It’s almost time to say adios to 2013, but this is a goodbye you’re gonna want to do up right. Looking to get down and dirty with overflowing bottles of bubbly, ridiculous fireworks displays and insane all night celebrations? Here are 7 of the world’s craziest New Year’s destinations to usher in 2014.
For a mind blowing New Year’s eve celebration, jest set to Sydney, where the Aussies know how to party. Join over 1.5 million visitors and experience the Harbour in a whole new way, with plenty of street shows, dazzling light and firework displays and plenty of concerts- including world famous electronic artist Skrillex who will play in The Famous Shore Thing at Bondi Beach.
Millions converge in Berlin each New Year’s Eve for the party of a lifetime at Germany’s largest open-air New Year’s event in front of the Bradenburg Gate. They’ve got the electrifying music to get you jamming, booze a flowin’ and a finale of fireworks at midnight. If you’re looking for the best clubs, bars and indoor parties–Berlin is the place to be.
Looking for something a little more formal and upscale? Get on your fanciest party dress and hit Vancouver’s plush hotels and nightclubs such as the Shangri-La Hotel, where age minimum and formal dress code is strictly enforced. Sip some champagne and enjoy the impeccable fireworks while dancing the night away. In the wee hours of New Year’s Day start the year off right with the infamous Vancouver Polar Bear Swim, held since 1920 in the chilly English Bay.
Countdown the 12 final chimes to 2014 with good ol’ Big Ben along the Thames River and get blown away by the city-literally- as light, color and fireworks engulf the sky. Then, hit the pubs and get rip roaring drunk while singing Auld Lang Syne all night long. The party doesn’t stop there. Chug that coffee, get in a quick nap and enjoy the New Year’s Day Parade and a three hour long celebration including up to 10,000 performers from all over the world.
Don’t worry about freezing down here, spend your New Year’s in the colorful, tropical metropolis of Miami and get ready for some serious partying. South Beach is where the beautiful people go for the best dance parties and raves. Get a taste of Miami’s old-world glamour at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral gables with their prestigious New Year’s Eve Gala and watch the 35 foot neon Big Orange drop from the InterContinental Miami upon countdown.
If you’re a thrill seeker, travel to Whistler for a New Year’s jam packed with plenty of action and adventure. Get your celebrations started with a day of snowboarding or snowmobiling and then relax and enjoy the Festival of Lights exhibit at Millennium Place. Whistler village comes alive at night with numerous New Year’s Eve Events that includes free entertainment, live music and plenty of dancing and street performers. Enjoy dinner on the tippy top of the breathtaking Blackcomb mountain, where you can enjoy fireworks from 6,000 ft up- a view unlike any other.
You can’t utter “party” without Las Vegas thrown in the mix, and for New Year’s Eve thousands flock from all over the globe for a night of partying, pyrotechnic displays and laser shows. The infamous strip is shut down to motor vehicles, and partygoers flood the streets to enjoy one giant block party. The music is by no means sub par, with famous names such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pitbull and the Killers headlining, and of course, you’ve got your pick of some of the world’s top notch bars and dance clubs.
Courtney is a full-time writer covering soccer, travel and the outdoors. You can find her scouting out hole in the wall joints for the perfect carnitas taco, jumping in the ocean under the light of a full moon or exploring the beautiful Florida wilderness and documenting her adventures in her blog, www.localtravelgal.wordpress.com.