Where will you be spending New Year's Eve this year? Sure you could spend it at home with a few friends and a glass of champagne, but if you're looking to get out, and maybe even do a bit of traveling, here are some New Year's destinations that you'll definitely want to make it to in the future.
Eiffel Tower lightshow and fireworks display in Paris. PHOTO: CC License viZZZual.com
Paris really lives up to its “City of Lights” nickname when New Year’s Eve rolls around. If you thought the Eiffel Tower was a sight to see before, you should see it on New Year’s at midnight. The biggest party occurs at the Champs-Elysees, giving excellent views of the Eiffel Tower. Used as a centerpiece for an incredible lightshow and fireworks display, the famous landmark puts your disco ball to shame. Throw in some obligatory cheek kissing and delicious bottles of champagne and you have yourself a recipe for a memorable New Year’s Eve.
Hogmanay celebration, complete with amazing lightshow. PHOTO: CC License Robbie Shade
Thousands of people flood the streets of the Scottish capital for the annual Hogmanay (meaning “last day of the year”) celebration. A torchlight procession kicks the celebrations off, followed by a giant open-air Ceilidh (a traditional Celtic party) with live music and entertainment performed on stages around the city, and a huge concert and series of parties taking over the city for the big night. At midnight, partygoers can enjoy the booming pyrotechnic displays, as several tons of fireworks are shot up, making for an unbelievable spectacle.
The New Year's Eve Ball Drop in New York Times Square. PHOTO: CC License Replytojain
Making its debut back in 1904, the New Year’s celebration in Times Square has its reputation for a reason. With over a million people crowding the streets to celebrate, New York is home to quite a few annual customs. In addition to some incredible fireworks displays set off on Liberty Island, the city is home to the infamous New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. As the sun sets, the famed New Year's Eve Ball is hoisted to the top of a specially designed flagpole, and makes its 60-second drop just before the stroke of midnight, sending eruptions of cheers through the city.
New Year’s Eve sees a great deal of activity around the Thames River in London. The London Eye, a gigantic Ferris wheel, draws thousands of visitors leading up to the main event at midnight. Thousands crowd around the waterfront for the marvelous event. When Big Ben strikes midnight, the city erupts into an epic lightshow and fireworks display, complete with the backdrop of the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster.
America’s theme park capital is no stranger to lightshows and pyrotechnic displays. But on New Year’s, they take the celebration to a completely different level. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World all open until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day, giving their guests a night that they will not forget. With live bands, dance parties, and enough fireworks in the sky to make you think the sun is out, Orlando puts on one hell of a party as they make their way towards the countdown.
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