In some cities, New Year’s Eve is a time for quiet reflection and making plans for the coming year. This is not about those cities, though. (We did add one, though.) These are the best places to spend New Year’s Eve, where the fireworks never stop, the crowds are fun and friendly, and you can’t help but cheer in the streets because that’s what everyone else is doing. Come for the show and stay to welcome in 2023 with a bang. Book your tickets now at best prices online.
8 Best Places to Spend New Year
Sydney is one of the best places to spend new year. They include great fireworks shows that are broadcast around the world. This year, expect to see fairly unreal pyrotechnics on the Sydney Harbor Bridge and more than 1,000 fireworks bursting above the “sails” of the Sydney Opera House. Choose one of the fun spots to watch from. We like the Gladesville Bridge and Barangaroo, but spots like the Opera Gala, which require tickets, keep big crowds away.
Stay for the beloved Harbor Light Parade, when 50-plus illuminated vessels float on by.
2. New Zealand’s Queenstown
Queenstown is one of the great places to spend new year’s Eve. Like Sydney, it has one of the “first” NYE parties in the world. Even though its fireworks aren’t as amazing as those in Sydney, this party city knows how to have fun. There are about 55 bars to keep up with the demand of locals and tourists on their way to bungee jumping or heli-skiing. There is also a very fun, family-friendly, and free party on the lakefront lawn with live music from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and a fireworks show at midnight.
With its traditional Hogmanay celebrations, the capital of Scotland will say goodbye to 2019 in a big way over three days. The event starts on December 30 with a torchlight parade. This is followed by a huge street party, the main outdoor concert (with Mark Ronson as the headliner this year), and fireworks over Edinburgh Castle at midnight. After all that fun, you can relax with folk concerts and the first ceilidh of the New Year on January 1.
4. Cape Town
Take some time to think about the past year while watching the last sunset of 2019 from the top of South Africa’s Table Mountain. Cable cars run until 9:30 p.m., which gives you plenty of time to get back down to Cape Town’s other New Year’s celebrations, where there’s something for everyone: food and fireworks at the V&A Waterfront, rowdy clubs, and dancing in the Cape Quarter, or live music for the whole family at Kirstenbosch Gardens.
On New Year’s Eve, fireworks go off over the London Eye and from barges on the River Thames. Even though Big Ben will be silent this year because it is being fixed up, the night won’t be very quiet. The party by the river will start with a live DJ set, and then people will go to one of the many places to spend new year.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that New Year’s Eve in the City of Light is a big deal. A kiss at midnight under the Eiffel Tower’s sparkling light show is a popular choice, but the real action is along the Champs-Elysees, where Parisians start filling the bars and restaurants around 9 p.m. for dinner, dancing, and lots of champagne. The French celebrate the New Year, or “St. Sylvestre,” for the whole month of January. The party goes on long after midnight.
Here’s what happens on New Year’s Eve in Prague: the “official” fireworks show doesn’t start until around 6 p.m. on January 1. But fireworks that aren’t part of the official celebrations go off all over the city, including in the streets, over Wenceslas Square in New Town (watch where you step!), and, most spectacularly, over the Vltava river. Locals and tourists alike gather on the Charles Bridge with bottles of bubbly drinks and noisemakers, hold their breath, ooh and aah, and pray there aren’t any stray fireworks at midnight before heading to Old Town or nearby bars to have a wild New Year’s Eve. Prague is one of the best places to spend new year.
8. Las Vegas
In Las Vegas, where the party goes on all night long, New Year’s Eve calls for a whole new level of fun. There are so many things to do—celebrity-hosted parties at nightclubs, world-class dinner shows, and loud casinos—that there’s no reason not to get dressed up and go out.
If you can’t decide where to go for the night, you can just go to the Strip. The normally busy street is closed to cars for the night, so there are great places to stand to watch 80,000 fireworks go off from the rooftops of seven casinos.
Almost everywhere in the world, the start of a new year means a fresh start. We should spend it in a way that not only shows how much we care but also makes the world a better place.
To make sure that your celebrations aren’t ruined by bad memories, it’s best to plan your trip and book your travel and lodging well ahead of time. Also, keeping an open mind about the culture and customs of the place you’re going to will make your trip even better. For more information about places to spend new year visit the official website of Feedhour.