The Best Cities to Party in for New Years Eve

While the most famous cities for New Years Eve parties (like New York City and Boston) get the majority of the press, there are NYE celebrations and parties the world over! If you’ve got the money and means to travel, you could ring in the in a different place every year.
Literally any place where there are people, there’s a New Year’s Eve party somewhere nearby (in other words, don’t expect to party in Antarctica any time soon; the penguins there just don’t care). You can party in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Italy, Dubai, Russia, Japan, Australia, and anywhere else your heart desires. Of course, whether you find somebody to kiss in each of these places is entirely on you — we’re simply here to point out the great places you can party on NYE.
For our money, these are the 50 best cities you can party in for New Year’s Eve. They’re all beautiful, flashy, extravagant and will guarantee a good time. Vote on your favorite NYE party cities, and feel free to add in any cities you deem worthy. After all, there are more than 50 cities in the world that hold New Year’s Eve parties. If we neglected to add your favorite city, feel free to do so and the vote it straight to the top.
And after you’re done voting for your favorite city to party in for New Year’s Eve, book your ticket to get there in time, and make this the greatest New Year’s Eve party of all time! Until next year anyway.

1. Paris, France

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For those who are fortuitous enough to be in Paris to welcome the New Year, the city of lights actually has a lot many ways to say Bonne annéel.

What’s special about New Year?
Regardless of what you think of the ideal New Year’s Eve Celebrations, you’ll definitely experience the ‘City of Lights’ display its most amiable colors to bring in the New Year.

Attractions
What could even be more romantic than watching the incredible fireworks and the light show display at the most iconic landmark of Paris, the Eiffel tower?

Things to do
Partying at the Champs-ElysĂ©es and Montmartre’s Sacre Coeur plaza can be a preferred choice to make. Another vital thing to do is taking up one of those New Year’s Eve boat cruises alongside the river Seine.

Where to stay?
If you wish to stay near the principal attraction of Paris, the Eiffel Tower then plan a stay in the Hotel Duquesne-Eiffel.

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2. London, England

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London the capital city of England is the host of best New Year’s Eve Party during the New Year.

What’s special about New Year?
The city is very well lit up and several places across the capital will come up with all the stops to ensure that your New Year’s Eve in London is one memorable one.

Attractions
Right next to the St Paul’s, the Cannon Street as well as the Monument areas of the London city are a good bet. So, if you wish to get close to the fireworks but don’t have a ticket, these two can be a good choice of place.

Things to do
Take a New Year’s Eve river cruise or enjoy a dinner at one of those sky high restaurants of the city.

Where to stay?
Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum can be a nice place of accommodation.

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3. New York City, New York

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New York is the Best Places for New Year’s Eve given the phenomenal attractions and incomparable night scene.

What’s special about New Year?
New York City might not be a place for everyone but it is undeniable that the city’s New Year’s Eve has an atmosphere that many others can rival.

Attractions
Every year on the New Year’s Eve millions of people gather in the Times Square to see several renowned musicians and the ball drop. In this, a ball weighing nearly 12,000 pounds that is 12-foot-wide is descended from top of the One Times Square making it one of the most prominent attractions on the New Year’s Eve.

Things to do
Book a reservation in one of the hip bar or restaurant overlooking the Times Square and enjoy the local delicacies. Taking a night boat ride on the New York Harbour to catch a glimpse of the midnight fireworks display near the Statue of Liberty Island is another grand thing to do.

Where to stay?
5 star hotels, The Plaza is the best choice of accommodation.

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4. Melbourne, Australia

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Australia’s Melbourne city attracts more than half a million people accredited to its elaborate New Year’s Eve celebrations.

What’s special about New Year?
Melbourne anchors two official firework displays that are both thronged by tourists and locals in large numbers.

Attractions
An event in the evening is conducted at the Yarra Park to kick off the festivities. You can head to the Victoria Harbour to experience the stunning light shows that colors the entire city in a mix of hues.

Things to do
Stages from around the city host a range of live acts right from the Federation Square’s Brazilian samba dance to the performances by the folk musicians across the city.

