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10 Best Cities For New Years Eve Celebration


New Years Eve is celebrated world-wide by all people, regardless of their nationality and religion. We are all waiting for this special night and carefully preparing for it. Many people even believe that a fulfillment of an upcoming year depends on how you spend your New Years Eve. If it is full of joy and happiness, then a new year will be full of joy and happiness and vice versa. Many people like to stay at home with their families and friends. Others like to travel - some to ski resorts, some to exotic islands, some to a new city. And if you finally want to visit a city you always wanted to visit, New Years Eve is a perfect time to do so. That is a magical time when all of the cities around the world are more gloriously alive than they usually are. Here you are 10 best cities to be for New Years Eve in order to have unforgettable New Years celebration. New Years Eve is approaching fast - don't forget to make all your travel reservations for this important night in advance.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan


If you want to start celebrating the New Year earlier, go to Tokyo, where the celebration starts on the 29th of December. Here, you also have a chance to prolong your New Years celebration up to January 4th. Even though most of the major tourist sites close down for that week, the streets of Tokyo, as well as, all restaurants and clubs are packed with people. The city is jumping with loads of fireworks, dancing and singing. Join locals and enter the New Year in traditional Japanese way: eating Toshikoshi Soba (New Years Eve Noodle) and listening to Juya No Kane (The Watch-Night Bell). The noodle, being long, symbolizes long and healthy life. The Watch-Night Bell, an analog to a countdown, rings 108 times at the temples all over Japan symbolizing getting rid of unhappiness, poorness and etc. On January 1st, visit the Imperial Palace, since it is one of the two days only when the Palace opens to the public.

Sydney Harbour Fireworks


To be one of the first in the world to ring in the New Year, go to Sydney. Here, you can witness absolutely stunning fireworks accompanied by music exploding over the Sidney Harbour Bridge, the magnificent center piece of beautiful Sydney Harbour. More than a million people gather around Sydney Harbour for Midnight Fireworks, countdown and party. There are plenty of vantage points around the harbour, but probably best views of fireworks and all the New Years action are from one of the boats in the harbour. What can be better than to party on a boat at New Years Eve wearing shorts and flip flops? Don't forget to book your place on board in advance!

London New Years Fireworks


London is welcoming travelers to celebrate New Years with astonishing fireworks launched into the sky off the 135 meter London Eye, projecting a light show throughout the city. The fireworks can be seen from rooftops and balconies all across London, but best views of the fireworks are from Westminster Bridge and the north embankment of the River Thames, opposite the London Eye. The show starts after Big Ben chimes midnight and lasts for 15 minutes. You also can take a river cruise for better views of the fireworks and more romantic way bring in the New Year. Endless number of London pubs, clubs and restaurant are open well into New Years night across the capital with special parties and entertainment. If you are a theater lover, then for you London offers great stage shows for New Years Eve, where you have a chance to celebrate New Years with the theater cast and crew.

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Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos, Barcelona Spain

Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos, Barcelona Spain


Ring in the New Year Spanish style by participating in Noche Vieja in Barcelona. From ballroom dance to salsa to flamenco to rock band performances - music, dance and parties are all over the city and festivities last for as long as a week. At midnight, when a great clock strikes twelve, experience old Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes, one grape following each bell sound. This custom goes back to the Roman Empire and symbolizes passing the sweet flavor of grapes towards the New Year so it began sweetly. If you stay in Barcelona till January 5, then you have a chance to participate in Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Parade). The Three Kings arrive by boat at the waterfront of Barcelona and proceed slowly through the city throwing barley sugar sweets to the children lining the route.

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Paris New Years Eve


Paris offer many ways to say Bonne Annee for Parisians and tourists. From top-notch dining to clubbing to fantastic fireworks to a glass of Champagne on the Champs-Elysees - New Years Eve in Paris is unforgettable. The place to start celebration is the Champs-Elysees. Around 9 p.m. people start to gather at the famous street and around midnight here you can watch the Eiffel Tower exploding into a sparkling dance of light and toast Happy New Year with a flute of Champagne. The Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, being one of the best viewpoints in Paris, is another fantastic place to ring in the New Year. With spectacular views of the entire Paris skyline, at midnight here you can see all fireworks launched around Paris.

