From beholding the unbeatable firework display in Sydney harbour to braving the Party Mile in Berlin, it’s fair to say that we know how to welcome in the New Year across the world.
Here we bring you some phenomenal ways to do so in every continent that serve as a refreshing alternative to warbling Auld Lang Syne at the turn of midnight. We may even spark the wanderlust within you to experience one for yourself…
Across the pond it is a story of two News: New York and New Orleans. The Big Apple has long drawn in crowds eager to watch the acclaimed “ball drop” in Times Square with over a million others. The festive season is undoubtedly one the best times of the year to embark on your NYC adventure, where acclaimed sights such as the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center and activities like skating in Central Park, can all be made the most of as a part of the New York – New Year experience.
New Orleans, renowned worldwide for unparalleled Mardis Gras action, is likewise a fantastic North American city to ring in the New Year. Jubilation and revelry in the historic French Quarter are the perfect accompaniment to the breath-taking fireworks display over the Mississippi river. This is a winning option to embrace southern charm, friendly locals and warm weather in a city which truly knows how to celebrate.
Moving to South America, take in the continent’s most impressive firework display in Valparaiso. Over a million Chilean locals and tourists alike line the streets where the air is filled with confetti, live music, and the tantalising scent of local cuisine.
Having played host to the Olympics and Paralympics over the summer, Rio de Janeiro is well equipped to welcome in the festive revellers who are certain to descend on the city come December 31st. Home to annual carnival celebrations, a New Year’s Eve experience in this Brazilian city encompasses the best of revelry that Rio is admired for, including dancing in the street, live music and beachfront fireworks. Take yourself to the heart of the party at Copacabana, and welcome in the new year from the beach, Caipirinha in hand.
For something truly spectacular, we recommend a cruise around the Antarctic. Embrace the seasonal sub-zero temperatures with the promise that your New Year experience will take place in the breath-taking surroundings of the beautiful icy landscape, with notably wild friends varying from penguins to sea lions. This option ticks all of the boxes of delivering an unforgettable experience that New Year 2017 will find hard to beat.
With just four hours of daylight at this time of year, Reykjavik is more than ready to enjoy the fireworks and bonfires which illuminate the Nordic sky come New Year’s Eve. Extend your Icelandic adventure past the festive revelry and make the most of what the country has to offer, as whatever Iceland lacks in size, it more than delivers in experience. From relaxing in natural hot springs, to an action-packed snow-jeep adventure, there are a wealth of ways to explore Iceland which all incorporate the hope of witnessing the Northern Lights.
Berlin has long been a prime destination for partygoers, and New Year’s Eve is no different. The city truly comes into its own to deliver a truly enjoyable festive experience, as the Party Mile is born between Brandenberg Gate and the city’s Victory Column. This merry stretch plays temporary host to food and drinks stalls, music tents and laser light shows, as crowds come together in their thousands to await the start of the New Year.
Africa is limitless in what it can offer in terms of a special New Year experience, and one of the most breath-taking is just waiting to be had in Cape Town. We strongly suggest soaking up the South African capital’s spectacular firework display from atop Table Top Mountain at midnight, then continuing the festivity by joining the on-ground celebration in the city well into the early hours.
Alternatively, we foresee a thrill seeker’s dreams come true at Zambia’s Victoria Falls, where there is a New Year programme sure to exceed the expectations of anyone yearning for adventure. Activities here span from bungee jumping to white water rafting, all set within the beautiful backdrop of the Falls and the Zambezi River with music from revered African artists.
Looking east, Bangkok provides the setting for a truly decadent New Year celebration. We recommend observing the more intense revelry from a friendly distance, namely 63 floors, with a cocktail in hand at the city’s acclaimed Sky Bar, the world’s highest open air bar.
For another option on the Asian continent, we bring you India’s Gulmag. This beautiful ski resort is a unique alternative to what is offered in many other Asian destinations come New Year’s Eve. Gulmag, boasting the world’s highest cable car, has the prime setting for a romantic and serene way to ring in the New Year, where the snowy surroundings take you world’s away to experience something truly special.
On the Australian continent, Tasmania presents a New Year experience certain to please the foodies. From 28th December until 3rd January, The Taste of Tasmania takes residency along the island’s Hobart waterfront. The food festival is an oasis of musical entertainment from buskers and DJ’s, a range of free activities and of course, a variety of food and drinks stalls. With a special event taking place on New Year’s Eve, the festival presents a welcome summer escape with a delectable culinary focus.
This list would not be complete without mentioning Sydney, the home of the world’s largest New Year firework display. For this spectacle, the city draws in more than a million people eager to witness the sky being illuminated over the harbour. For us, the best view is to be beheld from a yacht within the harbour, a glass of fizz in hand, as you find yourself as one of the first people in the world to witness 2017.
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