Be it Berlin or the Bahamas, we know how to Party!
As soon as the clock ticks down to midnight, people around the world celebrate the New Year in various ways. Each destination has distinctive way and its own cultural twists of celebrating New Year. For instance, in Times Square, the crowd gathers for a glittering ball to descend and launch the New Year. This ball drop has also become an annual tradition in Hong Kong. Likewise, in St. Petersburg, Russia, people gather for admiring fireworks above the Neva River which remains partially frozen. They also send paper lanterns up in the sky at night. Whether you’re a person who would like to cozy up by the fire with a fine wine or someone who would like to party until the sun comes up, there’s a destination for everyone to start their New Year right.
There’s no doubt that the Sin City of the world throws the ultimate and the most extravagant party on the New Year’s Eve. From shows, concerts, to club parties and casino, there is no limit to the fun you can have in Vegas. At midnight, when the Downtown Countdown takes place at the Freemont Street Experience, you can watch the show from a rooftop bar such as Ghostbar on the 55th floor of The Palms, Rio’s VooDoo Lounge, or AirBar at the Stratosphere that serves dinner with a majestic view at the Top of the World restaurant. In Vegas, you can get the view from every angle as the Fireworks happen from 7 rooftops along the Strip.
In Reykjavik, Iceland, the locals throw a citywide celebration which is on all night. This party opens with community bonfires, meant for symbolizing the burning away of last year’s sorrow and troubles. Also, they light up thousands of fireworks from each part of the city in the sky. To get the best view, you can head to Perlan or Pearl where there is also dinner, dance and drink parties happening. Further, if you can stay awake till 5 a.m. after all the dance and drinks, then you can join the locals who queue up to help people in hangover with hot dogs. During the early morning time, you can even head to the hot springs for a rehydrating soak.
Most of the hotels in Bahamas like the Grand Lucayan, Stella Maris, and the Atlantis host their own parties. However, locals take part in the Junkanoo street parades which leads to informal beach gatherings and fireworks across the island. You can check out the New Year’s Junkanoos in downtown Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, along Bay Street in downtown Nassau, in Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay, Alice Town in North Bimini and also in Nicholls Town on North Andros.
Berlin is worldwide famous for its parties. It has vibes which seems that the city hasn’t stopped celebrating its freedom since 1989. The New Year’s Eve is called as Silvester in Germany. On this day, more than a million people fill up the “Party Mile” which extends from Brandenburg Gate and there are music stages, food, drink tents that serves mulled wine, beer, and also local famous dishes like pork sausage topped with curry dusted ketchup and currywurst. At midnight, there is fireworks show and then people go to the extravagant dance clubs like Berghain. Berghain is a gargantuan club which has a capacity of 1,500 people. This club is famous for hosting parties for more than 12 hours. Further, in the morning if you still have strength left, you can sweat out the extra calories in the annual free four-kilometer New Year’s Run. The distance covered is from Brandenburg.
Sydney is the first major city to celebrate the New Year. It hosts one of the largest parties. The waterfront show is attended by more than 1 million people and even watched on TV across the world by more than 1 billion people. The celebration in Sydney lasts all day and can be cherished by the whole family. There are air and water show which features thrilling aerial acrobatics. Fire tug water display, two firework shows at 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. and also a Harbour of Light Parade that consists of an illuminated flotilla of almost 50 vessels.
London glows with the holiday spirit through the New Year’s. It has a 3-hour extravaganza along the River Thames which draws 250,000 people with 10,000 performers, a massive group sing-along to “Auld Lang Syne”, a fireworks show at the London Eye, and a midnight countdown with the chiming of Big Ben. You can get a good sight to all these festivities on a Thames dinner cruise. If you don’t wanna go for cruise dinner, then go get a spot at the Victoria Embankment or Westminster bridges or Waterloo.
Niagara Falls, Canada
As we all know, the biggest New Year’s Eve party in Canada takes place at the most famous and powerful waterfalls in North America – Niagara Falls. Almost 2,000 pounds of fireworks are set up in 2 shows at Victoria Park over the falls. International musicians entertain the crowd before and between the explosions while counting down to midnight. Throughout the holiday season, the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights keeps going. Along with the 120 lighting displays which are created with almost three million lights, it includes the TD RINK at the Brink which is an ice-skating rink over the Horseshoe Falls.
Let’s ring in the New Year!