The Best Places in the World to See in the New Year
New Year – New Beginnings. A time for reflection on our lives, a chance to reminisce and to think back on what has happened while looking forward to what the New Year may bring. New Year is also a time for us to resolve to change – whether it be a promise to break bad habits; achieve something that we dream for, or just reach a goal that has been eluding us.
Where is the best place to herald in the New Year? Let’s take a round-the-world peek at some of the best New Year’s Eve hotspots for that once-in-a-lifetime experience…..
Rio de Janeiro, South America
Copacabana Beach – this is where around 2 million Rio natives and visitors come together for Revellion – the largest and one of the oldest New Year celebrations. Everyone wears white and congregates along the beachfront to pay homage to Lemanja – Goddess of the Sea. And let’s face it - no one throws a party like the Brazilians!
Orlando, Florida, USA
A family favourite – this may be the ultimate experience to share with your children. The famous Jingle Jungle Parade at Disney world will have them talking about this for years. It comes complete with a magical light and laser show complete with artificial snow!
The iconic London Eye comes alive with one of the world’s most impressive midnight firework displays. But, if staying up late is not your thing, fear not, you can catch plenty of New Year’s action the next day by going to the New Year’s Day Parade. Starting at Westminster, the parade winds it’s way through the city of London all the way to Green Park.
Sydney is home to the world’s 2nd largest celebration and the largest and most impressive Fireworks display. It is also the first of the major cities in the world to herald in the New Year. The fireworks attract over 1 million spectators who line the foreshore to watch this amazing spectacle with the wonderful Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House as backdrops. If partying is your thing, head to Bondi Beach for the Ultimate Beach Dance party.
New York, USA
New Yorkers will tell you that there is no better place to be than in Times Square on New Year’s Eve (despite the lack of food and drink vendors – strictly BYO). This has been a venue of choice ever since the New York Times held their official opening on New Year’s Eve back in 1904. Watch the New Year’s Eve ball hoisted to the top of the One Times Square 77ft flagpole before it makes its dramatic drop on the stroke of midnight.
Thousands of jubilant (and possibly inebriated) Scots crowd the streets of Edinburgh creating one of the best atmospheres imaginable for their annual Hogmanay celebrations. Musical acts abound through the city with traditional Ceilidh dancing taking place in the famous Princes Street Gardens. For the best vantage points of the Fireworks display – head to Carlton Hill.
Who says that New Year celebrations should be contained to one night/day? The Parisians celebrate New Year throughout the whole of January. Crowds gather along the Champs-Élysées as it comes alive with magical lights and the Eiffel Tower is made to look even more enchanting than usual.
Wherever you are and no matter how you intend to celebrate – stay safe and best of wishes for a wonderfully happy and successful year to come.