FROM INSANELY AMAZING FIREWORKS ON THE SYDNEY HARBOUR TO THE JAW DROPPING NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND, FACT PRESENTS THE WORLD’S MOST EXCITING HOTSPOTS TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR! GET YOUR TICKETS BOOKED, YOUR PARTY SHOES PACKED, AND JET OFF F OR A MEMORABLE START TO 2018…
Forget the fireworks (although thereare plenty of places in Reykjavik to see spectacular displays!) celebrate 2018 with an impressive experience of nature’s own pyrotechnic extravaganza – the Northern Lights. Some of the world’s best viewsof the awe-inspiring aurora borealis arejust a quick chopper ride from the rich social scene in Reykjavik. Hop on a heli to Southern Iceland, touching down to take in the lights and sip some bubbly as the clock strikes midnight, then spend the first few days of the new year exploring Icelandic volcanoes, glaciers and hot springs. Fly with Finnair via Helsinki.
RIO DE JANEIRO
The world’s biggest beachfront bash on New Year’s Eve takes place on Rio’s famous Copacabana beach with two million plus revellers partying below, and the jaw-dropping fireworks exploding above! Samba to the rhythm of bossa nova, a popular style of Brazilian music, or stop at one of the many food vendors to enjoy culinary delights reflecting the city’s diverse gastronomic influences – the party continues into the early a.m. and once the sun rises, it might be a good idea to tick a few tourist stops off your list too. Fly direct with Emirates.
Bursting with endless destinations to celebrate NYE, Croatia May be the most underrated NYE destination on the list, but one where a good time is guaranteed! Start your 2018 with a medieval spark and takea trip to Dubrovnik’s Old Town where the sound of local bands, and traditional folklore and carolling fill the night! For more lively festivities, the beautiful baroque city of Zagreb with its cool clubs, and a stunning fireworks display in Jan Balacic Squarewill fulfil your party needs. There’s also the spectacular city of Split, where NYE can be enjoyed on the main promenade Riva, orif you’re an architecture fan, check out the Roman-era city of Zadar! Fly with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.
New Year’s Eve doesn’t get any mightier than besides the gigantic Niagara Falls, Ontario. Clifton Hill is where all the fun by the falls is happening; get stuck in with the 40,000+ crowd at the annual free New Year’s concert in Queen Victoria Park where an exciting roster of musical talent takes to the stage, as attendees tuck into delicious food and beverages from street vendors, whilst gazing at the, not one, but two, dazzling fireworks displays! Alongside this The Winter Festival of Lights, special dinner dos, and a huge dance party at the Convention Centre all make NYE at the Niagara Falls a spectacular choice. Fly direct with Emirates.
Often dubbed as ‘the capital of New Year’s Eve’ Sydney’s main attraction here is the spellbindingly awesome 8-minutelong fireworks that barge from different points around Sydney Harbour, pumping up the hype of this Australia city which is often one of the first in the world to welcome the New Year. Get yourself to one of the best vantage points such as Gladesville, Cockatoo Island or Pont Piper for the most powerful and colourful fireworks experience, followed by the extravagant ‘Light of Parade’ – 50 vessels illuminate and decorated with lights taking to the water! All areas are decked out with cool restaurants as well as bathroom facilities and first aid service too. Fly direct with Emirates.
Get yourself a Times Square Official NYE Party Pass to be in the centre of where it’s all happening, including the excitement of the iconic ‘BallDrop’, multiple admission to parties in various restaurants, lounges and nightclubs throughout Times Square and the surrounding area, as well as free food and drinks at selected places. Amongst our favourite events are the magic of Planet Hollywood, the smokin’ hot BB King Blues Club, and the six floors of unforgettable fun at AMC 42nd Street! Expect nothing short of intense excitement in NYC. Fly direct with Emirates
For a more culture-infused new year travel to Tokyo where the Japanese people gather for the all- mportant ritual of Hatsumode – the year’s first visit to a shrine or temple. Head to Meiji Shrine and experience the festive atmosphere with food stands, fortunetellers and shops selling lucky charms, but that’s all after the big NYE countdown. The best places for this in Tokyo include Joypolis amusement park, ageHa nightclub and Shibuya Scramble crossing, which turns into a writhing mass of humanity as the time hits midnight! Public transport runs all night long so make the most of different happenings around this fascinating city. Fly direct with Emirates.