This blog post was updated on December 27, 2021.

NYE doesn’t have to be just about drinking and partying hard…it can also be about having good, clean cross-generational fun as well! The possibilities for having a blast with the most important people in your life while ringing in the New Year are limited only by the willingness of your family to make the most of the occasion and enjoy the holiday together.

Resolved to make this New Year’s Eve an all-ages celebration suitable for all involved? Then take a look into how to celebrate at destinations where the emphasis won’t be on boozing it up.

The Bahamas

Nearby the US with a beautiful climate, the Bahamas are a brilliant place give the year a sensational send off. Most of the big resorts in the Bahamas — such as Atlantis and Sandals —  host their own events with a family inclusive bend to their festivities. But if you are bringing your NYE entourage to the Bahamas don’t stay up too late! It’s January 1 that sees just as much fun as the night before with giant parades in Nassau and other main towns.

Hong Kong

Astonishing fireworks and light shows, free concerts, amazing street food, and more – all set on picturesque Victoria Harbour with one of the world’s most instantly recognizable skylines as the backdrop! Hong Kong truly knows how to wow into the New Year with drama and flair.


Add some “Aloha!” to your “Happy New Year!” with a night on the beach in Honolulu. The city hosts fireworks displays over Waikiki and Aloha Tower Marketplace with plenty of restaurants, resorts, and other family-oriented venues open for kid-friendly dining and celebrations. Watching the fireworks over the Pacific or taking a New Year’s Day stroll on the beach could be a wonderful way to spend this special time with your loved ones.


What could be a more iconic way to usher in a new year than doing it by the dongs of the Big Ben? London’s riverside fireworks display is one of the biggest in Europe…and, with more than 10 minutes of duration, also one of the longest! Get in position early along the city’s South Bank for a scenic show with views of the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament to get the perfect backdrop.


Although crowds don’t swell quite as much as during summer vacation, this ever popular Florida city is still very much a hot destination in December and January – and New Year’s Eve is definitely on theme for Orlando! The biggest of the blowouts are at Walt Disney World, of course, but practically all of the major attractions go full-on with mega festivities and fireworks galore.

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Savannah is world renowned for its hospitality and family-oriented attitude. The charming coastal town does a super job celebrating NYE with fireworks over Tybee Pier and a free music concert. On January 1, will you and your family dare participate in one of America’s biggest Polar Bear dips?


Sydney is the world’s first big city to welcome the new year, and Sydneysiders make sure they do so in true Aussie style with not one, but two fireworks displays (at 9 p.m. and at midnight) over Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. All this takes place while a giant flotilla of illuminated boats sail past in an annual parade. What else do you need to know to book cheap flights for New Year to the Down Under, mate?

How about you and your family? Where are you planning to celebrate NYE?

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