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What Are Some Of The Biggest And Best Destinations For New Year's Eve Celebration Around The World?

By Abby Cassinia

As the Christmas lights start to fade and the holiday season comes to an end, there's still the age old question of where to celebrate one of the most epic nights out of the year, New Year's Eve. With the New Year just around the corner, now's the time to make your New Year's resolutions, drink away the last year's regrets and celebrate starting all over again next year.

Ever wondered what it would be like to do a New Year's Eve trip somewhere other than singing 'Auld Lang Syne' with a bunch of strangers in your local pub or bar? There is some really exciting must-do New Year's Eve events across the globe in nearly every continent.

One of the world's first major cities to celebrate NYE is Sydney and the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge is the centrepiece for celebrations with fireworks displays setting Sydney Harbour and the iconic Opera House on fire. The Fireworks exploding above Sydney Harbour is probably the World's most famous New Year's Eve celebration aside from the New York City Times Square Ball Drop. What makes Sydney better to be at than New York City though, is that 31 December is summertime in Australia and you can pretty much expect a warm night out. There is also an early fireworks display at 9pm and alcohol-free zones for families. Then at midnight comes the world-famous fireworks display, which is televised across the country.

The Scottish capital Edinburgh hosts one of the liveliest New Year's Eve events in the world, celebrating with a massive four-day festival known as "Hogmanay", which runs 30 December to 2 January each year. Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and at the turn of the New Year, Scotland can be very cold but the both the vibe and the Scotch are warm and there is plenty to see and do in Edinburgh. The centuries-old tradition brings crowds of 250,000 party-goers to the city to take part in the famous festival. At midnight there is a huge fireworks display setting the Edinburgh skyline ablaze as the crowds shout out the words to classic Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne." This world-renowned NYE song was written by Scotland's national poet Robert Burns and was first sung in Scotland before spreading to the rest of the world.

A recent survey conducted by a social network across 17 countries and four continents showed Brazilians were considered the top nationality that the rest of the world would most like to party with on New Year's Eve. As New Year's Eve falls in the middle of Brazil's summer, the climate is perfect for large outdoor parties to welcome the New Year. The festivities are held in cities across the country and for those near the beach on New Year's Eve, the tradition in Brazil is to jump seven waves at midnight while throwing flowers in the sea and making a wish, apparently it is one wish for each wave. However, none of the Brazilian cities can match the scale of the NYE party on Rio De Janeiro Copacabana Beach. With 2.5 million partygoers in attendance it is considered the biggest New Year's Eve party in the world.

Other worldwide destinations that have great New Year's Eve experiences include Edinburgh, Las Vegas, London, Miami, Amsterdam and Paris.

You know you don't want to miss it... So make sure you get your New Year's Eve travel plans sorted out, because the only question is, where will you be when the clock strikes midnight on 31 December this year?

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