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Celebrate La Festa di San Silvestro (the holiday that is celebrated in Italy on December 31st) and Il Capodanno (on January 1st) Venetian style: enjoying several course of fantastic Italian meal in a local restaurant, drinking prosecco and joining the masked throng in St Mark's Square for midnight, where the bell of St. Mark's campanile announces the beginning of a new year. The celebration goes on with professional fireworks display along the waterfront. Parties around the town last until sunrise, so you can witness the first sunrise of the newborn year. Don't forget to wear your red underwear for New Years Eve! Italians say it'll bring you luck in the coming year.

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Times Square Ball Drop

New York

Join hundreds of thousands of people at Times Square to witness the famous ball drop. For more than hundred years, New York City's Times Square has been the center of the universe on New Years Eve. Millions people all over the world hold their breath watching Times Square on New Years Eve and waiting to see Waterford Crystal New Year's Eve Ball descending from the flagpole atop One Times Square building. If you want to be at Times Square for the lowering of the Ball ceremony, wear warm clothes and arrive earlier - people start gathering on the Square at 3 pm on New Years Eve. If you want to witness the ceremony in a more comfortable atmosphere, there are several hotels at Times Square with a great view of the Square. The festivities continue after midnight with remarkable fireworks around the city. For more romantic New Years Eve celebration, New York City offers superb dining, special parties and New Years Eve cruises.

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Las Vegas New Years Eve Fireworks

Las Vegas New Years Eve Fireworks

Las Vegas

Enjoy New Years dinner in Paris, ring in the New Year in New York and have a great New Years party in Venice - you can do all of it during one New Years Eve in Vegas! A huge party on the Las Vegas Strip, tremendous fireworks over the hotels, light and sound shows at the Fremont Experience, best entertainers in the showrooms and great parties in the clubs - on New Years Eve Las Vegas is even more alive than you've ever seen it. With Las Vegas New Years Eve being the busiest night of the year, clubs and restaurant tables fill up fast, therefore make your reservations in advance.

Disney World New Years Eve


Orlando is a perfect place to spend New Years Eve for everyone, but of course, if you have kids, it is the best place to make New Years Eve unforgettable for them and for the entire family. SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Disney World - all of Orlando theme parks has a lot to offer for the magical night. Arrive earlier in the park you are planning on celebrating the New Year, as soon as the park will reach capacity, it wouldn't allow anyone in. All Disney parks have live entertainment throughout the day and the evening in addition to special midnight fireworks.

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Toronto New Years Eve Bash


Traditional Toronto New Years Eve Bash at Nathan Phillips Square attracts many visitors to watch and listen to some of the hottest pop artists performing live. There are hundreds of performers and a lot of shows that are taken place around the city during New Years celebration. Toronto has a lot of family activities to offer for New Years: from ice-skating to hay rides to shows and games at the Scarborough Civic Centre to Holiday Dreams at Ontario Place, the theme park in downtown Toronto. To ring in Toronto New Years Eve in romantic style, go on a fabulous Toronto Harbor cruise. With an exquisite dinner, you will dance the night away aboard a fully heated yacht enjoying beautiful views of Toronto from the Harbor.

What are you planning to do for New Years Eve? Please, share with us your plans and your best New Years Eve experiences. And Happy New Year!


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Roger on December 31, 2012:


Reve from Dhaka on March 21, 2012:

I would go for Sydney for New years eve.

Thanks for your hub.

Truthinaging on January 31, 2012:

Always wanted to go to France to see the effiel tower, the Louvre, the cathedral and the art museum... I will be in Spain in a few months for the running of the bulls - although I will not be running!

De freitas on January 11, 2012:

Madeira is a must have...well done....

TorontoWebcaster on January 06, 2012:

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Walter on January 01, 2012:

Punta del este, uruguay its a great place to spend new years

Casey Anthony on January 01, 2012:

Been to Orlando and Disney is great for NYE they have the fireworks do the countdown. In the sky it was extremely cool, but Sydney Australia definitely is number one in my list, experienced NYE for 2012 here on the harbor and DANG it was jaw dropping :)

jamie on January 01, 2012:

Rythm and vines in gisborne New Zealand!!! not only is it the biggest new years eve music festival in the southern hemisphere, but its also the first place in the world to see the new year being in the tip of the east of new zealand. get there!!!

Anonymous on December 31, 2011:

What about Hogmanay in Edinburgh, definitely a bigger celebration than some of the cities listed, and it's actually a cultural holiday, not just a modern city with fireworks.

