Last week we proposed several destinations to spend Christmas around the world, among which we included such different places as Rio de Janeiro, Bethlehem or London. Tomorrow New Year’s Eve will take place, one of the most celebrated holidays in the world, regardless of nationality and religion of the people.
If you you think that 2012 will depend on how you will complete the 2011, nothing better to do it in a spectacular location, surrounded by joy and happiness, either with those who we love, or traveling the world, New Year is a perfect time to travel, as cities become more alive than usual with a great festive atmosphere. These are some of the best cities in the world to spend New Year’s Eve.
If you want to celebrate the new year before anyone else, your city is Tokyo, as the celebration begins on December 29 and can be extended until 4 January. The tourist places are closed during this week, but the clubs, discos and restaurants stay open and the streets are filled with people who dance, sing and throw fireworks. Do not forget to eat Toshikoshi Soba noodles that symbolize a long and healthy life.
Celebrate the New Year in a true Spanish style, taking the 12 grapes at 12 pm, as tradition dictates. On this night, there are performances around the city that stretch into the night. If you’re gonna be in Barcelona until January 5, you can also enjoy the Cabalgata de Reyes, when the Reyes Magos meet children from a large number of floats.
Scotland celebrates a known New Year festival known as Hogmanay. The most famous takes place in Edinburgh, which begins on December 29th with a procession in which they carry torches, then throw a multitude of fireworks over Edinburgh Castle and all celebrate the night with great beers and glasses of whiskey.
Venice holds the Festa di San Silvestro and the next day, January 1, Il Capodanno. During the evening, a crowd gathers at the Plaza de San Marcos where the bell announces the start of a new year, fireworks can be admired on the coast and you can taste the most delicious Italian dishes.
5. Las Vegas
Here you can celebrate New Year’s dinner in Paris, a great party in New York and vibrate with traditions in Venice. Living a party at the Las Vegas Strip, is an unforgettable experience: fireworks, light and sound shows, private parties in the best clubs…
If you want a unique place to celebrate this day, Reykjavik offers a lively nightlife, beautiful scenery, bonfires scattered throughout the city, endless fireworks and even the chance to admire the Aurora Borealis.
7. New York
For over a century, New York is the most popular place to celebrate New Year’s Eve, with the famous ball drop, hundreds of thousands of people crowd into Times Square to celebrate a big party that includes fireworks.
That was a hippie haven in the 60′s, is now a global destination for backpackers as well as the favorite destination for Bollywood stars.
It is one of the first cities in the world to celebrate the New Year, music, fireworks over the harbor with enviable temperatures. If you get one of the best views and hold a special holiday, rent a boat and experience the best night of your life.
This picturesque village of Austria is accustomed to receiving famous people like Coco Chanel and Kirk Douglas, for several centuries. Hotels, restaurants, gala dinners, medieval houses… all surrounded by large resorts, celebrates one of the best shows of the Alps in which there are choreographies, skiing, music and of course, fireworks.