New Year’s Eve is a chance for the whole world to celebrate together. From the land down under — to the city that never sleeps — here’s how countries plan to ring in the New Year.
In Edinburg, the celebration begins early. Starting December 30, the crowds start to form for a firework kick-off from Parliament Square all the way to Calton Hill. The fun continues for the next few days with a street party, torchlight procession, concerts and events. Photo credit: edinburghshogmanay.com.
Where to stay: The Balmoral, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh (+44 131 556 2414).
In London, celebrations spread across the city. If you want to watch the fireworks, go close to the Thames River for the best seats (advance tickets required). For family friendly fun, head near Harrod’s on Jan 1 for the annual parade.
Where to stay: The Ritz (+44 20 7300 2512 ; www.theritzlondon.com)
The country’s largest fireworks show is (you guessed it) : Sydney. Thousands arrive near the Harbor Bridge and Opera House to get a front row seat on the jaw-dropping pyrotechnics.
Where to stay: Mercure Hotel (+61 2 9217 6666; www.mercuresydney.com.au/)
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New York City
The big apple has always been the hot spot for New Year’s. Thousands converge on Times Square to watch the “ball drop” and get sprinkled with confetti at midnight. Photo credit: Times Square NYC
Where to stay: New York Marriott Marquis (212 398 1900; www.marriott.com)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
More than two million people are expected to Rio’s famous Copacabana Beach to watch a magnificent 20-minute fireworks show and jam out to some native music.
Where to stay: Porto Bay Rio International (+55 21 2546 8000; www.portobay.com )