Let’s face it: New Year’s Eve is the world biggest party. And like any big celebration, it’s exciting – the kind of exciting that will have you lying awake at night, waiting for the moment you can start celebrating. But deciding where to celebrate the New Year can be tough. With so many countries, cities and parties to choose from, where do you start? For many jetsetters, high profile locations like New York, Sydney, Paris and London are go-to New Year destinations, but why not bring in the New Year somewhere different, with our list of the top five New Year destinations you’ve probably never considered.
Samoa, South Pacific
Want to be the first to bring in the New Year? Head for Samoa in the South Pacific. These Polynesian islands are located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, just west of the International Date Line. The celebrations here are nothing short of amazing.
With traditional dancers, jugglers, flame throwers and of course, fireworks, celebrating the New Year in Samoa is an experience to remember. And what’s more, if you don’t want the party to end, you can take the one-hour flight across the International Date Line to American Samoa – the last place on Earth to see in the New Year.
Spend your New Year in Samoa dancing on the beach with a refreshing coconut in hand
It might be cold outside in Moscow, but that won’t stop the celebrations. Known for throwing an epic New Year’s Eve party, and rivalling both New York and Sydney in its fireworks displays, Moscow a great place to be for New Year.
The Four Seasons hotel adds a touch of Venetian carnival magic to their New Year celebrations. The Venice Carnival at Quadrum showcases incredible performances and living works of art, including opera singers, jugglers and magicians, not to mention breathtaking views of the Kremlin and the Spasskaya tower. If you want to swap the Venetian Carnival vibe for something more like a fairy-tale, you can opt for the Four Seasons, The Nutcracker in the hotel’s Silk Lounge. Watch a performance of The Nutcracker ballet, see stilt walkers and magicians perform, and celebrate the New Year in style with piano music and a DJ.
Fireworks over Moscow’s Red Square
Cold? Yes. Beautiful? Definitely. Celebrating the New Year in Iceland’s capital city is more than a regular New Year’s Eve party – it’s an experience.
The sub-zero temperatures will have you rugged up and searching out hot spiced drinks and cozy fireplaces. But just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean Reykjavik will be fireworks-free. In fact, Reykjavik not only has exceptional fireworks but there is a possibility that you may experience nature’s own fireworks display – the Aurora Borealis. To witness the stunning green and purple ribbons dancing across the sky, head north or south of the city and cross your fingers for favourable conditions.
The lights of the Aurora Borealis dance over Reykjavik, Iceland
Cape Town, South Africa
Kick your New Year celebrations into top gear in Cape Town. With summer well under way, Cape Town is a spectacular destination in which to spend your New Year’s Eve. The city has a lot to offer, with V&A Waterfront holding one of the biggest parties of the year. From musical performances, light shows and great food, you can expect to be overwhelmed with celebration options.
Want to take your New Year celebrations away from the crowds? Head out on the harbour for a private cruise. Imagine watching the sunset on the glittering ocean, the fireworks lighting the skies above, toasting to the New Year from a private yacht.
Clifton Beach in Cape Town during a spectacular sunset
Sydney has a reputation for being one of the best places in Australia to celebrate the New Year, but why not say goodbye to the crowds hanging around the Sydney Harbour and head for Tasmania instead?
This is a New Year destination for adventurers. With some of the country’s best hiking trails, pristine landscapes and exceptional luxury stays on offer, Tasmania is a great place to get off-the-grid and enter the New Year feeling reconnected with yourself and with nature. From fireworks to vast and dramatic landscapes, Tasmania won’t disappoint when it comes to celebrating the New Year.
The magical landscape of Cradle Mountain
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