Where to stay?
Ibis Styles Melbourne, the Victoria Hotel can be a great pick.

 

5. New Orleans, Louisiana

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The capital city of Louisiana, New Orleans hosts some of the most phenomenal parties in US.

What’s special about New Year?
The New Year’s Eve fireworks displays of New Orleans are a fascination to many.

Attractions
Head to the Mississippi River to be a part of the kaleidoscope of colors cascading over the river. The show lasts for 15 minutes and is a highlight of the New Year’s festivities.

Things to do
Parties in the Big Easy continue till dawn with live music across the clubs and bars of the French Quarter. So dance your heart out in one of the clubs. You can even do some bar hopping here.

Where to stay?
Bourbon Orleans Hotel is a great pick.

 

6. Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok is a bustling international city that has always been known to put forth the best New Year’s Eve Parties.

What’s special about New Year?
The metropolis locals as well as the expats come together to take part in the Asia’s best New Year’s Eve festivities.

Attractions
Head to the Central World Square that is cramped with the tourists during this time of the year. Several spectacular video screen projections, light shows and live concerts are conducted here. During midnight, a lot of fireworks are also released in the sky.

Things to do
Attend a party in one of the lively beer gardens or the nightclub of the city. You can also have a dinner at one of the popular rooftop eateries in Bangkok. To partake in the New Year’s countdown, you can head to Asiatique.

Where to stay?
Hotel SO Sofitel Bangkok is a great choice to make.

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7. ValparaĂ­so, Chile

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Valparaiso is a vibrant, colorful and upbeat coastal city in Chile which is definitely a place you must consider for this New Year’s celebration.

What’s special about New Year?
The biggest New Year’s Eve party in Latin America happens in the city of Valparaiso. There is a 20 minute firework show which is also quite famous.

Attractions
There are some iconic churches in the city like the Igles La Matriz which are decorated beautifully during the celebrations of Christmas and New year, don’t miss it. Plaza Sotomayor de Valparaiso which is popular for the new year’s eve party is also a great visit.

Things to do
Be present during the midnight when the fireworks explode from the different parts of the city, especially at the Valparaiso harbour. There are free walking tours that you can participate in and while moving around the city, you will also find some amazing street art on display.

Where to stay?
The Hotel Acontraluz is one of the most famous places of accommodation for all the tourists in Valparaiso.

 

8. Edinburgh

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If you make it to Scotland’s capital city Edinburg during the New Year celebrations, you can be prepared for a myriad of New Year’s Eve Parties, concerts, shows and fireworks.

What’s special about New Year?
Last year approximately 1, 48,000 people from some 70 countries across the world came together to partake in the 3 day New Year’s Eve event at Edinburgh.

Attractions
In Edinburg, festivities start on 30th December where thousands of revelers carry torches while marching from the Parliament Square to Calton Hill where the skies are set ablaze with fireworks. On the eve, more revelers take to the street and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

Things to do
A lot of live music concerts, ceilidhs and theatre shows are organized during this time. You can attend either one or all of these.

Where to stay?
The grandest hotel in Edinburg is Balmoral. You can plan a stay there.

 

9. Barcelona, Spain

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The party capital of Spain, Barcelona is known to save the best for the last day of the year making it the world’s Best Places for New Year’s Eve.

What’s special about New Year?
You will never find a dull spot in Barcelona during the celebrations of New Year. Entire city is beautifully decorated too.

Attractions
Visit the Barceloneta Beach where the fireworks light up the sky. To get the best view, you must try and find a spot near the marina.

Things to do
You can head over to the Plaza Reial, Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas where a number of street parties are conducted which start from late evening and last up to the midnight. Locals and tourists can be found sipping in the champagne while countdown of the minutes and seconds until the New Year is going on. You too can go and take part in this countdown. The nightclubs, bars and the restaurants in Barcelona conduct special events to celebrate the eve.

Where to stay?
H10 Port Vell hotel is a nice place to stay.

