Want to make New Year’s Eve more memorable? Rather than heading down to your local bar, why not jet off across the world and experience the countdown to midnight in an exotic new location? New Year’s Eve is celebrated all over the world and whilst you can usually guarantee fireworks and alcohol, there can often be other cultural twists that could make it a unique experience. Here are just some of the top places to join in on the New Year’s celebrations.
Entertain yourself in Edinburgh
Edinburgh love a good festival – New Year’s eve in this Scottish capital stretches over three days in an event known as Hogmanay. Amongst the many activities is a torchlit procession down the city’s narrow streets, musical concerts and the opportunity to sing and dance to Auld Lang Syne in the country it was born in. There are plenty of bars for those wanting to booze it up, whilst those wanting a more tranquil New Year’s can spend the evening taking in the sights.
Have a ball in Hong Kong
New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong is just as big an event as Chinese New Year. Every year, the city holds a giant procession made up of floats and pyrotechnics. Hong Kong can be a bit on the pricey side and hotels and drinks can be especially expensive around New Year’s, however the city makes up for it with its lavish celebrations.
Party away in Prague
Prague offer a New Year’s experience like none other. Those wanting a calmer celebration can take a walk through the historic town and visit the Christmas markets before watching the fireworks. Meanwhile, those wanting to party it up can hit the bars where the drinks are fantastically cheap. In fact, of all the European cities, Prague is one of the cheapest all round for New Year’s celebrations, with many cheap flights and hotel deals still available. If you’ve been thinking of spending New Year’s abroad but are on a tight budget, this city could be the destination for you.
Celebrate early in Sydney
Sydney is one of the first major cities to hit midnight and it’s always a big party. On average each year, 1 million people visit the waterfront to watch the fireworks at 9pm and again at midnight. There’s all kinds of other entertainment throughout the day and night to enjoy too including an illuminated parade of boats and acrobatics across the water. Hotel prices aren’t likely to be cheap but if you book ahead you can usually save money.
Take in the winter sights in Norway
In the wake of Christmas, Norway could be the perfect place for continuing the festive celebrations. This is particularly the case if you venture up to Lapland where the scenery is a true winter wonderland. If you’re lucky, you may even catch the Northern Lights. If you want to spend New Year in Norway there are plenty of package trips available online. Some of these include husky safaris and cross-country skiing on top of the opportunity to celebrate is rustic style.
Soak up the jubilations at Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls could serve as another magical setting for spending New Year’s eve. Fireworks and a light show take place over the falls every year. You can choose to watch this display from the Canadian side or the US side. On top of watching the display, you can dine at restaurants in the area and even try the local casinos.
Lose yourself in Las Vegas
Nowhere does nightlife quite as extravagantly as Vegas, so it should be no surprise that this is one of the most exciting places to spend New Years Eve. On top of being able to visit the casinos and bars, there are likely to be many other attractions such as live shows and performances. Hotels can get booked up to a year in advance, so you’ll want to plan ahead.