New Years Eve is the largest common party in the world. Almost every country welcomes in the New Year with some kind of celebration.
New York, U.S.A.
This is probably the most famous New Years event in the world. The big ball is dropped in Times Square as a million people watch. More than a billion people world wide tune in to witness the event on t.v. This has been going on since 1906. The celebration has many musical performances and pyrotechnics. The square is pulsating with energy, many clubs around the square extend the party to make it one of the biggest celebrations in the world.
Cape Town, South Africa
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront has a New Years Eve celebration that includes live music and performers. You can also take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to watch various firework displays throughout the city.
Sydney is one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Years. The Circular Quay in Sydney harbour puts on an incredible fireworks display that last for over 15 minutes. Over a million people attend the event. It starts at 1pm and goes into the wee hours of the night. There is a parade of boats called the Harbour of Light and many other activities. Locals have a tradition of dressing in black.
Bangkok has many celebrations throughout the city. Sanam Luang, opposite the Grand Palace puts on a celebration with traditional Thai food, music and dancers. Wat Saket is the other place that witnesses the most excitement.
Las Vegas, U.S.A.
The Las Vegas strip becomes one giant pedestrian party for New Years. There are fireworks and light shows and it’s legal to drink in the street! Others spend the evening at Freemont street. It is a closed event that you need to buy tickets for, unless you’re from Nevada then it is free. There are several bands performing on two stages while a light and sound show run over head on a street canopy.
Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
Paris puts on a pyrotechnic display and fireworks. People start to show up at 9pm with champagne glasses in hand. The Eiffel Tower explodes into a spectacular display of lasers and lights.
There are places all over London to take in the New Year. Some of the top spots include the fireworks display at the London Eye. Trafalgar Square and the Clock Tower with Big Ben are also hot spots to celebrate.
Shibuya is the soul of the entertainment district. There are numerous bars and clubs to choose from. Thousands of people gather at the shrine of Meiji Jingu for a more traditional Japanese New Year.
Over a million people gather for the celebration at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. There are massive fireworks, music, dancing, light shows, food stands and beer gardens. Behind the Brandenburg Gate is known as the party mile. Strasse des 17th Juni (17th June Street) turns into huge outdoor disco. There are international DJs, laser and light shows and performing artists.
New Orleans, U.S.A.
Frenchmen Street is where New Orleanians head to party for New Years. There is dancing in the street that is full of cafes with musicians and bands. The street is full of people in costumes. Bourbon street is also a popular place to hang out and Jackson Square does a ball drop at midnight.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A carnival atmosphere is what you will find on New Years on Copacabana Beach. Four million people show up to turn the beach into a giant party that goes on all day. There are fireworks, music stages and dancing. Everyone has a tradition of dressing in white.
Prague, Czech Republic
People come from all over Europe to celebrate New Years in Prague. The Czech people love fireworks. There are many pubs and cafes to celebrate in. Prior to midnight people gather in the Old Town Square or Charles Bridge. Others climb to the Prague Castle or Stalin statue to get a view of the fireworks and scene of the city.
People gather on the beach of Waikiki to watch professional and amateur firework shows. The strip is closed to traffic so you can wander from bar to bar and enjoy food, drinks and entertainment. You can also enjoy the fact that if you are in Honolulu to celebrate that you are the last time zone in the world to ring in the New Year.
The place to hang is Nieuwmarkt (Newmarket) Square. Locals and tourists hit the streets with bottles of champagne. There is a Hooker’s Ball in the Red Light District. There are gatherings in several other squares including Rembrantsplein, Leidseplein and Dam Square.
South Beach, Miami, U.S.A.
Thousands of people are walking the streets, gathering in bars and attending swanky affairs. There is a fireworks show over the ocean. The Bayfront Park has free fireworks show over the bay with band and entertainment. The Big Orange Festival drops a 35 foot orange ball from Hotel Inter-Continental at Chopin Plaza.
Bring in New Years in the snow. This is the ski resort that hosted the 2010 Olympics. The village is buzzing with activity and the beer is flowing from all the pubs. If you missed New Years you can always catch the huge party for Australia Day on January 26. There are so many Auzzies working in Whistler you would think you had landed in the wrong country.
New Years is called Hogmanay in Scotland. It has a rich heritage associated with it. It is an event that last over 4 to 5 days. There are parties and street festivals. They have a torch procession and fire festivals. It is celebrated all over Scotland, but Edinburgh is the largest. The event turns into a huge street party that has a few hundred thousand people in attendance. A fireworks display lights up Edinburgh Castle and stages are set up with top music acts.
Niagara Falls, Canada
What better way to celebrate New Years than against the backdrop of Niagara Falls. At Queen Victoria Park there is live music and two rounds of fireworks at 9pm and midnight.
The beach destination of India has thousands of people bringing in the New Year.You can enjoy the culture and cuisine of the area. People celebrate by dancing and singing.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
There are many hot spots but Merdeka Square is the hub of activity. The celebrations through out the city have the night clubs and restaurants buzzing with energy.