If it's not Christmas unless you're at home, then you're probably more likely to want to take a New Year's trip. You'll have the time off work, and it's still insanely festive, so it's a great time to get away and see some amazing places around the world. Whether you're looking for fireworks, culture, or an OTT party, these are the best spots in the world to celebrate New Year's.
The crowds in Times Square might seem like the things your nightmares are made of, but seeing the ball drop is something you should experience at least once in your life. You've seen it on TV all these years, this is the year you make it a reality.
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The only thing that could make Paris more romantic? Fireworks over the Seine, with the Eiffel Tower in the background. You'll also find a massive street party on the Champs-Élysées, and the views of the fireworks from Montmarte are unparalleled.
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If you want to be at the forefront of NYE celebrations, head to Sydney. It's the first major city where the clock strikes midnight, but that's not all. It also boasts the largest fireworks display in the world. NBD.
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Hearing Big Ben chime at midnight is the stuff Dickensian dreams are made of. Head to the banks of the Thames for fireworks and a ten-minute light show. Bonus: The New Year's Day parade in central London is a total show-stopper.
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It's one of the worlds most dramatic skylines already, so imagine it all lit up with fireworks. And if you're missing NYC hard, a replica ball drop pays homage to Times Square in Hong Kong’s Times Square shopping mall.
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It might be the coldest New Year's you'll ever celebrate, but heading to the Red Square for the firework display will definitely be one of the most memorable. If you don't want to brave the elements, try one of the city's panoramic roof restaurants.
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If you want to party, Berlin is what's up. A large, open-air party between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column makes this one of Europe's largest outdoor celebrations. But the best part? The live music, light shows, and fireworks are totally free.
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Nothing says fairytale like fireworks over an actual castle. The Scottish capital boasts fireworks over Edinburgh castle as part of its three-day celebration. The party continues on New Year's Day with live music and the traditional dip in the freezing Firth of Forth.
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If you can't visit an actual castle, this is definitely the next best thing. Not only does the theme park stay open until 1 am for the extravaganza, but there are also Cirque du Soleil performances, live entertainment, confetti explosions, and, of course—fireworks.
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This one is not for the party faint of heart. Copacabana Beach hosts the largest and wildest New Year's Eve party in the world, where over 2 million people cram onto a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of sand. Get ready for a night you'll literally never forget.
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