New Years Eve, NYE, the final Hurrah! A time to get together with loved ones, to drink, to dance, to sin, to love, to celebrate the year that was. Here's to the New-Year-New-Me's, the October surprises, the well meaning gym memberships and the hangover from hell. Cheers to these top places to bring in the new year around the world in 2016!
10) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio is famous for big booties, beaches and ..ah we mean, Carnival! You know the Brazilians know how to throw a party so it´s no suprise the NYE celebration goes off. The Iconic Copacabana Beach hosts the world’s largest New Year’s Eve party with more than two million people cramming onto the two-and-a-half-mile stretch of sand Known as Réveillon. This uniquely Brazilian celebration blends religion, tradition, and superstitious beliefs with locals dressing head to toe in white (believed to bring good luck) tossing handfuls of flowers into the ocean as gift to Yemanjá, goddess of the seas. The celebration kicks off with huge oceanfront stages with live music and dance performances against a backdrop of fireworks at midnight.
9) Berlin, Germany
Berlin, parties hard. With over 1million revellers gathering near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to watch the firerworks and bring in the new year, you'll need to do as the locals do and join the street party too before buckling up for a bender at Berghain. The main event is a two-kilometer stretch of bars, international food stalls, laser shows, video screens, party tents, music stages, and more between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column.
If you don't have much luck at Berghain (Which is highly likely, see what we did there?) try out Tresor.
8) Las vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, the city of lights, excites on New Year's Eve. Festivities begin along The Strip with plenty of options for dinner, drinks, and dancing. Catch the midnight fireworks that launch from the rooftops of the MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, and The Venetian before handing over the wallet to the Mrs. or more well restrained of the group and letting loose on the strip.
Worth checking out: Major Lazor XS at Encore
7) Sydney, Australia
Straaya mate! The aussies sure know how to put on a show with the world renowned fireworks display over Sydney's darling harbour. With warm summer weather, watch the fireworks from The Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Garden, Harbour Island or aboard a river cruise before heading to Kings Cross or trying to crash a local house party. Don´t forget to bring your obligatory Goon bag.
Our top pick is Harbour Party at Luna Park featuring plenty of top Aussie Dj's and an epic vantage point for the fireworks.
6) London, UK
London, the melting pot of the world and Europe´s slightly less attractive cousin. On New Year's Eve, London comes alive with celebrations, fireworks and parties culminating around the Thames.
For the londoners, check this out for the best parties in town
5) Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam, we love you. The official New Year’s Eve celebration traditionally take place at the Oosterdock with the VOC Ship "The Amsterdam" forming the backdrop for a spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display at midnight.
Leading up to, and after the fireworks, join the locals and tourists on the streets as the party bounds from bar to street, to club to canal. The party spreads through the city centre with massive raves taking part in special venues around the city and bars and clubs filled to bursting point.
Our top pick is Awakenings @ Gashouder. Bring your dancing shoes.
4) Koh Phangan, Thailand
Not one for the faint hearted ,it seems as though anything goes on the party island of Koh Phangan. Thousands of party hard, neon clad, bucket sipping tourists flood the island year round for the in-famous Full Moon Party’s at Haardin Beach. NYE is no exception as the tiny Island explodes with inebriated glowing tourists for the biggest party of the year. Keep an eye out for the "fucking cheap buckets" the locals are slinging in the beach side shacks along Haadrin. They might take you to places you don't intent on visiting, like the hospital. if you do intent to travel time and space, head up magic mountain and enjoy a special Milkshake* and watch the crowds of aliens and dragons from above.
Read More: Thailand: Koh Samui, Koh Phangan & Koh Tao Highlights
3)Times Square, New York
As the famous NYE Ball descends atop One times Square between the neon signs, one million people flood Times Square with over a billion more watching worldwide to bid a collective farewell to the year that was. Put your fancy dress on and grab some champagne and dinner at an upmarket restaurant before flocking to one fo the cities many nightclubs or rooftop parties.
#2 Reykjavik, Iceland
With only 3 hours of sunlight on New Years eve you too will embrace the backyard fireworks displays like no other. With relaxed fireworks laws and an easy going population, you can expect bonfires and endless fireworks lighting up the night sky all night long. Find a rooftop terrace or hill for the best vantage point before heading back into the cosy downtown 101 district to dance the night away until 6am.
#1 Rhythm & Vines, New Zealand
Rhythm and Vines is a 3 day international music festival held in Gisborne, New Zealand on December 29-31 each year. It is the first festival in the world to welcome in the first sunrise of the new year, tucked away in a vineyard on the east coast of New Zealand. We couldn't think of a better way to bring in the new year.
The festival started with humble begininngings back in 2003 by a bunch of University of friends wanting to hold an event for their university friends to celebrate the New Year in a safe and beautiful location where they would be entertained by up-and-coming and established New Zealand musicians. The festival has been held each year at Waiohika Estate and the Festival includes everything you would expect to find at an international festival.
This year's line up includes the likes of ZHU, Chance The Rapper, RUFUS, Netsky, Wilkinson, Skream, Hotchip and more.
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