New Year’s Eve: The Best Parties Around the World

Happy New Year’s Eve! I’m back from my winter blogging break to send you all my warmest wishes for the New Year. I still can’t believe 2014 is coming to an end. It’s been a great year for me and the blog and I have all of you to thank for it!

Tonight, I’ll be ringing in the New Year here at home with a bottle of wine and whole lot of fireworks. My neighborhood basically puts on its own fireworks display, so I will have front row seats from the comfort and warmth of my own home. But, here are a few other places that will definitely be partying it up and giving our fireworks some competition:

 Best New Year’s Eve Parties Around the World

Las Vegas, New Year's

Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, where the party never stops, New Year’s Eve calls for taking things to a whole other level. Celebrity-hosted nightclub parties, world-class shows, and lively casinos offer an endless night of possibilities complete with a fireworks extravaganza over the Las Vegas Strip. Just remember what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.

Sydney. New Year's Eve


By ringing in the New Year in Sydney, you can be one of the first in the world to welcome 2015. Well, you and more than a million other people who crowd along the waterfront for a perfect view of the fireworks and Harbour Light Parade, during which 50 illuminated boats float on by. You might even be able to spot Dory heading for 42 Wallaby Way!

New Year's Eve, Berlin


If you fancy getting dressed up and enjoying some pancakes for New Year’s, then Berlin just might be the place for you. Every New Year’s Eve, Berlin hosts the annual pancake race where runners in fancy dress follow routes along the Grunewalk neighborhood while flipping pancakes. They have really perfected the art of working out – work up an appetite, while preparing your after workout snack. Excellent!

At night, one million people gather around the Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column for one of Europe’s largest open-air street parties, featuring live bands and DJs. The party has been known to last all night so be prepared to greet the sunrise. And if you’re lucky, you might even see the Hoff himself, who has performed in previous years.

Edinburgh, New Year's Eve


Nobody takes the New Year more seriously than The Scots! They even have their own word for the last day of the year – Hogmanay. Edinburgh has one of the most elaborate Hogmanay festivals in Scotland complete with live musical performances and a dazzling fireworks display over the castle. At daybreak, the brave (or those still infused with a bit of liquid courage) can join in the tradition of taking a very cold dip in the River Forth for the annual Loony Dook plunge for charity. It’s a sure fire way to sober you up after all that New Year’s booze!

Hong Kong, Fireworks

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with a spectacular light show. From the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour, you can watch as the sky comes to life in a flash of fireworks and pyrotechnics bursting from the top of the city’s most iconic skyscrapers. The best part is, the show is repeated a few months later for the Chinese New Year.

New Year's Eve, Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

If any city truly knows how to throw a party, it’s Rio. While Carnival attracts more visitors every year than any other event, the New Year’s Eve celebration at Copacabana Beach is definitely something else. About 2 million people show up dressed in white, which means good luck, for a day and night filled with live music, drinks, and a 20-minute-long fireworks extravaganza. This celebration is considered one of the largest in the world.

London, New Year's Eve


It’s no surprise that London made the list. It’s one of my favorite cities and has its own version of the ball drop – a countdown to the ticking hands of Big Ben. Prime firework-viewing spots do sell out quickly, but there are so many other ways to enjoy the evening – book a dinner cruise down the Thames to be in the center of the actions or dance the night away at one of a dozen nightclubs. The city will be celebrating into the wee hours of the morning.

New Year's Eve, New York, Ball drop

New York

It may be a bit clichรฉ, but there’s still something magical about watching the ball drop over Times Square. The tradition began in 1907, and since then, the horde of people that descends on Times Square on New Year’s Eve has gotten larger and rowdier. But, this celebration also boasts an awesome lineup of live performances and celebrity appearances that many would love to witness in person.

Have you ever celebrated New Year’s in one of these cities? How will you be ringing in the New Year?
  • [email protected]

    I went to Vegas for NYE a few years ago and it was…not something I’d like to repeat. I’ll follow your cue and stay at home with some wine and blankets. Happy New Year’s Eve!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      Oh, Vegas is crazy most nights, but Halloween and New Year’s are definitely something else! Staying home is the much better option. :) Happy New Year!

  • Nadine

    I love watching the ball drop in NYC!!! From the comforts of my couch…. :)

    Happy New Years!!! Best wishes in 2015!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      My neighbors always set off so many fireworks, so it’s like I have my own private show. It’s much nicer than being out fending off the crowd! I hope you had a great time ringing in the New Year and watching the ball drop. Happy New Year!

  • Kari

    I’ve gone to see the ball drop 2x in NYC (I’m from here), and while the experience was worth it, it was suuuccch a hassle. My boyfriend’s niece asked us to take her and her friends to TSQ this year and I immediately said no. I cannot! :)

    • Kari

      …also, happy 2015! Best wishes!

      • Eternally WanderLyn

        Haha. Very wise choice! :) TSQ has gotten so crazy. I hope you had a great time ringing in the New Year. Happy New Year!

  • kristen

    you couldn’t pay me to spend another NYE in Sydney.. or at least, not in darling harbour!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      I bet! It’s like Times Square .. crazy. I’d much rather avoid all the people. Happy New Year, lovely!

  • Kay R.

    I went to Australia in 2014 and one day I want to experience a Sydney NYE. Love this post!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      NYE in Sydney is definitely a grand affair! :) I hope you get to experience someday.

  • jackie

    so many fun ways to ring in the new year! and i fell asleep on my couch at 9 pm haha. oops!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      Haha. Sometimes it’s much nicer to just avoid the crowds and get some much needed rest. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Andrea @ The Pineapple Cake

    This was the first year I celebrated the new year in a new country. Although we didn’t head to Sydney for it we had a great time hanging out with the locals at a pub in the Outback – a different experience for sure, but by 2am everyone was our friend. We were dancing with the whole pub.
    Maybe next year I’ll plan in doing the Sydney Harbor fireworks.
    Hope you had a wonderful New Years!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      That sounds like the perfect New Year’s experience in your new country! :) I’m sure it was much better than battling through the crowds at Sydney Harbor, but I do hope you get to see them at least once. We had a great New Years at home setting off fireworks and enjoying the show my neighbors put on at midnight. I hope you have a great year!

  • Anne-Lise Barber

    I’ve been to London once, and it was a lovely firework display, but totally horrendous trekking back to the hotel. :( It ruined it a bit for me. So since then I’ve stayed in Surrey.. Mike and I are talking about going to Edinburgh this year perhaps. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hogmaney seems to be something very different. xx

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      Oh, the crowds at any grand scale event in London make trekking back such a nightmare! But, it definitely makes for some interesting stories like the time we got lost trying to head back after the Nottinghill Festival! Hah. ๐Ÿ˜€ Edinburgh is a completely different thing than London all together, isn’t it? I love the city and it’s much easier to get around. I’ll love reading all about it!