10 Best Places to Ring in the New Year Across the GlobeNadia Carriere
We are only one day away from New Year’s Eve! As soon as the clock strikes midnight, it’s farewell 2013 and hello 2014! Definitely a good reason for celebration, don’t you think? New Year’s Eve parties are usually quite something, but they vary depending on where you decide to ring in the new year.
If I were to ask someone on the street where they could find the ultimate New Year’s Eve party, I think most would quickly point their finger to New York City. Watching the ball drop in the middle of Times Square has been placed front and center as the one best place to celebrate the new year. Although you’ll most definitely find New York in the following list, it is joined by many cities that some of you may not have otherwise associated with New Year’s Eve.
So crack out the champagne and let’s get to it! Here are the best places to ring in 2014! Where will you be spending the first day of the year?
Sydney, Australia 1 of 10
With the whole time difference and being on the other side of the world thing, Australia is the first to ring in the New Year and Sydney is the largest major city to do so. The New Year's celebration is a big one and looks spectacular when viewed from the Sydney Harbor with the Opera House as its backdrop.
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Edinburgh, Scotland 2 of 10
Edinburgh has its own set of traditions, one in particular being the most famous. The Hogmanay celebrations start December 30th and run straight through January 1st. Up to 100,000 people visit Edinburgh during the processions for the activities and massive fireworks display held above the Edinburgh Castle.
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New York, New York 3 of 10
Oh, New York, New York! The infamous ball drop in the middle of Times Square doesn't need much of an introduction. The giant ball drop has been a tradition for over 100 years now and is the one event broadcast across most news networks on the evening of December 31st. Over 1 million people visit the city in order to attend this huge celebration.
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Toronto, Ontario 4 of 10
Canada's largest city puts on quite the show for New Year's Eve! Nathan Phillips Square is where the free event takes place. Fireworks, musical performances, skating and other fun activities are just some of the things to look forward to.
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Las Vegas, Nevada 5 of 10
Orlando, Florida 6 of 10
Bringing the kids? Walt Disney World is the place to be on New Years Eve! Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios have specific events taking place all day (and night). This year, Epcot's World ShowPlace will be offering a tribute to the movie Fantasia with a delicious buffet.
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Paris, France 7 of 10
You won't see any official fireworks shows in Paris, but instead enjoy the famous papillottes (little chocolates that pop like a firecracker when you open the wrapping) or take part in fancy parties at the Champs-ElysÃ©es or the Sacre Coeur plaza in Montmartre.
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Niagara Falls, Ontario 8 of 10
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 9 of 10
Koh Phangan, Thailand 10 of 10
Koh Phangan is famous for its full moon parties, but New Year's Eve is yet another celebration that this beautiful island celebrates with flair. It's a popular time for tourism, as the people of Thailand are also on vacation during the month -- over 50,000 people will descend on the island for the celebration.
This year they will be holding the world's biggest beach party on the 31st!
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