The 10 Best Places to Celebrate New Year 2020
It’s getting closer and closer to the end of the year, so it’s time to start thinking about how you should spend New Year’s Eve 2020, particularly if you’re going abroad.
Because not only do events sell out early but the sooner you book things like flights, accommodation and parking, the less you’ll pay!
But where are the best places for New Year’s? Check out our top 10 best places to spend New Year’s below and find out!
1) Wear White in Rio
Fireworks at Copacabana Beach
Rio de Janeiro is our first New Year 2020 pick for several reasons.
First off, it’s summer over in South America, so instead of being stood in the cold at midnight, you’ll enjoy the nighttime heat on the beach with about 2 million other people!
Copacabana Beach is a 2.5-mile stretch of beach where all the action happens, from live entertainment to an impressive fireworks display.
However, you’ll have to get there early in the evening to bag the right spot and be sure to stay away from the Copacabana Palace hotel as this is the busiest spot on the beach. Instead, head towards lifeguard stations 5 and 6 at the end of the beach as it’ll be much quieter.
It’s believed that wearing all white brings good luck for the year ahead, so feel free to jump aboard with the tradition, but be aware your sparkly new white outfit is likely to get covered in booze.
2) Have a 3-Day Party in Cape Town
The Victoria & Albert Waterfront in Cape Town
Next stop on our best New Year destinations list, we travel east to South Africa, and the beautiful city of Cape Town.
For New Year’s Eve 2020, you can’t go anywhere but the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. The gig and midnight fireworks display are world-famous, and there are many fantastic places to eat, dance and generally be merry.
However, in Cape Town, the fun doesn’t stop on New Year’s Eve. Celebrations continue onto 2nd January, thousands of partygoers head to the beach, and thousands more head downtown to watch 10,000 performers dance and perform in the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival.
3) Enjoy Edinburgh’s Insane Street Party
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
A bit closer to home, the Scots are also known for having a three-day party known as Hogmanay.
It all starts on 30th December with the Torchlight Procession, where thousands of torch carriers light up the streets from the Royal Mile to Calton Hill where that night’s spectacular fireworks display occurs.
Then on New Year’s Eve itself you’ll have the most fun on Princes Street, where the party spills in and out of the pubs, with 80,000 people coming together for the largest street party in Scotland, all accompanied by big names at the Concert in the Gardens, which is this year headlined by Franz Ferdinand.
Then on New Year’s Day, why not take a dip in the cold River Forth as part of the Loony Dook?
4) Marvel at the Hong Kong Skyline
The astonishing Hong Kong skyline
Hong Kong has a horizon that’s to die for, but as you might expect, places can get busy if you don’t know where to go.
The first fireworks display is at Victoria Harbour, where it’s combined with music, and laser show and choreographed lights to create a unique audiovisual treat.
However, if you head to the waterfront, you’ll never get a good view.
Instead, head to a local hotel with a right rooftop bar, such as the Hotel Icon, or try Star Ferry Pier (Tsim Sha Tsui), where you’ll be treated to a little extra from live circus performers and dancers.
Our top tip is to book in at the Wooloomooloo Prime steakhouse in Tsim Sha Tsui, as this place on the 21st floor gives you a fantastic view of the show from any position in the restaurant, with a delicious menu to boot!
5) Travel Down Berlin’s Party Mile
New Year’s party at Brandenburg Gate
There are a variety of bar and clubs you could frequent in Berlin, often known as the city where the party never dies.
You could do much worse than heading down the Party Mile, a 2km stretch of bars, tents, food stalls and even music stages.
The Party Mile is located between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column, and this is where you’ll find most of the action, with more than 1,000,000 people eating, drinking and being merry until 3 am.
There’ll be no shortage of live entertainment and DJs, and maybe even a few names you know!
The whole thing is free entry, including the fireworks display, but expect to pay good money for your evening’s drinks.
If you want to get away from the crowd’s a little bit, the House of Weekend has a rooftop garden that will give you a stunning view of the Party Mile without being in the thick of it.
6) Be the First to Ring in New Year in Sydney
The magnificence of Harbour Bridge at dusk, Sydney.
Sydney, Australia is considered by many as one of the best places for New Year’s, and a good reason – plenty of them.
Due to its location, it is the first major world city to greet the New Year, and the locals relish this status.
Sydney’s celebration is among the most significant light and fireworks displays in the world (Dubai is the biggest), with one starting at 9 pm and another show when the clock strikes midnight.
More than a million people from all corners of Earth come to enjoy the waterfront festivities every year, which also include aerial acrobatics and indigenous smoking ceremonies, as well as a lighted boat parade.
7) Join the Most Famous Party in New York
New Year’s Eve in New York City, USA
New York is world-famous as one of the best places to spend New Year’s.
You’ll get to enjoy world-class performers, spectacular neon lights, and the famous ball drop in Times Square.
You can also expect over a million joyful people enjoying the celebration in the streets, a pyrotechnic show, as well as a Wishing Wall where people write down their New Year’s resolutions.
If you’re looking for an even more unique experience, consider hiring a boat ride on New York Harbour when the festivities start so that you can enjoy a jaw-dropping view of the fireworks.
8) Head to Asia’s Party Capital Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand downtown city skyline
You might not immediately consider Bangkok as being one of the best places to go for New Year’s Eve, but this city is the party capital of Asia.
The locals and ex-pats in Bangkok love any opportunity to party, and they sure make the most of it on New Year’s Eve.
The centrepiece of their celebration is a massive gathering in CentralWorld Square, where hundreds of thousands of people come together to enjoy the live concerts and light shows, as well as the fantastic fireworks display that illuminates the riverside at midnight.
Similar to New York’s Times Square, CentralWorld also has a spectacular ball drop when the clock strikes 12, but here you’ll enjoy an infinitely better climate and the most magnificent mix of cultures.
9) Ring in the New Year with Big Ben
Explosive fireworks display fills the sky around Big Ben.
Over 250,000 people crowd onto the banks of the River Thames as Big Ben rings in the New Year 2020 — the signal to kick off great light and fireworks show that centres on the South Bank are lighting up iconic landmarks such as the London Eye.
There are numerous after parties that last until morning, and, on New Year’s Day, there’s a fantastically festive parade that comes complete with costumed dancers, marching bands, clowns, acrobats, colourful floats, horses, and much more!
10) Burn Away Your Troubles in Reykjavik
Night scene of Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Having only four hours of daylight in late December, the people in Reykjavik know how to party like no one else, making the northernmost capital on Earth also one of the world’s best places to spend New Year’s Eve.
Their celebration starts with community bonfires, which are meant to burn away last year’s troubles. People gather around the fire to sing and dance, creating a festive atmosphere, while fireworks illuminate the whole city.