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New Year's Eve Parties Around the World

Updated on December 18, 2014

Another year has ended as another is about to begin. Whether you are traveling solo, with a partner, friends, or family it is a good idea to know where the best places to be for New Year's Eve are. Some cities have family friendly events. Other places are strictly for those over the age of 21. Even still there are locations that celebrate with a touch of romance.

New York Time Square in New York City USA

With over a billion viewers each year, the New Year's Eve Party in Time Square is a popular event each year. There are several parties going on at area businesses with over a million people in attendance. Everyone joins in the celebration, anticipating the drop of the infamous New Years Eve Ball which signifies that a new year has begun for the Eastern Time zone. The celebration starts at 7:00pm and continues until 2:00am. Ticket pricing varies, but the most popular is the all access passes that allows you access to all areas of the celebration. Along with access to all locations within Time Square, you will receive free drinks and free appetizers at participating vendors as well as party favors. All access passes range from $289.00 to $329.00 for a group guide. Go to the New Year's Eve Central ticket website for more details.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Around 7:45pm on December 31 the New Year Eve celebration begins with a torchlight procession. Tens of thousands of people carry torches from the historic Royal Mile to the Son et Lumiere. The torchlight procession is followed by a fireworks display on Carlton Hill. Torches cost £6.

The New Year's Eve street party begins around 9:00pm and lasts until around 1:00am. Tickets to the street party are £15. There will be live music, outdoor bars, giant screens and much more. Fireworks begin at midnight. This event is for those over the age of 16.

Barcelona, Spain

It is a Spanish custom to try to consume twelve grapes before the clock is done chiming twelve times. If you can manage to do this, you will get to make a wish for the new year. Barcelona has many parties going on at various clubs, restaurants, and other venues. There is even a bottle breaking contest in a marked area. Tickets are generally purchased through each venue.

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Las Vegas, Nevada USA

Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps. It's no surprise that they would have some amazing New Year's Eve celebrations. There are literally hundreds of parties but the most popular ones are along the Strip. In fact, after 6:00pm no traffic is allowed throw to kick off the celebration. At midnight, fireworks are shot into the air from various casinos' rooftops.

New Orleans, Louisiana USA

When most people think New Orleans, they typically think of Mardi Gras. What most people don't realize is that New Orleans is also a great place to celebrate New Year's Eve. The best place to be is the street party in the French Quarter. Another hot spot is in front of Jackson Square where you can enjoy live music and watch the ball drop at midnight. Fireworks explode all over at midnight.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

New Year's Eve is one of Rio de Janeiro's favorite holidays. If you are looking for festive parties, brilliant firework displays, live concerts, and more, Rio de Janeiro is the place to be. Their fireworks display lasts for twenty solid minutes. Festivities begin around 6:00pm but the live concerts won't start until around 8:00pm.

Paris, France

Paris is known for romance and adventure. What better way to celebrate the New Year than in Paris. Paris has many parties and activities on New Year's Eve. The best place to be is Champs-Elysees. The celebration begins around 9:00pm. At midnight the Eiffel Tower shows off with a light show and fireworks. There are also many clubs and shows to take in this night in Paris.

Melbourne, Australia

If you are looking for a spectacular fireworks display, Melbourne is the place to be. This entire city celebrates New Year's Eve with parties all over the city. It's not hard to find something to do in Melbourne on New Year's Eve. What set Melbourne apart from most cities is they have a celebration is family friendly and you are encouraged to bring the kids. This festival is located in Yarra Park and there is a smaller fireworks display at 9:45pm. When it comes time for the midnight fireworks extravaganza, Birrarung Marr and Alexandra Gardens are the places to be to get the best views.

There are many other fantastic locations around the globe to make any New Year's Eve celebrations memorable. Some of these include Taiwan, China, Germany, Russia, United Arab Emirates, and so many others. Where ever you choose to celebrate the New Year, you are sure to come across new traditions and tons of fun. Each of these places offer memories that will last a lifetime.

© 2014 L Sarhan

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Hi Linda very interesting info about the new years celebrations. Thanks for sharing.