New Year’s comes but once a year, so it’s worth it to make the festivities memorable. But where’s the best place to be when the clock strikes midnight? We’ve scoured the world for the best annual celebrations, and come up with the best New Year’s Eve celebrations!
1. New York City, New York
It may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying that New Year’s Eve in New York City has an atmosphere that few other cities can hope to rival. Most famous, of course is the annual gathering of over a million people in Times Square to see famous musicians and the ball drop, in which a a crystal ball weighing over half a ton descends atop One Times Square. You can also expect a fantastic pyrotechnic light show, big celebrity music acts and a New Year’s Eve Wishing Wall where you can write down your resolutions for the year to come.
2. Edinburgh, Scotland
While the United Kingdom has plenty of places to experience the magic of midnight on New Year’s Eve, there is nothing quite as special as celebrating in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. New Year’s Eve is all about massive street parties and outdoor concerts, including a massive traditional Celtic party and at midnight, 4.5 tons of fireworks explode over Edinburgh Castle while the streets ring out with song. Activities offered the next day include a run down the Royal Mile, a dive in the freezing cold waters of the River Forth, the Loony Dook Parade and a dog-sledding competition.
3. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio is best known for its’ festivities, and New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t disappoint.
Iconic Copacabana Beach hosts the world’s largest New Year’s Eve party, in which more than two million people cram onto the two-and-a-half-mile stretch of sand. This uniquely Brazilian celebration blends tradition and modern as locals dress head to toe in white and toss handfuls of flowers into the ocean as gift to the goddess of the seas. Theses are complemented by large oceanfront stages for live musical and dance performances, and a colorful display of fireworks at midnight.
4. Sydney, Australia
New Year’s time is an especially good period to visit Sydney, as hundreds of thousands of people from around the world flock to Sydney for the celebrations, with the firework display being one of the most beautiful and famous in the world. In addition, you can expect to see indigenous smoking ceremonies, aerial flyovers complete with messages in the sky, mini-light shows and a lighted boat parade. An ultimate dance party is held at Bondi Beach and there are even special events to help the children celebrate at Taronga Zoo. It is also the first major city where the clock strikes midnight!
5. London, England
Over 250,000 visitors crowd onto the banks of the Thames River and begin the countdown to Big Ben striking the hour of midnight when an elaborate light show and fireworks display takes off. The fun doesn’t end there, though: There are many after-parties, and on New Year’s Day the streets of central London see a parade that features colorful floats, marching bands, costumed dancers, and a procession of the Queen’s horses.
Are you getting excited over New Year’s? Here are 25 amazing New Year’s traditions from around the world to get you ready for the new year:
See you all in 2016!
The Stuccu Team