The year is at an end, which means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Live your best life after last year’s winter cancellations (while taking the necessary Covid precautions, of course) and take a trip abroad to usher in 2022. But where are the best places to go? We’ve put this guide together with amazing New Year’s destinations to celebrate in style.
Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺
Ok, so you can’t travel to Australia as of December 2021. But it’s worth featuring on the list if you happen to be reading this when restrictions are removed. That’s because there’s nowhere quite like Sydney when it comes to celebrating. The city is known for its magnificent fireworks displays, which capture the world’s attention. Staying in Sydney offers a mesmerising experience for anyone going for New Year’s Eve. Find a vantage point (though you’ll need to get there early) or book a cruise offering unrivalled views of the fireworks as they light up the sky.
Tbilisi, Georgia 🇬🇪
One of Europe’s most cultured capitals, Tbilisi embraces Christmas and the new year and celebrates well into January. While there, marvel at the wonderful architecture, enjoy local cuisines and embrace the lively nightlife. During the Christmas and new year period, the city sparkles with decorations, and there are plenty of concerts and nightclubs on New Year’s Eve with live music acts and DJ sets.
Maui, Hawaii 🌺
Start 2022 on a beach on Maui island. With its rainforests, beaches and beautiful landscape, it’s the ideal place for travellers looking to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a peaceful new year surrounded by soothing settings. Opt for a wellness package at a beachfront hotel or spend some time hiking on one of the many scenic trails.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 🇦🇪
Head to Dubai and feel the heat while enjoying extravagant displays in the land of sand. The Burj Khalifa is known for its fireworks shows, while the nearby Burj Plaza is where everyone gathers to embrace the new year and ring in the celebrations. And when you’re not welcoming the new year, head to the beaches or dine at the many world-class restaurants that are quickly gaining a reputation as a foodie’s paradise.
New York, United States 🗽
Time Square is the place to be if you want to celebrate the new year with everyone as the grand 12 football is dropped from a flagpole over the Times Square building. Or if you’re after something more personalised, then book a meal at one of the many restaurants and enjoy a night of partying and dancing. New York is probably the first place that comes to mind when people think of the new year. But instead of watching it on your TV screen, see it in real life up, close and personal.
Las Vegas, United States 🇺🇸
There’s nowhere else on earth like Las Vegas, which means travellers can enjoy a unique experience as they head into the new year. Hit the strip and let loose at one of the world’s best-known party destinations, and watch it get even wilder on New Year’s Eve. The casinos, nightclubs, hotel parties and fireworks are all in full effect as the celebrations occur. Las Vegas offers a lifetime experience during a regular holiday, but the city takes it to a whole new level on New Year’s Eve.
Prague, Czech Republic 🇨🇿
Prague is one of the most romantic and enchanting cities in Europe, but it turns into something a little different on New Year’s Eve. The capital of the Czech Republic becomes a city of celebration, whether it’s with elegant parties, proms, galas or club nights. There are many ways to celebrate, including outdoor concerts and fireworks displays. It’s also one of Europe’s cheaper destinations, which means you can bring in the new year without breaking the bank.
Reykjavik, Iceland 🇮🇸
Get the winter warmers out and spend the new year in Reykjavik. You’ll find everything here, from firework shows to beautiful snow-covered settings that really do make it feel magical at this time of year. There are parties galore, where you can end the year in style. Then head to the Blue Lagoon the next day to recover from all the shenanigans.
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 🇧🇷
Spend the new year on the beach celebrating with two million people dressed in white. The main gathering happens on Copacabana Beach, which has a variety of musical acts and fireworks. If, however, you fancy something away from the crowds, sip on caipirinhas at one of the many bars in Rio or head to a nightclub and dance the night away into 2022.
Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵
The city of Tokyo is one of our favourite Christmas destinations, and you should hang around for the new year. It has some of the best New Year’s Eve parties in the world and puts on plenty of firework displays – especially in Yokohama, which is about 18 miles away from the city.
Bringing in the new year
There are so many fantastic places to spend the new year, and it can be hard to narrow them down to just one. Whether you’re partying samba style in Rio de Janeiro, watching the fireworks of Sydney, are wrapped up warm in Reykjavik or anywhere else on our list, you can enjoy a memorable New Year’s Eve experience.