Looking for a unique destination to celebrate New Year's Eve? Here are some of our favorite locations to ring in the New Year!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New Year's is one of the biggest celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, and one of the biggest beach parties in the world. Most of the festivities take place in Copacabana and attract millions of people every year. During the day many go to pay homage to the Afro-Brazilian goddess Iemanjá by placing offerings in the sea. Music is played throughout the day, but the party kicks off around 7 p.m. when live acts and DJs begin on the official stages. There is live music and dancing on the beaches and a spectacular fireworks show to ring in the New Year. One of the traditions is to wear white on New Year’s Eve, as it is considered a lucky color. Expect to be sprayed with champagne around midnight!
Hoping for a warm New Year’s Eve? Sydney is the place to be. The entertainment begins early in the afternoon and ends with the grand finale at midnight, an extravagant fireworks show set off from the arch of the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The pre-show entertainment includes aerial displays and an indigenous smoking ceremony that will cleanse the harbor of negative spirits, as images projected on the Sydney Harbor Bridge begin the New Year countdown. There are 9 p.m. family fireworks followed by the Harbor of Light Parade, where boats decorated with lights cruise around the Sydney Harbor. With a finale that includes around 80,000 fireworks, this New Year's celebration is sure to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Travel to Sydney this holiday season to be in the first major city to toast to the New Year!