In just a matter of weeks, the year will already be over, but if you’re still lost for inspiration, here are the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Expect fireworks, amazing scenery and more!
London is a beautiful city to visit over the festive season thanks to its Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, but it is equally known for its jaw-dropping New Year’s Eve celebrations. Every year, locals and tourists headed over to the south bank where the biggest part of the festivities took place. Before Covid, you could start the new year by listening to the chimes of Big Ben, and watch the fireworks display take place around you. Though the Mayor of London has put a stop to this for the time being due to the pandemic, there will still be festivities taking place towards Trafalgar Square.
If you’re looking for something a little less traditional, then London’s bars will have plenty of alternatives. Ballie Ballerson in Shoreditch is a bar with a ball pit. And for New Year’s Eve, they offer 2 for 1 drinks and fun and games. Another way to enjoy London’s nightlife to celebrate 2022, is an evening at sophisticated The Willows, normally a wedding venue. Expect DJ sets, bubbles, a 3 course-meal and a fireworks display. If you’re ready to splash the cash, then this is the way to do it!
The main New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney take place on the Sydney Harbor Bridge for an atmospheric end to the year. See Sydney shine at a vantage point to admire the epic fireworks. You have the choice between celebrating the new year at Observatory Hill, Beare Park, Bicentennial Park, Giba Park, Pirrama Park and Embarkation Point to see the spectacular views. The fireworks display takes place at 9pm and at midnight from the Sydney Harbor Bridge and both are televised all over the country.
Sydney certainly knows how to put on a show, and they don’t just do fireworks. You can watch a light show that transforms the Sydney Harbor Bridge pylons. Be in awe of the colorful lighting effects that animate the eastern side of the harbor.
Dubai is a picturesque destination to spend your New Year’s Eve. See the year in style with Dubai’s lavish events, you have to tick it off your bucket list! Expect posh dishes, luxurious drinks and fireworks to remember! Dubai is party central, and there is no celebration quite like the ones over there. Watch some breathtaking fireworks around the Burj Khalifa. Crowds will gather here to see Dubai’s most famous landmark surrounded by color.
If you want to embrace Dubai’s luxurious lifestyle, then celebrate NYE with a yacht party. Travel across the moonlit waters of Dubai and fall for the romance of the destination. Atlantis, the Palms, is an equally amazing venue to say goodbye to 2021 in. They are holding a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, with Robbie Williams performing live to the guests. You can also watch a striking fireworks display here. There’s nothing quite like it!
New York is the city that never sleeps, and they certainly know how to party! Enjoy the Times Square Eve Ball Drop, but make sure to wrap up warm against the NY winter temperatures. The ball drop begins at 12pm, so make sure you turn up before 3pm and enjoy the festivities. Expect performances from some of the world’s biggest artists to keep you singing and dancing all day long.
If you want to splash the cash on this occasion, then the exclusive Ball Drop Parties are worth discovering. Though this comes with a hefty price tag, we can guarantee that you will never ever forget this event! There is a room for dancing, a room for beverages and a few more rooms for sitting and relaxing. The Ball Drop Parties are ideal if you are desperate to avoid the crowds. You can watch the festivities in comfort without battling the icy temperatures.
Cape Town is just waiting to be discovered, and on New Year’s Eve, it truly delivers! Celebrate the New Year in the Ferris Wheel at the Waterfront. Get the SkyDine option and enjoy a picnic while the city lights are twinkling around you. Your picnic basket is filled with goodies from the V&A Food Market for you to enjoy while looking down on the amazing scenery. If you want to immerse yourself in African culture, then eat at the Golden Restaurant in Cape Town, with a feast of 18 sharing platters. Expect Mali puppets, singing, dancing and a DJ for the best party atmosphere!
If you are a foodie, then you can also spend New Year’s Eve at One&Only. They hold a gala dinner for New Year’s Eve, with delicious treats such as lobster and pork belly. You’ll love the local flavors with a hint of global influences. If you’re into nightclubbing, then the Alcazar will be your destination on NYE. You’ll love the curated dance floors, one outdoor and two indoors. You’ll love seeing the New Year in here!
Bangkok is a very popular tourist destination, and it should be on your New Year’s bucket list! Here there is something for everyone. Whether you want to dance the night away, or celebrate in a more chilled way, you’ll find the perfect way to see in the new year. Head into the streets of Bangkok and count down the new year at CentralWorld, a vibrant street party outside the shopping mall. Here you can watch the fireworks display, but make sure to get there early as over 100,000 people are expected to attend!
If you want something a little less crowded, then why not see what Bangkok has to offer in terms of its dining experiences. Enjoy the rooftop bars and restaurants with a 7-course dinner to celebrate the end of the year. Vertigo at Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel will give you outstanding views of the city. Expect plenty of bubbly, delicious Thai cuisine and views onto the fireworks.
Rome comes alive on New Year’s Eve with its super romantic and festive atmosphere. Families and partygoers flock the streets to count down the new year at the city’s amazing historical viewpoints. Head over to Circus Maximus, where all the festivities are taking place. You can watch live music and arts performances that will really enhance the end of your year. The live entertainment starts from 9pm, and though there are less international tourists, you best make sure you get there early to be sure to take in all the activities! Other viewpoints you can watch the fireworks at are Pincio, Capitol Hill or Monte Mario.
You can watch The Nutcracker, by Tchaikovsky, at the Teatro Costanzi. The talented ballet troop of the Rome Opera House will be performing on the last night of the year for a magical performance. If you’re feeling a little lavish, then why not celebrate New Year’s Eve at Italy’s biggest hotel, the Marriott Park Hotel. The party entails a full-course dinner along with fireworks and music. What more could you possibly want?
On January 1st, there is a New Year’s Parade, featuring over 100,000 participants. The march goes along the Via della Conciliazione, ending in St Peter’s Square with the Pope’s blessing.