New Year’s Eve is one of the most awaited and celebrated holidays in the world. 2022 is coming to an end and you are probably thinking about which destination to visit in the new year.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic destination, a quiet family getaway, a bubbly festival ambiance, or to go on a cruise ship with your friends and family, the thrill of welcoming the new year always features clock countdowns, flashing fireworks, and fun celebrations.
We’ve put together a list of amazing places – some of them traditionally celebrated New Year’s Eve destinations, and others that are becoming must-see places. So, let Onsite know where you’d like to go.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro is one filled with culture, tradition, and beauty. The atmosphere is nice and warm, and it is an excellent destination for party lovers as the wildest party at Copacabana Beach holds on New Year’s Eve.
Solo travelers and families are also in for a good time at the celebration of Reveillon. Here, locals merge religious and traditional customs along with beautiful cultural displays and exciting live music. Just before midnight, the sky is lit with fireworks while small rafts are set adrift in the ocean with offerings to the sea goddess.
If you’re looking for an Asian retreat with a dash of adventure, Bangkok is the destination for you. The city is filled with vibrant colors this time of the year. Be sure to join the throng of tourists and locals for the New Year countdown at Sanam Luang Square. Thailand is well known for its exotic street food, so you are sure to find mouthwatering delicacies and unique locally-made drinks.
If you’d rather have a quiet, romantic evening to bask in the memories of 2022 and welcome 2023 with beautiful thoughts, you can book a cozy, quiet cruise along the Chao Phraya River, complete with champagne and dinner. If you’d like to explore the city on New Year’s Eve, you can check out the Grand Palace or take a stroll along the riverside scene of Asiatique. Whatever you do, you can be sure that you’ll see the fireworks once midnight strikes.
Las Vegas, Nevada
There’s no party like a Las Vegas party! So, if you’d love to welcome the new year in a grand style, this is the place to do so. Best known for its casinos and extravagant nightlife, there are tons of things to do and places to be for New Year’s Eve. To get the best experience and the most stunning views of the city, get on The Ling’s High Roller observation wheel. It’s the perfect spot to observe the glorious fireworks with that special someone.
Afterward, head on to one of the popular clubs for an epic night of music, dancing, and celebrity sightings. Big-time stars are always in Las Vegas to headline one event or the other so you can check those out too.
Be sure to explore the top restaurants in the area and enjoy delicious buffets in any of the numerous restaurants and hotels. Las Vegas is also known for its luxurious spas so make plans to treat yourself to some tender loving care.
Starting the new year in this romantic city should be at the top of your travel itinerary. Experience a memorable new year with your family in the City of Lights. Take pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower as it glistens with changing colors. Book a cruise along the Seine River and join other tourists as they usher in the new year with exhilarating cruise parties. Take a stroll along the Seine and make plans for the new year amidst beautiful music from cabaret artists and classic performers.
Looking to enjoy late-night food and drinks? Head down to the Champs-Elysee and explore unique treats and liquor. At midnight, you’ll experience the most breathtaking firework display from the Eiffel Tower.
With the firework ban lifted, The Land of Fore and Ice welcomes tourists to enjoy a blissful New Year celebration. Start off your New Year celebrations with a reservation at one of Reykjavik’s restaurants where you can experience fine dining and delicious drinks.
Want to experience illuminating views of the city? Get on top of the Öskjuhlíð Hill. From here, you’ll be able to see the blazing bonfires and exciting fireworks at midnight. Most bars and clubs will open at midnight so you can take the celebrations over there. Check out Dillion Whiskey Bar or Austur Nightclub for some music, dancing, and stylish cocktails.
The Netherlands, Amsterdam
Delicious champagne, bubbly street parties, and brightly lit skies. That’s what to expect when you spend New Year’s in the Netherlands. The midnight countdown is best experienced at Oosterdok or Westerdok. If you’d like to have a better view of the fireworks, we suggest the Nieuwmarkt or Amstel River.
Every New Year, Amsterdam celebrates Amsterdam’s Light Festival. The festival features amazing light sculptures around the city. This year’s edition runs from the 1st of December 2022 to the 22nd of January, 2023. You can buy tickets from their website.
Looking to play dress up? Head on to the Great Gatsby Club for a sexy night of live music by The Maestro and their six-piece band.
Dubai has become one of the top destinations that come to mind when you think of international travel. With its intriguing landmarks, lavish hotels and bars, and unbeatable firework displays, it sure is a must-see destination for spending the New Year. The best firework displays are at the Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa, the Palm Islands, and Atlantis the Palm.
You can spend the rest of the night exploring the urban vibe at Soho Garden, complete with dancing at the open-air party and colorful, exotic cocktails. If you’re up for mingling and dancing at one of the biggest beach parties in the world, head over to Zero Gravity. For the best experience, we advise that you stay close to the Dubai Marina as it is the perfect location for enjoying the numerous New Year’s Eve celebrations.
While there is no shortage of celebrations to ring in the New Year, there are plenty of destinations to choose from when it comes to deciding where to be. Will you head to Europe to experience the charm of Paris and see fireworks light up the Eiffel Tower? Or will you head across Iceland to see what the city has to offer? Either way, you’re sure to have a memorable evening.