Willem van der Jagt on December 31, 2011:

Believe me that Paramaribo, Suriname is the best city to celebrate new years eve. Suriname shoots the most fireworks per capita from the whole world and has the kindest and happiest people imaginable?

luchi kilgore on December 31, 2011:

Thanks for the info, next year i'll keep this places in mind and the next definitely i'll choose one of those places for 2012

putra on December 30, 2011:

BALI its just like you are in paradise

Marcello Coltro on December 30, 2011:

Rio de Janeiro is the best place ever for a new year's celebration!

Matt on December 30, 2011:

Very surprised that Edinburgh in Scotland wasn't mentioned, it has the worlds largest street party and is considered by a lot of people to be the best in the world....

Yousaf on December 29, 2011:

waooo very nice list of cities to celebrate new yaer eve

i have something to share

giorgio on December 27, 2011:

i spend new year 2008 in paris and it was nice because of us friends , but the parisians didn't offer nothing , music , fireworks or something ! we where in trocadero plaza close to the eiffel tower. maybe other places where more fun.

Ale on December 25, 2011:

Is much better MADEIRA FIREWORKS!!! ;);)

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on December 25, 2011:

This article ( and the comments over the years) was very useful. I'll not be straying too far from home this year, but the destinations mentioned are something to think about for next year. Thanks for sharing.

Craig Mack on December 15, 2011:

I'm surprised Rio de Janeiro wasn't mentioned. Every year, over 2 million people head to Copacabana beach in all white clothing to celebrate with fireworks, champagne, and live music. A "must see"!

Andrew on December 09, 2011:

Forget about what you read above. The best New Year celebration is in Rio de Janeiro. Tokyo, Toronto, huahuahuahu

Spirit of Union - 40 on December 03, 2011:

You dont wanna miss " The Great Dubai " flavour .. Check new year eve in the most luxurious kilometer in the whole world ... -&( Downtown Dubai)&- .. Burj Khalifa - the tallest manmade structure ever built. Dubai mall - the world largest shopping mall. Dubai fountain - the record setting dancing fountain.

samwalker16 from UK on November 30, 2011:

Los Angeles- Many New Year celebration enthusiasts book air tickets to Los Angeles - the City of Angels. It is very easy to find a New Year event in Los Angeles but the hard part is to choose which one to attend. Nice post

Debora26 on November 29, 2011:

This year is TORONTO :D

Alexander the Great on November 25, 2011:

People come to SKOPJE, Macedonia will have great time here...

AllSuretyBonds on November 23, 2011:

I would love to go to Tokyo for New Years. That would be a party for sure!

diego on November 03, 2011:

already i'm in Japan for 18 years,i am Italian,Paris must be the next new year eve ,London was ok,but Tokyo is the top there is everythink that you wish for it!

Yani on October 18, 2011:

Nothing beats the Philippines when it comes to fireworks

the best place for new year's eve...noisy and smokin'

Shanelle on August 31, 2011:

Sydney is always a great option! Amazing every year and caters for everyone. Can do the family thing at the harbour with the atmosphere starting early in the day and kids fireworks at 9pm then midnight fireworks are the best I have ever seen! Or can have a quiet night and party all day the next day at field day music festival. Thailand NYE is also brilliant! I highly recommend Phi Phi Island or Koh Phangan full moon party for beach parties where drinks and music are aplenty and the weather is amazing!!!

Casey on August 16, 2011:

Well...just a few words: new years in COPACABANA BEACH in Rio is amazing!

Holiday Inn Lake Buena vista on June 23, 2011:

An informative post like this should be receiving an award. Yes, I mean it! As you can see your site acquires lots of readers cause of this wonderful information you add up here. And I guess for this coming year the best city to stay for a New Years Eve is in Orlando. My kids love to be there ever since.

Nilton on June 21, 2011:

Uh? Have you guys guys ever heard of Rio de Janeiro?

macca on March 30, 2011:

sydney is the best hands down

customreceiptbooks on January 10, 2011:

I don't know how you can list London anywhere near the top of this list! I live in London and most pubs and bars charge entry fees on new year's eve simply because they can, and still they are uncomfortably full. Transportation slows down considerably, and you either have to get a place by the river and wait hours to see the fireworks, or push through crowds, and then the display lasts about 2 minutes! Go somewhere warm!

