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Top Places to Ring in the New Year

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Whether you intend to welcome the New Year with a champagne glass, an intimate dinner, or a countdown party,  there are numerous places to ring in the New Year all over the world.

Best Places to Ring in New Year in the U.S. and Abroad

The New Year is a time for friends, family, festivals, fireworks, and songs. It is a fun holiday that transcends nationalities. You can experience a memorable New Year celebration at some of the following places:

New York, United States

Nothing may be more exhilarating than celebrating a new year at New York Times Square. Thousands of people gather to witness the iconic Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at the stroke of midnight. The event includes live entertainment and special guest appearances.

You could book a luxury dinner cruise on a yacht at Staten Island or book a table at a rooftop restaurant and watch the massive fireworks over Manhattan.

Las Vegas, Nevada

On New Year’s Eve, the entire Vega strip is shut down to traffic, and it becomes one of the biggest block parties in the U.S. Casinos in Las Vegas typically launch a choreographed firework show. The Plaza Hotel offers several viewing angles of the explosive extravaganza.

Despite its fame as one of the best cities to let your hair down, Las Vegas is also an exceptional entertainment spot for those with families. The Las Vegas Town Square hosts a New  Year’s Eve event that includes moon bouncers, a big balloon drop, and face painting for kids.

Other family-friendly locations worth checking out include The Park Vegas and Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest installation. The last night of the year at the LINQ Promenade, Las Vegas is an exhilarating experience for some of the best views of the city.

Sydney, Australia

Due to its time zone, Australia is one of the first three countries in the world to experience New Year’s. This makes Sydney a prime spot to greet the new year.

Sydney welcomes guests to one of the world’s largest fireworks displays. Each display can last up to 12 minutes, and you can view them from a boat in the harbor or the surrounding hills.

Paris, France

Paris is one of the best places in the world for New Year celebrations, especially for couples. The city holds a spectacular laser light show at the Arc de Triomphe that might include fireworks. This show makes the entire city a  great place to welcome the New Year with your partner.

New Year’s is one of the most popular nights for Paris restaurants too. Restaurants such as Pierre GagnaireViolon D’ingres, and Le Cinq offer a special multi-course menu packed with all seasonal specialties and lots of champagne.

London, England

London welcomes the New Year with a spectacular fireworks show launched from the London Eye (EDF Energy London Eye). You can view the fireworks from balconies and rooftops all over London, and you might not even have to leave your hotel as long as there is a magnificent view.

If you want to get out, consider cruising the length of the Thames. Sip on Champagne as you gracefully glide along the river.

Bangkok, Thailand

The CentralWorld Square in Bangkok is one of the best places to explore for the New Year. This shopping plaza and complex is the city’s highlight as thousands of people gather to welcome the New Year. CentralWorld holds a fascinating firework show while multiple clubs and bars come alive once the clock strikes 12.

Bangkok is also home to various New Year’s parties. The Meta Music Festival is one of Thailand’s electronic dance music events for the New Year’s countdown. Beam NYE is another festival that attracts a multitude of DJs ready to entertain you with your favorite hits.

If partying is not your scene, consider a lavish dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Enjoy a delicacy lined with Thai and international buffet along with exotic seafood and drinks.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Enjoy the best New Year’s Eve parties at public squares such as RembrandtpleinNieuwmarkt, and Dam Square. Access to these squares is free. Plus, they have several outdoor tents available as you listen and dance to live entertainment.

Amsterdam is also one of the best places to ring in the New Year with your family. Head to Amstel River and run along it with thousands of other people.

The Amsterdam Light Festival is another must-attend event that takes place annually from December through January. Features of the festival include roads and canals illuminated with fairy lights for an enchanting experience.

Cape Town, South Africa

Experience the vibrant ambiance of Cape Town as you ring in New Year. The city’s V&A Waterfront is a popular destination to usher in the new year. Enjoy an assortment of carnival characters, eateries, and live bands.

Cape Town is also home to several carnival-themed performances, boat cruises, lavish dinners, and stellar shows. Avoid the crowds by catching the best fireworks from Signal Hill or Table Mountain.

Wherever Your Loved Ones are

The New Year holiday is all about celebrating with family and friends, no matter where you are in the world. Wherever they are is the best celebration destination.

It does not matter whether they are in New York, London, Cape Town, down at the beach, or at your home. It will be the best New Year’s event in the world when you are surrounded by those you love.

Vacation Loans from Mariner Finance

Do you need help visiting one of these top places to ring in the New Year? A vacation loan will come in handy to cover everything from planning and travel to accommodation and activities.

Apply for a vacation loan today from Mariner Finance and rope in the New Year in style.

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