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10 Fun Places to Spend New Year’s Eve

posted in: Holidays  |  posted by: Jennifer Gregory on December 28, 2009  |  1 Comment

Are you tired of ringing in the New Year the same boring way every single year? Are traditional parties and family get togethers starting to wear you down? If so, why not shake things up a bit by checking out one of these hot New Year’s destinations.

10. Paris, France

des Champs-Elys?es on New Years Eve

Head on over to Paris, France for a romantic New Year’s Eve getaway topped by no other. After checking into your fabulous Paris hotel you should head on to the Champs-Elysees and look for a great view of the Eiffel Tower. Sip a glass of bubbly at midnight and watch a stunning display of fireworks before heading out to some of the area’s hottest nightclubs and bars – all guaranteed to be open well into the morning hours.

9. Miami, Florida

firework palm tree

Try heading towards Miami, Florida for a high-quality New Year’s Eve celebration in a warm environment.  If you really want to party you’ll head towards the South Beach section of the city – an area famous for its community of artists, models, and celebrities. The area will be incredibly crowded with visitors in town for the Orange Bowl but the view of the fireworks over the ocean at midnight will be well worth your fight through the throngs of people.

8. Hong Kong, China


Celebrate the traditional New Year on the streets of Hong Kong. Stroll the Avenue of the Stars, stop into a few local bars, and then ring in the New Year by watching the city’s spectacular fireworks display over the skyline.

7. Las Vegas, Nevada

New Year's Eve was ridiculous on the strip!!!!

The main Strip in Las Vegas is usually crowded but on New Year’s Eve officials will start blocking the road at 5pm, preventing any vehicles from passing through. Before you know it The Strip will be overflowing with celebrities and party goers as they flock towards some of the hottest musical performances and entertaining shows in the city. At midnight the party will only intensify, with a gigantic fireworks show and even more performances.

6. London, England


If you head towards Trafalgar Square in London you’ll find a New Year’s Eve celebration on par with the one in New York City. Locals will flock to the areas around the Thames, Houses of Parliament, and London Eye in an attempt to find the perfect place to watch the fireworks at midnight. London is a great place to celebrate with children, too. They can watch the family fireworks at 9:30 pm, you can put them to bed, and then come out to celebrate again with the adults.

5. Sydney, Australia

Sydney New Year 2004 Firework 17

Because the New Year happens to fall during the summer months, celebrating in the tepid Sydney climate is quite enjoyable. All you need to do is find a party within sight of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House and you’ll be set to witness one of the most intense fireworks displays in the country. You’ll find New Year’s Eve parties throughout the city as well as a series of “recovery parties” on New Year’s Day. Take a nap in your Sydney hotel and then wrap it all up with a trip to the beach for the makings of an unforgettable New Year!

4. Berlin, Germany

New Year's Eve concert in Tiergarten

The city of Berlin is known for being the home to a series of some of the most talented DJ’s in the world so you should expect nothing but the best at these New Year’s Eve parties. Make sure you ask the concierge at your Berlin hotel for the locations of some of the hottest NYE parties and call in advance to see if you need reservations. Some of these venues will sell out fast.

3. Honolulu, Hawaii

A little New Year's celebration on Waikiki Beach!

Ringing in the New Year from the beaches of Waikiki in Honolulu, another astounding tropical destination, is an experience you’ll always remember. The strip that runs along the beach will be closed to vehicle traffic and you’ll find yourself in the midst of one of the hottest block parties in Hawaii. Firework displays, by both professionals and amateurs, will last for hours.

2. Seattle, Washington

Space Needle, Seattle, WA

The New Year’s Eve fireworks surrounding the infamous Space Needle in Seattle, Washington are simple breathtaking. If you’re lucky you might be able to get a reservation at the O Deck or SkyCity and ring in the New Year from there. Otherwise, you’ll simply have to make due at one of the other incredible clubs and bars on the ground.

1. Times Square, New York City

One of the stages in Time Square for New Years Eve

Have you spent every year sitting at home watching the ball drop in Times Square from your couch? If so, it may be time to get up and head towards New York City for the largest New Year’s celebration in the United States. More than 500,000 people will crowd into the square to ring in the New Year while 500 million more will watch on television. Dress warm!

Ring in the New Year at one of these incredible destinations or in another major city near your own home town. We guarantee you’ll find at least one or two parties that suit your tastes and you’ll have a ton of fun in the process. Happy New Year!

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