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Top 3 places to spend New Year’s

written by Webjet Australia October 20, 2014

While New Year's Eve is always a magical time, spending it in another country will turn that magic into unforgettable memories. Seeing the new year in a foreign city will be an experience that you'll remember forever, whether you're on a romantic break with your partner or travelling with friends over the festive period.

Here's a look at three particularly fantastic places where you could spend New Year's.

London

Head to London and you'll have the opportunity to experience the new year along the banks of the River Thames. Each year, around 500,000 people congregate along the section of the waterway close to the London Eye to be part of the festivities.

At the stroke of midnight, thousands of fireworks are launched from the South Bank lighting up the British capital's skyline in a blaze of colour. Once the fireworks are over, there's a rendition of Auld Lang Syne – where people join hands and sings to wish everyone well for the new year ahead – before the party really gets underway with a live DJ set.

If you want to attend, however, you'll need to buy a ticket in advance and, as it's one of the biggest celebrations of its kind in the world, these are in high demand.

New York

When it comes to iconic ways to celebrate New Year's, there's nowhere that can match New York's Times Square. In fact, around a million people every year flock to this part of Manhattan (while over a billion watch the action on TV) to see the Centennial Ball dropped from a flagpole at the top of 1 Times Square.

As soon as the ball is lowered, thousands of fireworks and 2,000 pounds of confetti are let off before an unforgettable street party begins. 

While the fun doesn't really get underway until after midnight, you'll need to arrive at Times Square in plenty of time to secure a good spot. Many prime viewing places start to fill up in the afternoon, so make sure you bring comfortable footwear and wear warm clothing as you could be outside for several hours before the New Year's Eve excitement starts to build in earnest.

Paris

Paris, the French capital, is our final recommendation for magical places to spend New Year's. New Year's Eve is widely known as Saint-Sylvester's Eve in France, but – no matter – whatever you call the day, you should visit the Avenue des Champs-Elysees before the clock strikes 12. This street, which is home to the Arc de Triomphe, is crammed with partygoers waiting to celebrate and it is decked with festive lights that create a really fun atmosphere. 

Alternatively, you could enjoy the evening taking in a Parisian cabaret. These exciting venues put on particularly special performances for December 31st where you can expect to dine on fine cuisine and take in spectacular dancing and music before toasting in the new year with a glass of Champagne.

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