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Where to Ring in the New Year

With the end of 2017 fast-approaching, it’s time to start planning how you’ll be kicking off the New Year and bidding farewell to the old one. But with so much on the go before then, it can be difficult to figure out where exactly you would like to ring in the New Year. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve, along with what makes each of them so special.

Cape Town

You don’t have to cross oceans to have a magical New Year’s Eve. The celebrations at the V&A Waterfront and the fireworks make up some of the country’s biggest celebrations. Other popular ways to see in the New Year include the annual New Year’s Eve Concert at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and even boat cruises in and around the city harbour.


Mauritius is famed for more than its powdery, white beaches and crystal-clear waters. Some of the best rum in the world and endless dancing and singing are what you can expect over a Mauritian New Year. Local sega music, pop and reggae fill the air, the beach of Port Louis is transformed into a dancefloor of its own. In Mauritius, the first and second of January are both public holidays, meaning that the New Year’s celebrations are not only entertaining and colourful, but they’re delightfully long, too.

New York

NYE in NYC has become something of a legend—few people don’t know about the iconic ball-drop in the equally-iconic Times Square, while the firework displays in the Harbour and Central Park are just as mesmerising. The celebrations don’t end there; from pubs, to neighbourhood blocks and streets, almost every inch of the city is transformed into a venue to see in the exciting new year, while the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace offers something a little more low-key if you’re in the vicinity of Saint John the Divine. The excitement of the New Year can be felt in every corner of the city.


Have you ever imagined ringing in the New Year aboard a scenic boat cruise? Witness the fireworks display scattered along Circular Quay, Balmain, the North Shore, Circular Quay and other beautiful spots all from the deck of a boat, or watch fireworks from the shore as you look over Sydney Harbour. For an especially memorable New Year’s Eve, you can see an unforgettable show at the Sydney Opera House.


If you’re able to secure a booking at the renowned Aqua Shard, your New Year’s Eve will feature spectacular views of London’s skyline. If dinner and a view isn’t quite what you’re after, Central London is abuzz with activity in its many pubs and the river quickly becomes one of the most popular places to view fireworks from. Food, beverages and music overflow out of this world-famous city, and the vibe is something you will not soon find elsewhere.


Edinburgh offers a unique, unforgettable New Year’s Eve that forms part of many a bucket-list. The famous Hogmanay celebrations all you to experience Old Town Ceilidh at its best, while the annual Concert in the Gardens is a sight to behold. The New Year’s Street Party is also something to write home about and will see you partying up a storm with all the lively revelers.


Eager for a more extravagant or romantic New Year’s Eve? Head to the city of love and take in gorgeous fireworks, red wine and delicious eats while looking at the iconic Eiffel Tower, or for a raunchy, different take on NYE, attend a world-famous cabaret show.

Hong Kong

Why worry about fireworks when you can see the colourful Hong Kong skyline from one of the city’s world-renowned rooftop bars? If we had to suggest just one, it would be The Ritz-Carlton, which is one of the highest rooftop sky bars in the world, located on the 118th floor. You could also opt for hopping aboard a traditional Chinese junk and watching the fireworks over Victoria Harbour as they dominate the sky.


One of the few seven-star hotels in the world, the Burj Al Arab unsurprisingly serves as a backdrop to one of the city’s most spectacular firework displays. All about showing off, the next phenomenal space to check out on New Year’s Eve is Level 43, the Four Points by Sheraton’s rooftop bar which boasts one of Dubai’s most spectacular 360-degree views.


What the iconic dropping of the glass globe is to New York, the party at Copacabana is to Rio. One of the most famous firework displays in the world, it is the place to be seen in Rio. Other go-to party locations include Barra Beach, Flamengo Beach and Ipanema Beach.

There you have it, the world is your oyster when it comes to New Year's Eve. Whether you're after a warm evening spent dancing on the beach, or a snow-covered celebration in a cooler part of the globe, there is a celebration just waiting to be enjoyed by you! Speak to one of our travel experts to help you plan your holiday to any of these destinations, or you can head over to our holiday deals page for more.

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