Top Destinations for New Year's Eve Celebrations

6 November 2019

From fireworks shooting across spectacular skylines to boisterous street parties in cool capitals and all-night celebrations on blissful beaches, there's no shortage of amazing ways to ring in the New Year. 

Here's a list of our top 10 places for fireworks, sing-alongs and all-night parties!

New York, USA

Come December 31st, all eyes are on Times Square, as around one billion people tune in to see the glittering ball drop high above the crowd of partygoers all ringing in the new year. If you want to watch that famous ball drop in person, be sure to arrive early and get a good spot, as people start gathering come early afternoon. 

For those less inclined to attend the intense Times Square shindig, clubs and bars in the Big Apple are experts at hosting New Year's Eve parties, or why not celebrate the arrival of 2020 from the New York Harbour aboard one of the many magical dinner cruises?

London, England

The New Year's Eve fireworks along the river Thames are so magnificent they can be seen from rooftops and balconies across London, so you may not even need to leave your hotel to get a good view. But chances are you've come to London to explore, and luckily there's plenty to keep you entertained! Spend your evening at a 1920s style speakeasy or take in the spectacular views of London aboard P.S Dixie Queen for a boat party like no other!

Come New Year's Day, watch the fabulous New Year's Day Parade along the streets of London's West End. You can watch the parade for free along the streets, or book grandstand tickets to guarantee a good view.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

If staving off the bitter cold while singing along to Auld Lang Syne doesn't sound like your cup of tea, turn up the heat and party like a Brazilian on Copacabana Beach. The main event on the waterfront attracts over two million partygoers, who take over the sandy shores to watch one of the world's biggest firework spectacles and dance Rio-style into the early hours of the morning. 

One of the most beautiful sights during the New Year's celebrations on Copacabana beach is seeing a wave of white as nearly all visitors dress head to toe in white clothing. This custom is said to bring prosperity and peace. Dig out some white outfits and accessorise with green for health, yellow for wealth and red for romance.

Moscow, Russia

If the bitterly cold weather doesn't bother you, there's no place quite like Moscow for a New Year's Eve to remember. Head to the majestic Red Square in the very heart of Moscow, for great views of the fireworks over St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin. You'll need to arrive early though, as the square tends to get very crowded and is entry is usually prohibited after 10pm.

If you're put off by the large crowds, but still want to get a good view of the fireworks, take a wander along the banks of the city's iconic Moskva River to find a more secluded spot. You'll find there are plenty of more obscure vantage points from where you'll be able to get a good view of the fireworks in a more relaxed setting.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Welcome 2020 in style with one of the most famous celebrations on the planet, Edinburgh's Hogmanay. This three day festival kicks off on 30th December with a torchlit procession along the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park. Come the big night itself, enjoy an array of live music concerts, family events, traditional ceilidh dancing and of course, lots of fireworks.

On New Year's Day, shake off your hangover by bracing the icy waters of the Firth of Forth for the "Loony Dook", an annual tradition that sees hundreds of hardy souls plunge themselves into the river at South Queensferry, in aid of various charitable causes across the UK.