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Where to celebrate New Year

I’ve often heard New Year’s Eve referred to as the biggest anti-climax of the year, we hype it for 365 days and then, with the pop of a champagne cork it’s over, leaving behind a wave of hangovers and streamers.

However, not every New Year’s Eve needs to be so run of the mill, in fact tourism peaks towards the end of December as, faced with post-Christmas blues families and couples alike head overseas to ring in the New Year.

We’ve taken a look at the most popular destinations to enjoy a New Year celebration, thus giving you ample time (two weeks at the time of writing!) to see in 2013 in style!

New York

The famous “Ball Drop” is just one of the many highlights that draw tourists to Times Square for the annual New Year celebrations. There are numerous fireworks displays held around the city and almost all of the hotels in the city host parties ranging from the weird and wonderful to upmarket and exclusive… you might even spot a celebrity or two!


This quaint Spanish city comes alive on New Year’s Eve as modern parties blend with festive traditions to create an experience that cannot be recreated anywhere in the world. As you would expect dancing features highly and there are numerous flamenco performances held all over the city. As the clock strikes 12 all is silent and the tradition of grape eating is observed, this custom dates back to Roman times and states that upon each strike of the bell a grape must be consumed… it’s all part of the unique festivities Barcelona has to offer.

Las Vegas

Already a party city Las Vegas doesn’t need a reason to have a good time, so when New Year rolls around you can be sure that the city goes all out to ensure its celebrations are bigger and its parties are harder than anywhere else. New Year’s Eve here sees a huge party take place on the strip; this is accompanied by sound and light shows and topped off with a range of extraordinary performances at the many hotels in the city.

The Caribbean

Blue Waters Resort, CaribbeanWhat could be more unique than shunning the sleet and snow for sun, sea and sand? The Caribbean is one of the world’s party capitals and they sure know how to see in the New Year. From fireworks displays on the beach to enjoying a sumptuous dinner in a five star Caribbean hotel, to yacht parties in one of the regions picturesque harbours. The Caribbean is one of the most unique (and unmissable) places to ring in the New Year.


If you’re looking for a family friendly New Year then look no further than Orlando, Florida. With events that are perfect for all ages you can be assured of an unforgettable night as the likes of Sea World, Disney and Universal all stage New Year’s Eve festivities that are bigger, louder and more memorable than the other. Be sure to head to Disney for the midnight fireworks display which is one of the best in the U.S.A

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