New Year’s Eve is a universally recognized and celebrated day around the world, but for some, a quiet party at home just won’t do. It’s true New Year’s Eve can have polarizing effects on people — from major excitement to terrorizing fear (depending on what type of person you are). If you are the former, we got you covered. Pack your best digs, shine up your dancing shoes, grab your friends and jet off for the party of the year!
Here are five epic 2019 New Year’s Eve parties around the world that will have you toasting and screaming ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR!!’ in whatever language at the stroke of midnight.
HONG KONG, CHINA
There is no better place in the world to see dazzling fireworks as pyrotechnic shells from four barges in the middle of Victoria Harbor light up the famous Hong Kong skyline. The New Year’s Eve show also includes music, LED displays, lasers and ends with a gigantic dragon shot across the sky.
Hong Kong knows how to put on a New Year’s Eve party! It gets bigger and better every year and it’s just as exciting as it sounds.
Avoid the crowds along the harbor and the crazy intoxicated masses at Lan Kwai Fong (unless that’s your thing) and head to one of the many rooftop bars on the Kowloon side instead. Kowloon boasts the best views of the harbor and fireworks in a tame setting compared to the Hong Kong side.
Shooting stars start at 11 pm every 15 minutes from different rooftops followed by the countdown on the harbor that starts 60 seconds before midnight.
WHERE TO STAY:
The W hotel in Kowloon
Located on the Western side of the Kowloon Peninsula it’s the perfect location for your New Year’s Eve getaway. It’s an easy five-minute cab ride to the Hong Kong side but for New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to stay on the Kowloon side and enjoy the show from their famous Wet Deck rooftop bar — the highest outdoor pool party in Hong Kong.
Copenhagen becomes a buzzing festive dream on New Year’s Eve. Anyone who’s been to Denmark knows, the Danes know how to party and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Don’t be fooled by these rule following law abiding Danes, they go all out wild and crazy for New Year’s Eve — just as you should. You’ll need to pack your warmest digs but after some celebratory champagne, you should feel nice and toasty!
Godt Nytar – Danish for Happy New Year!
If there is not enough alcohol in the world to warm you up enough to hang out in the cold to ring in the New Year as the locals do, most restaurants are open and serve a special New Year’s Eve menu. With so many delicious Michelin options in this capital city, it will be easy to celebrate in true Dane hygge fashion but be sure to make reservations in advance.
Watch the Queen’s address at 6 pm then head out on the town to ring in the New Year.
It’s a local tradition to gather around the Town Hall Square as the clock tower chimes at midnight or another popular spot is the Queen Louise’s Bridge. Folks pop bottles of champagne, rockets, and candles as they dance and ring in the New Year.
Tivoli Gardens is the quieter New Year’s Eve option if you want to be away from the crowds and has a firework show of its own.
Or opt to have a fabulous New Year’s Eve meal at any one of the notable Copenhagen restaurants where you can stay nice and cozy.
WHERE TO STAY:
Skt Petri in the heart of the Latin Quarter
Centrally located and walkable to most sites and parks, Skt Petri is the premier location for laid-back luxury while exploring the city. The hotel’s buzzing bar and lobby are also a great option for a nightcap. Request a room on the fourth floor or higher for epic views of the city.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
The capital city lights up for the biggest party of the year and you know London town has it going on. Every bar, pub, restaurant, and club in town will be spilling over with drunk Brits — signing off with the old and in with the new. Even the tube is a 24/7 party on New Year’s Eve. No matter what your preference (or budget) on how to spend New Year’s Eve, London will have an option for you.
Happy New Year – Duh!
Public transportation is free between 11:45 pm till 4:30 am but expect massive crowds so plan accordingly.
Unlike most cities, you need a ticket to attend London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display. 2018 tickets are already sold but no worries, there are so many other great options for you to consider since almost every bar in London has a party going on.
You can watch the firework show from one of the riverboat cruises or restaurants with views over the London Eye. Most restaurants, bars and clubs have ticketed events so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance as they do sell out.
WHERE TO STAY:
If you are lucky enough to be a member, there is no better place to stay but at the Soho House in London.
You can stumble home straight to your room especially if you decide to attend their New Year’s Eve shindig, the Bottomless New Year’s Eve which is a Gatsby themed party. Then you can spend the first day of the new year nursing your hangover and recovering at their award-winning Cowshed Spa with any number of relaxing bring-you-back-to-life treatments.
Spaniards know how to enjoy life; they are the country of siestas after all. So on the biggest night of the year, they make no exceptions on how to celebrate the closing of another year. Locals usually eat dinner and celebrate at home with friends and family before heading out on the town. The party starts late and runs well into the early morning so it’s best to have a siesta that day so you can power thru the night.
Feliz año nuevo – Spanish for Happy New Year!
The Catalonians have some rather odd traditions for New Year’s Eve. One includes eating a grape for each chime at midnight, so twelve grapes for each ring. The other is throwing your cava bottle into the middle of Plaça Catalunya square. You’ll also want to toast with a gold ring in your cava to bring wealth and prosperity into the New Year.
Super popular with the locals is to gather around the magic fountain of Montjüic in Plaça d’Espanya to enjoy music and fireworks. The show starts at 11:30 pm and lasts till midnight.
Another option is Plaça Catalunya if you want to partake in chucking your cava bottle into the square at midnight because you know, out with the old!
WHERE TO STAY:
Pulitzer Hotel Barcelona
This is where the party people stay! The best centrally located hotel in the old city just off Plaça Catalunya and close to public transport. The hotel has a terrific lobby bar (with killer cocktails) but the true hidden gem is the rooftop cocktail bar with sunset views of the city where you can lounge and relax.
It’s a hedonistic raging party any given night in Bangkok for locals and expats alike but for New Year’s Eve the city goes out with an extra bang. Considered to be one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in the world, December 31 in this bustling metropolis is even bigger than Christmas. Schools and offices will close for a few days so everyone can travel home to be with friends and family to celebrate.
Sa was dee pee mai – Thai for Happy New Year!
If you like crowds, bar hopping and raucous type of partying then head to Khao San road!
If you crave a more classy affair, choose from any one of the high-class rooftop bars in Bangkok that promise to give you the VIP treatment and views to match of all the fireworks that happen around the city.
Bangkok’s time square is CentralWorld where locals like to gather to have a street countdown affair starting around 7 pm. The BTS Skytrain is your best bet to get there and runs till after midnight.
A more family-friendly option by the riverside would be Asiatique, which has become increasingly popular over the years. The party starts around 5 pm with street food stalls, celebrity appearances, live music, and fireworks.
Lastly, you can take a river cruise on a rice barge with special departures at 10:15 pm to take in all the firework action from the waterways.
WHERE TO STAY:
SO Sofitel Hotel Bangkok
With no shortage of fancy and reasonably priced hotels, you have a plethora of options but we love the SO Sofitel Bangkok for the infinity pool, a heavenly spa, delicious restaurants and a rooftop bar overlooking Lumpini Park. You may never want to leave this hotel for your New Year’s Eve jaunt and that would be perfectly okay!
We here at TBN wishing all of you a wild and memorable New Year’s Eve! Let us know how you plan on celebrating in the comments section below.