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Ring in the new year with a memorable event


4 destinations around the world for an unforgettable celebration



20 December 2023

New Year's Eve, a globally celebrated occasion, serves as a poignant and jubilant bridge between the past and the future. As the clock inches towards midnight, people around the world come together to bid farewell to the year gone by and embrace the promise of a new beginning. From lively gatherings and dazzling fireworks to reflective moments of introspection, New Year's Eve carries a universal spirit of hope, renewal, and festivity. We offer up four suggestions of places to see in the New Year in style – add some of these to your bucket list.

Christchurch, New Zealand

Be among the first on Earth to see the new year! 

New Year's Eve in Christchurch, New Zealand, unfolds as a vibrant celebration marked by a blend of tradition and contemporary festivities. The city comes alive with a host of events catering to diverse tastes. From family-friendly gatherings in parks with live music, food stalls, and fireworks painting the night sky, to lively parties in the city's bars and clubs, there's something for everyone. The picturesque setting of Christchurch offers ample opportunities for outdoor picnics, beachside gatherings, or joining the crowds at public venues to count down to the New Year. With its unique blend of community spirit and a modern twist on celebrations, Christchurch embraces the New Year with enthusiasm, creating unforgettable memories for locals and visitors alike. 
Christchurch's North Hagley Park traditionally hosts a celebration with live music, food stalls and fireworks at midnight to bring in the New Year with a bang!

Edinburgh, Scotland

A hootenany Hogmanay where they know how to welcome in the new year with unparalleled hospitality

Hogmanay torchlight processionCelebrating New Year's Eve in Edinburgh is an unforgettable experience, marked by the world-famous Hogmanay festival. The historic city transforms into a lively and vibrant celebration, drawing people from all corners of the globe. The iconic Edinburgh Castle serves as a majestic backdrop to the festivities, illuminated by dazzling fireworks that light up the night sky. The streets come alive with a sea of revelers, sharing the spirit of goodwill and joy. The traditional torchlight procession, where thousands of people march through the city with flaming torches, adds a magical touch to the celebration. Princes Street, lined with shops and cafes, becomes the epicenter of the street party, featuring live music, dance performances, and a grand stage for the spectacular midnight countdown. As the clock strikes twelve, the air is filled with cheers and the sky explodes with a breathtaking display of fireworks, creating a mesmerizing start to the new year in the heart of Scotland's capital. The warmth of the people, the rich cultural traditions, and the sheer energy of the celebration make New Year's Eve in Edinburgh an extraordinary and unforgettable affair.

New Year in Edinburgh wouldn’t be complete without extending the festivities with the quirky and exhilarating Loony Dook on New Year's Day. This eccentric tradition sees brave individuals, often adorned in eccentric costumes, take a daring plunge into the icy waters of the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry. The Loony Dook, which translates to "crazy dip," has become an integral part of the Hogmanay celebrations, attracting participants and spectators alike. But brace yourself – it’s cold!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A new year samba beach party – might be all white on the night

For those looking for winter sun, then look no further than Rio de Janeiro. New Year’s Eve, locally known as Réveillon, is a grand and vibrant celebration that attracts millions of people for one of the largest beach parties on the globe. Here are some of the traditional activities people engage in to ring in the new year:

The festivities at Copacabana Beach are the highlight, with over two million visitors gathering on the sandy shores to witness one of the world’s most impressive firework displays. The party starts around 8 p.m. with live bands and DJs, but the beach fills up from early afternoon and there are some “rules”:

Wearing White is a must. It’s tradition to wear white clothes on New Year’s Eve in Rio, symbolizing prosperity and peace for the coming year.

Jump Seven Waves: After the fireworks, many head to the sea to jump seven waves while making seven wishes.

Eat Traditional Foods: People often eat foods like lentils for health, pork and fish which symbolize progress, and raisins for prosperity. Keeping raisin seeds in your wallet is believed to ensure financial stability throughout the year.

These traditions, combined with the festive atmosphere, make New Year’s Eve in Rio an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re dancing on the beach or participating in spiritual rituals, it’s a unique way to welcome the new year.

New York

Celebrate in style in the city that never sleeps

Times Square, New YorkNew Year's Eve in New York City is an unparalleled spectacle of excitement and grandeur, drawing people from around the globe to partake in the iconic festivities.

Start off your celebrations with an ice skate in central park, wandering the streets on a graffiti and street art tour, or set new year's resolutions from new heights at the top of the Rock Observatory during the day.

The city that never sleeps then truly comes alive as the countdown to midnight unfolds amidst the dazzling lights of Times Square. The renowned ball drop, a tradition since 1907, captivates millions with its glittering descent, marking the beginning of a new year. The streets pulse with energy as revelers, clad in festive attire, gather to share the momentous occasion.

For an alternative experience, you could opt for a cruise on the Hudson River, watch the vibrant fireworks over the Statue of Liberty or join the lively celebrations in Central Park and the chic rooftop parties overlooking the city skyline. New York offers a myriad of options to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one in style. Whatever you choose, the jubilant atmosphere, the chorus of cheers, and the resounding echoes of "Happy New Year" create an unforgettable experience, making New York City an unrivaled destination for ushering in the dawn of a fresh beginning.

Image credits:

Fireworks image by DESIGNECOLOGIST on Unsplash
Edinburgh image by Ian Georgeson
New York image by Andre Benz on Unsplash

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