Wherever you are in the world, New Year’s Eve is always what you make of it. But some places have managed to build themselves a reputation as taking their New Year’s Eve celebrations to the next level.
Here’s some options when you’re planning future New Year’s Eve travel plans.
In Scotland, they call their New Year’s Eve celebrations Hogmanay. One of the best places in Scotland for celebrating New Year’s Eve is Edinburgh. The city embraces the end of the year with a three day festival that involves lots of whisky, bagpipes, and fireworks. Get your kilt ready!
The small coastal villages of Cornwall have a long history of celebrating New Year’s Eve. In Cornwall, it’s all about the fancy dress. Small villages such as Polperro and Looe become awash with everyone out for the night, dressed up as any character you could think of, wandering from pub to pub and getting increasingly merry.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio goes major for New Year’s Eve. About two million people crowd onto Copacabana beach for spectacular fireworks and a hot summer night.
Given their time-zone, Sydney is one of the cities leading the charge when it comes to celebrating the New Year. This is a city that does fireworks particularly well – major displays light up the harbour and the iconic bridge. Plus, it’s the height of summer in the hemisphere, so there’s that going on as well. Ideally, you want to have made friends with someone with a yacht so you can be out in the harbour to enjoy Sydney at its best.
New Year’s Eve in Germany has a surprisingly chaotic feel. One of the best options is Munich. To make the most of New Year’s in Munich, you need to make some friends and get invited to a local house party. Come prepared with your own fireworks. It’s often snowing at this time of year, but no matter what the weather, as the clock is approach midnight everyone is out in the street setting off fireworks and causing mayhem.