party set the mood at the Shark Island which transforms into a Caribbean party. Clark Island and Sydney Harbour National Park is all colorful on New Year's Eve. Bradleys Head Mast Precinct is another prime spot for families to celebrate New Year's Eve. People also celebrate the New Year with spectacular fireworks at Darling Harbour. The Sydney Opera House’s Opera Gala, featuring favorites by Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini, is timed for the 9 PM fireworks and the Sydney Opera House stays open well past the midnight fireworks. The famous Luna Park holds harbour-side party featuring rides, music, food and drinks and special VIP lounges. Taronga Zoo in Mosman is another prized location for the big night.
Las Vegas, Nevada
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! The lesser said, the better. There is no corner in the Casino Town that is not partying on New Year's! More than 300 thousand people from across the globe are in Nevada to end their year on high every year!
Ready to party hard? The world is gearing up, have you decided as yet?
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