Imagine if you could travel around the world celebrating New Year’s Eve in 24 hours? Your imaginary trip starts in Sydney Australia and ends in Lahaina Maui – a 21-hour time difference. It might be impossible to do, but you can choose to celebrate in at least one of these places.
Come with us to the top 10 places to celebrate New Year’s Eve around the clock:
It’s summer Downunder. It’s easy to include your New Year’s Eve celebration with surfing, swimming, beach parties and outdoor activities of your choice. There is a website dedicated solely to Sydney New Year’s Eve. Get information on:
- Vantage points for best views of the fireworks
- Transportation information
- Road closures and more
At 9 p.m. the family fireworks will begin and at midnight the main fireworks event will light up Sydney’s Harbor and the iconic harbor bridge.
2. Hong Kong
Hong Kong celebrates New Year’s Eve with a big bang. Besides the 10-minute pyro-musical display of lights, the city also offers numerous special tours like New Year Countdown Tour and New Year Countdown Cruises.
Places to enjoy New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong are along:
- Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront
- Hong Kong Island Central Harbourfront
- Golden Bauhinia Square in Wanchai
- Victoria Harbour
Dubai broke the world record on New Year’s Eve 2014 for hosting the largest and longest fireworks display in the world. Every year this spectacular event organizer tries to make it even better.
Dubai is four hours behind Hong Kong and two hours ahead of Cape Town. For a unique experience, go on a wooden dhow tour including dinner and traditional dance or a desert safari party for an Arabian night of music, food, and dance.
4. Cape Town
Cape Town is two hours behind Dubai. Located in the Southern Hemisphere means it is summer there during New Year’s Eve. The city is located close to several world class wineries and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve (a four-hour drive from Cape Town).
Your New Year’s Eve celebration may include going to V&A Waterfront for the fireworks display, street performers, entertainment, and more.
Head over to Berlin, Germany’s capital city where you’ll find the largest street parties in Europe. Join in the party located between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column. Fireworks display, live bands are just some of the exciting events happening in Berlin.
London is one hour behind Berlin. This city of over eight million people knows how to organize a grand New Year’s Eve show. To join in the fun and to view the spectacular fireworks display, you must buy a ticket.
The fireworks display is at the Coca-Cola London Eye. The most exciting experience is to hear Big Ben’s “bongs” at midnight right before the fireworks display.
For tickets and more information check out London’s website.
7. Rio de Janeiro
In Rio de Janeiro, “Feliz Ano Novo” (Happy New Year) takes on a new meaning. Besides celebrating in a grand way with live music, fireworks display, and food, Cariocas (residents of Rio) are dressed in white for good luck.
Celebrations location are mainly along Copacabana beach and Barra de Tijuca. Other New Year events are also happening throughout the city. Barra de Tijuca is another exciting venue for New Year’s Eve celebration.
Rio de Janeiro is two hours behind London.
8. New York City
When New Yorkers are preparing to see the ball drop at midnight, the people in Sydney and Hong Kong are having New Year’s day brunch. Instead of standing in the cold for hours in a crowded place, you can buy a Ball Drop Pass.
The Ball Drop Pass gives you front line access to some event spaces in and around Times Square, admission to lounges, nightclubs, and restaurants that are impossible to get to during New Year’s Eve celebration.
9. Niagara Falls Canada
At Niagara Falls Canada, the celebration starts from November with nightly Winter Festival of Lights and Winter Fireworks Display (weather permitting) at Queen Victoria Park. On New Year’s Eve, the city organizes a free concert at the park.
Niagara Falls is in the same time zone as New York City. It is about 412 miles from New York City and Niagara Falls. The best place for a laid back celebration in the midst of all the natural wonders of the falls.
10. Lahaina, Maui
Lahaina, Maui is five hours behind New York City. Lahaina is a historic whaling village and harbor in Maui. Lahaina offers Hawaiian-style celebration. Join one of their New Year’s Eve fireworks cocktail cruise. The cruise includes cocktails (up to three complimentary alcoholic drinks and an ID is required), hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. You’ll get unlimited sodas, water, juices, coffee and tea.
Photo credit: City of Sydney