Strike off the common and overcrowded destinations and explore new ones to welcome the New Year 2017. With just 62 days left for the countdown, this is the best time to make your travel bookings. Here’s a list of 13 international destinations that can be explored in this New Year’s Eve:
- WHY REYKJAVIK?
Known for its exquisite nightlife, community bonfires mark the onset of the biggest New Year’s Eve party as it is a custom followed to burn the past grief. Drinks, music, dance and local delicacies make the gala exceptional. Only this time of the year, a ban on fireworks is lifted and the sky is illuminated with vibrant colours.
- WHY EDINBURGH?
New Year’s is not about celebrating just any other night; it’s about entertainment, fun, music and remembrance. Scotland’s capital Edinburgh is famous for organising one of the world’s famous and largest New Year festivals Hogmanay. The three-day festival (Dec. 30 – Jan. 1) includes torchlight procession, street party, concerts and huge firework rounds.
- WHY SYDNEY?
As it’s the first main city to welcome New Year, Sydney exhibits the largest firework in the world. One of the pyrotechnic shows is scheduled at 9pm and the other at midnight highlighting the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The celebration commences with Harbour of Light Parade where illuminated vessels dance across Sydney Harbour. There are more than million audiences to witness the waterfront show exhibiting aerial acrobatics. The event is watched by nearly billion viewers on television.
- WHY BERLIN?
Germany’s capital turns out to be a happening party destination for tourists at the New Year’s Eve (also known as Silvester in Germany). The city organises one of the biggest street parties in an open arena at a stretch of two-kilometers that ranges between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column. Here, one gets to enjoy live music performances, DJ remixes, fireworks, dance, food, and laser and light shows. A free annual New Year’s Run is organised the next day.
- WHY HONGKONG?
Raise toast to welcome the New Year by experiencing one of the world’s greatest pyrotechnic shows at the Victoria Harbour. The eight-minute display of light and sound is incredible and one can also observe the splendid view from nearby rooftop bar or boat. The midnight countdown is celebrated at the Times Square with replica ball drop.
- WHY BAHAMAS?
Located on the south-east side of the USA, Bahamas lets you relish the vibrancy through its excellent weather and natural beauty. The city arranges the biggest street parade Junkanoo in Bahamian style including street performances and music. While there are many grand hotels hosting New Year parties, many tourists prefer attending the event as it involves gatherings at the beach, and watch the fireworks display to celebrate the countdown.
- WHY AMSTERDAM?
The hap crowd, culture and ambience make Amsterdam the most populous destination during New Year. Spontaneous street parties, fireworks, various dining options, drinks, themed parties at clubs and hotels, and special menu are the highlights of the eve. The hotspot locations in the city are Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein, Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt.
- WHY RIO DE JANERIO?
Brazil’s seaside city Rio De Janerio welcomes nearly two million tourists during New Year’s. The Copacabana Beach hosts largest and wildest New Year Eve’s party which includes musical performances and huge firework rounds at midnight. People dressed in white greet the New Year. Besides the parties hosted by private hotels and clubs, other popular beaches are Ipanema and Flamengo.
- WHY DUBLIN?
Since five years, Ireland’s capital Dublin hosts New Year Festival Dublin from December 30 – January 1 on the Dame Street. With an Irish resemblance, the party has different activities like local music, street performances and other artistic events. Besides, there is Procession of Light from 4pm with lanterns from St. Stephen’s Green to Dublin Castle.
- WHY LAS VEGAS?
Sin City will cost you more during New Year’s Eve but if fun, wilderness and craziness are your desire, then you might have to forgo budget. More than 300,000 visitors are expected this year. The Vegas strip, from Russell to Sahara, gets closed after 6pm due to a huge gathering. Apart from parties and concerts at casinos and clubs, there are live band performances and laser shows. The pyrotechnic firework display occurs at midnight from seven casino rooftops. A street party called Fremont Street Experience is also organised in downtown Vegas. Las Vegas is definitely not a family outing destination.
- WHY NASHVILLE?
Situated in the south US, Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee. The music city will host Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park this year. So far, the New Year’s Eve has been witnessed by over 150,000 people. The firework rounds and Music Note Drop will be organised near the State Capitol. Another round of firework session will be held at Cumberland River.
- WHY LIMA?
Lima is the largest city in Peru. Food, shopping and entertainment are what Larco Mar offers. Located in the Miraflores district, the mega complex is an apt location to spend New Year’s Eve with family and friends. The market is built on the cliff side. For calm experience, enjoy water views at Barranco. Punta Hermosa and San Bartolo beaches are the hotspot locations in Lima. Many clubs, hotels and rooftop bars also organise special events.
- WHY PRAGUE?
An apt location for revellers! Located in central Europe, Czech Republic’s capital Prague is a famous destination for New Year. Besides parties offering food, drinks, music and dance at river cruises, clubs, hotels and bars, tourists gather at the Old Town Square or Wenceslas Square to watch fireworks at midnight. However, try avoiding Wenceslas Square as it becomes overcrowded. Watch the fireworks from the rooftop of a hotel or bar. Petrin Hill or Charles Bridge will give a better view. Visiting churches is another option to listen to the choir.Happy Travelling!!!