A British New Year typically means freezing outside waiting for the terrible fireworks to go off and peaking too early because you started on the prosecco at 5pm. If you’re looking for a break from this age-old tradition, how about seeing the New Year in a little differently this 2016? As usual, we’re on hand with the best places to countdown to midnight this year.
Ok, yes, it’s a bit of a cliché – but there’s always a reason for that. Featured in countless films, televised worldwide and raved about by many, the New Year’s celebrations in the Big Apple are, as unoriginal as it sounds, some of the best in the world. The main, and most famous, event of the night is the ball drop in Times Square, a tradition that has been upheld since 1907. But be warned: to get a good space in the crowd to watch the performances held across two stages, you may have to arrive in Times Square by 3pm, and with no toilets or food stalls, you’ll be waiting for the loo and a snack until next year! However, it’s been said it’s all worth it in the end when the ball drops, prompting a 60 second fireworks display and tonnes of confetti being released into the crowd of thousands. A party only New York could throw!
Rio de Janiero
An unforgettable party would be the least to expect from the Brazilians, particularly in the capital of Rio. The main celebrations take place on the world famous Copacabana beach, and to represent forgetting the problems of the past and starting afresh into the new year, party-goers wear all-white and brand new clothing. The huge quantity of locals and tourists celebrating makes for a veritable sea of white-garbed patrons. Other New Year traditions include throwing flowers into the sea, believing that if they are carried away by the current then your wish will be granted, and cleansing your body in the water ready for a fresh start in the new year. The Rio festivities are a great mix of wild Brazilian partying, and meaningful local traditions, meaning you’ll have a unique, fun and well-rounded celebration.
Known for its year-round party atmosphere, it’s no surprise Berlin plays host to one of Europe’s largest street parties to see in the New Year in style. With a crowd of approximately one million spectators gathering in the capital between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column, the celebrations are essentially a festival beginning at 7pm on New Year’s Eve, featuring light and laser shows, DJ sets and live performances, alongside food stalls offering a variety of cuisines and, of course, the obligatory drinks stands. Fireworks are set off at the stroke of midnight and at half past midnight, the partying officially starts – with no closing time. Safe to say, be ready for an all-nighter, and maybe at all-next-dayer if you choose Berlin for your New Year festivities.
Koh Pha Ngan
Just a 20 minute ferry journey from the main island of Koh Samui and you’re a world away. A true ‘gap year’ get away, Koh Pha Ngan is famous for its Full Moon beach parties every month, and of course they couldn’t see the year off in any other way than that which the know best – with an outrageous all-night beach party. It truly is everything you’d imagine, from the amazing DJ sets, to the up-for-anything party go-ers, to the scenery that looks like something out of ‘The Beach’. If you’re a patron of raves and ‘first tube home’ nights out, this is the party for you.
Where will you be spending New Years Eve??