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Top Cities to Celebrate New Year's Eve

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There are always plenty of fun activities to do on New Year's Eve (NYE). But if you want to go all-out this year and travel for a New Year's celebration, here are three cities with epic NYE celebrations.


New York City

Nothing beats the amazing Ball Drop in New York’s Times Square. It’s a New Year's Eve tradition that dates back more than 100 years. (The first one happened in 1907.) Each year, nearly a million people take over the Square for the celebration – to watch concerts that broadcast around the world, and to experience the electric atmosphere and sense of “coming together” that goes along with taking part in something so iconic.


Times Square is always known for its dazzling lights and high energy, but on New Year’s Eve, the air is filled with something even more remarkable. Everyone is bursting at the seams with excitement to celebrate the beginning of a new year surrounded by flashing lights and A-list celebrity performances. Plus, there's literally a ton of confetti. They drop about 3,000 pounds of the stuff at midnight! 


Times Square fills up early on New Year's Eve, with people trying to find a great spot to see the festivities. If you don't like the idea of standing in one place for hours in December (with limited access to food and restrooms), consider booking a room at a hotel that offers a rooftop viewing deck or a ticket to a VIP NYE experience. Get tickets for the Official VIP Party for New Year's Rockin' Eve at the Marriott Marquis here:

Or skip the madness altogether and go on a New Year's Eve cruise: 



Edinburgh, Scotland

If one night of New Year's revelry isn't enough for you, head over to Scotland's capital, which celebrates for three days straight! The event is called Hogmanay, and it includes celebrations from December 30 through January 1. The whole thing begins with the Torchlight Procession on December 30 – a Viking tradition where thousands of people carry flaming torches through the streets of Edinburgh. This is followed by the main event on December 31, which includes a massive street party, ceilidh dancing, concerts, and fireworks above Edinburgh Castle. The celebrations continue on January 1 with the Loony Dook, where people in costumes parade through Queensferry and jump into the freezing River Forth.

Bear in mind that Hogmanay events all require tickets. The Street Party on New Year's Eve is the most popular, but if you also want to join in the giant ceilidh or the Torchlight Procession the day before, be sure to get tickets here:



Sydney, Australia

Thanks to its location near the International Date Line, Australia is one of the first countries in the world to ring in the New Year. Sydney's New Year’s celebrations are consistently voted some of the best in the world, with spectacular fireworks above iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Traveling to Sydney for New Year's Eve would be memorable, to say the least. NYE happens during the summer there, meaning you wouldn't have to worry about keeping warm…a great benefit for the easily chilled!


Even though you can see the famous fireworks from anywhere around Sydney harbor, the prime spots are taken early. To make sure you get a great view, you might want to purchase a ticket to one of the exclusive New Year's Eve parties that take place all over Sydney. All the best require tickets, and you can find them listed here:


Other popular cities for New Year's Eve include Rio de Janeiro (where people dress in white and party on Copacabana Beach), Hong Kong (which has a dazzling light/fireworks show), Las Vegas (where the Strip goes car-free and turns into a giant street party), and Reykjavik, Iceland (where the night starts with community bonfires and the party goes on 'til dawn).



Go ahead, take a trip to a NYE you’ll never forget!




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