New Year's top hot spots

New York City
New York City


The yearly countdown in New York's Times Square is perhaps the most iconic, regularly attended celebration around the world.

Bright lights, celebrities, a tonne of confetti and a crowd of more than one million people contribute to this huge event, counting down the last minute of the year and watching the famous Waterford Crystal ball drop from the One Times Square building.

Flights to New York start from $2733 per person, including taxes.


Watch London town light up with fireworks from the base of the London Eye and the banks along the Thames River.

The best vantage points are from the Embankment, Westminster Bridge or Waterloo Bridge and the South Bank.

Flights to London start from $2352 per person twin share, including taxes.


Every night there is a party in Las Vegas, but on the eve of the New Year the party is stepped up a notch.

Traffic is closed off down the glittery strip and the road is transformed into an enormous street party, with performers, celebrities and entertainment by international acts.

Flights to Las Vegas start from $2455 per person twin share, including taxes.


Dance under the stars at Edinburgh's Hogmanay. This world-famous party, spans four days and features lively street stalls, a huge stage with live music performances and a dazzling fireworks display, against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Flights to Edinburgh start from $2427 per person, including taxes.


Located in New Zealand, this laid-back coastal city is the first city to see the sun each day.

This makes for a pretty special New Year's party.

The annual Rhythm and Vines Music Festival is a highlight among the vineyards.

Flights to Gisborne start from $995 per person twin share, including taxes.


New Year's Eve is the biggest festival on Japan's calendar and a great time for visitors to see the traditional culture.

Specialty foods are prepared, kimonos are worn and colourful celebrations are held in shrines, with live music and dancers in ornate costumes.

Flights to Tokyo start from $2468 per person twin share, including taxes.


The weather is perfect in Cape Town for a waterfront carnival over the New Year period, which is exactly what takes place for the 80,000 visitors who descend on the city each year.

There are numerous outdoor concerts with traditional African music and dance.

Flights to Cape Town start from $2736 per person twin share, including taxes.


On the morning of the first of January, thousands of Canadians take part in a Polar Bear Swim, where they jump in frozen lakes to celebrate.

The temperature on the first day of the year is likely to be less than 10 degrees, more than 1500 keen punters make a dash into the waters.

Flights to Vancouver start from $2487 per person, including taxes.


Feel the sand between your toes on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro at what is rumoured to be one of the largest parties in the world, with more than three million people attending.

Flights to Rio de Janeiro from Sydney start from $2659 per person, including taxes.


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