The typical plans for New Year’s Eve often involve house parties and local bars. While those are safe options, that’s not really bringing in the New Year in style. If you’re up for a little adventure, pack your bags and get away for the flip of the calendar. While there are a number of places you can go, the following are some of the best places to celebrate New Year.
Where Are The Best Places To Celebrate New Year?
Manhattan, New York
One of the iconic places to spend a New Year’s Eve is Times Square in Manhattan. Most of us have all witnessed the ball fall above Times Square as the clock strikes midnight, but watching on TV is very different from attending.
The challenge is that to get into Times Square, you have to get in line early on December 31st (around 8 AM). Over a million people also want to join, so expect lots of competition for space. Some other options are to rent a hotel room surrounding Times Square, or get a reservation at a restaurant that overlooks it.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Most of us associate New Year’s Eve with winter time as December is a cold month in most places. If you feel like ditching the freeze and defrosting on a beach, head to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
The main festivities in Brazil’s capital happen at the famous Copacabana Beach. More than two million people crowd around to watch a variety of events, from bands to culinary delights to fireworks.
You’ll have to be somewhat careful with your safety in Rio De Janeiro as Brazil has become less safe over the last decade. Don’t flash any jewelry or flaunt your fancy clothes, and you’ll be fine.
If you’re looking to blow some money on a special New Year’s Eve, head to Moscow, Russia for a night to remember. Lots of restaurant will have lavish menus featuring caviar, expensive vodka and lots of other goodies. When you’ve had your fill, make your way to the Red Square for one of the best fireworks displays around. Make sure you bundle up as it’s bound to be a cold night.
After the show, head over to the Ritz-Carlton, which has a rooftop bar. That’s one of the best places to party after the clock strikes midnight.
Stately London along the Thames River is one of the best places to celebrate New Year. Lots of boats will be out on the water and they’ll be lit up, providing a nice backdrop as the fireworks shoot off to bring in the New Year.
You’ll need tickets to get into the main staging area, though, so keep that in mind. Outside of that, you can still get a decent view from the hilltops like Primrose Hill, Parliament Hill and Hampstead Heath.
Start the New Year off right with a drink at Old Bell Tavern, which is one of London’s oldest pubs. Serving drinks since 1670, you’re bound to mix, mingle and meet some nice company.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Although Times Square is often viewed as the best place in the United States to take in the New Year, The Strip in Las Vegas is nothing short of awesome as well. To start, the weather will be far more pleasant. Secondly, you’ll get to immerse yourself in one of the best adult playgrounds before and after flip of the calendar.
The Strip is closed off on New Year’s Eve as a festival takes the place of the cars. Pedestrians flood in for the outdoor party. At the stroke of midnight, different casinos will light up the sky with fireworks from their rooftops.
A pro tip for the view is to hit the Stratosphere. Although it’s not a popular place to visit these days, it’s great for the panoramic view of the spectacle.
Rounding off our list of the best places to celebrate New Year is Burj Khalifa in Dubai. That’s an 829.8-meter high skyscraper where the ballers party all year round, but especially on New Year’s. The skyscraper itself is one of the most iconic buildings in the world, but they really dress it up for December 31st. As the clock hits midnight, the world’s tallest building will shoot out fireworks from several floors – including the rooftop.
If you’re there to party, the Burj Khalifa is where you’ll want to be to pop bottles. Meanwhile, why not start your night off at one of the city’s many Michelin-starred restaurants like Gordan Ramsay’s Bread Street or Yannick Alleno’s Stay.