Where To Celebrate New Year’s Eve Fireworks

New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated events throughout the world, and every major city competes over having the most spectacular events, firework displays and parties, attracting tourists from all over the world.

An interesting study from Opodo ranked the 10 most popular destinations to celebrate New Year’s Eve for Europeans this year, a list which turned out to be much more varied than we would have expected…

New Year's Eve Fireworks

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in New York City

Despite the long distance between USA and Europe, New York attracts the most visitors from Europe, all wanting to get a bite of the excitement and awesomeness that is the Big Apple.

Perhaps no New Year event is as famous as the “drop of the ball” on Times Square, a tradition that has been going since 1906.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve on Times Square is a once in a lifetime experience that will definitely make for a memorable night. Also, some of the Best Shopping in New York City.


Bangkok is one of those cities that can be anything you want it to be: romantic, crazy, sexy, fun… Anything is possible in this city, meaning there are loads of ways to ring in the new year.

CentralWorld is the biggest place for the countdown to the new Year, where hundreds of thousands gather to celebrate with light and sound shows, live performances and more.

But there are also some very beautiful and peaceful ways to celebrate, such as lighting candles at Wat Sraket temple.

Lagos (Nigeria)

Being the largest city in Africa, Lagos is a chaotic and busy city year round. New Year’s Eve is as busy as ever, if not busier, with lots of fireworks and partying.

In Nigeria they have many different ways to celebrate the New Year, a popular one being to attend one of the traditional masquerades in the country.


When it comes to Europe, London is a prime destination to celebrate the New Year, and their free New Year’s Eve fireworks display at the EDF Energy London Eye is famous around the world – and not to be missed!

Another unique event is the New Year’s Day parade on January the first, for those who aren’t too hung over to get out of bed…

Cape Town

In Cape Town, one night of partying and celebrating is simply not enough. This year there are four music festivals held over the New Year holiday, all with their own appeal to party-goers, with parties lasting for several days.

Victoria Falls Carnival, Rock the river SA, Rezonance NYE Festival, and Boomerang New Year’s Eve party are some festivals this year that are worth checking out.


Although very far away from Europe, Sydney is still in the top 10 for European travelers over New Years – and what is more iconic than watching the fireworks from Sydney Harbour over the Harbour bridge?

The firework display on the Harbor bridge is one of the most spectacular in the world, and definitely something very special to see.

The complete list of top New Year’s Eve destinations; Reykjavik (7), Dubai (8), Berlin (9), Jo’burg (10).

We will be spending this New Year’s Eve in Berlin – where will you be celebrating?


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15 Responses to Where To Celebrate New Year’s Eve Fireworks

  1. Raj December 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Thanks for sharing valuable information. I am going to Lagos first time to celebrate New Year’s Eve with my wife.

    • Nathan December 7, 2012 at 7:34 am #

      Hey Raj – you are welcome, hope you have a great new years in Lagos.

  2. andiperullo December 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Rio should be on that list! This year I’m celebrating in Buenos Aires.

    • Nathan December 7, 2012 at 7:36 am #

      We can’t have every city on the list! :p but yeah Rio would be fun as well 🙂

  3. Annette | Bucket List Journey December 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Havent made a New Years Eve plan yet, but Bangkok is looking pretty good!

    • Nathan December 7, 2012 at 7:34 am #

      sounds great – I think Bangkok would be a perfect place to celebrate!

  4. Andy December 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Sorry to be pedantic but shouldn’t that be New Year’s Eve 2012? Or are you planning really far in advance? 🙂 Scandinavia is good fun too, here in Norway it’s a big night for fireworks and champagne, which is a great if slightly dangerous combination…

    • Nathan December 7, 2012 at 7:35 am #

      Yeah we have spent a few years in Sweden during New Years and there is always a lot of crazy fireworks and drinking :p

  5. Jackson December 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Do not think about any other place than Iceland for New Year as you can combine the trip with some northern lights viewing

  6. Chanel @ LaViajeraMorena December 10, 2012 at 3:00 am #

    Before my travel plans changed due to family, I had planned to go to Dublin and bring in the New Year!

    • Sofia December 10, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Dublin is a great city, and so many fun pubs that it’s probably very lively there during that time. Also heard great things about Edinburgh during new years.

  7. Vinayak rangrez December 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Bangkok for sure 🙂 central world or the roof top party at imperial queen’s park hotel 🙂

  8. Sachin December 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    My plan is to go to a jungle safari in India, chase tigers, rhinos and elephants all day and drink my gut out in the evening beside a bone fire along with live music,, how about that 🙂 BTW New York looks cool during new year..

  9. Michelle December 16, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    Cool list! Since I’m living in Germany, there’s so many cities nearby, so I’m still trying to decide which will be the most fun for NYE 🙂

  10. Lizz Riggs December 18, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    Cool chart! New York City looks forward to more French an Italian tourists this year! I definitely agree that celebrating New Year’s Eve in NYC is a once in a lifetime experience, although now Bangkok might be on the list for celebrations to come for me. Hopefully this will be the best year (and year to come) yet!