Epic fireworks, all night dance parties, glamorous black tie affairs or a quiet night under star-filled skies. Make sure you see in the next New Year with a bang. It’s not too early to plan so here are some ideas for a year’s end getaway to whet your appetite.
Head to the heart of the ancient Incan capital and gather with the locals in the Plaza de Armas where the all-night party goes off. Surrounded by illuminated colonial arcades and the splendid cathedral, church bells chime and fireworks herald the arrival of the New Year. Revellers seek good luck circling the square seven times and those still awake should head to the nearby Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman to watch a glorious sunrise.
Visit the northernmost capital of the world where there are only four hours of daylight in late December and an urge to party hard. Locals kick off celebrations with music and dancing around community bonfires across the city and at midnight the city lights up with multiple fireworks displays. Recover with a stint in the countryside nearby soaking in hot springs and glimpsing the extraordinary Northern Lights.
Pack into Madrid’s main plaza, Puerta del Sol, to ring in the New Year. As the old post office clock chimes its countdown to midnight, tradition demands the eating of 12 grapes to bring good luck for every month of the year. Continue the fiesta and pop the cork on a bottle of cava before dancing the night away. Nourish weary bones in the wee hours with a mug of hot chocolate and churros!
Prepare to party in vibrant Cape Town where New Year’s celebrations span three days and the waterfront is alive with music performances, street artists and a midnight fireworks display. If you prefer a quieter vantage point then have a picnic packed for you and head to Table Mountain for unobstructed views of the dazzling pyrotechnics. Sleep off the celebration at one of the city’s beautiful beaches or head out to the Winelands for a long lunch.
After a celebratory banquet at Mumbai’s iconic Taj Mahal Palace, wander across the road to the Gateway of India where it’s all happening and the celebration goes on till the wee hours with fireworks, dancing and music. If that’s not enough join the rest of South Bombay at Marine Drive and party till dawn.
Rug up and hit the streets of Tokyo where noodle restaurants are teeming – buckwheat noodles are consumed as a symbol of longevity - and temple bells ring the countdown to midnight. Admire a firework display or the letting off of coloured balloons – either way Tokyo’s night sky will be well adorned. The morning after do as the locals do and pay a visit to the Meiji Shrine to hear the taiko drums.
Kick off the New Year in spectacular fashion on a one-of-a-kind journey to London. This special celebratory journey includes fine dining, five-star hospitality at Brown's Hotel and a VIP view of the famous New Year's Eve fireworks along the Thames, along with grandstand seating for London's New Year's Day Parade.
Make it a New Year to remember on this one-of-a-kind journey to spectacular Hong Kong. Savour gourmet cuisine, experience the city on exclusive sightseeing excursions and watch Hong Kong's world-famous Symphony of Lights and New Year's Eve fireworks display from a privileged viewing area, all while enjoying the hospitality of the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel.
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