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New Year’s Eve 2016: Top 10 New Year’s Destinations

Sydney New Year's Fireworks at the Harbour Bridge

There’s only a week and a half left in 2016 and it’s time to prepare for the biggest annual worldwide celebration: New Year’s Eve! Here are 10 destinations that know how to ring in the new year in style

1. Sydney

If one night of partying is not enough for you, why not start off your new years celebrations in Sydney. Being one of the first cities to enter the new year, you could hop on a plane straight after and make it in time to celebrate a second new year’s eve! Just saying…

Check out this link for more info on which countries enter the new year first.

Apart from being an early bird, Sydney also boasts one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the world as well as an air and water show. You can get views from all different vantage points around the harbour; whether you choose to attend a harbour island party, relax on a cruise or chill out harbourside with friends and family – Sydney has you covered. Check out Sydney’s website for details.

2. Dubai

Dubai New Year's Eve Fireworks

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On the subject of fireworks, no other city invests (monetarily) as much into their fireworks as Dubai. Breaking the world record for the largest fireworks display in 2014, watch the city light up in this impressive annual display.

For more information visit the Dubai website.

3. New York

New Year's Eve New York Times Square

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No scene of New Year’s Eve is as iconic as the balldrop in Times Square as the sky lights up with fireworks onto the confetti-filled streets. This is one of those experiences that everyone has to be a part of at least once in their lives. Visit the NYC New Year’s Website for more information.

If you decide to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sydney, you could potentially make it in time for the party in New York too with a 16-hour time difference. Compare flights on Momondo now.

4. Honolulu

New Year's Eve Honolulu Hawaii

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If New York is not for you, Honolulu is another late starter. Being 5 hours behind New York, this gives you even more leeway to squeeze in another celebration. Relax on the beach as you enjoy the harbour fireworks or opt for a cruise party. For information visit the Hawaii website.

5. Reykjavik

New Year's Eve Reykjavik Iceland

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It felt like everyone was going to Iceland in 2016, and for good reason. With it’s beautiful glaciers, natural hot springs and stunning Northern lights, who could resist.

With the sun setting at around 4pm, ring in the new year dancing and singing around a neighbourhood bonfire before joining the population of Reykjavik as they set off their own fireworks. If you’re lucky you will see the Northern Lights too – a mix of natural and man-made splendour! There are no official city sponsored events, New Year’s Eve is created by the people. For more information, visit the Reykjavik website.

6. Hong Kong

New Year's Eve Victoria Harbour Hong Kong

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If you have ever visited Victoria Harbour you may have seen the nightly lightshow display. Imagine a scaled up version paired with fireworks and music – Hong Kong’s New Year’s Eve display is a work of art. From 11pm at 15-minute intervals, rooftops around the harbour will emit shooting stars. Make a wish upon a star and it may come true! For more information, visit the Hong Kong website.

7. Rio De Janeiro

New Year's Eve Copacabana Beach Rio De Janeiro

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Experience Brazilian tradition. Dress in white and head down to Copacabana beach to honour the goddess of the sea (Yemanja) with flowers and candles. At 7pm the party starts with live music and entertainment at official stages along the beach. Top the night off with a 20 minute fireworks display before heading out to one of the many New Year’s parties around town. For more information, check out this website.

8. Edinburgh

New Year's Eve Edinburgh

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Why limit New Year’s to one day when you can celebrate it over three? In Edinburgh the New Year’s festivities start with a torchlight procession through the city on December 30th. Then, at the strike of midnight on the 31st fireworks explode over Edinburgh castle as you chime in to a city-wide chorus of “Auld Lang Syne”. Celebrations carry on over to New Year’s Day with dog sledding, parades and festivals. For more information visit the official website.

9. Jost Van Dyke

If you love to party, you will have to celebrate New Year’s Eve on the little British Virgin Island of Jost Van Dyke. Here they call it Old Year’s night and celebrations consist of 48 hours of live music, drinking and eating. You will find plenty of shirtless and bikini-clad partygoers around the island – some even making the beach their home for the night. Festivities take place in nightlife spots all across the island; the most famous being the party at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar.

10. Vienna

New Year's Eve Vienna

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For a bit of throwback elegance, why not attend the famous New Year’s Eve Grand Ball at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. If that’s a bit too fancy for you, you can head over to the old city centre which will be transformed into a giant party zone. Check out the New Year’s Eve Trail which offers great food and drinks alongside live entertainment that includes waltzes, rock, pop, hit music and more. On New Year’s day join the crowd as they gather around the Rathaus to watch the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s concert on a giant screen. For more information visit the Vienna website.

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