Best New Year’s Eve Parties Around the World

With 2016 in full swing, you’ve probably put your New Year’s Eve party outfit back in the closet, washed the champagne flutes and begun (and hopefully not yet forgotten) your goals and resolutions for the year ahead.

Most likely travel is on your plans for the coming year – and why not start thinking about where you want to ring in the next New Year? Whether you want to celebrate among millions of other visitors in bustling New York City or watch one of the world’s most famous fireworks display on a warm Sydney summer night, here are 16 of the most vibrant and festive New Year’s celebrations around the globe.

You know that saying, “Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”? Expect to get crazy with over 320,000 other partygoers who are fill every square inch of the casinos, nightclubs, and restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip. At midnight, the city lets off a majestic, choreographed fireworks display – last year’s theme was “On Top of the World” and featured a special tribute to Frank Sinatra in the finale.

London offers a bewitching display of fireworks, with people gathering together at Trafalgar Square. One of London’s most renowned landmarks, Big Ben, beats in time with the fireworks, while the London Eye creates a swirling fireworks display in tune with British rock music that reverberates around the city.

This year Rio De Janeiro is hosting the summer Olympics, and you can expect Brazilians to keep on partying into the next year. Here you can witness Reveillon, where millions of people crowd along the city’s beaches dressed in white, loing like “Candomble” priestesses. Fireworks can be seen along the beachfront, while parties rage on through the next day.

Sydney is one of the first major cities to ring in the new year – and the city definitely knows how to put on a show for the rest of the world to see. Every year, millions of people watch the spectacular fireworks display at multiple vantage points in the city and eagerly anticipate what theme will appear on the Harbour Bridge to ring in the following year. As Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney hosts many beach and outdoor parties the next day.

No New Year’s Eve world party list would be complete without including New York City. It’s become an American (and even worldwide) tradition to celebrate the dropping of the Waterford LED ball from the former New York Times Building. Times Square continues to be the hottest and hippest place in New York for New Year celebrations, with people waiting in the cold hours ahead of midnight, while being entertained by star-studded musical performances, balloons, handouts, confetti, and a stunning pyrotechnic display.

In Edinburgh, New Year’s Eve celebrations, known as Hogmanay, include a torchlight parade through the city, concerts, and a massive street party on Princes Street. “Auld Lang Syne” was written by Scotsman Robert Burns, and the song takes on special significance when sung in the streets of Edinburgh. The Scottish practice the tradition of “first-footing” – when the first guest of the New Year brings gifts such as whisky or Scottish shortbread. On January 1, spectators gather at the River Forth to watch a group of brave souls splash into the freezing water in the annual Queensferry Loony Do charity event.

Some of the most elaborate and spectacular New Year’s Eve parties are organized in Dubai. The city that is known for its wealth and extravagance certainly goes all out for New Year’s, hosting millions of visitors every year. The celebrations in Dubai are grandiose, dazzling and amazing. Make sure to watch the fireworks display at the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Every New Year’s Eve, the radiant Victoria Harbor is the belle of the ball for Hong Kong’s spectacular countdown. Happy partygoers can watch a stunning pyro-musical display that lights up the skies. Whether you watch it along the shore, from a boat on the harbor or on high in a skyscraper, it’s definitely worth planning early to ensure a prime spot.

A popular New Year’s Eve event in Shanghai is the 3D laser and firework show. Make sure you have a good spot to watch the skies light up both sides of the Huangpu River. The laser show usually takes place about 15 minutes prior to the midnight countdown. If you’re up loing to dance the night away, Shanghai has some of the best nightclub events around. Think VIP bottle service and famous DJs.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style in Berlin, with around one million visitors gathering at the Brandenburg Gate to welcome the coming year. Berlin has a spectacular fireworks display when the clock strikes midnight and you can hear the clinking of the glasses of locals and visitors alike toast for a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead.

So what are you waiting for….. the 31st of December (boom tish). As always, if you have any suggestions on places we should add to this Wanderlist, please write it in the comments section below.

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