When the clock strikes midnight, start your New Year in a place you will never forget. Instead of spending your New Year’s Eve at a neighbor’s party or watching the fireworks from your TV at home, why not spend your New Year abroad? But where are the top places to begin the year ahead? Each destination has its own traditions in how to celebrate. Well, we’ve created a list of the top 5 places to celebrate. From Paris to Sydney, you’re sure to find somewhere you want to spend your New Year. Add all of these locations to your bucket list today and start your 2017 with a bang!
Over 250,000 people crowd along the River Thames to watch the amazing firework display. This year marks the 30th annual New Year’s Day Parade through London. Over 10,000 performers fill the streets of London with everyone watching the countdown alongside the chiming of Big Ben. Each spectator will witness these amazing fireworks from a number of iconic buildings – Big Ben, London Bridge or Victoria Embankment. Wherever you are, have a massive group sing-along to “Auld Lang Syne”.
Sydney puts on the largest fireworks display in the world – it was one of the first capital cities to celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks. They have a firework display at 9 pm and another when the clock strikes midnight. Both are in front of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Over a billion people watch this display around the world on the TV. But for next year, why don’t you book an outside table at one of the waterfront restaurants by Sydney Harbour Bridge and watch the fireworks.
Nowhere does New Year quite like Edinburgh. Their celebration lasts four days filled with concerts, street parties, and a torch parade through the streets of Edinburgh. Similarly to London, many sing “Auld Lang Syne” around the streets of Edinburgh. When the clock strikes midnight, thousands gather at the River Forth to watch some brave souls dive into the ice-cold water. But the party doesn’t stop there. It continues way into the early hours of the morning with a dog sledding competition!
New York City, USA
Probably the most famous place to spend NYE is in the Big Apple. Millions of people head to Times Square to see musicians and a 12-foot crystal ball descend 70-foot atop One Times Square with confetti being released into the sky. You can even begin your year with writing your resolutions down on the wishing wall. These traditions have been going on for more than a century, and it’s hard to find somewhere that has more atmosphere than New York.
Begin your year in one of the most romantic and magical places on earth. Watch the fireworks display outside the Eiffel Tower with the tower itself being lit up. Or if you would prefer something a little more private, go on a boat cruise along the Seine and watch the fireworks from a distance. It doesn’t get more romantic than Paris with your loved one!