It’s that time of year again, and no I don’t mean holiday shopping, even though it seems like you can’t escape those seasonal jingles… no matter how hard you try. No, I’m talking about something better, something more exciting. I’m talking about planning your New Year’s Eve destination.
Where do you want to be when the clock strikes midnight this December 31st? Hopefully it will be somewhere more exciting than in front of the television or at the local pub down the street. It will be 2014, after all.
So whether it’s watching the ball drop in Times Square or being the first to ring in the New Year Down Under, we have compiled a list of the top five Best Places To Celebrate New Year’s.
New York City, New York – Times Square
When you mention the best place to spend New Year’s Eve without a doubt the number one place that comes to mind is Times Square in New York City. With the iconic ball drop, a tradition that dates back to 1907, and the amazing pyrotechnic lightshow, the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebrations are one party that everyone needs to attend at least once in their life. Sure the Square is jammed packed with people and public washrooms are limited, but counting down to the new year with a million other party goers is an unreal experience that needs to be experienced to be believed. The square is usually packed by 3pm and definitely fills up by 11pm, so get there early to get a good spot.
Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya
If you are looking for the Times Square equivalent of a New Year’s Eve celebration in Tokyo then look no further than the heart of the entertainment district, Shibuya. The celebration kicks off just outside the train station, and New Year’s Eve is the one day of the year where public transit runs all day long. The best part of counting down to the New Year in Shibuya is that after you steal that New Year’s kiss you’ll have a multitude of bars and clubs to party in, many within walking distance. If you are looking for something more traditional, head over to Meiji Jingu where local Tokyo residents release thousands of balloons to mark the New Year.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Copacabana Beach
If you are looking to escape the cold of a New Year’s Eve celebration and heat up the party then Rio de Janeiro is the place to do it. Sure Brazil’s party capital may be most famous for Carnival, but its second best party event happens on the 4-kilometre stretch of sand known as Copacabana beach. Locally known as Reveillon, this New Year’s Eve beach party is an all-day event that over two million people attend. With several musical stages, dancing, and a 15-minute firework display, this is one New Year’s Eve party that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Paris, France – Champs-Elysees
The City of Light lives true to its name come New Year’s Eve. If you are looking for the best street party than look no further than Champs-Elysees in Paris, France. Thousands of Parisians take in the celebrations, partying up and down Champs-Elysees, drinking France’s popular export, Champagne, and awaiting the magical moment when the iconic Eiffel Tower becomes the centrepiece of the New Year’s Eve fireworks display. And remember, there is no better place to be than in the City of Love when looking for that special someone to share a New Year’s kiss.
Sydney, Australia – Sydney Harbour
Another hot party place to ring in the New Year is the Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia. As one of the first cities to do so each year you have to bet that their New Year’s Eve celebrations are always the biggest, the most flashy and downright the best New Year’s Eve parties around. The party gets started at 1pm and goes into the wee hours of the New Year. So if you want to be the first to ring in the New Year this December 31st, then you better get yourself Down Under.
About the Author
Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.