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The trending destinations you might want to 'Auld Lang Syne' in on New Year’s Eve

So we haven’t even pulled a Christmas cracker yet, but it turns out that our thoughts are already turning to partying on New Year’s Eve. If you’re still wondering where to go to welcome in 2017, a travel website has identified the top ten international cities trending in interest for celebratory-minded travellers. Basing its research on the cities that saw an increase in interest and growth in flight searches for the holiday period, travel search engine, Kayak, has identified ten trending cities around the world for New Year’s celebrations.

The trending destinations for New Year's Eve 2017 have been revealed. Image: Wundervisuals
The trending destinations for New Year’s Eve 2017 have been revealed. Image: Wundervisuals

The hottest destinations in Europe are Reykjavik, where you can take in the Northern Lights, Amsterdam, celebrated for its nightlife, and Dublin, home of the pint of Guinness and traditional music sessions. Those wishing to head down for a bit of sunshine and Auld Lang Syne are favouring Sydney and Auckland this year, while Nashville, famous for country music and Minneapolis, known for its hip artiness, have won the US vote.

The top ten destinations to celebrate New Year's Eve in have been revealed. Image: Martin Dimitrov
The top ten destinations to celebrate New Year’s Eve in have been revealed. Image: Martin Dimitrov

Party-goers looking to dance to some Mexican mariachi music are heading to Guadalajara, while the colonial coolness of Lima is drawing people to Peru. Finally, San Salvador’s excellent location within easy reach of the ocean and the mountains makes it an excellent base for day trips.

Here, in order, are the top ten on-trend cities currently preparing to get the party started for an influx of new year visitors.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

Fireworks over a monument in Reykjavik, Iceland. Image: Pete Saloutos
Fireworks over a monument in Reykjavik, Iceland. Image: Pete Saloutos

2. Sydney, Australia

A view of Sydney Harbour at night. Image: Cailtin Holmes/Lonely Planet
A view of Sydney Harbour at night. Image: Cailtin Holmes/Lonely Planet

3. Nashville, USA

Downtown Nashville, USA, in the evening. Image: Photo.ua/Shutterstock
Downtown Nashville, USA, in the evening. Image: Photo.ua/Shutterstock

4. Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland city at dusk with the Sky Tower in the background. Image: Jose Antonio Maciel/Getty Images
Auckland city at dusk with the Sky Tower in the background. Image: Jose Antonio Maciel/Getty Images

5. San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador, El Salvador, at night. Image: John Coletti
San Salvador, El Salvador, at night. Image: John Coletti

6. Dublin, Ireland

The historic Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland, at dusk. Image: Littleny/Shutterstock
The historic Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland, at dusk. Image: Littleny/Shutterstock

7. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dam Square and the Royal Palace, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Image: Walter Bibikow
Dam Square and the Royal Palace, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Image: Walter Bibikow

8. Lima, Peru

Fountain at night in Park of the Reserve, Lima. Image: Jirivondrous/Getty Images
Fountain at night in Park of the Reserve, Lima. Image: Jirivondrous/Getty Images

9. Guadalajara, Mexico

Main Square, Guadalajara, Mexico. Image: Marvin E. Newman
Main Square, Guadalajara, Mexico. Image: Marvin E. Newman

10. Minneapolis, USA

Target Aquatennial Fireworks,Minneapolis, USA. Image: Saibal
Target Aquatennial Fireworks,Minneapolis, USA. Image: Saibal