Most people know about the New York City's Times Square Ball Drop for New Year’s Eve, but many other cities around the world put on great shows that are an alternative to New York City. Each country celebrates New Year’s differently, offering a unique experience in each country. We’ve put together a few of the best New Year’s Eve events from around the world.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh goes all out for New Year’s, as they follow up Christmas with a four-day celebration they call Hogmanay. The festival is highlighted by live music, parades, and lots of dancing highlights the festival. Join in with the crowd when the clock strikes midnight as everyone sings the traditional Scottish song Auld Lang Syne.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is one of a few cities that compete for the best light show on New Year’s Eve. At midnight fireworks light up the horizon over Chao Phraya River. Bangkok is one of the best places to visit around New Year’s because of the cultural festivities, which includes live Thai music and dancing and local food and drinks.

Berlin, Germany

Some people claim that Berlin features the largest New Year’s Eve party in the world. Many also might claim that it’s the coldest in the world. Locals and travelers alike head to Berlin’s open-air party, which features laser-light shows, fireworks, live music, and all the bratwurst and German beer you could want.

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong rivals most major cities for their midnight fireworks show. Hong Kong’s towering skyscrapers make a great backdrop for the pyrotechnic display. For a unique view of the midnight fireworks show, travelers can hop on one of the Victoria Harbour cruises.

Las Vegas, Nevada

It’s only natural that “sin city” would be one of the best cities to spend New Year’s Eve. Las Vegas is your best bet if you want a chance to see your favorite celebrities and musicians. Like most of the world’s large metros, the highlight is the midnight fireworks show.


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