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…
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.
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.
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…
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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