The New Year is a cherished time to reminisce on the past year with family and friends. But who says it has to be done close to home. Avoid over-priced drinks and “New Year, New Me” Facebook posts by heading to the destinations below, which offer a spectacular celebration…it may be too late for this year, but if being more organised is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you can start planning a trip for 2018 now!
The atmosphere in New York City on New Year’s Eve is even more electric than usual – Times Square is rockin’! The evening builds up to the magical ball drop at midnight! Watch top musical performances and spot famous faces alongside people from all over the world. Standing in the crowd isn’t for everyone, so for an alternative experience you can book a table at a restaurant overlooking the ball drop. You may even consider a late boat ride on the New York Harbor for outstanding views of the midnight fireworks display on Liberty Island.
Rio’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, known as Réveillon, are of the same high standard as their famous Carnival festivities. The incredible Copacabana Beach hosts the largest New Year’s Eve party in the world! Join in with local traditions by wearing white for good luck and throwing flowers into the ocean whilst the live music plays and the atmosphere builds.
Sydney is the first big city to have the clocks strike midnight – who doesn’t want to see the fireworks before the rest of the world? Whilst on the topic of fireworks, it would be rude not to mention that Sydney has the world’s largest fireworks display for the New Year celebrations. There is not one display, but TWO – one is at 9pm and the other is at midnight. The spectacular Sydney Opera House is the perfect backdrop to the display of fireworks and aerial acrobatics.
In the Bahamas, tag along with the locals and follow Junkanoo street parades to the beach where you’ll enjoy lots of fireworks, street performers, crazy costumes and live music on New Year’s Day. Many refer to these celebrations as the Bahamian version of Mardi Gras.
In Cape Town, the New Year’s celebrations are stretched over three days – we like their style! There’s a midnight fireworks display and a fun concert at the Victoria & Albert Waterfront on New Year’s Eve, then the two following days consist of everyone heading to the local beaches observing the superb Cape Town Minstrel Carnival – you’ll be thoroughly entertained by 10,000 singing and dancing performers!
Wherever you’re celebrating this year, have a wonderful time with your loved ones. The Holidaysplease team wishes you a happy and healthy 2017 – make sure you fill next year with plenty of unforgettable travel memories!
— By Chloe Dale