May also interest you: New Year’s Eve Traditions around the World
10. Bratislava, Slovakia
The Slovak capital’s Old Town hosts more than 10,000 people for concerts, open-air parties, and the fireworks show over the Danube It’s divided into a “concert zone” for those more interested in live local music and “party zones” for socializing.
9. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
More than 300,000 people party and drink in the streets. If you prefer private parties 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. Have a look at the event’s schedule here.
8. Berlin, Germany
The 1.2 mile stretch between the Victory Column and Brandenburg Gate is the place to celebrate Silvester – the German word for New Year’s Eve. Live bands and fireworks highlight this notorious outdoor party.
7. Los Angeles, California, USA
This year downtown’s new Grand Park features live music, art installations, food trucks and a digital video show on the walls of City Hall. Post midnight, head to Pasadena to watch floats being assembled for the legendary New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade.
6. Valparaíso, Chile
The biggest New Year’s Eve event in Latin America happens in the Valparaíso harbor with a 20-minute fireworks show (launched from 17 different points along the coast between Valparaíso and Viña del Mar) and a dance party that lasts until morning.
5. Reykjavik, Iceland
After sunset at around 4 pm, visitors in Reykjavik bide their time while locals enjoy mass, neighborhood bonfires and an annual comedy show on T.V. Come midnight, though, Iceland’s capital explodes with 500 tons of fireworks. If you’re lucky, the Northern Lights will blaze above the city, too.
4. St. Petersburg, Russia
The grand boulevards and bridges of St. Petersburg will be at their most beautiful covered with a layer of snow and illuminated by holiday lights. The lavish Hermitage Museum is particularly striking on December 31, when it’s surrounded by crowds waiting for the fireworks show over the partially frozen Neva River.
3. London, UK
London lights up as fireworks shoot from rafts on the Thames and the foot of the London Eye. Best spots for watching: Victoria Embankment and the South Bank. Better yet if you 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.
2. Sydney, Australia
More than a million people gathered to be among the first to usher in 2015. For an unforgettable front row seat, 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.
1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio is one of the most stimulating cities in the world. So grab yourself a Caipirinha and sink into the massive crowd of over two million in Ipanema beach. Set dramatically between jungle-covered mountains, famous beaches and Guanabara Bay, Rio seemingly has it all: gorgeous views from Sugarloaf Mountain, some of the world’s sexiest people and to-die-for restaurants for reveling.