The year-end is drawing nearer and closer. So it’s time to ponder how you’ll spend New Year’s Eve and welcome 2020, especially if you’re a globetrotter. Since in addition to the fact that flight and holiday bookings sell out right on time, yet the sooner you book things like flights, hotels and tours, the less you’ll pay! So, where should you be this time when the clock strikes 12 on 31st midnight? What are the best places to observe New Year’s Eve 2020?
From exhilarating beach parties to the most sensational fireworks, here are our suggestions of 15 best places to celebrate New Year in style.
1. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Sydney is considered one of the top cities for New Year’s Eve for its area, culture and fireworks. Of course, it is the top festive-oriented city to welcome the New Year and the world rushes to witness the splendour. Sydney’s official fireworks ceremony takes place at 9 pm and later at midnight.
The year-end festival is among the greatest that showcases light and firecrackers when the clock strikes midnight. Moreover, the roaring crowd stirs up a sense of enthusiasm to welcome the New Year. Millions throng to appreciate the waterfront celebrations that incorporate fantastic aerobatic displays and indigenous fireworks. Look out for events like harbourside fiestas to welcome 2020.
Where Should You Be: Sydney Harbour, Royal Botanic Garden, Darling Harbour, The Star.
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2. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Rio de Janeiro is everyone’s first pick for various reasons – football, carnival, samba, bossa nova, Balneario beaches, Spanish food and more. You can appreciate the gaiety on Copacabana and Ipanema shores with around 2 million others at midnight.
The core activity takes place on Copacabana Beach. The 2.5-mile stretch will get vibrant with all sorts of activities, from live performances to an amazing firecrackers show. You’ll need to arrive promptly at night to occupy a decent spot. Head towards lifeguard stations 5 and 6 as it’ll be a lot calmer. It’s believed that wearing all white brings good luck for the year ahead. So don’t hesitate to join the party. Your gleaming new white outfit is probably going to get soaked in alcohol.
Where Should You Be: Copacabana Beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Buzios, Ipanema
3. MOSCOW, RUSSIA
It’s freezing at the Russian capital but this world-class city displays one of the most visually enchanting settings for New Year’s Eve celebration. Unbelievable, but true, New Year festivities should be something that no one has experienced before. The appealing vibes of Moscow are worth soaking up. The lively crowd, amazing fireworks at Kremlin, colourful dancers, famous spots such as Red Square and Cathedrals are decorated with lights.
Additionally, the New Year in Moscow would be incomplete if one does not witness Sokolniki Park Sergiyev Posad or Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. The best bars to attend the New Year events in Moscow are – Bar Belka, GQ Bar and Kino.
Where Should You Be: Red Square, Gorky Park, Sokolniki Park, Tverskaya Ulitsa, The Muzeon Park of Arts, Balchug Kempinski Hotel, Vorontsovsky Park
4. HONG KONG, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Hong Kong has a charisma that is beyond words. However, as you may expect, spots can get occupied leaving you without even the slightest idea of where to go. The major firecracker show is at Victoria Harbor, where it’s accompanied by music, laser show and lights to make a one of a kind year-end treat.
However, if you head to the harbour, you’ll never get a decent see. Rather, head to a nearby hotel or resort with a decent housetop bar. Hotel Icon or Star Ferry Pier (Tsim Sha Tsui) is ideal to encounter the best of New Year’s Eve celebrations. You could also be at the Wooloomooloo Prime steakhouse in Tsim Sha Tsui. Make sure to be on the 21st floor where you can admire a phenomenal show from a cafe with a tasty menu for sure!
Where Should You Be: Victoria Harbour, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong Disneyland Park, Shenzhen, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kee Club at Wellington St, Duddell’s at Central, Ozone Bar in West Kowloon and The Pawn in Wan Chai
5. NEW YORK, USA
New York is prominent worldwide for its New Year’s Eve celebrations, festive parties, dinners, concerts and much more. It is a world-class destination to attend one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties. From Lincoln Center to music halls in the Lower East Side, witness great concerts and shows on New Year’s Eve.
