If you want loads of fun-filled and festive parties to welcome the New Year, the following are some of the world’s best cities when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations:
New York City is world-renowned for its New Year’s Eve celebration, where around a million people gather in Times Square to take part in the festivities filled with music and dancing, and witness the large crystal ball drop from a flagpole 43 meters atop One Times Square in 60 seconds, starting at 11:59.
Rio de Janeiro
In addition to the Carnival, New Year’s Eve is another holiday that the city of Rio de Janeiro welcomes with a bang. The partying is centered at the Copacabana Beach, where various live musical shows and dance performances make up the vibrant atmosphere filled with anticipation for the New Year. Every year, over two million people flock to the four-kilometer long sandy shore and enjoy all the merriment that is capped by a magnificent fireworks display once the clock strikes midnight.
Several hundred thousands of Londoners and tourists line the banks of River Thames to enjoy a parade of marching bands and street dancers, and a stunning 10-minute-long fireworks display to welcome the New Year. With the sounds of the Big Ben’s chimes filling the air at midnight, the exhibition of lights, with London’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Westminster Palace, London Eye, and Shard, in the background are simply an event that must not be missed.
The city of Berlin has always been known for being a party destination, so its New Year’s Eve celebration should be able to live up to its reputation. Every year, it holds the “Party Mile,” which is a two-kilometer long line of food stalls, bars, music stages, and party tents that run between the Victory Column and the Brandenburg Gate. There is a fireworks display at midnight and several dance parties that last until early morning.
A few hours before midnight of December 31st, hundreds of thousands of people, both locals and foreigners, start to congregate in Central World Square in Bangkok to take part in different entertainment, such as live concerts and light shows, while counting down for the start of a new year. The partying does not stop there as people usually take their merrymaking at beer gardens and nightclubs up until the wee hours of the morning.