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The Best places for New Year’s Eve Parties

Maddy Faulkner by Maddy Faulkner

The Best places for New Year’s Eve Parties

Haven’t made any New Year’s Eve plans yet? Are you looking for some inspiration?

We have searched far and wide to select the best places to be when the clock strikes midnight. From the bustling streets of New York to the beaches of Thailand, these parties are unlike any other!

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New York

New York certainly doesn’t do New Year’s Eve by halves! With celebrations citywide, the most popular event is in Times Square, where over one million people gather each year to see the ball drop on top of One Times Square. It’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

For a quieter evening but with an equally as magical atmosphere, take a boat ride along New York Harbour for the best view of the midnight firework display on Liberty Island.

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Sydney is the one of the first major cities to see in the New Year and they certainly celebrate well! There are two incredible world-famous firework displays, a family-orientated display at 9pm and the main event at midnight, which both overlook Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

More than a million visitors attend the waterfront show each year, which also features acrobatic performances and the Harbour of Light Parade, an illuminated parade of vessels which is truly enchanting for adults and children alike.

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Hogmanay (which translates to the ‘last day of the year’) welcomes thousands of visitors to the picturesque streets of Edinburgh every year. The three-day celebration is undoubtedly one which everybody must visit at some point!

The world-renowned street party, with traditional dancing, music and celebrations, is unrivalled. The celebrations begin on December 30th with a torchlight procession which illuminates the city. On New Year’s Eve, there is a street party, concerts and a popular Ceilidh right under the castle. On New Year’s Day, many brave the cold waters of the River Forth to welcome in the New Year in an event called ‘Loony Dook’ - definitely not for the faint-hearted!

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Hong Kong

A party atmosphere takes over the shoreline of Hong Kong, which boasts a hugely impressive firework display which seems to improve year upon year! As the time approaches midnight, a musical firework display lights up the sky, illuminating Victoria Harbour.

If you don’t fancy being amongst the crowds, enjoy the fireworks from one of the city’s rooftop bars for an incredible view. Make sure you have downloaded Roar App from the App Store to see the best bars in the area!

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Rio de Janeiro

Over two million visitors embark on the streets of Rio de Janeiro for New Year’s Eve to watch the extravagant firework display. Copacabana Beach is at the heart of the party, where live musical performances featuring samba and rock bands get the crowd into high spirits.

Join in the countdown with the locals and fellow tourists and witness the sky come alive with colours in an incredibly lively atmosphere!

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Koh Phangan

Although Thailand’s islands boast great parties all year round, the New Year’s Eve Party in Koh Phangan tops them all! Tourists set upon the island to experience the wildest and world-famous full-moon party. The party starts in the early evening and goes into the following afternoon - we can’t think of a better way to see in the New Year!

If you don’t fancy the day long celebrations, enjoy a freshly-cooked meal by the beach and join in the party later on.

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