Destinations: New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is one of the few occasions that’s celebrated almost universally, all around the world. It’s the one day that almost everyone has off, where people come together to wish the passing year a fond farewell and welcome in all the possibilities of the impending one. In that spirit, we’ve rounded up five of our all-time favourite New Year’s Eve destinations!
New York City
You can’t mention NYE without mentioning New York City. For over 100 years the New Year’s Eve Ball has made its descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square at the stroke of midnight, an occasion that attracts over a million people every year! It’s not just the Ball dropping, musicians and entertainers perform throughout the night, captivating the revellers. If crowds aren’t your thing, book a table at one of the restaurants or bars overlooking the Square, and enjoy the show from a comfortable distance.
Rio De Janeiro
Rio is renowned as a world-class party destination, so when New Year’s Eve rolls around you can bet they’re going to put on a show. Surpassed only by the epic yearly Carnival Festivities, New Year’s Eve celebrations erupt throughout the city, spilling onto every street and across every beach. Chief among those, is the iconic Copacabana Beach, which welcomes in excess of two million people for the annual celebration known as Réveillon. If you plan on attending, remember to dress like the locals and wear all white (maybe not your best whites though, the parties tend to get a little messy)!
It just isn’t New Year’s Eve without fireworks, and there’s no better place to experience this than Hong Kong. New Year’s Eve in the city kicks off with a ball drop which pays homage to New York’s tradition, and is followed by citywide celebrations which culminate in an epic fireworks’ display over Victoria Harbour. The dazzling display can be observed from the shore, but savvy travellers find room on a Junk or at a rooftop bar to take it all in.
Jost Van Dyke
The Caribbean island of Jost Van Dyke might be tiny, but when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations it’s huge. Festivities are concentrated in and around the Grand Harbour and on the island the occasion is referred to as Old Year’s Night. But that’s not the only difference, on Jost Van Dyke celebrations last twice as long as anywhere else – a full 48 hours of live music, drinking, dancing, and eating. Best of all? You can celebrate in your bikini!
Hawaii is always up for a party, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Beaches all across the island go all out, with beach bars and clubs offering a plethora of special activities and celebratory festivities. These include excursions throughout the day, live music, boat cruises and much more. And, the entire affair is capped off with an incredible fireworks’ display.
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