Ring in 2020 with an Epic Celebration!

New Years Eve 2019 is going to be a huge party all over the world. Whether you are celebrating at home with your loved ones or partying at a public event, you will always remember where you were when you said good-bye to the first decade of the 21st century and brought in the Year 2020.

Why not do it up right and plan to spend Christmas AND New Year’s in the same locale? Your TierOne Travel specialist can help you plan your trip down to the last detail. There are so many countries and cities to choose from; here are just a few:

Top 10 Destinations for New Years Eve 2019

1. Eye-Popping Fireworks in Reykjavik, Iceland

The fireworks display in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, is one of the best in the world. The entire Icelandic nation celebrates New Year’s Eve in a big way. The main fireworks event is a fundraiser for local Search and Rescue teams. The best place to gather is at Hallgrímskirkja church on Skólavörðuholt hill, or from Öskjuhlíð hill. They will also have fire engines lined up and ships docked in the harbour to make a raucous noise at midnight.

New Year's Eve in Times Square
See the Ball Drop in Times Square!

2. Famous Ball Drop in New York City, USA

Times Square in New York City is a legendary location to ring in the New Year. It has been the subject of movies, TV shows and books for generations. The famous ‘ball drop’ happens at midnight, but you will need to get there before 3 pm, because afterwards it will be closed to the public There are also exclusive Ball Drop Parties where you can avoid long hours outside in the cold, but they are quite pricey and tickets are limited. If you want to avoid the crowds, but still celebrate New Years Eve 2019 in New York City, you can take a special cruise. You’ll still get to see the fireworks and enjoy lots of food and drinks. Prospect Park in Brooklyn also puts on a New Year’s Eve celebration. And, if you’re in the area, you can walk across the Brooklyn Bridge just before midnight towards Manhattan. It will likely be very cold, but the view of the New York skyline will be worth it.

3. New Years Eve 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland

In Edinburgh, Scotland, they bring in the New Year with a three-day celebration called Hogmanay. Join more than 75,000 revellers as they party in the streets. On December 30, there is a Viking-style torchlight procession down the Royal Mile toward Edinburgh Castle. On New Years Eve 2019, take part in a street party and dance the night away with live performers, including Mark Ronson, in the Gardens. The Ceilidh under the Castle will have you spinning and reeling to local ceilidh bands and at midnight the fireworks display will amaze you. On New Year’s Day, head over to MacEwan Hall for the Hogmanay Official After-Party and don’t miss the Loony Dook, where hundreds of dippers march the length of South Queensferry High Street and then dive into the freezing waters of Firth of Forth, often in fancy dress or costumes.

Pop the cork on New Year's Eve
Celebrate with champagne.

4. Pier One Party in Sydney, Australia

Last year, the midnight fireworks display at Sydney Harbour was watched in person by more than one million people and another billion worldwide on video. Sadly, New Years Eve 2019 might be different due to the terrible wildfires in the area. As many as 60 bushfires are still raging across New South Wales, with more than 1500 firefighters battling blazes from outer Sydney to the Queensland border. There is even a petition, signed by thousands, to scrap the iconic fireworks on December 31. Be sure to check with your travel agent ahead of time to find out what will happen. Even without the fireworks, however, there will be plenty to do and see on New Year’s Eve in Sydney. The party at Pier One Sydney Harbour will still take place with DJs providing the soundtrack, street food along the pier and a large selection of pop-up bars.

5. Drink Glögg in Copenhagen, Denmark

New Years Eve 2019 in Copenhagen will officially begin at 6 p.m. when everyone gathers around their TV sets to hear the Queen’s New Year’s speech. Earlier in the day, thousands will flock to the Tivoli Gardens amusement park – with its world-famous carousels. It’s open from 11 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. Many Danes – particularly those with children – will stay to see Tivoli’s big fireworks display at 11 p.m. Then it’s off to the Town Hall Square to hear the clock tower chime in the New Year at midnight. Another popular gathering spot is Queen Louise’s Bridge. There are tons of restaurants, night clubs and bars with special menus and live music where you can party and drink glögg into the wee hours of News Year’s Day.

Dance the night away on New Year's Eve.
Dance to live bands and concerts.

