From street gatherings to firework extravaganzas, we’ve scoured the globe to find five of the biggest New Year’s events, where the locals really know how to have a good time…
As one of the first cities to celebrate New Year’s Eve, Sydney ensures the rest of the world has a tough act to follow. A midnight firework display, the ‘Harbour of Light’ parade and myriad drinking establishments combine to make this a world famous event, attracting well over a million revelers each year. And given it’s summertime in Sydney, you won’t have to wrap up to stay warm in the evening.
New York City
Arguably the most famous event of its kind across the globe, the big ball descending in Times Square is watched by around a million people in the flesh and close to a billion more around the world. Star-studded musical performances and madcap pyrotechnics make this as big a party you’re ever likely to find. It’s also so firmly etched into popular culture, many feel it’s simply something you have to experience at least once in your life.
The Scots have a long and rich heritage associated with New Year’s Eve. They even have their own name for it – Hogmany. The official four-day program of events includes torchlight processions, live bands, street entertainment, dance stages and of course the odd firework or two, centered around the city’s Princes Street. Hogmany is the biggest New Year celebration in Europe and ideal fun for all the family.
Rio de Janeiro
A New Year’s Eve beach party in Brazil is hard to beat. With beautiful people, spectacular fireworks and a carnival vibe, set on one of the most famous beaches in the world, you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable night. Known locally as ‘Revellion’, the whole beach transforms into an all-day party, with music stages, dancing, and plenty of fancy dress. Join the two million plus crowd for the ultimate New Year’s celebration.
The Champs-Elysees is the place to be in Paris for seeing in the New Year. Locals and visitors alike flock here armed with bottles of champagne and baskets of food to witness the Eiffel Tower being turned into a giant pyrotechnic display. Expect a typically refined and romantic ambiance to the event’s proceedings with thousands of revelers enjoying good food and wine, offering well wishes to anyone within earshot.
These are just a few of the most famous, if you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path next yer, a travel agent can help!