Abby on January 02, 2011:

I love Paris, I lived there for 2 years but it is one of the worst NYE ever. They no longer do fireworks and are so worried about security concerns and youth from the ghettos coming in and ripping up the place the whole night has a distinctly military-esque feel. This is obviously a heavily American-centered list as I would say take off Orlando and Toronto. Also, to not mention Berlin and Rio de Janeiro (with millions of people in white on the beaches of Copa Cabana for the firework show) makes me think this author hasn't been anywhere!

Moose on January 01, 2011:

Tokyo was a total letdown!

Jules on January 01, 2011:

I know you had already mentioned a british city london but 'Hogmanay' is very famous in Edinburgh, Scotland. Perhaps even bigger than London. :D

:D on December 31, 2010:

you forgot Amsterdam it's the best place to be at new years eve!! a lot of fireworks and you can do it yourselfxD

Sir Frobisher on December 30, 2010:

Go to Barcelona. the people are so friendly and will make you forget everything!

carol111 on December 30, 2010:

i dont know where 2 go for New years eve. Im having some friend problems and Im realy down. Any ideas?

sami oduncu on December 27, 2010:

? want to go every contry but soory:((((

Manasidas from Kolkata on December 17, 2010:

Great hub and informative also. But everyone also takes some resolution for their upcoming life. You can also have a look on it.

DavidLivingston on December 08, 2010:

Nice hub. Thanks for posting. And Keep posting more.

Melbourne New Years Eve on December 06, 2010:

Fantastic Hub Wanderlust,

Melbourne must have just missed out at number 11! lol ;)

Lovena on December 05, 2010:

Washington DC has a James Bond Thunderball party that I've been to with a group of my single friends. We get the VIP's a sexy affair and there is so much to do. We have tons of fun and we're going again this year...they are having the Bond cars there so I want my photo souvenir with the Aston Martin. Yeah!

rsainz on November 24, 2010:

last year London, maybe Bueno Aires this year

Mr Man on November 17, 2010:

Acutally i would be Edinburgh and Paris are the best followed by New York. Although for some reason i would love to spend a quiet New Year on a gorgeous Greek Island and take part in the local traditions.

mike on November 05, 2010:

the best of the lot has to be rio de janeiro

Asdfghjkl on November 03, 2010:

MELBOURNE allllllllllllllllll the way :)

divya m on October 29, 2010:

good one

Matt on October 27, 2010:

Durban, South-Africa

Caryn2010 on September 25, 2010:

I'm going to be in London for NYE! Yay!

map65 on September 07, 2010:

All great party cities!

vicky on September 05, 2010:

how did you not mention Rio de Janeiro???

DEE99DESIGNS on August 31, 2010:

ITS HOGMANAY FOLKS AND the scots invented old langs syne....cant believe EDINBURGH isint number one spot nevermind not even there better than London sydney tokyo the lot!


Lance Hardwood on August 19, 2010:

FYI: all fireworks are prohibited in Paris...

Mr Man on August 16, 2010:

Edinburgh is the best place for New Year. I cant believe someone suggested London here! England is not known for celebrating New Year really, that is until people in England saw the Americans love New Year.

New Year celebrations in Edinburgh carry on for days after. Its probably the biggest holiday event in Scotland and NOT to be missed at all. One of the worlds biggest street parties in a beautiful city. Its also a very cultural thing so i would put Edinburgh at number 1.

Cristuli on August 16, 2010:

Rio de Janeiro

dog on July 28, 2010:

i am going to stay home by myself and drink until i pass out

silas41woodward on July 27, 2010:

I was at Las Vegas for new years. It was straight up BEAUTIFUL~

Waterford Crystal Vase on June 16, 2010:

Nice Hub. The Waterford Crystal Ball in New York is really a highlight.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Fontana, WI on June 01, 2010:

Orlando was a surprise - not Miami? I want to travel to ALL! Great Hub!

Autumn St John on March 01, 2010:

I voted for 'Don't care' in the sense I have a good time whatever I do on NYE so I don't put that much thought into it. However, this excellent hub has some good suggestions-I love Toronto, maybe I'll go there this year for NYE...

sophs on February 01, 2010:

What a brilliant hub, Sydney Harbour Fireworks look amazing as does Disney World, I would love to spend New Year there! Keep up the good work :-)

IgglesROCK on January 22, 2010:

5 down 5 to go. great article. Sydney was fab and would recommend to anyone. The people are great and there is loads to do there. NYC is perhaps the worst on the list but it is a traditional NYE place in America.

rdelp on January 15, 2010:

I would think that Rio would be a great it is warm and the summer in Brazil.

