So London has Big Ben and New York has the Times Square Ball Drop – but we’re going to have to stop you right there, because Sydney has one of the best New Year’s Eve firework displays of all time.
Now that we’ve had our little Kanye moment, we can apologise for our bias (it’s true though) and take a look at some other seriously impressive displays from around the world.
From romantic to downright spectacular, these are the places that you’ll want to be celebrating the New Year in. Better start planning your 2018 NYE experience now!
If ringing in the new year on an island paradise sounds like you’re idea of a good time, there’s no better place to do so than Goa. Once a hedonistic, unregulated paradise, Goa’s parties are a little more lawful these days but no less fun. Head to Anjuna for the biggest parties or Palolem for a more intimate celebration. Enjoy open-air parties, countless bars, and fireworks over the endless ocean.
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Rio de Janeiro
The famous Copacabana Beach is a must for New year’s revellers looking for a wild night. Come dresses in white (it’s a sign of good luck) and join the Réveillon (festive celebration). Rio is known for its vibrant parties (hello, Carnivale), so enjoy all the live music, samba dancing, flower throwing, and all of the champagne you’ll likely be doused in as you count in the New Year.
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For all things extravagant and luxurious, head to Dubai and celebrate like royalty. Dubai actually boasts the largest pyrotechnic display in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Find a spot on the waterfront of the giant Burj Khalifa and watch the spectacular display light up the “City of Gold.”
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The party city of the world doesn’t rest on a regular day, so you can only imagine what New Year’s brings. Between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column is the “Party Mile”, which features live music, food stalls, DJs, bars, and more. During the day, the Berliner Silvesterlauf takes place, which is a marathon which involves flipping pancakes the entire time (sounds like a great time). Many homemade fireworks are let off in the street at night, but for the biggest open-air party, head to the Brandenburg Gate.
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It’s impossible to not have a great time in New Orleans, with its vibrant streets, great food, and live music. Catch the 15-minute fireworks display along the Mississippi River, celebrate in Jackson’s Square with the Fleur-de-Lis drop from the roof of the Jax Brewery, and then party the night away to live music and in the bars of clubs of Bourbon Street.
Walt Disney World
It may not be a city (really, it’s almost as big as one) but can you imagine what spending New Year’s Eve in the most magical place on earth would be like? With the theme park open until 1am, you’ll have plenty of time to soak in all the activities, including dance parties, live performers, Cirque du Soleil shows, the Jingle Jungle Parade, and of course the midnight fireworks display.
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We can’t forget the City of Sin, especially because New Year’s Eve is when the famous Las Vegas strip turns into a massive street party, with live music, pyrotechnics, and fireworks displays which shoot off from seven different rooftops. So no matter where you are, you’ll have a front-row view of the show. Then, of course, party the rest of the night away in any of the city’s superclubs and casinos – you are in Vegas, after all.
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Hong Kong’s fireworks are works of art, so you’ll want to be there in person to see it for yourself. Head to the Times Square shopping mall to watch a replica of New York’s famous ball drop take place. But if you’re looking for the centre of the action, head to Victoria Harbour, which is brimming with rooftop bars and boat parties from which you can watch the fireworks. You’ll also get to see the pyrotechnic dragon light up the sky as the NYE celebration’s pièce de résistance.
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One of the more beautiful New Year’s displays in the world is held in Funchal. Due to it’s geological formation, similar to an amphitheatre, it’s best to watch the city’s fireworks from the bay, so get yourself on one of the many vibrant boat parties and take in the spectacle. If you’d rather have your feet on solid ground, head to the streets for lively street parties and a spot of frenzied shopping from the many stores and stalls along the way.
We couldn’t leave Paris off the list. The City of Love and Lights lives up to its two names with a glittery display from the Eiffel Tower that’ll leave you breathless. If you’re looking for more party over romance, head to the Champs-Élysées for a giant street party, but expect to leave the night drenched in Champagne. Meanwhile, Montmarte is a more intimate place to celebrate the New Year with cool parties and a great view of the fireworks.