According to the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve is the symbol of the beginning of a new year. In all actuality, its celebrations have been traced back to festivities in Europe that go back in time as far as before Christianity. While many people in Europe had converted to Christianity, these festivals were merged with Christian beliefs and therefore New Year’s Eve eventually became recognized as a holiday.
New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated holidays throughout the world every year. For some people it can resemble a day filled with mixed emotions. Many of us experience sentimentality as we reflect back on the events that took place in our lives in the past year, while others are ready to celebrate and start thinking about our new year’s resolutions and what the upcoming year has in store for us for the next 12 months.
Whether you live in a small town or a big city, it’s safe to say that you most likely celebrate bringing in the new year in some way or another. Some of us attend church services, have a quiet night at home with our loved ones, find the hottest club for New Year celebrations, attend a friend’s New Year-themed party or even attend a big celebration – there are just so many different ways to bring in the new year. For example, going to Times Square in New York or The Opera house in Sydney, Australia are among the most famous places in the world to count down the end of the current year and to the beginning of a new one.
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and perhaps you’re like me and can’t decide how you want to celebrate the holiday this year. If that’s the case, here are 8 cities around the world that truly put on an extraordinary celebration to bring in the new year.
This capital city of Scotland is rich with culture and history that is begging to be explored, so if you haven’t been, I highly recommend traveling to Edinburgh, especially for New Year’s Eve. They celebrate with a ton of festivities, some which include a street party with DJ’s, outdoor bars, and an amazing fireworks display. The Scots really know how to party – the festivities just aren’t on December 31st, they take place over the course of four days. You can expect everything from live performances to Scottish dance lessons and traditional music. If you do choose Edinburgh to bring in the new year, don’t forget to participate in the famous freezing dip in the River Forth, along with many other New Years games.
It’s no secret that Paris is known as The City of Lights, and is one of the most beautiful cities in the world to visit. Traditionally, most Parisians spend New Year’s Eve at home with their families, but as soon as the clock strikes midnight the celebrations begin. Whether you live in Paris or decide to travel there to bring in the new year, the city has a wide variety of activities to participate in. One of the main attractions on this night takes place in none other than the entire surrounding area around the Eiffel Tower, where you can see the Tower’s beautiful lights and the magical fireworks that take place. After that you can head into the heart of the city where a number of popular bars, restaurants and venues stay open later than usual for the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
New Year’s Eve is the most important day of the year for the people of Brazil. The best New Year celebrations can be seen in one of the biggest cities in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. Tourists from all over the world travel to Rio to celebrate New Year’s Eve alone. Typically Brazilians celebrate this holiday wearing all white in hopes of bringing good luck for the upcoming year. The festivities’ highlights include fireworks at midnight, concerts and dance performances, and when the new year hits, champagne is extremely popular within the large crowd of party goers. It’s not uncommon to be drenched from the many bottles of champagne being poured on the crowd – something that is considered to be good luck.
For those of you that want to bring in the new year with the kids, why not whisk the family away to Disneyland? It’s probably the best place on earth to celebrate the holiday with your family. The celebrations are all day long on the 31st of December, starting at 7 a.m., and includes a ton of live entertainment all day and night. Take your little ones to the theme park and enjoy all of the daytime activities so you can spend the evening with your significant other, watching the breathtaking fireworks at midnight. Parties and festivities go on until about 1 a.m. and there’s a huge variety of dance parties, confetti, Champagne, and unbelievable Cirque Du Soleil performances to check out!
London is definitely the place to be at the turn of the year. Different businesses throughout this capital city pull out the big guns to celebrate New Year’s Eve, including cruises, clubs, parties, dinners and the spectacular fireworks display, which alone brings hundreds of thousands of people. One of the most popular events of the night is the dinner cruise along the Thames river, where you get the best seat in the city, viewing the historical landmarks and the beautiful fireworks from the water. The tickets for the cruises along the Thames sell out rapidly at the beginning of every year, so if you’re unable to grab tickets, why not go clubbing on one of the busiest nights of the year? After all, London is one of the clubbing capitals of Europe. There are tons of organized clubs and parties located strategically throughout the city on New Year’s Eve.
3. Las Vegas
New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas is insane, but in a good way! The strip is closed off completely to traffic and in turn becomes an enormous block party for about 300,000 people. As soon as midnight comes around, all the casinos have a synchronized fireworks display. Some say the fireworks displays is bigger than the Times Square ball drop in New York. If you want to have a chance encounter with one of your favorite celebrities, New Year’s Eve is probably your greatest chance, as many celebrities take over the most popular nightclubs Vegas has to offer – so dress to impress! On the inside, all the showrooms have some of the most popular entertainers in the world perform – names like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Celine Dion.
Hawaii is one of the last places to say goodbye to 2014 and bring in 2015. It sounds like the perfect place to spend New Year’s Eve; in the warm weather and tropical breathtaking scenery – that should be enough to convince anyone to bring in the new year in Hawaii. It also offers tons of activities besides the traditional fireworks at midnight. You can also see the beautiful landscapes, beaches, cruises, open bars, and dance parties. Like most cities, Hawaii has everything you need to celebrate New Year’s Eve, whether you want to be away from it all in a remote place or party it up at a hot club.
Sydney is the world’s first big city to bring in the New Year, so it’s only fitting that it takes the number one spot for the best place in the world to say goodbye to 2014 and welcome 2015. At 9pm and midnight, Sydney’s epic fireworks light up not only the Harbour, but also the famous Opera House, which is absolutely stunning. The city has an array of different festivities, from the lavish Taronga centre masquerade party which has some of the best views of the harbour, to a variety of different cruises that will give you the best views of the fireworks at midnight.