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Top Vacation Spots to visit for the ultimate New Year’s Eve Celebration

We are nearing the end of 2017 and it is that time of the year again where people are busy racking their minds for travel ideas to make the last day of the year memorable. While it is mostly countdown parties, midnight fireworks and plenty of fun, food and drinks everywhere, some destinations just stand out for its extraordinary New Year experiences. While you are still wondering where to spend New Year’s Eve, check out these fabulous places for some ideas for your New Year vacation.

1. Cockatoo Island, Australia

Cockatoo Island, Australia

Undoubtedly one of the best cities in the world to celebrate New Year in grandeur, Sydney finishes off each year in style. New Year celebration gets a lot of attention here.  This amazing city is a popular place to have some fun time during New Year's Eve and is renowned for an amazing party scene and brilliant firework display. Every year, millions of visitors arrive in Sydney to watch the extravagant New Year’s Eve firework display at Sydney Harbour area.  However, getting a good viewing spot can be a struggle due to the crowd and can be overwhelming for visitors on New Year’s Eve.  The solution to this problem is camping at a small island within the Sydney Harbours. Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just a short ferry ride away from Sydney. This tiny isle is steeped in rich history and offers various points of interest reflecting its historic era. One main advantage of the island's location is that you get a beautiful, unobstructed view of the Sydney Harbour area including the Sydney Harbour bridge where the final moments of the year light up the Sydney sky, bursting into millions of sparkling lights and colours. This world-renowned fireworks display is simply an amazing sight to watch from the Cockatoo Island.

2. Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

A desert city that knows how to look forward positively exudes the same vigour while welcoming the New Year.  Fearless in taking up impossible challenges, Dubai has always showcased its excitement in living life extravagantly. The same zeal spreads throughout the city right from the beginning of December. Dubai gradually sets its mood for a perfect New Year celebration with few events and festivals that kicks off the festive spirit among the locals and visitors. The whole emirate buzzes with exemplary events like Dubai Shopping Festival, exciting deals, discounts, lucky draw prizes along with newly launched attractions, lively concerts, and recreational entertainments during the month of December.  A month-long celebration that ends with awe-inspiring firework illuminations at the world's tallest building - Burj Khalifa is the perfect way to bid goodbye to old times and look forth to a brand new year.

3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia's cosmopolitan hub - Kuala Lumpur is among the top vacation destinations to celebrate New Year in Asia. From swanky hotels and restaurants, bustling shops and streets to iconic attractions, Kuala Lumpur is brimming with sights, flavours, and aroma that double in excitement as New Year approaches. The city is illuminated in millions of shimmering lights and decors radiating the festive flair everywhere. Fun filled parties, cheery multi-cultural crowd, lip-smacking cuisines, bustling fairs and live concerts can be seen at every nook and cranny of Kuala Lumpur. The incredible fireworks at Petronas Twin Towers are a memorable sight to witness. For respite from swelling crowd during the fireworks, book a spot at any of Kuala Lumpur's exquisite rooftop bars and catch the breathtaking firework spectacle while sipping your favourite cocktail amid laidback ambiance.

4. Singapore


This petite island country has amazing ways to usher in the New Year. Already bursting at the seams with an extraordinary collection of iconic attractions and recreational spots, Singapore has always been a favoured vacation spot to visit among holidaymakers and wanderlusts. As New Year approaches, the oomph level soars and the festive fervour spills onto the food scene and cultural ambiances. Tuck into some amazing palette of local and international delicacies and watch the city shimmer in glamorous displays of lights at iconic places such as Garden By the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer to name a few. Singapore comes alive with live musical concerts and DJ lounges. It also hosts some of the biggest countdown parties in the world. Another spectacular way to bring in the new year is at I altitude - world's highest alfresco bar where you can catch all the stunning frenzy and glam of the country as well as the streak of fireworks lighting up the Singapore sky. And that’s not all. Start the brand new day of the year with an island hopping tour around Singapore’s pristine nature isles. One of the best ways to have an ultimate New Year Vacation is by combining Malaysia and Singapore together. The accessibility and advantage of an abundance of tourist attractions to visit will transform your holiday into an unforgettable memory. All you need to make this idea a reality is a Singapore visa, a Malaysia visa, and a great tour plan.

5. Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Falls, Canada

Ontario in Canada is one of the best holiday destinations to visit during the last few months of the year. Though the region is chilly with a fresh coat of snow sheathed on everything visible, Ontario welcomes winter with a plethora of events and fairs. The Niagara Falls area particularly will captivate you with its season spirit and winter festivities. A perfect way to pair up white Christmas with Year ending celebrations, Niagara Falls offers you an amazing array of winter activities, sports, events and live concerts to have a great time here.  The Winter Fireworks at Niagara Falls lets you witness the Niagara Falls amid amazing fireworks lit up in the sky. Perfectly paired up with the Winter Festival of Lights, The Niagara Falls region gleams and shimmers with hundreds of colorful illuminations while the fireworks adorn the night sky.

6. New York, USA

New York, USA

New York has always been a dynamic city bustling with activity. As the New Year fever grips the city, the verve of the city doubles in excitement. There is always so much to see and do in New York, but during the New Year’s Eve, Times Square will tempt you to join in the celebration to watch the giant ball drop, even if it is swelled up with hoards of people. The frenzy and energy at this place are unbelievable as it is one of the most popular vacation places in the world for New Year celebrations. If you aren’t keen on being in Times Square, there are plenty of other options that will keep you occupied until midnight. There’s fun, music and dancing everywhere. Plenty of restaurants and bars shell out their most delectable versions of menus during the last day of the year. After a scrumptious dinner, get out of the city and take a cruise down the harbor line, feel the crisp breeze and enjoy the fascinating shimmering New York skyline while you wait for the dark night to burst into a kaleidoscope of illuminated fireworks. 

7. Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand

While the whole world is busy preparing for celebrations, New Zealand has the advantage of being among the destinations that are first to bid the last year farewell and welcome the brand new year. If you're in New Zealand, you will be among the first people to celebrate the New Year. Known as the Adventure Capital of North Island, Great Lake Taupo has comparatively less crowd during New Years than other prominent cites of New Zealand. While Great Lake Taupo will keep you occupied most of the days with an impressive collection adventure sports such as water skiing, skydiving, bungee jumping, kayaking, mountain biking and nature trail walks, the scenario during New Year’s Eve lets you relax a bit. As the last dawn of the year approaches, chill out at the lakeshore viewing breathtaking sunsets. As the twilight ebbs away into a starry right, the ambiance turns electrifying. Being the event capital of New Zealand, there is no shortage of live concerts, rock gigs, nightclubs and recreational events. Watch a beautiful firework display over the lake and wake up to the first rays of the New Year with a refreshing cup of coffee while the rest of the world is still midway celebrating the last evening of the year.

8. Paris, France

Paris, France
Paris is always a good idea anytime of the year. The quixotic flair and laidback charm of Paris forever manages to allure travellers. Some flock with the idea of romance, some to indulge in French lifestyle, some to party the night away and some merely to enjoy the charismatic ambiance of the New Year. Champs Elysees in Paris is where the New Year fever is at its max as there are many places to go dancing or replenish a delicious meal. Enjoy a dinner and a show before making your way to the Eiffel Tower to find that perfect spot for a photograph with the immensely lit monument. The Eiffel Tower dazzles in millions of illuminations and the gleam of bursting colourful fireworks to ring in the New Year. Another way to watch the impressive landmark and the fireworks are on a cruise on Seine river where you can enjoy the night with melody and live entertainment and later raise a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. Disneyland is also a great way to spend the New Year with family and kids where kids will not get bored due to large crowds. On the contrary, they would be delighted about the magical ambiance and meeting their favourite Disney characters. Not to mention the delightful Disney menu for dinner and the magical fireworks at night which are must-dos on a Disneyland vacation.

New Year’s Eve is the time to put your party hats and totally let go of yourselves in wild celebrations. When it comes to where to spend your New Year’s Eve, the world will spoil you with countless choices of best places to visit and numerous ways to celebrate. Get a head start and plan your trip right away so that you won’t end up disappointed with peak season prices and soaring flight ticket prices. The first step, of course, is to zero in on a destination which will appeal to your idea of welcoming the New Year. The mentioned destinations are some of the most popular vacation spots in the world that are worth visiting for awesome memories during the last few moments of 2017. So gear up and start deciding where you will be heading to this New Year’s Eve.