It only happens once a year, so why not go all out? To help you find you the best places to party on 31st December, where epic fireworks displays and all night parties will make it a night never to forget, here are eight cities where they ring in the New Year with a capital “R”!
RIO DE JANEIRO
Rio’s New Year’s Eve celebration takes place on iconic Copacabana Beach, in which more than two million people cram onto the two-and-a-half-mile stretch of sand. Known as Réveillon, this uniquely wild Brazilian celebration blends religious, traditional, and superstitious beliefs topped off with an unforgettable fireworks display at midnight. It’s not like London!
Londoners ring in the New Year to the chiming of Big Ben at midnight. More than 250,000 people crowd the banks of the Thames to see the spectacular ten-minute lightshow and fireworks display, with a brilliant soundtrack synched perfectly with all the explosive choreography. The London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, and the Shard are just a few of the highlights of London’s luminous New Year’s night scenery.
One of the world’s most dramatic skylines boasts an outstanding display of fireworks concluding with the dazzling finale of a pyrotechnic dragon dancing across the sky. Victoria Harbour is the centre of the evening activity, so savvy locals party on boats, rooftop terraces, or at the Avenue of Stars for the best views of the spectacle.
Berlin has a reputation for being a party city year-round, so imagine what New Year’s Eve is like here. The centrepiece of the celebration is “Party Mile,” a two km stretch of bars, international food stalls, laser shows, party tents and live music. The locals partake in the Berlin Silversterlauf, a pancake race while the more energetic participate in the annual 4k run the next day.
More than 300,000 revellers descend on this party capital for the big night, when the legendary Strip becomes pedestrianised and transformed into a giant street party. The city hosts a mind-boggling number of concerts and parties in clubs and casinos. Come midnight, fireworks are launched from seven rooftops along the Strip – and they’re stunning. If you’ve booked a timeshare holiday over Christmas in Las Vegas, you’re in luck!
Impromptu and organised street parties are easy to find in the Dutch capital on New Year’s Eve, the most famed being in Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt and Dam Square. There are fireworks displays in multiple locations, best viewed from the city’s bridges, after which revellers head out clubbing until the sun comes up.
With only four hours of daylight in late December, locals in the northernmost capital of the world party like no one else. New Year’s Eve kicks off with community bonfires where people sing, dance, and play music. At midnight crowds gather around landmarks like Perlan and Landakotskirkja church for the official fireworks display, and then it’s clubbing time.
It’s an unforgettable 3 day affair in Cape Town. On New Year’s Eve, the Waterfront hosts a concert and midnight fireworks display, best viewed from Table Mountain itself. The next two days the crowds head to the beach and the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival parades downtown with 10,000 street performers, a tradition that dates back to the 19th-century slave trade.