Our Tour Consultants have compiled their Top Places to Spend New Year’s Eve Around the World! From popping champagne bottles to counting down to when the ball drops in Time Square to some of the world’s most enigmatic light and firework shows, New Year’s Eve is one of the world’s largest shared celebrations. If you happen to be traveling during this festive time of year or are planning to make 2019 the year of experiences, nearly every destination has something to offer with their own fun and unique New Years traditions.
Lima and Cusco, Peru
If you find yourself in Peru during the holiday season, Lima and Cusco are 2 of the best places to ring in the new year if you’re looking for a New Year’s bash. Being the capital of Peru, there are of course numerous parties and events to attend throughout Lima as well as some of the world’s most delectable restaurants. With a fun fusion of Catholic and Incan tradition, Cusco is one place for an out of the ordinary New Year’s Eve experience. Fireworks are set off all day and into the evening as locals and travelers alike come together at Plaza de Armas to party the night away.
Just how it does everything else, Dubai celebrates the New Year in grand style. If you happen to be staying in Downtown Dubai you can count down to the new year with an epic water fountain/firework/laser light show at the foot of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Although the UAE is a dry country, alcohol is served to visitors at the numerous high-end hotels celebrating in their own grandeur manner. If planning your holiday in advance, treat yourself to a luxurious New Year’s Eve dinner that rises above the rest. On the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, Atmosphere offers an exquisite array of gastronomical wonders with breathtaking views.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
For a great city party, the Paris of the South hosts numerous block parties throughout the city. Rise above the crowd and enjoy explosive firework displays while sipping some of the world’s finest wines at a rooftop bar. If you’re looking for something a little more exclusive, Yampu Tour Consultant, Karolina highly recommends Faena Hotel’s famous open house party. Appreciate exceptional dining, music, dancing and a midnight champagne toast in Buenos Aires’ most magnificent hotel. Getting tickets can be difficult, but Karolina has you covered for a truly swanky evening.
Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong’s bustling downtown district offers visitors innumerable opportunities to witness the splendor of the city’s skyline aglow. Marvel at the explosive firework and light show from the waters’ edge below or get in the center of it all with an enchanting cruise through the harbor. To see the entire city up in lights, the higher the better. There are numerous vantage points to view the Harbor’s eclectic light show, ranging in price depending on your taste and budget. One recommended point is the iconic, and free, Victoria Peak, the highest hill on Hong Kong Island.
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Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa is a vibrant place to ring in the new year. Parties, dancing, music, and fireworks can be enjoyed by all. Take in the wonderful vibes of the numerous beach parties and enjoy the city’s largest fireworks display at the V&A Waterfront for an unforgettable evening of celebrations. If you’re looking to enjoy a good fireworks display without the crowds, a hike up Lion’s Head Mountain provides some of the most beautiful views of the city and waterfront. For an even lower-key evening, enjoy some of the area’s finest, world-class wines and take it easy.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The best place to welcome the new year in Brazil is in Rio de Janeiro. Fireworks explode above Copacabana, Rio’s most famous beach, attracting more than 2 million people to the water’s edge to witness a spectacle of fireworks and to party until the early morning. One of Brazil’s most famous celebrations (aside from Carnival) attracts quite the crowd, so our Tour Consultants are sure to have you arriving a few days early with accommodations booked well in advance. Join the locals on the beach and toss flowers into the waters as a tribute to Yemanja, the goddess of the seas while taking in the iconic Brazilian party atmosphere. For a magical VIP experience, our tour consultants can also make reservations to party above the city on Urca Mountain where drinks flow from the open bar all evening.
For a less crazy party atmosphere than Rio, Valparaiso is a fantastic alternative with great wine, breathtaking views, amazing history and of course, fireworks. The port city holds the largest fireworks display in all of Latin America. For real. Over 15 sites set off fireworks all over the harbor for the million-plus visitors who come to witness the pyrotechnics. In 2007, Valpo even went as far as breaking the Guinness World Record by setting off an impressive 16,000 fireworks. Now that’s a show!
The isolated Nordic country of Iceland really knows how to light up the night on New Year’s Eve as they lift their national ban on fireworks for an entire week of celebrations. Don’t expect to get much sleep on the big night as the Icelanders tend to stock up on explosives throughout the year to set off a mind-boggling show for hours on end over the city of Reykjavik. If you are looking for a quieter evening, the Icelandic also have a fun tradition of ushering in the new year through bonfires called Áramótabrenna (say that ten times fast)
It’s never too late to start planning your 2019/2020 New Year’s Eve celebrations. As you can imagine, places sell out quickly! Get in touch with our experts today and reserve your experience!
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