Best New Year's Eve Celebrations Around the World
December 28, 2012; 9:30 AM
Fireworks Over New York City Skyline in 1999
3, 2, 1 . . . Happy New Year! The countdown to 2013 will bring toasts, parties, and plenty of nostalgia for another year gone by. It's also a fantastic time to begin planning another year of amazing trips to create new memories. Before bidding adieu to 2012, give yourself a vacation to look forward to in 2013. The experts at ShermansTravel.com have paired five exciting New Year's Eve hotspots with five incredible deals to help get you traveling once you've slept off your own celebratory hijinks. For more travel deals, sign up for ShermansTravel's free Top 25 newsletter.
Sure, winter in Berlin can be downright frigid, but the city's schedule of adrenaline-pumping New Year's Eve activities warms spirited revelers right up. Kick off the festivities long before the stroke of midnight at the Berlin New Year's Eve Run. Afterwards, follow the crowds to the mile-and-a-quarter-long Silvester party, which unfolds between the iconic Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. Join over a million people at this mind-blowing New Year celebration complete with DJ towers, laser light shows, party tents, video screens, live bands, and a fireworks show that brings in the New Year with a bang.
What's better than celebrating New Year's once? Celebrating it twice! Enjoy traditional December 31 festivities at home, and then jet off to Hong Kong several weeks later to do it all over again - only bigger and, arguably, better. Already the leading event on the lunar calendar, Hong Kong earns accolades for hosting the world's biggest Chinese New Year celebration, with 2013 festivities set to run from February 4 through 17.
Viva Las Vegas is never more vivacious than when the no-holds-barred party capital of the world hosts the biggest bash of the year. Throwing down in Sin City for New Year's has become a consistently bigger and better New Year's phenomenon recently, luring partiers with dazzling pyrotechnics, wild street parties, super-chic nightclubs, gourmet restaurants, big-name performers - and hundreds of thousands of fellow revelers with whom to enjoy it. The main New Year celebrations unfold on the Strip, which is closed to traffic and transformed into a viewing platform for a fantastic fireworks extravaganza above the city's neon lights.
While the winter chill keeps many of us bundled up and indoors on the big eve, South Beach is as hot as ever - and we're not just talking about the weather. Miami's trendy Art Deco neighborhood buzzes with a sexy scene even more energized than usual when the year comes to a close. Cool and well-dressed hipsters bounce from bar to club, not to mention scads of Hollywood A-listers who flock south for some of the most exclusive and unabashed fiestas. Don't have an invite? You can still nab tickets to an array of party hot spots like The Delano, The Setai, or Gansevoort Miami Beach to hobnob and people watch.
For the ultimate New Year's experience, there's no better place to be than in the center of the City that Never Sleeps. Times Square has been home to the renowned "ball drop" celebration since 1907. Today, millions of visitors flood New York City's confetti-covered streets to partake in an all-night, over-sized street party filled with live music, celebrity visits, and tons of Happy New Year paraphernalia. For those wary of late-December weather forecasts, have no fear. You can always join the excitement without bundling up, as local bars and nightclubs hum with their own private parties, many of which last until the wee hours of the morning. Plus, if you're looking to join the New Year celebration from home, tune into the live TV coverage of the annual event along with audiences worldwide.
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