The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to set goals, make plans, and generally look forward with hope and determination to make the following months better than the past ones. Seeing out the old year and welcoming in the New Year is something many people around the world enjoy doing in style. The following are some of the best places in the world to countdown those last few seconds before the calendar year officially flips over:
If being one of the first people in the world to see in the New Year is a goal consider the celebrations around the harbor area of Sydney, Australia. Though it is not the first place in the world to see the New Year (you need to go to New Zealand for that as they are three hours ahead of Australia) Sydney is the first major international city to welcome in the New Year. With magnificent fireworks over the harbor waters that can be seen from many vantage points, the Sydney Opera House’s daytime beauty becomes magical. As Australia celebrates the New Year during the summer months viewers of the fireworks display can do so in warm temperatures.
New York, USA
While many gather around their television sets to watch the big ball drop in Times Square, New York year after year, the atmosphere of physically being there is second to none. People waiting patiently for the midnight hour can enjoy live musical entertainment by some of the big names in the music industry and get swept up in the rising excitement as the last second of the old year approaches. The ball has been dropping at midnight since 1907 with the exception of 2 years during World War II, and is widely recognized around the world as being one of the highlights of the end of the year. There are other parts of New York joining in the celebrations if the thought of mingling with over a million other people in Times Square is not appealing to you.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If the bride or groom has a particular interest a theme party will add a level of fun to the celebration. Take into consideration any sports, pastimes, and interests they may have. You can consider decorating the venue in a relevant theme and have the guests dress up appropriately. Sport-themed parties are one of the easiest to arrange.
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Home to the world’s tallest building (as at time of writing) the city becomes lit up on New Year’s Eve. The Burj Khalifa stands are a record 2,716.5 feet and crowds gather at the base of the skyscraper to witness the fireworks display that is second-to-none. Upon the first firework being set off the sky begins to fill with light as sparks of light cascade upwards and outwards from several levels of the building, all the way to the uppermost, providing a magnificent view for all those gathered below.
London, Great Britain
With this magnificent historical city as a backdrop, people gather at every vantage point possible to view the amazing fireworks set off to celebrate the beginning of a New Year. Boats cover the River Thames as partygoers enjoy the time leading up to the setting off of the first fireworks. The view from the water is one of the best available, as the fireworks light up the skyline and provide viewers with a vista that is breathtakingly spectacular. Pubs around the city are busy prior to the pre-midnight countdown, serving a variety of local and international ales, hearty food and providing live music and DJs to entertain excited patrons.