5 Best New Year’s Eve Holiday Destinations for Party Lovers

There is a good chance that every major city around the world has some kind of New Year’s celebration planned. Of course, the intensity and level of extravagance vary from city to city and sometimes, the details might change but there will always be an official celebration.

For the most part, it involves incredible fireworks shows, music festivals or just a simple countdown in the city centre. Whatever the case, these celebrations are often attended by thousands of people who are all eager to usher in the new year together as a community.

If you are thinking that maybe you don’t want to experience the same old show that your city puts on on this grand day, then here are five alternatives you could consider. These are some of the best New Year’s holiday destination for party lovers.

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Exciting New Year’s Eve Destination for Party Lovers around the World

  • Pro Tip: Some of these destinations may require you to have booked well in advance. A few of the best location to witness the celebrations such as fireworks often charge an entrance fee and tickets sell out long before December arrives. So if you see a destination you would love to experience but find that it’s too late to book your flight or entry tickets, planning for next year’s right now isn’t as early as you may think. Go ahead and do it.

1. Sydney, Australia

This is one of the very first major cities to usher in the New Year in the world because of its time zone. Sydney has a tradition of putting on an incredible fireworks display at the Sydney Harbour.

Sydney harbour fireworks

Not only will you get to see the gorgeous fireworks but you will get to experience Australia’s wonderful weather as December doesn’t get snowed or rained in, in Australia as it does in most parts of the world.

There are family-friendly parks around, lots of shopping opportunities and the nightlife is electric for those who want to party on into the next year. You can party the night away at “Home Nightclub” in Darling Harbour or enjoy live music at “Oxford Art Factory” in Darlinghurst.

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2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai night skyline

By reputation, you know Dubai goes big and luxurious in almost everything it does and ushering in the new year is not an exception to this rule. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai (the tallest building in the world with 828m) is outstanding in every conceivable way. On New Year’s Eve, the Burj Khalifa puts on a fireworks show like no other in the world.

Thousands of people gather beneath it to witness this and while the night away. If you have your family with you, you can enjoy a much quieter view of the show at the Burj Plaza.

If, however, you are here to party the night away, then heading out to “White Dubai Night Club” at the Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, some distance away from the city. The view from the rooftop gives you a wonderful vantage point for Dubai’s skyline and the fireworks show that light up the night on New Year’s Eve.

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3. London, UK

London fireworks

As one of the most popular destinations for tourists all year round, it’s no surprise that London puts on an epic New Year’s Eve show every year. The grandeur of the fireworks show that occurs at the Coca-Cola London Eye is renowned around the world.

While tickets for the official staging area are honestly difficult to come by and sell out months in advance, you can cheat the system and witness this majestic show from a slight distance by taking a river cruise on Clipper boats on the Thames.

Afterwards, maybe you can party the night away in any one of the many night clubs in this iconic city. Try out “Cirque le Soir” on 15-21 Ganton St. Not only is the music amazing but they also serve popcorn and cotton-candy if you suddenly get a craving for such things.

4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

From the carnival to the international film festival and “Indian Day”, Rio de Janeiro has rubberstamped its authority as one of the most “happening” cities in the world. It is, therefore, a foregone conclusion that Rio would usher in every New Year with much pomp and colour.


True to that assumption, about 2 million people gather at the warm Copacabana Beach where they are not only mesmerised by spectacular fireworks but also entertained by a variety of musical arts and dances to while the night away.

Although you might not need to go anywhere else because there is so much happening on the beach, if you want to saunter away to a nightclub instead then you can try out Jobi Bar, which has been around since the ’50s.

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5. Paris, France

Whether you prefer to refer to it as the “City of Love” or the “City of Lights”, Paris is not in the habit of disappointing those who visit her and on New Year’s Eve, the city shines even brighter. Famous for the “Paris New Year Parade” that takes place along the Champs-Elysées, which is a spectacular avenue in its own right, you will be treated to wonderful light shows and a countdown to the New Year will be projected onto the revered Arc de Triomphe.

Eiffel Tower fireworks

There is so much you can do in Paris on New Year’s Eve. You can see a Moulin Rouge cabaret show or take a serene and spectacular cruise down the Seine. You could also party the night away at iconic clubs such as “La Bellevilloise” or “Wanderlust”.

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The idea is to find out how to get to these places long before the New Year arrives since they are so popular and tend to get fully booked well in advance. Do you have a special city you love to visit for New Year’s Eve? What happens there and what makes it so special to you? Share the details with us in the comment section below.

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