Once again, the New Year is fast approaching, and everyone is busy deciding where they want to be when the party begins. If you’re all out of ideas, then read on for some truly unique and fun holiday celebration destinations so you can make this party one you’ll remember for years to come.
Starting at about 9pm, this is the only place to be in Paris. People flock to this spot from all over France, bringing drinks and plenty of enthusiasm with them. From here, you get a great view of the Eiffel Tower as it turns into a giant pyrotechnic display aside an incredible fireworks show. What this celebration lacks in unbridled debauchery it more than makes up for in romance and a more distinguished way to bring in the New Year.
Central World or Sanam Luang, Bangkok
No nation does New Year’s celebrations quite like a country that celebrates it three times throughout the year. Between the Western, Chinese and Thai New Years’ celebrations, party organisers have their festivities planning completely polished. Central World explodes with concerts, food stalls and beer gardens, while Sanam Luang, located opposite the Grand Palace, delivers a more authentic Thai experience with more traditional food, music and dance. Whichever you attend, you’re guaranteed a memorable experience.
Falls Festival, Australia
While it seems like new music festivals are cropping up all the time in Australia, the annual Falls Festival has proven to have lasting power. Taking a Great Ocean Road tour will bring you to Lorne, the ‘home’ location of the festival, but you can also catch the festival at Marion Bay in Tasmania. Stopping at the festival is a must for any good tour of Tasmania, as the intimacy of the rainforest setting combined with a consistently superb music line-up will blow your mind.
Shibuya is unquestionably the heart of the entertainment district of Tokyo. From this location, you can watch the countdown to the New Year while still being within walking distance of a plethora of bars and clubs. Of course, if you want a more traditional Japanese New Year celebration, check out the shrine of Meiji Jingu, where thousands of Tokyoites gather to ring in the New Year. It’s all still within walking distance of Shibuya.
The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
If refined isn’t what you’re envisioning this year for New Year’s, then Berlin should be a strong consideration for your party location. Over a million people gather every year for this overwhelming celebration, and you will be treated to a massive fireworks display, music, dancing, light shows, international food stands and plenty of beer. Just behind the Brandenburg gate is the “Party Mile,” which has been known to transform into a huge open-air disco strip complete with DJs, laser and light shows, and performing artists.
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro
If you really want a memorable experience, a New Year’s Eve beach party in Brazil will be hard to beat. With beautiful people, extravagant fireworks, a carnival-like atmosphere and a setting on the most stunning beach in the world, celebrating at Copacabana Beach will be hard to top. Known locally as “Reveillon,” the entire beach turns into an all-day party complete with several music stages, dancing, and over two million people to party with. If you want to really do it up, then there is no better place than here for the New Year.