Where are you planning to be on New Year’s Eve? While many places may be booked, it’s not too late to check out availability. But keep in mind that last minute reservations may come with a hefty price tag. Not only do these places have spectacular New Year’s Eve appeal, most are located in world-class cities that are ripe for exploring with outstanding dining experiences. Check out these fabulous places to ring in the new year!


People who like “firsts” flock to Sydney. It has the distinction of being the “first” major city to have the clock strike midnight. If you don’t like crowds, this isn’t the place to go. It’s estimated that more than a million people come together to watch the air and water shows as well as the world’s largest fireworks display.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is well known for its 24-hour entertainment. On New Year’s Eve, the Strip becomes a giant street party as a three-mile stretch of the street is closed to traffic. Look for special New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations that include some of the world’s most popular DJs. After 6:00 p.m., no one under 18 is allowed on the Strip without a parent or legal guardian.

Walt Disney World (Orlando, Florida)

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This mega theme park located in Orlando, Florida, offers family-friendly activities from 8:00 am to 1:00 am. The Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks is scheduled for both December 30 and 31 at 6:30 pm and 11:50 pm. For the first time, Frontierland will be hosting a New Year’s Celebration Dance party at 7 pm on both December 30 and 31. Check the park’s website for a plethora of special dining options.


On New Year’s Eve, families can sit along Waikiki Beach watching a music-timed fireworks show by using an app. Private venues such as the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Kahala Hotel & Resort, and Ko Olina offer their own fireworks displays. The Westin Moana Surfrider has children’s activities, mermaids at the pool, a Polynesian dance and music show, and general musical performances. This is just one of many kid-friendly events all around Waikiki.


New Year’s revelers gather near the Thames River to watch a display of fireworks and lights set against the city’s skyline and to watch the countdown at Big Ben. Some reserve a cruise ship experience while others take a seat at one of London’s restaurants or clubs. New Year’s Day celebrations continue at the Wonderland in Hyde Park or the annual New Year’s Day parade.

No matter where you choose to celebrate, we hope you welcome 2018 with gratitude and joy. Let us know where you’re headed to ring in the new year in the comments below!

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Sandy Bornstein

Sandy Bornstein lived as an expat in India. Her award-winning memoir, May This Be the Best Year of Your Life, highlights what she learned as the only American teacher at an international Bangalore school. After living abroad, Sandy continues to explore the world and write about her travels. You can follow Sandy's adventures at www.sandrabornstein.com.