TOP 10 BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S | OnlineNewsPakistan (shared online writing page)
10: Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is officially the most visited city in the world. Now add to that the fact that Thailand’s capital is famous for its full of life, hard-partying nightlife, and you have the makings of one truly unforgettable New Year’s Eve. Though there are parties going on all across the city, CentralWorld Plaza is the heart of the celebration, bragging live entertainment, fireworks, a beer garden and a huge party that fills the streets with huge crowds. Another great place to spend New Year’s Eve is Asiatique, a waterfront shopping area with live music, restaurant specials and famous person/famousness appearances. For something a bit more intimate, think about/believe reserving a table at one of the city’s many rooftop bars or reserving a riverboat ride.
9: London, UK
Speaking of boats, the river Thames comes alive on after dark on New Year’s Eve. Cruise ships and clipper boats provide an amazing view of the fireworks display. Of course, if the idea of committing to being floating during the celebrations/parties gives you “fomo,” be sure that there are plenty of other choices. The fireworks (launched from the London Eye) can equally be appreciated from the Westminster Bridge, Parliament Hill and Alexandra Palace, among others. While most people are looking for the biggest party in the city, others might prefer a cozier setting; in which case, you can’t go wrong with the city’s many historic pubs, where New Year’s Eve is usually an in a very pleasant way cool and controlled/not showy affair.
8: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When it comes to a reputation for wild parties, Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s ruling champ. While (big show with lots of food and fun things to do) is definitely the crown jewel of its special celebration (with fun events) calendar, the city anyway does itself proud come New Year’s Eve. In fact, it’s Rio’s second biggest event of the year! On December 31st, some 2 and a half million people can be found partying it up on Copacabana Beach, spread across huge numbers of events that line the shoreline. One tip to help you avoid making a fashion social mistake(s): it’s traditional to dress in white for the occasion, as a sign of peace and peacefulness. Bubbly wine, samba music and dance, warm weather, cooks outside on a grill, and a picture perfect background… what more could you ask for?
7: Berlin, Germany
Germany’s capital city has a real (two things existing together) to it. On the one hand, it’s hyper-organized, (producing a lot with very little waste) and polite. On the flipside, it’s also world-famous for its nightlife, bragging one of the greatest techno/EDM scenes anywhere on the planet. Plus, it’s known to be a judgement-free space where people are encouraged to get freaky if they feel so inclined. So yeah… Berlin knows how to party, and New Year’s Eve is no exception! Those looking for the classic outdoor event won’t be disappointed; the celebrations/parties at Brandenburg Gate run until 3 AM and are among Europe’s largest. Those who prefer a classic clubbing experience definitely need to head over to the huge Kulturbrauerei complex.
6: Las Vegas, USA
Do we really need to go into detail as to why Las Vegas makes for a great choice come New Year’s Eve? Probably not, but hey, it’s also a city that we never get tired of talking about! The final/very best adult playground, Las Vegas is all about bright lights, sight to see and jaw-dropping performances year round, and come New Year’s the city really outdoes itself. The strip becomes a (walking person/related to people on foot)-only space, and the crowds of partiers gathered there are treated to a hugely important (work) coordinated fireworks display. Along the strip, every casino, restaurant and bar is competing for your attention, and the result is completely weird. Music lovers in particular will feel spoiled – Las Vegas busts out A-list performances for the occasion.
5: Sydney, Australia
Sydney is great for Christmas AND New Year’s! Because of its (related to where mountains, rivers, cities, etc., are located) location and timezone, Sydney is the first major city to welcome the new year! (No offense, Wellnigton.) But Sydney has far more going for it than only a time-related advantage. For starters, it brags one of the largest and most amazing fireworks displays in the world. And that’s just one aspect of the celebrations/parties. Australians are famously (for something bad) hard partiers and they like to prolong the fun until that New year’s sun rises. But wait, there’s more! Sydney keeps it going with lots of New Year’s Day events also. Plus, Australian summer kicks off in December, so you can ring in the new year in beautiful weather!
4: Edinburgh, Scotland
If you’re looking for something a little different this New Year’s Eve, we’d like to introduce you to a not-so-little celebration known as “Hogmanay”. This hugely important (work) three-day New Year’s big party draws heavily from both Gaelic and Viking culture. Crowded streets are nothing special on New Year’s Eve, but a torchlit procession of over 20,000 people? That’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Unless you’re from Edinburgh, of course… in which case that’s just December 30th! The next day, on New Year’s Eve proper, people put together/group together on Princes Street beneath Edinburgh Castle for an evening of live music, drinking, fireworks and even a sing-along of Auld Lang Syne. The next day, the truly committed take a freezing cold dip into the River Forward, in costume.
3: Dubai, UAE
This is a city that believes in going big in terms of pretty much anything and everything. Just look at the (related to the beautiful design and construction of buildings, etc.)! A destination that especially appeals to those looking for an exclusive, (expensive and desirable) experience, Dubai is where you go when you’ve decided to throw your New Year’s Eve budget out the window. The Burj Khalifa is impossible to miss any day of the week, but for New Year’s Eve, it ups the excitement with an impressive fireworks display. If you choose this as your destination in which to welcome 2020, we highly recommend a rooftop restaurant reservation from which to appreciate the fireworks. A picnic at Jumeirah Kite Beach is another popular option for those looking to save their cash for the afterparty.
2: New York City. USA
There are few destinations with more famous or long-standing New Year’s Eve traditions than the Big Apple. To celebrate the end of one year and welcome the start of another, New Yorkers (next to tourists from around the world) pack into Times Square for an evening of musical performances and all around-good times, no matter the weather! Having first happened in 1907, the event is famous and is now usually watched by a guessed (number) 1 billion home viewers each year. Of course, that’s not the only way to celebrate NYE in NYC. Prospect Park in Brooklyn is a great place to watch fireworks; and, of course, huge number of different parties happen across the city. On New Year’s Eve, NYC really lives up to its nickname as the city that never sleeps.
1: Tokyo, Japan
When it comes to the holiday season, there are few cities more all-in than Tokyo. With different elaborate light installations, Japan’s capital city is completely changed. The funny thing is… Christmas isn’t that big of a deal in Tokyo. New Year’s, on the other hand, is very important. Here, the celebrations/parties begin on December 29th and are known to continue through to January 4th. Also known as “ShÅgatsu”, the New Year holiday can be celebrated in many ways. For those wanting to lean into traditional culture, think about/believe a visit to the Zojo-ji Temple to watch/ notice/ celebrate/ obey the Buddhist ‘joya no Kane’ (series of actions always done the same way for religious or other reasons), or (take part of something/join others as they do something) in HatsumÅde, the first shrine visit of the year. For more of a party atmosphere, head to the Shibuya or Roppongi districts where things get a bit more wild.