New Year is just around the corner and the decade coming to a close definitely requires a celebration to remember. Locations across the globe have their own version of festivities and traditions to ring in the New Year. Here is the list of places that will be hosting some of the most happening parties to welcome 2020.
1. Sydney, Australia:
In Sydney, the clock strikes 12 on 31st December much earlier than the rest of the world, making it the perfect destination to ring in New Years. The fact that summers are setting in Australia makes Sydney even more charming as one can enjoy NYE at its famous beaches like Bondi Beach. The world-famous firework display is done in two rounds one at 9 Pm which is followed by the Harbour of Light Parade and other at midnight where the fireworks emerge from barges on the water and Sydney Harbour Bridge. These grandeur displays can be best enjoyed from places like Royal Botanic Garden and Sydney Opera House.
Places to visit: Sydney Harbour Island, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House
Things to do: Enjoy firework and air displays, party at Bondi Beach and Sydney harbour Island, special events at Taronga Zoo, Cruise with a 360-degree view on Sydney Harbour
2. Dubai, UAE:
High Rise buildings, extravagant fireworks, lit up beaches and loads of parties are all a part of the deal if you plan to spend your New Year’s Eve in Dubai. You can enjoy firework displays across various location in the city including Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Beach, Palm Jumeirah and Umm Suqueim Park. If you are looking to party till the sun rises, visit the world-famous Atlantis on the palm resort or Nasami Beach. To enjoy the New Years eve with your family you can visit the various public beaches for a picnic or dine on a cruise while enjoying the fireworks. You can also begin your New Year in the Desert. The city has plenty of options for everyone and it doesn’t disappoint.
Places to visit: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Mall, Nasimi Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residencies, Burj Khalifa.
Things to do: Firework displays across various locations across the city, dinner at Dhow Cruise, Desert Safari, picnic on the beach, party at Atlantis the Palm.
3.Cape Town, South Africa:
Cape Town with its scenic view is the most famous city in South Africa. It also holds the title for having the most magnificent celebrations for New Years especially at places like Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The nightlong parties have their charm with lots of music, dance and splendid fireworks. However, the native music festivals like Kirstenbosch Gardens New Years Eve Concert and Rezonance New Years Eve Festival have their significance which is unique to Cape Town. The historic Minstrel Carnival is another spectacular event which should be on your checklist if you are planning to visit Cape Town to welcome 2020.
Places to visit: Camps Bay, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Things to do: Enjoy parties across various clubs on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, attend music festivals, visit beaches.
4. London, England:
London is a one-stop destination to celebrate both New Years eve and day. Being one of the most popular tourist spots, it has a lot to offer to people who chime in to celebrate. Besides having a wonderful firework display, it also has amazing parties, cruise and other exciting activities for people to enjoy. You can enjoy the festivities on a cruise or a speedboat on the River Thames or attend parties like the New Years Eve Ball and NYE Bash. Another great way to ring in New Year in London is by attending various musical and comedy performances which happen across the town. Spend the first day of the year ice skating and enjoying the New Year’s Day parade.
Places to visit: Big Ben, Bank of River Thames, Trafalgar Square
Things to do: Enjoy an elaborate light show and fireworks display at Big Ben
5. New York, USA
New Years Eve celebrations in New York has been made famous over the years through a lot of movies and shows. It only goes to prove the point that one should experience the spectacle once in a lifetime. Watching the iconic Ball Drop event in Times Square or enjoying music concerts across various spots in the city is a pretty amazing way to spend your New Years Eve. You can also attend various parties, a quiet dinner at a fine dining restaurant or on a cruise in the New York Harbour.
Places to visit: Times Square, New York Harbour
Things to do: Watch the Ball Drop at midnight and be surrounded by confetti, enjoy music concerts and take a cruise across the New York Harbour.
6. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Famous for its Carnivals, music and lively parties, New Year’s Eve celebrations are another splendid affair in Rio De Janeiro. Most of the celebrations happen across its famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema and have a lot of traditions attached to them. Wearing white for the celebrations is a tradition while heading to enjoy the activities. Enjoy the fireworks at the stroke of midnight and later on jump into the sea to honour the Goddess of Sea. While traditions are important Brazilian also enjoy good music, food and partying and Rio De Janeiro won’t disappoint in these aspects.
Places to visit: Copacabana Beach, Ipanema beach
Things to do: Enjoy firework display, enjoy the scenic view and party at the beachside
7. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is a year-round party destination. Its only fitting that Las Vegas is one of the best places to celebrate an eventful New Year’s Eve. The Las Vegas strip turns into a giant street party with various pyrotechnic displays, laser shows and band performances. All major casinos and hotels try to outdo each other with the best parties and firework displays. Las Vegas also offers a myriad of performances by various artists and nightlong parties.
Places to visit: Las Vegas Strip
Things to do: Attend parties, music performances and a giant street party with fireworks, pyrotechnic displays and laser shows.
8. Bangkok, Thailand:
When it comes to celebrating New Year’s in Bangkok you can expect beach parties, firework displays, high energy concerts and much more. Some of the most anticipated destinations for parties include Central World Street and Street Party at Khao San road. If you wish to ring in New Years with activities other than partying you can enjoy a cruise in Chao Phraya river or attend the Meta Music festival. For some quiet time, you can visit one of the various temples in Bangkok.
Places to visit: Central World Plaza, Khao San Road, Chao Phraya River
Things to do: Attend street parties, New Year countdowns and music festivals along with exciting laser and light displays.
9. Goa, India
Goa surely gives all destinations across the globe a run for their money when it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve. Nightlong beach parties, firework displays, famous Dj sets are all a part of the experience if you plan to start your year in Goa. All major clubs and shacks host their parties and the state is lit up with Christmas decorations. You can even visit the various churches, sit back and enjoy the fireworks, attend bonfires and barbecues or go for a cruise.
Places to visit: Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach, Palolem
Things to do: Party at famous clubs like Titos, Cabana or enjoy lowkey dinner on cruise.
10. Edinburgh, Scotland:
The New Year’s Eve celebrations are termed as Hogmanay and happen for 3 days. The festivities commence on 30th November with a Viking torchlight parade as fireworks light up the sky. 31st night is an occasion for a giant street party outside the Edinburgh castle filled with concerts, outdoor bars, beautifully decorated streets and dancing. The processions end with a Loony Dook which consists of fancy dress parade and taking a dunk in freezing river waters. This is a party you just don’t want to miss.
Places to visit: Parliament square, Edinburgh Castle
Things to do: Enjoy the 3-day processions filled with traditional activities and partying.