Best Places to Ring in the New Year

  • 6 December 2007
  • USA


How come Times Square and
Sydney Harbor get all the press? There are plenty of places across the globe to usher in the New Year with style. Pack your bags and say your goodbyes to 2007. You’re heading out, along with the with the rest of the world, to celebrate what’s to come in the year ahead.

Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, CA
Bring a strong cup of joe- only the early birds get a bit of sidewalk to watch the floral floats glide by. If the coffee doesn’t wake you, the marching bands will.
-Lonely Planet Los Angeles Encounter, September 2007

O-Shōgatsu (Honorable New Year), Tokyo, Japan
While Tokyo comes to a virtual halt on the first few days of the year, the city’s large Sintō shrines and Buddhist temples swell with visitors.
Lonely Planet Tokyo Encounter, September 2007

Hogmanay, Edinburgh, Scotland
To ring in the New Year, the Scots host Europe’s biggest winter festival with performing arts, a march with 1000 bagpipers, rides and fireworks. Events run from December 29 to January 1.
-Lonely Planet Edinburgh, June 2006

Festa de Iemanjá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Millions of people hit the beach to watch the world’s biggest firework show explode in the glittering sky.
-Lonely Planet Brazil, January 2008

Polar Bear Swim, Vancouver, B.C.
On New Year’s Day more than a thousand people charge from English Bay Beach into the ocean. With a temp. of about 44° F the swim just might be the ultimate hangover cure.
-Lonely Planet British Columbia, May 2007

The Peak, Hong Kong
Watch the fireworks explode over one of the most amazing city views in the world. If you can’t make it to the top (it gets crowded) watch them from Kowloon side and see the wall of flashes coming from The Peak every time a firework goes up.
-Lonely Planet Hong Kong Encounter, May 2007

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