Waterford Crystal Vase on January 14, 2010:

Great selection of places to be during New Years, great hub and thanks for sharing.

compromiseadvice on December 28, 2009:

Thank you for the hub, this should be on everyone's to-do list. Personally my favourite is Rio in Brazil. The party atmosphere is fantastic.

alligence on December 18, 2009:


alligence on December 18, 2009:


Points2Shop Help Tips on November 30, 2009:

I will be spending my new years in NY this year... but tokyo sounds great as well!

Shari from New York, NY on November 27, 2009:

Great Hub . .I feel like I just have gone to each of these cities .. you really took me there and for that I thank you!

martycraigs on November 06, 2009:

It sounds awesome to go to some of those cities but I have gotten to the point where I am starting to stay in...maybe if I was younger.

Scarlett Black from New York on November 05, 2009:

Lovely. Thank you!

sisters oregon on October 05, 2009:

going to be going to Tokyo this New Years Eve. I can't wait.

Chanda Mizzelle on September 23, 2009:

my bday is new years day, I gotta bring it in right! This year toronto baby!

Stefania miculas on September 08, 2009:

There were no fireworks in Paris on New Years Eve 2008. A little bit disappointing.

Nevertheless I drank a very good champagne which made me forget about the fireworks.

Sexy jonty from India on September 07, 2009:

Very sexy hub just like me ...... keep it up ....

Flux Travel Guide on August 28, 2009:

Great tips mate, I am starting to think I should go far away, perhaps to the colorful Eastern Asia to have my next New Year's celebration!

Flux Travel Guide on August 28, 2009:

Great tips mate, I am starting to think I should go far away, perhaps to the colorful Eastern Asia to have my next New Year's celebration!

Debbie Gee from California on August 18, 2009:

Excellent Hub!!


fandi on August 18, 2009:

thanks articless good

john on August 12, 2009:

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

magnus7777 from Cagayan de Oro City on August 10, 2009:

Barcelona is a nice place my friend recommend a nice apartments in Barcelona that will sure accommodate my needs.

GDGDFG on June 29, 2009:

good thing i can just catch a bus to the city in sydney which only takes 20 mins :). Next year definatly going to las vegas.

smod on June 17, 2009:

gisborne new zealand....27th till the 2nd rhytm and vines...first city and music festival in the world..get there

eaasi3574 on May 05, 2009:

Great Article.

eaasi3574 on May 05, 2009:

excellent hub.I like it.

Wanderlust (author) from New York City on January 19, 2009:

Bev Bruce, I am sorry that you have missed fireworks in Paris this year. Actually, I've heard that this year Paris fireworks weren't that great. In any case, you can watch it in youtube (link below). In any case Happy New Year to everybody!

Bev Bruce on January 08, 2009:

Having just spent New Year in Paris I can assure you there are no fireworks! Contrary to the comment above about fireworks. I was at the Trocadero opposite the Eiffel Tower and there was nothing! Still a nice place to go though.

denisewrtr37 from Philadelphia on December 27, 2008:

Great places! I'd like to ring the New Year in while visiting Tokyo.

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Long Walk Up

Shaun Lindbergh from Cape Town, South Africa on December 26, 2008:

Cape Town, South Africa! Come here for the 2010 World Cup! Seychelles also has my vote ... the best tropical island holiday you could wish for. .

Wanderlust (author) from New York City on December 16, 2008:

OK, I have to add Edinburgh and Reykjavik to the list, I agree with you - both are great places to be for New Years Eve.

And I agree with bladeguy, I kind of overlooked Latin America - Rio should be on a list too.

Thanks for comment and Happy New Year Year Everybody

Elaine T on December 04, 2008:

Being from London I have a particular affinity for it. However, Tokyo sounds lovely. I am game for that trip. Happy New Year to one and all..

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Wuksachi Staff from Sequoia National Park on December 03, 2008:

Hi Wanderlust,

Great hub! I have always dreamed of spending a New Year's Eve in Times Square but I don't think I could handle the crowds! All good ideas though, and if I ever find myself traveling somewhere for New Year's I will definitely consider these places.

TravelAMP from Around the world on November 25, 2008:

Great ideas for New Year celebration. Thanks.

sunshine girl on November 24, 2008:

wow, im from nigeria and have never had the opportunity of traveling outside my country to celebrate new years eve or any other looking forward to this xmas and new year though. i hope to have the fun of my life. thanks for this hubpage, at least now i know where to go....

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