Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015

Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015 – The World’s Best New Year’s Eve Parties


Stay calm, plan ahead and be prepared. No, that’s not the motto of the Boy Scouts — it’s our advice for getting the most out of your upcoming New Year’s Eve celebration. From the first hint of 2016 in Sydney to the infamous Times Square ball drop in New York City, our goal is to help you plan your best out-with-the-old party yet. Raucous, ribald or relaxing — whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find a celebration to suit your fancy. Take a look at GAYOT’s Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations to discover the best spots to drink, dine, dance and crash this December 31.


1. New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

Enjoy dancing (and drinking) in the streets with more than 300,000 fellow partiers. Take your pick: the free-for-all, nightclub-strewn Strip or the 21-and-over Fremont Street Experience with three stages and nine hours of live bands; both are closed to traffic. Listen to the crowds roar at midnight when fireworks erupt from casino roofs around the city.

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015 – Las Vegas


2. Bangkok

How about ringing in the New Year at the sixth largest shopping center in the world, or celebrating with your significant other on a dinner cruise? Both options are available if you’re partying in Bangkok this New Year’s Eve! The city’s biggest event will take place at the CentralWorld shopping complex, where thousands will gather to count down to midnight; however, options abound throughout the city. Whatever you decide to do, the experience promises to be one you won’t forget.

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015 – Bangkok

3. Los Angeles

We love Hollywood’s exclusive club scene, rowdy pub crawls and over-the-top Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball, but this year, downtown’s Grand Park promises to host a party to remember. The family-friendly event will feature three stages of live music, art installations, food trucks and a digital video show on the walls of City Hall. After midnight, head to Pasadena to watch floats being assembled for the legendary New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade.

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015 – Los Angeles


4. Paris

It’s no surprise that the City of Light is a beautiful place to usher in the New Year. With awe-inspiring landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower (which puts on a stunning fireworks show) and Arc de Triomphe surrounding you, revelry permeates the Parisian air. Opt for a gourmet dinner at an elegant restaurant or party it up on the Champs-Élysées.

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015 – Paris


5. Sydney

A breathtaking light parade in Sydney Harbour? Check. Spectacular fireworks? Check. More than a million people gathered to be among the first to usher in the New Year? Double check. For an unforgettable front row seat to the fireworks, grab tickets for one of the city’s best events with a view — we suggest the Royal Botanic Gardens or the La Bohème gala at the Opera House.

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015 – Sydney


6. Chicago

This year, the Windy City is pulling out all the stops on December 31 with a brand-new event: Chi-Town Rising. The celebration, happening along the Chicago River, is slated to attract more than 100,000 attendees and 1 million television viewers. The six-hour-long extravaganza is free and will feature live entertainment, parties at multiple venues, a massive fireworks display and a countdown that’ll mesmerize the crowds!

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015 – Chicago


7. London

London lights up on New Year’s Eve as fireworks shoot from rafts on the Thames and the foot of the London Eye. The best spots for watching are Victoria Embankment and the South Bank. Many areas require tickets, so check ahead. Better yet, hire a barge for exclusive views, then head for the pubs to sing Auld Lang Syne. But don’t stay out too late — the New Year’s Day parade is one of London’s major events.

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015 – London

8. New York City

Blinding neon, world-class performers and that famous ball drop. Times Square is a given for merrymakers who want to go the classic route. As for those who prefer their festivities with an edge, there’s only one choice. Purchase a Times Square Official Party Pass and you’ll glide past the velvet ropes at the city’s top bars and clubs — premium open bars included and bragging rights guaranteed.

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015 – New York City



9. Jost Van Dyke

Crowds start arriving at the smallest of the four main British Virgin Islands days before New Year’s Eve. Many dock their yachts at Great Harbor, while ferries are also available to shuttle visitors to Jost Van Dyke from St. Thomas and St. John. The “Old Year’s Eve” party at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar is the place to be on the 31st. The celebration lasts two days, with live music, food and drinks fueling energetic revelers. No need for fancy apparel — just bring your favorite swimwear.

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015 – Jost Van Dyke


10. Rio de Janeiro

Grab yourself a caipirinha and sink into the massive crowd of over 2 million in one of the world’s most stimulating cities. Set dramatically between jungle-covered mountains, white sand beaches and the stunning Guanabara Bay, Rio seemingly has it all: gorgeous views, beautiful people and to-die-for dining. New Year’s Eve is the biggest party in Rio not called Carnival, and packs it all into one wild night of revelry on Copacabana Beach.

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations 2015 – Rio de Janeiro


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