The Top 10 Places to Celebrate New Years Eve

Posted on December 29th, 2011

Well, it’s almost the end of 2011. I can’t believe it. Yes, I can actually…bring on 2012!

I know it’s probably a bit late for you to change your plans for New Years Eve, but we thought it would be fun to have a think about some top places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. So here’s our vote on the Top 10 Places to Celebrate New Years….in reverse order of course, so you don’t cheat and zip to No.1!

10. Las Vegas. Well we would say that wouldn’t we? But seriously, Vegas is all about being over the top. Which is perfect for New Years Eve. You’d have a blast. Your only problem? There are no clocks in the casinos in Vegas so make sure you wear a watch!

9. Champs Elysees, Paris. For history, and atmosphere, the French capital is hard to beat. For those of you who are after a more sophisticated New Year.

8. Edinburgh. No-one celebrates Hogmanay quite like the Scots. They practically own New Year’s Eve. If you want a riot, and a sore head the next day, head north. The only reason that it’s not higher up the list, is ‘cos is so friggin’ cold up there- not that you’ll notice after a few wee drams of Dalwhinnie single malt whisky next to a roaring log fire. Mmmmmm.

7. Tokyo. If you want different (for westerners anyway), head to Tokyo and to the Shibuya district in particular. This is New Year Blade Runner style.

6. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. Matches Paris for atmosphere. The party kicks off in Berlin big time.

5. Sydney. Who can resist the iconic images from the bridge. Plus it’s nice and hot down under, which always help. The only problem is flying home afterwards, unless you live in the Antipodes or SE Asia.

4. New Orleans. For great music and an even better atmosphere, this is a must.

3. New York City. Hey, you are going to be doing Sinatra impressions with your mates at 12.01 anyway, singing New York, New York. You may as well be there.

2. London. The firework display is getting crazier and crazier every year in the Big Smoke. And for a party atmosphere, London town is hard to beat. The only downside is getting about. So just stay out late.

1. Hong Kong and Macau. We’d pick Hong Kong for our top spot for New Years. The fireworks display shooting off the famous skyline and reflected in the harbour is something special. And this is a serious 24 hour party town. Plus the weather is pleasant at this time of year. The we’d hit the tables in Macau for a couple of days for a superb holiday combo.

Happy New Year to all of our readers and may 2012 be prosperous for you. Kung Hei Fat Choi, as they say in Hong Kong (er…..a bit later though- that’s Chinese New Year).

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