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10. Reykjavik

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Reykjavik is widely considered as one of the best places for New Year’s eve and receives a lot of footfall especially during the new year celebrations.

What’s special about New Year?
Hard-partying locals throw citywide celebrations that last until the wee hours of morning. To witness the best view, head to Perlan which offers a beautiful view of the city as well as the New Year’s celebration.

Attractions
Reykjavik is quite popular for the Golden Circle where one can spot mind boggling auroras at midnight. Moreover, waterfalls and parks which are decorated as part of the Christmas celebrations are other attractions in the city that tourists usually like to visit.

Things to do
Concerts and events are held at ReykjavĂ­k City Theatre, National Theatre of Iceland Harpa and Nordic House which you can be a part of.

Where to stay?
‘Room with a view’ is a luxurious hotel which is a good choice of accommodation for tourists.

 

11. Rio de Janeiro

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The capital city of Brazil, Rio De Janeiro hosts a myriad of concerts, shows and events to make for an extravagant New Year’s eve celebrations.

What’s special about New Year?
If Carnival Festivities is something that Rio De Janeiro is broadly known for then its New Year’s Eve celebrations are a close second.

Attractions
One iconic attraction of Rio De Janeiro is the Copacabana Beach which is a host to arguably the wildest and the largest New Year’s Eve Parties that sees a footfall of over 2 million people onto the sand that stretches over two and a half miles.

Things to do
Partake in the exquisite celebrations on the Copacabana Beach which involves tossing flowers as a gift to YemanjĂĄ (Goddess of Seas), attending musical and dance performances conducted here and the colorful fireworks display that perfects the scene.

Where to stay?
Miramar Hotel and Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel are the best choice of accommodation.

 

12. Hong Kong

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Be a part of the spectacular views that can be seen during the last moments of the year in the frenetic and intense Hong Kong.

What’s special about New Year?
The firework display of Hong Kong grows impressive and extravagant with every passing year.

Attractions
Head to theVictoria Harbour to be a part of some evening activity. Tsim Tsa Shui’s Avenue of Stars is another great attraction.

Things to do
Several events take place in the Hong Kong’s Times Square shopping mall which are a replica of the ball drop event that takes place in the New York City. Catch the glimpse of the dazzling lightshows that take place in different areas of Hong Kong.

Where to stay?
The Pottinger is the best choice of accommodation.

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13. Bratislava, Slovakia

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Bratislava is the not just the capital city of Slovakia but is also its largest city. The beautiful city naturally sees a lot of tourists around the New Year.

What’s special about New Year?
The archaic Old Town of Bratislava hosts more than 10,000 people for open-air dance parties, fireworks show and concerts over the River Danube.

Attractions
Naturally, when all the fun and frolic is happening in and around the Old Town, why go elsewhere?

Things to do
Attend a performance by some of the best local bands and dance groups performing in the areas near the River Danube. The celebration usually lasts all night long. For those who wish to party and socialize, the Old Town here is divided into “party zones” and “concert zone”.

Where to stay?
Located near the river Danube, the Grand Hotel River park can be a preferable choice.

 

14. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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How can the Best Places for New Year’s Eve list be complete without the mention of the capital city of United Arab Emirates, Dubai?

What’s special about New Year?
In the year 2014, Dubai made it to the Guinness Book of Records for having the biggest fireworks display ever on the New Year’s Eve. The fun and the extravaganza is the same every other year too.

Attractions
You can enjoy an iconic view of the phenomenal display of Dubai from the Burj Al Arab luxury hotel. Burj Khalifa is so beautifully decorated that you just cannot take your eyes off it.

Things to do
On the New Year’s Eve several world superstars perform in Dubai at the most renowned parties. Make sure you get an exclusive pass to one of these celebrated parties. Don’t you miss out on these extreme thrilling sports while you are in Dubai.

Where to stay?
You can book a room at the Burj Al Arab luxury hotel.

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15. Vienna

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Vienna is a beautiful city known for its galas and storied balls. It is equally popular for the New Year celebrations that take place here.

