Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best New Year’s Eve Destinations in The World 2017. For many people around the world the celebration to bring in the new year is one of the biggest parties they will attend. Across cultures, countries, classes and societies, new year’s eve is a sign for celebration and reflection. There are so many places across the world where you could bring in the new year. Many people choose to do a small function with some friends and family members at home. Others enjoy going to a big party in a public space with lots of other people there. Others will go to a bar, a hotel or a restaurant.
This list looks at ten of the best destinations to bring in 2017 although it should be said that they all offer very different experiences. Of cours ethe key thing with new year is the time and it has been known for some people to bring in the new year in one country then fly back to beat the international time zones to bring it in all over again in another time zone. The fun doesn’t need to stop at midnight also.
Many cities will have celebrations on New Year’s Day as well. Indeed, some countries declare it a national holiday. Have a good think and why not plan a long holiday around it. You might be looking for different things and you might want to experience different things at different times. For instance, in Iceland you might want to experience the amazing social gathering of the capital in Reykjavik but then go out into the countryside to see the Northern Lights. Be warned if you do go to Iceland for New Year – it will be incredibly cold!! Wrap up warm. Anyway, here we go with the top ten best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016/Welcoming in 2017:
List of Top 10 Best New Year’s Eve Destinations in The World 2017
10. New York City
It certainly won’t be for everyone but it must be said that the atmosphere in the centre of New York on New Year’s Eve would rival anyweher else in the world. In Times Square, a million people gather to watch the musicians and the famous ball drop in which a 12-foot-wide crystal ball weighing nearly 12,000 pounds descends from One Times Square. If you would rather not get crushed by the crowds and want to stay warm but still want to experience this you could book a table at one of the bars overlooking Times Square. If you want to do this though you should book nice and early to avoid disappointment – as you might expect, lots of other people have the same idea. Theer are incredible fireworks that go off from Liberty Island each year and if you wanted a unique experience you could get a boat out on the harbour and see the display from the water.
Sydney is famously the first major city (unless you count Auckland, New Zealand!) to welcome in the new year. It is also famous for putting on the biggest fireworks display in the world, as if to say – we in Australia are the first to welcome you so we better welcome you in a big way! The fireworks display is divided into two sections, mainly to please the crowds. The first is at 9pm, with the second bigger one starting as soon as the clock strikes midnight. Well in excess of one million people turn out to watch the waterfront display which light the harbour up, including the famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is also usually an Aboriginla smoking ceremony to show that all Australians welcome in the new year in different ways. The flotilla of lit boats – usually more than 50 – is also a famous sight.
For the Scots, ‘Hogmanay’ translates as ‘last day of the year’, but in Edinburgh, in true Scottish style, the new year celebrations kick off the day before with a torchlight procession. If you are going to visit the Scottish capital, New Year is a great time to do it, although make sure you book early as lots of the guest houses and hotels book up quickly, sometimes a year before. You will see fireworks from Edinburgh Castle, street parties with Ceilidhs (traditional Scottish dancing) and there will of course be lots of whisky! On New Years day there is usually dog sledding in Holyrood Park, a great spectacle and not to be missed if you are lucky enough to be in the city for more than a day.
For some, the iconic chiming of Big Ben is hard to beat andevery year 250,000 people line the banks of the Thames to watch as the clock counts down and there is an epic fireworks display. On New Years Day there are street parties, marching bands and processions of the Queens Horses.
6. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is perhaps one of the most dranatic skylines in the world and when it is lit with fireworks it is truly spectacular. Every year it seems to be more and more impressive. The celebration kicks off in the city’s Times Square with a replica ball drop, to mimic the celebration in New York. The Victoria Harbour is where the centre of the festivities are though and there there are usually dozens of boats all lit up as a flotilla, taking part in the celebration. This is one of the Top 10 Best New Year’s Eve Destinations in The World 2017.
5. Jost Van Dyke
This is perhaps one of the most raucous New Years parties around. On Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands the celebration is called Old Year’s Night. Foxy’s Tamarind Bar and other spots on the Grand Harbor play host to amazing parties that draws people from across the Caribbean. It is 48 hours of drinking, eating and dancing and every year it attracts thousands of sun loving party goers.
A more civilised way of bringing in the new year can be found in Vienna as it is the location of the annual New Year’s Eve Grand Ball at the Hofburg Palace. The Christmas Markets also transform into New Year’s fairs and the Silversterpfad is the location of much mulled wine and dancing. On New Year’s day crowds gather outside the Rathaud (town hall) to watch the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s concert on a giant screen.
It was mentioned in the introduction so it had to be mentioned in the list. Reykjavik only has four hours of daylight in December but it is a unique experience to celebrate the new year. It kicks off with community bonfires, meant to burn away the troubles of the past year and people sing, dance and eat. As midnight approaches crowds tend to gather around the Perlan and then there is a central fireworks display. Afterwards, most Icelanders head to the bars and clubs.
2. Cape Town
The celebrations in this South African city last for three days. On New Year’s eve, as the clock strikes midnight, there is an amazing fireworks display and the best place to watch this from is the top of Table Mountain. Many people even take picnics up there. On New Year’s Day there is the amazing Cape Town Carnival. This is one among the Top 10 Best New Year’s Eve Destinations in The World 2017.
Top of the list has to be Bangkok, although as mentioned in the introduction, it very much depends on what kind of experience you are after. In Bangkok, hundreds of thousands gather in Central World Square and there is an amazing concert and lights show. After midnight, the party is epic with people heading to bars and clubs.
So, there are ten places we recommend you visit for New Year this year, to welcome in 2017. Depending on what kind of thing you want there is an infinite number of choices available but one thing is for certain – you are sure to have a great time and if you get involved with other people you are likely to have a really memorable experience.