We’ve found some of the best places around the globe to welcome in the new year, and have even packed in some much needed winter sun. You’re welcome!
Let loose in Sin City
Famed for its bright lights, casinos and wall-to-wall entertainment, Las Vegas breaks over New Years Eve are an all singing, all dancing, extravagant affair. At 6pm the famous six-kilometre-long Strip is closed to traffic and over 300,000 pedestrians descend, partying outside until midnight, and watching spectacular fireworks from surrounding rooftops. Don’t forget to wrap up warm and pre-book your celebrations.
Traditionally known as Old Year’s Night among the locals, New Year’s Eve in Barbados is a myriad of intimate evening dinners, watching fireworks on the beach and all-night parties in local bars and clubs. With guaranteed winter sun and gorgeous white sand beaches, you can enjoy lounging under palm trees and cooling off in the picture perfect ocean.
Feed your firework cravings
The unsuspecting island of Aruba in the Caribbean might only be 30 kilometres from top to bottom, but there is certainly nothing small about its New Year’s Eve celebrations, and you’ll find a party at every turn. Prepare yourself, and your ears, as the entire island lights up amid beautiful fireworks from dusk ’til dawn.
Magical medinas in Marrakech
New Year’s Eve in Marrakech has changed over the years to accommodate the ever growing tourist trade with many hotels and restaurants hosting elaborate celebrations. If you’d like a more traditional experience, head down to the Jamaa el Fna in the media quarter where you’ll find a mixture of story tellers, dancers, fire performers, food stalls and magicians.
Greet the new year from on top of the world
For one night only you’ll enjoy a blazing show as far as the eye can see in the capital Reykjavik. Learn about the island’s unique elf folklore on a city tour before enjoying an evening of festivities accumulating in an epic firework show comprising of 500 tonnes of gunpowder.
Eat grapes in Cancun
Each and every nightclub and bar in the popular resort of Cancun will be hosting a themed New Year’s Eve party where it is customary to stay up all night to watch the first sunrise of the new year. At midnight, you’ll be handed 12 grapes of happiness and with each chime of the clock, you are to eat a grape and make a wish for the coming year.
Celebrate with some Disney magic
Bring out your inner child and head to Walt Disney World for a super-sized evening of entertainment. The Disney character dance party at Hollywood Studios features a fantastic fireworks display set to the soundtrack of all your favourite Disney moments. Meanwhile, over at Epcot you’ll find an international all-night party with DJs, pyrotechnics and light shows.
Party at Ibiza’s most emblematic club
An important pillar in the Ibiza clubbing scene, Pacha will be kicking off the festivities at 9pm with ‘Lio goes to Pacha’ where guests can enjoy dinner alongside acrobatics before DJ Solomun takes to the stage, pumping out deep house music until the sun comes up.
Head to Santa’s hometown
Stock up on your thermals and head to Rovaniemi in the northernmost province of Finland for the ultimate snow-filled adventure. Located just 10 kilometres south of the Arctic circle, take a husky safari into the wilderness, enjoy hot berry juice by an open fire and try your luck at spotting the elusive northern lights.
Fiesta in Tenerife
Dress up to the nines and take to the streets where you’ll be met with traditional-style open air fiestas featuring live bands, fireworks and dancing ’til dawn. Inside the main resorts like Playa de las Americas and Golf del Sur many bars host ticketed parties with live entertainment.
Party with the stars in Goa
Enjoy Indian culture with a Mediterranean vibe at one of the numerous beach parties in Goa this New Year. Party animals will enjoy a VIP evening at Club Cubanaset in the hills above Arpora, surrounded by trees and an open-air pool and whirlpool. Frequented by models and actors, who knows, you might even see the new year in with Curly from Coronation Street.
Glitz and glamour in Dubai
New Year’s Eve in Dubai is everything you would expect, with extravagant, glamorous parties at 5* venues oozing with style. Every corner of the city hosts live performances representing the diversity of the city and the firework display is said to be the biggest and brightest in the world.
Embrace the crowds at Times Square
Attracting over one million visitors to the area, watch the huge 12-foot glittering ball drop over a ton of confetti amid pyrotechnic light shows and big celebrity music acts. Huge lighted festive billboards fill the area which also features a wishing wall to write down your resolutions for the year to come.
Full moon parties and fireworks in Phuket
From raucous celebrations on the beach to exclusive hotel galas, the party island of Phuket certainly lives up to its wild reputation over the new year period. Head to one of the the Surin Beach parties, made popular by Paris Hilton, or wander down to Bangla Road and enjoy a massive open air street event.
New Year in paradise
For those looking for a peaceful New Year, edged with white sand beaches and tranquillity, the Maldives make the perfect getaway. Enjoy barbecued fresh produce at the marine centre with the locals before watching an impressive display of fireworks over the idyllic islands.
Stay on home soil
New Year’s Eve in London is one of the best places in the world to be for New Year celebrations but a trip to the capital can take some serious planning. From fireworks over the Thames to singing Auld Lang Syne with the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, you’ll find everything from Michelin star dinners to all night raves.
Beckoning sunshine in Gambia
If the promise of 30°C African sunshine isn’t enough to tempt you to the perfect winter destination of Gambia, perhaps the lack of crowds and the thought of spending New Year’s Day relaxed under a swaying palm tree will. Enjoying the same time zone as the UK, you can be by the pool or taking a dip in the warm sea within six hours with no jet lag. If you need your firework fix, worry not, you’ll find celebrations all along the beach.
Reach for the sky in Hong Kong
With one of the most iconic skylines in the world, Hong Kong offers an intense and exciting start to the new year. Formerly the highest bar in the world, head to Ozone on the 118th floor of The Ritz-Carlton for the ultimate view or grab a spot on a traditional junk boat and watch the countdown to the fireworks over Victoria harbour.
Tinsel, tombs and temples in Egypt
Whether you head inland to the ancient city of Luxor or make your way to the Red Sea and take advantage of the exquisite marine life in Sharm el Sheikh, New Year’s Eve is guaranteed to be full of sunshine and charm. Bars and clubs host western-style celebrations while hotels host black tie gala dinners and elaborate buffets.
Gobble up chocolate and churros in Barcelona
The party city of Spain offers a great selection of activities to see the new year in from family friendly spots to lively outdoor bars along the main drag of Las Ramblas. Find a spot near the marina or along the beach and wait for the fireworks, soaking up the excitement and churros on every street corner.
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