In the party capital for this big night, the Las Vegas Strip becomes car-free and transforms into a giant street party with live bands, pyrotechnic displays and laser shows. The city also hosts a mind-boggling number of concerts, shows and parties in clubs, hotels and casinos. Be sure to check out what notable musical performances will take place that evening! There’s no shortage of evening entertainment options. Come midnight, fireworks are launched from several rooftops along the Strip, such as Caesars Palace and the Venetian, so chances are you’ll see them whether you’re on the street or in an over-the-top hotel suite.
New Orleans, USA
It may not be Mardi Gras, but New Year’s Eve in New Orleans is just as memorable. The main event is a thrilling 15-minute fireworks show on the Mississippi River, one of the best in the country. There is also the Fleur de Lis Drop, where “Baby New Year” is dropped form the roof of the Jax Brewery in Jackson Square. Of course the night doesn’t end there, as visitors and locals flock to the famous Bourbon Street and the Latin Quarter, where music booms from bars and nightclubs, and the streets stay lively until the early hours.
New York City, USA
There’s no denying that New Year’s Eve in New York City has an atmosphere that few other cities can rival. Most famous, of course, is the annual gathering in Times Square where millions of people come to see famous musicians and the 12-foot ball drop at midnight. Seeing the confetti fall into the square after the final countdown is truly a beautiful sight. Another great option is taking a nighttime boat ride on New York Harbour, which offers the best views of the midnight fireworks display on Liberty Island. If you want to escape the large crowds, book a table at one of the bars or restaurants overlooking the Square.
New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World is a dream come true for families travelling over the holiday. The park stays open until 1am, and it’s packed with fun activities all day long. Leading up to the midnight fireworks show, there are Cirque du Soleil performances, dance parties, live entertainers and confetti explosions. Disney’s Magic Kingdom is home to the Jingle Jungle Parade, while Epcot puts on an impressive lights and laser show just before midnight. Universal Studios and SeaWorld also are open until 1am with fun activities for the whole family!
Mexico City, Mexico
There few places you should go if you want a true Mexican New Year’s Eve celebration. A must-visit place is zocalo. This is the typical hub of activity around any major celebration. There are food stalls, drinks and great music. You’ll also get a great view of the fireworks at midnight! Another NYE destination is Avenida Francisco Madero, where you’ll be surrounded by revelers, music and DJs all ready to help you see in 2017 with a bang. Bellini and Torre Latinoamericana are amazing restaurants if you want great drinks and dinner, as well as sky-high view of the fireworks.
Niagara Falls, Canada
It is Canada’s largest free New Year’s Eve concert and fireworks, making it one of the top places to celebrate the New Year. In fact, this concert actually draws about 40,000 people to Queen Victoria Park and along with an epic line up of musical guests every year, there are two awesome fireworks displays. With an abundance of amazing places to eat and stay, this is one Canadian tradition that you should try once in your life. Niagara Falls are beautiful enough on their own, but on this special night, they are lit up in beautiful colours.
Montreal is really known for its one famous party at the L’Olympia de Montreal, where many people gather to drink, dance and ring in the New Year in once crazy insane party. That’s not the only big party in town. Clubs such as Roxbury, Rouge Nightclub and La Boom can see huge crowds as well. Some of these parties include an open bar! If you are after more dinner and dancing and less club hopping, the choices are endless from the Hyatt Regency Gala NYE Party to La Finale NYE at Jargo. No matter where you go or what you want to do, Montreal is one of the hottest places to be.