What’s special about New Year?
Parties with hot mulled wine and toffee apples are what tourists love to enjoy in Vienna.

Attractions
The Rathaus or the city hall is a popular destination to visit if you are looking for a casual party.

Things to do
Ride in the Majestic Imperator train which is also known as a palace on rails, many people bring in the New Year while being inside the train.

Where to stay?
The Hollman Beletage is a nice place in the city to stay while you celebrate the New Year.

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16. St. Petersburg, Russia

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Nestled on the Golf Coast of Florida, St. Petersburg is one of the most fun places of Russia to be at on the last day of the year.

What’s special about New Year?
The locals of Russia begin the festivity on the December 25 which is the Catholic Christmas. It goes on until January 7 which is the Orthodox Christmas. During this time, St. Petersburg is a must visit.

Attractions
The splendid bridges and boulevards of the St. Petersburg are indeed at their stunning best during the New Year’s Eve celebrations. They are decorated in white and are dazzled by holiday lights. Another attraction is the opulent Hermitage Museum which is at its best on the New Year’s Eve. It is cramped by tourists who come here to partake in the fireworks show over Neva River.

Things to do
During the time when the firework show is organized the tourists can sip champagne and release paper lanterns up in the sky.

Where to stay? 
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg can be a great pick.

 

17. Hawaii

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The secluded archipelago of Central Pacific, Hawaii is a great place to celebrate the New Year’s Eve especially if you are more of a water person.

What’s special about New Year?
In Hawaii, you’ll find celebrations and festivities happening on the beaches all over Hawaii.

Attractions
You can catch a glimpse of the spectacular firework displays that light up the magnificent waters of Hawaii. Hawaiian Islands are a great spot here and definitely worth a watch.

Things to do
Almost every beach side club and bar will host special activities for youth and families to amplify the fun of the New Year’s Eve celebrations including concerts and theme nights. You can also attend the boat cruises that are offered for small hours of the night.

Where to stay?
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort can be a sensible pick.

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18. Cape Town

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Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa is a favorite place of many to bring in the New Year.

What’s special about New Year?
Only Cape Town is a city throughout the world which offers you the option to celebrate the New Year at the top of one of the most popular natural wonder, the Table Mountain.

Attractions
The Table Mountain is a must visit destination in the city, not only for its festivities but also for the magnanimity of the place.

Things to do
Catch the V&A waterfront fireworks at the midnight; it’s mesmerizing and completely amazing.

Where to stay?
The Table Bay is a popular and luxurious hotel where you can stay during the New Year’s Eve.

19. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Over 3,00,000 revelers fly down to the party capital of United States, Las Vegas which is the Best Places for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

What’s special about New Year?
The Las Vegas Strip is high on the party vibe and is metamorphosed into a giant street party with a myriad of laser shows, live bands and pyrotechnic displays.

Attractions
Strip is undoubtedly the focal point of Las Vegas. You can reach there at midnight as a number of fireworks are launched from the seven rooftops along the Strip.

Things to do
Las Vegas is a host to ample number of parties in hotels, casinos, bars and clubs. So, there is no shortage of entertainment options on the New Year’s Eve. A lot of shows and concerts can also be attended.

Where to stay?
Trump International Hotel Las Vegas can be a great pick.

20. Berlin, Germany

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The capital of Germany, Berlin has a certain reputation of being the ‘party city’ all round the year. So, you really can imagine how it is going to be on the New Year’s Eve that is known as Silvester here.

What’s special about New Year?
Annual pancake race, Berliner Silvesterlauf is the specialty of Berlin.

Attractions
Head to the heart of celebrations at the Party Mile. It is a 2 km stretch of bar that conducts a lot of laser shows, New Year’s Eve Parties, video screens and more. A lot of international food stalls can also be found here.

Things to do
Attend the firework show at midnight Victory Column. Post which you can head to many of the city’s dance floors. You can also participate in the free New Year’s Run of 4 km on the first day of the year.

Where to stay?
Most of the creative souls who frequent London plan to stay at the Berlin outpost of Soho House.

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