You’ll get the chance to appreciate world-class entertainers, remarkable neon lights and the acclaimed ball drop in Times Square. Whether you’re looking for a grand party, an intimate dinner or a change of scenery, check out a variety of ideas for your New Year’s Eve celebration in The Big Apple.
Where Should You Be: Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan, Prospect Park, Bryant Park, Union Square, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Square, and the South Street Seaport.
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6. CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Next, we make a trip to South Africa and the delightful city of Cape Town. For New Year’s Eve, you can’t go anyplace other than the Victoria and Albert Waterfront. The performance and midnight firecracker show are world-famous, and there are numerous phenomenal spots to eat, move and have the best time of your life.
However, the fun doesn’t stop on New Year itself. Festivities proceed onto second January as well and a huge number of partygoers head to the coastal areas and thousands more head downtown to watch 10,000 entertainers perform at the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival. Young people dance or drink the night away at various clubs and bars. You can experience an elegant evening aboard a yacht in formal attire and gaze at the starry sky.
Where Should You Be: V&A Waterfront, Signal Hill, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Table Bay Harbor
7. BERLIN, GERMANY
No European city parties like Berlin. There is an assortment of underground bars and clubs you could visit in Berlin. Frequently known as the city of hedonistic parties, you could head down the Party Mile, a 1.5m stretch of bars, tents, food and even musical concerts. This is the place you’ll discover a chock-full of activities, with 1,000,000 individuals eating, drinking and making merry until 3 am.
The streets ignite in a frenzied outburst of sound, colour and energy. There’ll be no shortage of live DJs, food & drinks and of course, firecrackers. As firework shows fill the streets, the real show will astound visitors at Brandenburg Gate. As the clock strikes midnight, one of the city’s most iconic sights, along with streets around the city, light up in a spectacular display.
Where Should You Be: Brandenburg Gate, Spreepalais Alexanderplatz, Kino International, Academie Lounge Potsdamer Platz, Kulturbrauerei, Spreespeicher Berlin.
8. BANGKOK, THAILAND
You may not quickly consider Bangkok as being one of the world’s best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve, yet this city is the party capital of Asia. Local people and expats in Bangkok do not miss any chance to gather for a gala time.
The focal point of their festival is a grand gathering in Central World Square, where party lovers meet up to appreciate live shows and the light effects, just as the fabulous firecrackers show that enlightens the riverside at midnight. Like New York’s Times Square, Central World likewise has a glamorous ball drop when midnight strikes, electrifying the atmosphere.
9. REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Having just four hours of sunshine in late December, the visitors and locals in Reykjavik realize how to gather like nobody else, making the northernmost capital additionally one of the world’s best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The festival begins with a network of campfires, which in turn keeps them warm and stirs up a feeling of bidding the old year goodbye and welcoming the New Year.
Young people, with their instruments, assemble around the fire to sing and sparkle up the atmosphere, while firecrackers light up the entire city. Half an hour before midnight, when even the TV shows get over, the fireworks begin for real and the communities go crazy as the sky lights up. The official firecrackers show begins at midnight, and it’s not to be missed! Oskjuhlíð hill is the best place to watch fireworks where the lights brighten up the entire Icelandic capital.
Where Should You Be: Oskjuhlíð Hill, Hallgrímskirkja church, Kópavogur, Ægisíða street, Valhúsahæð hill
10. LAS VEGAS, USA
Las Vegas is one of the most popular New Year’s Eve destinations in the United States. The world’s gambling and casino capital welcome more than one million visitors’ year-end, and 2020 is going to be something far more grandeur. Most of the casinos and resorts are full to celebrate the New Year.
Las Vegas Strip may just be the best New Year’s Eve party of your life. The city will also have spectacular fireworks, musical concerts and dance shows. Fireworks take place at Stratosphere Tower, Treasure Island, Venetian, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria, and MGM Grand. If you’re on the hunt for a good meal, head towards STK, Carlos ‘n Charlie, Rivea, Carbonne, Fowl and several others.
Where Should You Be: The Strip, Aria, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood Resort, Stratosphere, TI and The Venetian.