6. New Years Eve 2019 in Berlin, Germany

Germany’s capital city Berlin will be an explosion of energy on New Years Eve 2019. Famous for its techno bars, Berlin kicks it up a notch on December 31st. Locals take their fireworks seriously and visitors will discover just how much they love their rockets, fireworks and sparklers. It’s the one day of the year that the city lifts its ban on the illicit pyrotechnics. In addition to amateur firework shows, the main display takes place at Brandenburg Gate at the stroke of midnight. People all over the world travel to Berlin to experience this explosion of colour and to party at clubs with big name DJs. There is also an indoor party called the Kulturbrauerei, where businesses, clubs and restaurants join forces to put on the party of the year. Choose from eight different clubs and 13 dance floors. One ticket gets you access to everything.

7. All-Night Beach Party in Koh Pha-Ngan, Thailand

For an unforgettable experience, you can’t go wrong with the Full Moon Party on New Years Eve 2019 in Koh Pha-Ngan, Thailand. The all-night rave party will be held at Haad Rin Nok Beach. It will be an enhanced version of the monthly Full Moon Party that originated in the ‘80s, where between 10,000 and 30,000 people gather on the crescent-shaped beach to dance, swim, eat and drink. On December 31st, there won’t be a full moon, but that won’t deter the partiers. A huge fireworks display will light up the sky over the water at midnight. Because it will be peak season, you’ll want to buy advanced tickets. Your TierOne Travel specialist can get them for you if they’re available.

Fireworks displays on New Years Eve 2019.
New Year’s Eve fireworks are the best.

8. Magical Lanterns in Goa, india

Known as the Vegas of India, Goa is definitely a great place to celebrate New Years Eve 2019. Tito’s Club in Baga is one place you won’t want to miss. It is one of Goa’s most popular night clubs. Dance the night away at this amazing Bollywood Discotheque. Café Mambos is another great pub with live music, located close to Tito’s. The New Year’s Eve Boat Party will take you on a special three-hour cruise where you can eat, drink, dance and see the fireworks and lantern display on the water. Or celebrate at the state’s biggest open-air party at Titos Original. There will be international DJs, world famous bartenders, and incredible performances by aerial artists, fire dancers, stilt walkers and more.

9. New Years Eve 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Millions of people travel to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Copacabana Beach. You can also celebrate in Barra, Flamengo or São Conrado, but really the place to be for one of the biggest parties in the world is Copacabana. Brazil’s most famous beach is four kilometres long. The epicentre of the party will be in front of Copacabana Palace where the main podium will be set up for live shows and concerts. You’ll want to get there early to stake your spot on the beach. And be sure to wear white (which means peace), as it is a Brazilian tradition based on an African ritual.

10. Waterfront Fireworks in Capetown, South Africa

There’s so much to do in Capetown over Christmas and New Year’s! You’ll have to be strategic and select your activities well in advance. The V&A Waterfront is one of the most popular places to go. There will be performances, fun characters, delicious food and plenty of libations throughout the night. When the sun sets, the magic will begin as colourful light installations come to life. The lights will illuminate buildings and trees, and an integrated soundtrack will tell a story followed by a fireworks display over the water. For a family-friendly event, check out the Kirstenbosch Summer Concert series with live music by local artists. Bring a picnic and kick off your shoes to dance the night away.

Reservations for New Year's Eve.
Restaurant reservations are must.

Other News Years Eve 2019 Party Destinations

If you are thinking of traveling over Christmas and New Year’s, the aforementioned cities are all excellent choices. Other great destinations to choose from are: Beirut, Lebanon; Barcelona, Spain; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Lisbon, Portugal; London, England; Paris, France; Tokyo, Japan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Orlando, Florida; Moscow, Russia; Bangkok, Thailand; Hong Kong; China; Athens, Greece; and Helsinki, Finland.

New Years Eve 2019 in Canada

Where is the No. 1 Place to Celebrate New Year’s in Canada?

If you’re looking for somewhere close to home, the largest free concert on New Year’s Eve in Canada is in Niagara Falls, ON. More than 40,000 people will flock to Queen Victoria Park to bring in the New Year with concerts, food and lots of activities. There are two fireworks displays. The first is at 8:45 p.m. for families with children and the second is at midnight. The light show is definitely one to put on your bucket list!

Other Canadian cities with incredible New Year’s Eve celebrations are Calgary, AB, Montreal, QC, Vancouver, BC, and Ottawa & Toronto in Ontario. There is no shortage of places to celebrate the end of a decade and the beginning of 2020.

Niagara Falls for New Years Eve 2019.
Niagara Falls at night.

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