7 Cities That Celebrate NYE Better Than Anyone

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s time to plan for one of the year’s most anticipated nights.

When the clock strikes twelve, will you be taking in musical acts in South Lake Tahoe, watching the ball drop in NYC’s Times Square, or riding the Majestic Imperator Train through the heart of Vienna?

Whether you’re staying put in your own city, or travelling abroad for a bustling celebration, here are 7 cities that throw the best New Year’s Eve parties around the globe.

Photo: Stephane-Mailion

NYE Celebrations

1/Vienna, Austria:

One of the most majestic NYE celebrations in the world, Vienna offers a cultured celebration with galas, symphonies, and a street party in the city centre. The festivities begin at 2 PM and last beyond midnight. Sip on hot mulled wine as you listen for the Pummerin bell to ring out, or opt for a ride on the Majestic Imperator train, boasting a black-tie dinner followed by a stop on Danube bridge to take in the midnight fireworks.

NYE Celebrations

2/ Hong Kong:

When it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations, Hong Kong does it right. Tickle your senses at one of the world’s best pyrotechnic shows, and watch the fireworks over at Victoria Harbour. Countdown to midnight at Times Square and watch the ball drop before heading over to Lan Kwai Fong district to dance the night away.

NYE Celebrations

3/ Edinburgh, Scotland:

On New Year’s Eve, Edinburgh sees thousands of visitors for its annual Hoganay celebration. Commemorating the final day of the year, a midnight fireworks show is followed by non-stop partying until the sun comes up. Enjoy world-renowned musical acts and watch traditional ceilidh dancing for an experience that is quintessentially Scottish.

NYE Celebrations

4/ Las Vegas:

What better way to ring in the New Year than living it up in Sin City? Playing host to numerous concerts, shows, and themed events, Las Vegas offers a NYE party unlike any other. The four-mile-long strip is closed to traffic at 6 PM so you can drink, mingle, and party to your heart’s desire.

NYE Celebrations

5/ Niagara Falls, Ontario:

Canada’s biggest New Year’s Eve bash is thrown in Niagara Falls where the crowds are buzzing, snow is aplenty, and a roster of amazing musical acts is performed. The show kicks off at 8 PM, and you can enjoy delicious food and drink from outdoor vendors. Watch the fireworks show from the Niagara Gorge at midnight to ring in the New Year in style.

NYE Celebrations

6/ South Lake Tahoe, California:

Music lovers and adventurers alike can celebrate the New Year at The Snow Globe Music Festival, a three-day extravaganza featuring multiple stages of world-class DJs. Situated in a snow-covered resort town, spend the day hitting the slopes and celebrate with live music and warm cocktails at night. It’s the perfect combination of music and mountains.

NYE Celebrations

7/ New York City:

Take in the original midnight ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. Featuring star-studded musical acts, charming hosts, and bustling energy, this celebration is anticipated around the globe. An estimated one million people gather to see confetti, balloons, and the dazzling pyrotechnic display. Perhaps this year, you’ll be one of them.

Kate is a freelance writer with a background in fashion, beauty and wellness. She’s always had a passion for the written word, and after interning at publications such as FASHION Magazine and The Kit, she knew she had to take her passion to the next level. She’s now the beauty & wellness editor at Meraki Lane, and her articles can be found on sites such as Yahoo! Canada Style. When she’s not writing, taking a hot yoga class, or curled up with a good book, you can find her blogging about lifestyle and blogging tips over at Layered Indulgence.