Top 10 places to visit during Christmas and New Year 2019 vacation
Every year, Christmas and New Year are celebrated throughout the world. Every country and even city has its own culture of commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ and honoring the end of the old and the beginning of the new year.
After years and years of the same festivals, you may get quite bored of the “routine” local traditions. So why not plan a trip and try out something entirely new? The cultures around the world are so diverse that you can find something new every year!
If you wish to definitely spend the upcoming Christmas and New Year somewhere new, you will have to pick a location, obviously. But which one? Let us help you a little by presenting top 10 best places to Celebrate Christmas and New Year on your 2019 vacation!
New York City, United States
New York City has a Christmas and New Year atmosphere that very few other cities can compete with, although it may be not for everyone. The city is particularly famous for its multimillion gatherings in Times Square, featuring known musicians and the famous ball drop. One just can’t describe with words the image of a 12-foot-wide crystal ball with nearly 12,000 pounds of weight descending from above the One Times Square. This is always a broadcast event, so you may even see yourself on TV! You could also expect this huge party to be accompanied by a fantastic pyrotechnic show. On the New Year’s Eve Wishing Wall, you can write down your goals for the
But if you are fond of slightly less chaotic experience, you can book a table at one of the dozens of bars and restaurants overlooking the Times Square. After all, New York City is rather known for its some of the best in the world places to party!
For something completely different, you can take a boat ride on New York harbor offering amazing views of the midnight fireworks on Liberty Island.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil in general and Rio, in particular, are world-renown for their grandiose festivals, and the New Year’s Eve is not an exception. That’s why Rio owns the second spot on our top 10! Every year, the iconic Copacabana Beach hosts the world’s largest and maybe even the wildest New Year’s Eve party with more than two million people squeezing onto the miles-long stretch of the sand. That makes for an exceptionally insane meeting, which is certainly not for everyone!
The Réveillon, as this remarkably Brazilian event is called, showcases a blend of religious, traditional, and superstitious beliefs. Believing in good luck, the locals dress from head to foot in white and cast flowers into the sea, gifting Yemanjá, the goddess of the seas. The celebration also features huge stages for live dance and musical
performances under colorful fireworks at midnight. If you have been long looking to take a look at the Brazilian culture, New Year’s Eve is the ideal time to do so!
Do not like such massive gatherings? You can always pay a visit to the local pubs and bars and watch the festival from far away. But then, you won’t be able to see and feel the whole beauty of the New-Year Brazilian frenzy!’
The Scotts use the word Hogmanay to indicate the last day of the year as well as the New Year celebration in their own, Scottish manner. But the fact that the annual festivities in Edinburgh actually last three days is a little bit contradicting. And we are not complaining!
On December 30, a torchlight procession through the city marks the beginning of the local festivities. Here, New Year’s Eve’s celebration is all about massive street parties and outside concerts, which include an enormous traditional Celtic party called Kelidh. Exactly at midnight, several tons of fireworks burst over the Edinburgh Castle to the accompaniment of the streets singing “Auld Lang Syne”.
New Year’s Day delivers friendly and competitive dog sledding across Holyrood Park, especially brave-hearted jump straight into the ice water of the River Forth. The celebrations are concluded by the Loony Dook charity parade and the Scot: Lands music and arts festival. A firework finale culminates the grand Scottish feasts.
On Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Edinburgh is just filled with a strong spirit of unification. If you just love hanging out and having some uncontrollable fun, you will probably not find a place better than this Scottish City.
Sydney has two reasons for its fame for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. The first reason is that its geographical location makes it the first major city in the world where clock strikes the midnight and marks the beginning of a new year. Secondly, Sydney gets filled with largest fireworks light show in the world – one at 9 PM and another right at midnight. The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House support the striking setting.
At least a million people attend the oceanfront show, which also include saerial acrobatics in air and water performances. In addition, the Aboriginal smoking ceremony believed to cleanse bad spirits and the Harbour of Light Parade featuring more than 50 illuminated boats in the harbor are held. Special events help the children to celebrate at the Taronga Zoo. At the Bondi Beach, an ultimate dance party bursts with music.
If even the thought that you can celebrate the New Year’s Eve before almost anyone in the world excites you, Sydney is a definite must-go! Besides the festivities, one of the most developed cities in the world surely will have something to offer even for those who hate mass gatherings!
Want to ring the New Year to the strikes of Big Ben at midnight? Then off to London you go! That’s exactly what Londoners love to do! More than 250,000 people crowd the waterside of the Thames River and its several bridges just to see the breathtaking light show and fireworks illuminating the scenery with the London Eye, the Houses of the Parliament, and the Shard.
But that’s not it for the celebration and the fun! On New Year’s Day, the streets of central London become witnesses of a parade with colorful floats, marching bands, and a procession of the Queen’s horses.