11. DUBAI, UAE
Dubai is one of the fastest developing travel destinations in the world. This desert gem was not a well-known destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve. But in the last five years, Dubai is fetching a large number of visitors to the city during every festival, especially during the New Year. One cannot probably think of New Year celebrations than from the very footsteps of Burj Khalifa.
Other popular places that mark the celebration include Burj Al Arab, Dubai Mall, Palm Islands, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Waterfront, Deira Island and more. The city hosts a majestic display of lights drawing millions of spectators from the four corners of the globe. With extravagant posh & pomp, musical fountain, concerts, magic shows and endless shopping, Dubai certainly knows how to entertain people and welcome the New Year.
Where Should You Be: Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Souk Al Bahar, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk, The Pointe, Kite Beach
12. SINGAPORE, ASIA
End 2019 with a party you’ll not soon forget! Get your party hats on in one of the most advanced cities in the world. With grand parties and events happening all over the world, there’s something for everyone in The Lion City. Being a popular tourist destination, Singapore has a unique way of welcoming the New Year. No wonder, it is one of the best places to visit in New Year around the World.
The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown returns, to boost up the New Year with fireworks spectacles igniting the night sky alongside a horde of sensational activities on the streets. Revellers can expect a feast of amazing food, exciting activities and live performances by some of the city’s most adored entertainers.
Where Should You Be: Siloso Beach, The Civic District, Esplanade, Wave House, Sky 22 & Urbana, The Promontory, Propeller Rooftop Bar
13. PARIS, EUROPE
If you’re lucky to be in Paris over New Year holidays, the City of Lights offers endless year-end options. Capture fireworks at The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Disneyland Paris. These are the most popular tourist attractions to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve and relish street food. We suggest you take your spot early at the Eiffel Tower to watch the fireworks. Other renowned spots include – boating in Seine River, Montparnasse Area, Champs-Elysées and Bellevilloise.
Where Should You Be: Light Show at Eiffle Tower, Ice Kube Bar, Arc De Triomphe, Place De La Concorde, Notre Dame Cathedral, Trocadero, Disneyland, 58 Tour Eiffel, Moulin Rouge
14. HAWAII, USA
Begin your New Year celebration in Hawaii by greeting the people with ‘Hau’oli Makahiki Hou’, which means Happy New Year. The year-end events in Hawaii are opposite to those happening in the colder regions. It’s purely tropical and takes place in the balmy climate. Experience a mix of celebrations and excitement under the moonlit ocean. Relish special dining, fabulous firework displays and midnight spectacle.
Hilton Waikoloa Village is the place to be. Enjoy an upscale dinner with live music and a midnight countdown with famous DJs. Tropical drink and champagne cocktails are available all night, including a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. The next place – Ala Moana Beach Park is Hawaii’s 100-acre park with over a half-mile of beach and is the popular place for New Year picnics, barbecues and celebrations.
Where Should You Be: Waikiki, Hilton Waikoloa Village, KapohoKine’s, Fairmont Orchid, Poipu Beach Park
15. MADRID, SPAIN
New Year is coming and no one does it better than Madrid, the capital city of Spain. This city never sleeps but parties all night long. Enjoy the New Year by being a part of Spanish and Latin American New Year tradition of eating ‘twelve grapes’ as the clock strikes 12 in the night, announcing the arrival of the New Year.
If you’re more of a city slicker, Puerta del Sol on New Year will be unforgettable. Party with complete strangers and indulge in food and drinks throughout the night. If you’re not a fan of the dance floor, head uphill towards Templo de Debod or Teatro Kapital to experience a traditional greet. Not only the capital but the Spanish suburbs lack no enthusiasm when it comes to year-end gaiety.
Where Should You Be: Puerta del Sol, Templo de Debod, Teatro Kapital, Joy Eslava, Joy
Time flies fast, and we’re approaching the end of another year. Honouring the New Year is one of the traditions cherished worldwide with just every city celebrating differently. Maybe you are busy making resolutions or planning a family union to welcome 2020. We’ve narrowed the list to help you find where to go in New Year in the world and admire fantastic fireworks, lavish parties, food & dance, and the spectacular scenery.
Plan it well and head right into the revelry!