By Soren Rivero
New Year’s Eve is celebrated by people from all backgrounds, all across the globe. It’s a time for loved ones to ring in the new year together, while honoring the previous year. If you’re looking to spice up your New Year’s celebration, why not visit a new location? You’ll be surprised what memories you can make!
Keep reading for 3 of the best destinations around the world to celebrate New Year's Eve!
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is like a mirage in the middle of the desert. It’s a city filled to the brim with lights, tall buildings, fast cars, and a bustling nightlife scene. It’s also the central point of both culture and business - making it a super popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
One of the most popular activities to do in Dubai is shopping. Have you ever shopped somewhere with so many malls that there’s even a festival honoring the activity of shopping itself? Probably not! Head out and hit up the malls for a new outfit to celebrate New Year’s.
Aside from that, Dubai offers an extremely fun night life. There’s plenty of new and wild (yet safe) activities to partake in at the many clubs and bars in central Dubai. Some of the world’s most popular clubs are all located in Dubai.
And finally, Dubai has some of the most extravagant New Year’s Eve festivals in the world. The two most popular locations to see fireworks take place at two historical landmarks in Dubai: Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. During this magical night, you’ll see hundreds of people gathered together to bathe in the rainbow lights that radiate off of the city’s many tall buildings. Fireworks erupt in the air as the sky grows dark, and when the clock hits midnight, numerous pyrotechnics shows burst into flames, sparking inspiration in people from all walks of life.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil is already known for its popularity among party-goers. After all, Brazil is home to one of the most mystical festivals in all the world: the Carnaval.
So it makes sense that Rio de Janeiro has a spectacular way to celebrate the New Year, right? Yep! New Year’s in Rio de Janeiro is a huge attraction for both tourists and locals. There are plenty of firework celebrations and parties all across the country, and the best part is, many of them happen right on the beach. You’ll be able to watch fireworks paint the night sky with an array of bright colors all while soaking yourself in sea water and sand.
You can also take part in the local’s tradition of wearing all white (a sign of peace and purity) and jumping over waves once the clock hits midnight. Traditionally, people jump over seven waves while counting down their wishes for the New Year. Put on your best swimming outfit and hop over waves to welcome in the New Year!
Las Vegas, Nevada
What says bright lights, ample opportunities, and drinking too many mixed drinks more than Las Vegas?
Las Vegas is primarily known for the Strip where you can find dozens of bars, restaurants, casinos, and more. Parties are common year-round, so it’s no surprise that New Year’s is a huge celebration here.
On NYE, Las Vegas officials close the Strip to automobiles and only allow access on foot. This is done to prevent overcrowding, traffic, and possible damage to vehicles from the fireworks. You’ll definitely want to travel through the Strip on foot — it’s an experience all in itself!
On New Year’s Eve, almost every casino and club hosts some kind of party, all with different themes. There’s something for everyone, so don’t be shy when you go to Las Vegas! When the sun vacates the sky and the moon rolls in, you’ll see casinos and other businesses host extravagant firework shows. There are also concerts and other performances lined all along the Strip. All of this combined creates a huge block-party that’s unlike anything you’ll ever see!