It’s never too early to start thinking about your New Year’s Eve plans. Whether you are looking for a spectacular fireworks show or a new experience we have rounded together some of the world’s best New Year’s Eve parties to serve as your merriment guide. Take New Year’s 2016 up a notch and consider some of these unforgettable destinations.
MOST INSTAGRAM WORTHY
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
If you are looking for the best Instagram worthy New Year’s Eve party look no further than Reveillon in Rio de Janeiro. Famously held each year on the Copacabana beach, over 2 million people gather in white outfits to party the night away on this 2.5 mile stretch of sand. During the day people head to the water to lay flowers on the beach as an offering to the Sea Goddess ‘Lemanja’. Then as the sun sets, the party begins!
(New York City, New York)
New Yorkers have been celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square since 1904 and the event has become one of the most watched New Year’s parties in the world. Rather than watch the ball drop on TV, this year, celebrate in person with hundreds of thousands of people in one of the most iconic cities in the world. Pro tip: get there early to snag a good spot and pack a picnic since food vendors are not usually permitted in the area.
(Charleston, South Carolina)
Recently ranked as the #1 city in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine, Charleston offers visitors an experience unlike any other. With award winning hotels and restaurants, a rich culture and beautiful scenery, the city itself offers an amazing backdrop to one of the most celebratory days of the year. That backdrop is even better when you are on the flight deck of WW2 aircraft carrier. On New Year’s Eve in Charleston, The USS Yorktown transforms into one of the most unique party venues. War planes are moved around the rooftop flight deck to make room for 10,000 square feet of heated tent space, while staging, generators, port-a-lets and more are crane-lifted 100 feet in the air to build the flight deck VIP section. The inside airplane hangar provides a huge open corridor filled with multiple live acts on two different stages plus nearly a dozen bars and food stations, setting the tone for one truly memorable experience in the nation’s top ranked destination city.
In Sydney, Australia you can be one of the first people in the world to ring in the New Year (time-wise) and Australia knows how to celebrate boasting the world’s largest fireworks display. Over 1 million people gather at the Sydney Harbor to see the incredible 12 minute long show which is held over a 3.5 mile long stretch of water. If you still have energy after the show, head down to Bondi Beach’s ultimate dance party where you can keep the fun going all night long.
Unlike the rest of the world, Parisians celebrate the New Year throughout the entire month of January. However, New Year’s Eve in Paris is extra special on the Champs-Elysee where people fill the streets to watch the Eiffel Tower’s midnight light show and fireworks.
MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY
For a more family friendly environment, Disney World in Orlando, Florida is just the place for an enchanting and magical night. On New Year’s Eve the “Happiest Place on Earth” hosts parades, light shows, fireworks and more to create a memorable experience for kids (and adults) of all ages.