Not every New Year celebration is created equally. Some locales know how to throw an unforgettable New Year bash that attracts people from all over the world. Thinking of doing this year with lots of fireworks, maybe a beach and some costumes? Read on intrepid traveler…
Florida in general is a top New Year’s Eve destination. Just the other day I saw a list that 8 of the top 15 destinations in the U.S. for New Year’s Eve are in Florida. It must have something to do with our beaches and perhaps our warm temperatures. Anyway, if you are a kid at heart, Orlando offers the perfect low key and family friendly New Year party option. Disney’s Magic Kingdom puts on a New Year’s Eve party that even 30 somethings can enjoy. From performances by Disney characters, and the general magic of Disney to the midnight fireworks, it’s a fun (although expensive!) place to ring in the New Year.
Ahh, Paris. Je t’aime. The City of Light is never brighter than on New Year’s Eve. The whole town is the perfect romantic getaway to welcome January in style. Much of Paris celebrates the New Year for an entire month. From January to February, Paris is engaged in an ongoing celebration. There is plenty of food and champagne to keep off the chill, and fireworks are nearly ubiquitous.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro has become one of the most popular places to spend New Year’s Eve and it’s not hard to see why. We fell in love with Rio after only a few days, and I would love to go back to ring in the New Year. The spectacular fireworks that line the coast leave people breathless with the beauty. The New Year is a time of new beginnings. The people of Rio de Janeiro celebrate this by wearing pure white clothes and casting a flower into the ocean at midnight while making a wish for the coming year.
Goa may be known year round as an amazing party destination, but this Indian province hosts some of the best New Year celebrations in the world. The entire region is festooned with brightly colored decorations. Strings of shining lights are hung from every tree branch and frond, and partygoers flock to the beaches to party. Dancing, live music and amazing food are abundant all along the coast of Goa. New Year’s Eve is the busiest time of year for Goa as international travelers take advantage of the moonlit beach parties. If the raucous beach parties aren’t your thing (they’re not mine either!) there are plenty of fun, low key things do to in the area for New Year’s Eve!
Remember when we fell in love with Berlin? We may have been taken over by the museums and the nightlife, but the entire city of Berlin in Germany turns out in the streets to celebrate the coming of the New Year. The joy of the occasion is celebrated with dancing and drinking in the streets. The numerous costume parties mean that the sidewalks are filled with elaborately dressed revellers. The fireworks in Berlin are second to none, and many travelers come just to see the night skies lit with the fantastic array of lasers and sparkling lights.