Before the clock strikes midnight on December 31 you would surely want to be at one of the best celebrated New Year’s party. After scouring hundreds of places we bring you the top five destinations where the fun just begins when the clock strikes twelve.
New York, New York
Join millions of people at the Times Square for this yearly party where you will be counting down seconds until the 12-foot glittering ball is dropped from a flagpole atop the Times Square building marking the beginning of a New Year. Besides the ball drop you might also catch a few celebrity performances, pyrotechnic light show, New Year’s Wishing Wall to write down your resolution and also a chance to see yourself on television as it is a televised event.
With a twenty minutes fire show launched from 17 different points along the coast between Valparaiso and Vina del Mar and a dance party that lasts until the sun comes up, the festivities begin from the 28th and lasts till New Years. More than a million people make their way to the city’s sandy beaches for the beach party. The locals follow a peculiar tradition to ensure good luck and so can you. Wear yellow underwear, eat a dozen grapes at midnight and don’t forget to put a $1000 peso bill in your shoe.
The Napa and Sonoma Valleys, California
For a less crowded and laid-back holiday experience you can hit the Northern California wine country that is a little slow during the winters. Many hotels and wineries offer their own wine-fuelled parties in cellars and wine caves. You can make reservations at any of the famed restaurants for a private midnight dinner or party.
New Year’s Eve here can be as unpredictable as it can get. The medieval old town hosts more than 10,000 people for concerts, open-air dance parties, fireworks show over the river Danube. The place gets divided into a concert zone for those who enjoy live local music and a party zone for socializing. Be prepared for a noisy event as traditions call for the use of a rehtacka, a wooden noise maker to chase away any negative energy of the past.
More than 250,000 people gather onto the banks of river Thames to view and enjoy the countdown to Big Ben striking the hour of midnight marking the beginning of another New Year. With an elaborate light show and fireworks display the party continues throughout the night with several activities planned for the 1st of January that includes a three-hour parade with marching bands, colorful floats, costumed dancers and a fine procession of the Queen’s horses.
Take your pick from these beautiful New Year’s party destination to ring in the New Year with dance, music, light shows, fireworks, traditions and a lot of fun.