Whether you’re sad to see it go or can’t wait to watch it leave, 2018 is quickly coming to an end. Ensure your New Year’s Eve plans are the perfect send-off when you celebrate in one of the world’s most epic cities. From family-friendly fireworks shows to adult-only extravaganzas, here’s the inside scoop on all the best happenings to ring in another year in style.
NEW YORK CITY
It’s no surprise the City That Never Sleeps makes our list of top places to bring in 2019. While its celebrations are anything but new, there’s a reason millions of travelers from around the world save up their airline miles every year for the opportunity to see New York City’s skyline lit up in fireworks.
Times Square: Ever heard of it? We figure you have. But just because you’ve watched the ball drop on TV doesn’t mean you can check a NYC celebration off your list. While the long wait, swelling crowds and cold weather can be brutal, the experience of being in the heart of the holiday’s action – not to mention all of the live performances you’ll witness – is without a doubt worth it.
Prospect Park: Looking to celebrate without spending an entire day standing in a line? Head to Brooklyn for a breath of fresh air, complete with live entertainment and an epic fireworks show during a free, family-friendly event that’s marking its 39th year.
Circle Line Cruise: Toast the end of 2018 with unlimited drinks and appetizers while cruising around the New York Harbor. This celebration ends with a champagne toast and fireworks show at the Statue of Liberty.
While Las Vegas is known to throw a good party every day of the year, there’s no comparison to the way it celebrates New Year’s Eve. In addition to its endless offering of shows, The Strip turns into a giant block party that makes Mardi Gras look like child’s play. At midnight, the casinos light up the sky with choreographed fireworks displays that you’re bound to remember despite all the champagne toasts you’ve treated yourself to throughout the day.
Brooklyn Bridge Party: You read that right. Vegas’ version of the Big Apple’s bridge party comes to life at New York-New York Hotel & Casino – and rumor has it that it’s better than the real celebration on the East Coast. We’ll let you decide.
Hard Rock Café: With a live band, three-course prix fixe menu, open bar and unrivaled views of The Strip, this legendary restaurant checks every box when it comes to throwing an epic end-of-the-year party.
Fremont Street Experience: Who says The Strip is the only spot to cheers the new year? This adult-only event in downtown Las Vegas allows you to enjoy hours of concerts across four stages, plus live performances by aerialists and dancers.
Never shy when it comes to seizing a celebration, New Orleans assures partygoers that New Year’s Eve is no exception to the rule. Break out the bubbly as you make your way down Bourbon Street, or get tickets to one of the several private parties popping up all over the city.
Jackson Square: Experience NOLA’s spin on New York’s ball drop with an epic fleur-de-lis drop and fireworks display over the Mississippi River.
Balcony Bashes: Toast to baby new year in true New Orleans style when you get tickets to one of the balcony parties going on along Bourbon Street. Don’t forget to buy some beads!
Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade: Looking to celebrate while the sun is still up? This annual NYE parade invites you to get a taste of the Mardi Gras-style parade floats, bands and performers New Orleans is known for while honoring two college football teams in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal.
This city has been known to throw some legendary NYE parties, and 2018 won’t be any different. See London light up in an epic fashion when you gather your friends and family for a memorable getaway in the UK. From extravagant fireworks shows to exclusive parties, London has something for everyone to love.
London Sky Bar: If unrivaled views of London are on your wish list, get tickets to this glamorous affair. In addition to sightseeing, you’ll also have the chance to sip, savor and celebrate thanks to the champagne reception, multiple cooking stations and rotating lineup of DJs.
NYE Cruises: From dinner cruises to speedboat rides, London provides several different ways to see the fireworks from the water while also spotting several of the city’s most notable attractions.
Fabric: Nothing says New Year’s Eve like a swanky mega-nightclub. Find yourself in one of the capital’s most famous clubbing spots, complete with a “bodysonic” dance floor and performances by some of the world’s top DJs.
From party cruises and opera performances to harbor picnics and dance parties, Sydney, Australia has a scene for every NYE reveler to celebrate in style. But don’t stall on planning your celebrations. The end of the year is the busiest time for traveling to Sid, so the sooner you book, the better.
Sydney Harbour Fireworks: See one of the world’s most iconic sites shine during one of its epic fireworks displays. In addition to the midnight madness, Sydney Harbour puts on a 9 p.m. fireworks performance for families with young children.
The Calyx: Celebrate the holiday in the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden, complete with free-flowing beverages, creative cuisine, a live band and DJ.
Opera Bar: Start your end-of-the-year celebration to the sounds of DJ Hot Tub Time Machine in a Havana-themed party featuring festive beverages, fedoras, flowing white linens and tropical prints.
Looking to bid adieu to 2018 someplace new or unexpected? The bright lights, upbeat energy and unlimited entertainment of Tokyo come together to create the perfect spot to celebrate a fresh year. Whether you’re bringing along little ones or want to celebrate with the care-free spirit of a kid, you’ll find this a dream-like destination.
AgeHa: Stay up all night long dancing and drinking in Tokyo’s largest nightclub during this annual countdown party.
Tokyo Tower: For a more laid-back, family-friendly celebration, head to Tokyo Tower in Minato Ward to see the building’s color change at midnight along with the release of festive balloons.
Tokyo Disney Resort®: For the ultimate fireworks display, purchase tickets to the park’s unrivaled celebration, designed to excite and inspire all ages and interests.
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