London, the royal heart of the world, feasts Christmas and New Year with glory throughout its houses, streets, pubs, clubs, and restaurants. Don’t get too sad if you don’t manage to get to the center of the show at the Thames River! If you are not particularly fond of being trapped inside a huge crowd and don’t like too many people in one place, you can go to one of the famous cafes of the city. And other big squares of London will certainly have something else to demonstrate!
Hong Kong, China
Don’t think that one of the biggest business centers in the world can only show some boring events and then again go into the regular entrepreneur regime. Hong Kong has one of the most dramatic skylines in the world, which lights up every year with a squall of fireworks. This is one of the places in the world where you can witness a pyrotechnic dragon coming to life and dancing across the sky. And it grows more impressive and impressive every year!
The celebration kicks off in Hong Kong’s Times Square shopping mall with a replica ball drop. Some obvious homage to New York City’s New Year festivities, isn’t it? Victoria Harbour is the heart of the evening activity, but you can see plenty of locals on boats and rooftop terraces, from where they can see some of the best views of the exciting show.
The gems of Hong Kong are, of course, its skyscraper views. While the city is pretty densely built up, you won’t feel as crowded as on the Times Square of New York City. And it is one of the most beautiful things about Hong Kong!
Germans are widely known as the bigger party lovers in the world, if not the biggest. Can you even imagine what is going on in the German capital on New Year?
Germans’ New Year’s Eve celebration is called Silvester. The main piece of the event is “Party Mile”, a line of bars, international food stalls, party tents, video screens, and more. The Party Mile stretches for about two kilometers between the Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column. With the end of the fireworks show at midnight, people head to Berlin’s plethora of dance floors, where they stay till dawn or maybe even later. During the following day, locals initiate the Berlin Silversterlauf, a “pancake race”, where the runners flip flapjacks on their way to the finish line. Another next-day event is the annual four-kilometer New Year’s Run.
Germans do indeed love to party, which is perfectly demonstrated by their celebration of New Year. You have probably heard that they are lovers of beer as well, which is considered the best of the best in the world. We think that you just have to pay a visit to Germany during the New Year at least once in your life!
Located just southeast of the United States, the Commonwealth of Bahamas is one of those hotter regions of the world, regardless of the time of the year. Here, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve are equally exciting. The locals attend the Junkanoo street parades featuring music, street performers, and vivid costumes. These parades continue to take place on January 1 as well. The most noteworthy Junkanoos can be found along Bay Street in downtown Nassau, in Nicholls Town on North Andros, in Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay, and in downtown on Grand Bahama Island. Some big properties like the Atlantis and the Grand Lucayan hold their own
family-friendly parties. In the end, Bahamian parades and festivals are concluded by informal beach gatherings and fireworks around the islands.
Usually, Christmas and New Year are strongly associated with cold and snowy winters, but why not break the stereotype and try out something new? There just have to be people out there who have got sick of the negative temperature and the absence of sun. The Bahamas are one of the best warmer places in the world to visit during the New Year celebrations. You will have the chance to get to know one more exciting culture as well!
What would we be doing without Paris, one of the most famed cities in the world, the center of romance and art, the City of Light? Paris lives up to its nickname perfectly on New Year’s Eve, when the Eiffel Tower gets immersed into a spectacular fireworks lightshow. One could say that it becomes a huge torch in the hands of the city!
The nearby Nouvelle Année on the Champs-Élysées hosts an enormous street party with Parisians popping bottles of Champagne and exchanging kisses and papillotes, chocolates wrapped in shiny paper crunching banger-like upon being opened.
If you are more of a fan of less crowded areas, the hill Montmartre has good views of the light shows to offer. Alternatively, you can book a lunch cruise on the board of a bateau-mouche on the Seine River. Paris is the most romantic city in the world after all, so why not spend some time with your second half?
The capital of France is also the home to several most expensive restaurants in the world. Here, you can book a reservation in the Versailles-inspired restaurant Le Meurice and spend some New-Year time with your family. Just keep in mind that a meal here would cost over $500 for one person!
Having only four hours of daylight in late December, the residents of the northernmost capital of the Earth prepare for their celebration of the New Year in their own, intensive way. Community bonfires symbolizing burning away the troubles of the past year flag the New Year’s Eve. The bonfires collect plenty of locals, who sing, dance, and play music. The inseparable part of New Year celebrations, fireworks, kick off from each corner of Reykjavik, which is allowed by the relaxed government restrictions.
Upon midnight, people gather around convenient vantage points like Perlan and Landakotskirkja church to become the spectators of the official fireworks display and the city landscape. And because locals like to party like anyone else, they soon head to nearby bars and clubs. If you have the chance to then be here in the early morning, you can see many precluding their hangovers with hot dogs or trips to hot springs.
And then, why not complete your experience with a couple of rides around the picturesque landscapes of Iceland? You can see a lot of sights there, including the Geysir in Haukadalur valley, the oldest known geyser in the world, and the iconic waterfall Gullfoss. Maybe you have the chance to watch the beautiful polar lights as well!