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Best New Year’s Eve Holiday Destinations 2020

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Making New Year’s Eve plans can be so stressful, it’s no wonder that many choose to go away to some extravagant New Year’s Eve holiday destinations.

A new decade starts in less than three weeks, and that makes it okay to splurge on a nice trip to one of these cities that truly knows how to ring in the New Year.

Times Square in Manhattan: A Classic

This one is a classic. If you’ve grown up in North America, you must at least once in your life watch the famous New Year’s Eve ball drop that happens yearly in New York City’s Times Square.

The now highly televised event made its debut in 1907. These days, about 1 million people gather in Times Square for the celebrations, which include a musical concert with the year’s most famous acts headlining.

Rio de Janeiro: Party on the Beach 

It’s really no wonder that Rio de Janeiro is one of the most popular New Year’s Eve holiday destinations: Brazilians really know how to party! The New Year’s Eve parties often feature musical and dancing acts, along with fireworks.

It also helps that the weather in the southern hemisphere is just wonderful in the month of January. Many beachside resorts also throw amazing New Year’s eve parties. However, if you prefer a view from the top, there are many hilltop vistas to enjoy a panoramic view of this incredible city.

Dubai: Party Amongst Skyscrapers in the Desert

Dubai is known for its skyscrapers, and none is more impressive than the Burj Khalifa. The 2,716.5-foot tower still holds the record for the world’s tallest building. In New Year’s eye, the whole building is lit up with lights and an impressive fireworks show.

Dubai has also been developing a reputation for being a food destination, with many fine-dining options. Although the price tags can be significant, the food and ambiance are some of the most luxurious. To further revel in luxury, visitors to Dubai can visit its high-end malls, such as the grandiose Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping centers.

Cape Town: Welcoming and Beautiful

Cape Town is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Africa, and is quickly becoming a beloved travel destination for the rest of the world. It’s also starting to appear on lists of popular New Year’s Eve Holiday Destinations.

It’s not all that surprising. South Africa has lovely weather this time of year. Moreover, South African cuisine is a medley of many different cultures and flavors: a foodie paradise. There are also many renowned vineyards for all wine lovers out there.

For New Year’s Eve, there are many beautiful coastal bars and restaurants to enjoy.

London: Fireworks on the Thames

London is filled to the brim with historic landmarks and popular spots to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks. Hilltops such as Parliament Hill or Hampstead Heath offer lovely vantage points to see the fireworks. But the best place to see the fireworks is said to be the Thames River. People come out on clipper boats and ferries to celebrate the New Year on the Thames.

London also has a lively and historic pub culture. While in London, travelers can visit the royal family grounds, such as Kensington Palace or Buckingham Palace, or other must-see sights.

Bangkok: Count Down to the New Year in Style

For travelers who aren’t turned off by crowds and noise, this city is one of the best New Year’s Eve holiday destinations. In fact, Bangkok has acquired a reputation for having the best nightlife in Asia.

The main place for New Year’s Eve celebrations is the CentralWorld Plaza, Bangkok’s main gathering spot, often compared to Times Square. This city also has a number of picturesque rooftop restaurants and bars. You can visit the Red Sky restaurant for dinner and drinks with a view.

Moscow: Cheers to the New Year

In Russia, New Year’s Eve is a big deal. The Russians do not celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December. Therefore, their New Year’s celebration is usually really big. At Moscow’s historic Red Square, a grandiose New Year’s Eve fireworks display can be viewed. You can cheer the New Year amongst a crowd of Muscovites in fur coats.

Another activity to consider while in the cold, beautiful country is the Cold War museum. This museum showcases all kinds of relics from the Soviet era. It’s also possible to visit the tomb of communist leader Vladimir Lenin.

You can end your day with some shopping in Moscow’s avant-garde shopping districts. Or you can have a vodka-based cocktail at a trendy Moscow bar.

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Kristina Ousmanova
Kristina Ousmanova

Kristina recently left behind fast-paced life of Human Resource Business Consulting to freelance as a Content Writer. A regular Vacation Tracker contributor, she can be found working remotely from her home in Montreal, usually while eating a variety of snacks.

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