New Year’s Eve comes but once a year and it’s necessary to make sure this celebration remains memorable year long. Planning a trip especially to usher in the New Year is fast catching up. Travelling during this time gives you the opportunity to see the region decked in festivities as opposed to what it appears around the year. We’ve scouted the world to bring you a glimpse of the fantastic places around the globe that deck up to the T for the celebration. From the biggest beach parties to the most spectacular fireworks of Sydney, to the iconic canals of Amsterdam, here’s a roundup of the most incredible destinations around the world during New Years eve.
Dublin is counting down to the biggest party of the year, a two-day extravaganza that will see out the old year and ring in the new. Now in its fourth year, New Year’s Festival Dublin lights up the city with its two day celebration.
TOGETHER: At the Dublin square, parades and processions galore as part of welcoming the New Year
Centred on Dame Street, the festival hosts about five spectacular events. The centrepiece will be the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment, a high-flying spectacle of lights and acrobatics that will lead up to the midnight chimes.
MUSICALLY INCLINED: Dublin also plays host to many concerns on New Year’s Eve
This is further complemented by music, aqua beams and search lights dancing across the night sky, while acrobats spin and spiral through the sky attached to giant helium balloons as fly boarders perform incredible aquatic and aerial stunts.
LIGHT UP: Luminosity, a 3D light show, brings some of Dublin’s most iconic monuments to life
Sydney, the gourmet capital is renowned for the finest display of fireworks with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House in the backdrop. Besides, it also offers a variety of experiences. The Sydney Opera House, Barangaroo Reserve, Bradleys Head: The Amphitheatre, Clark Island ‘Garden Party’ and Dr Mary Booth Lookout Reserve are some of the vantage points to watch the fireworks. The Darling Harbour, the picturesque waterfront suburb of Balmain, Bondi Beach, Central Business District, Chinatown are some of the neighbourhoods that house some of the best party places. The city is also home to a thriving art culture that offers world-class theatre, live music and comedy gigs.
DAZZLING SKYLINE: A glimpse of the New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Harbour
Famous for all the stag and hen outings, Amsterdam promises a fun night during the New Year’s too. Pick a roof top bar or a restaurant with panoramic views along the canal, which allow enjoying the countdown and the full spectacle of fireworks conveniently. Besides, many unofficial street parties at the city’s main squares such as Dam Square, Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt and Leidseplein are perfect if you’ve started your night late. The morning after, the beach at Zandvoort aan Zee sees the New Year’s Dip, which attracts brave swimmers from all around to begin the New Year with an icy dip in the North Sea at numerous coastal locations along Netherlands.
IN THE SPIRIT OF YULE: Amsterdam’s De Waag, or Weigh House illuminated for the festive celebration in Amsterdam, Netherlands
In many countries, celebrations end on New Year ‘s Day. Spain defines that norm. Celebrations continue until a week after New Year with various squares in the city offer a festive and cultural delight in continuum with the celebration. The Mediterranean island of Ibiza enjoys the repute of being one of the best party destinations around the world. During New Years Eve you’ll find a myriad options; from clubs, to discos to yacht parties and beach parties…Ibiza has something for all those whose dials are permanently set to party. To soak up authentic Spanish flavours, head to Vara de Rey walkway- a central connecting point between the harbour, the town centre and the medieval citadel, Dalt Vila. EL Mercat Vell (Old Market) and Calle de la Virgen, a street party offering music and stalls dishing out world cuisine deck the square.
OOH-LA-LA: Join in the fun on the beaches where music is considered religion (© Sabine Lubenow/JAI/Corbis)
For those of you looking at spending the New Years with champagne, music, a glamourous backdrop and some romance, the Greek island of Thessaloniki is perfect for you. The Syngrou, Valaoritou and Ladadika districts, not to mention all those beaches promise a celebration to remember all through 2018. Besides, Thessaloniki is not just for those romantic at heart; the excellent selection of theatre and jazz wins the hearts of those artsy ones too.
After Ibiza, Pag is another pulsating Mediterranean party island, which attracts renowned DJs who heighten the mood at the pool or beach parties. In Pag, the celebration goes on for 24 hours. In fact, it’s safe to say that the celebration never ends. At the Dalmatian coast, the setting and dance acts are extremely fancy. The main town of Novalja is adorned with many beachside clubs. If you intend to catch a breath between all the party hopping, nearby fishing port of Razanac is perfect to watch the celebrations from afar.