Best New Year’s Eve Celebrations From Around the World

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In the United States, pop culture suggests that we commemorate the New Year gathered around our TVs, watching a crystal ball drop in New York’s Times Square. Likewise, around the world, countries have their their respective rituals to ring in the coming of a new year. We’ve already written about how Dubai is increasingly the place to be for New Years (and headliner Pharrell seems to agree), but here are a few of our other favorite places to celebrate the coming of 2015.

Sydney, Australia’s most populous city, has the distinction of being one of the first major international cities to celebrate the new year. This year, all of Sydney’s festivities will be centered around the theme of “Inspire,” as organizers look to feature stories “from the unique perspectives and varied backgrounds of every person that makes up [their] dynamic community” in between the fireworks, parades and air displays.

All of Hong Kong‘s New Year’s Eve celebrations stem from Victoria Harbor, where revelers can take in the city’s famed pyromusical display from the shore, high up in skyscraper or from a boat in the harbor. To get guests excited, organizers also plan to set off “shooting stars” every 15 minutes between 11 p.m. and midnight from nearby rooftops.

Tickets to London’s NYE 2014 Fireworks are currently sold out, but locals and visitors can still check out the festive display above the Thames river from the vantage point of a river cruise or waterside restaurant.

Berlin unleashes its spectacular firework shows at the Brandenburg Gate, which will be surrounded by a “party mile” of mini-stages, light and laser shows, and endless food and drink stands.

Edinburgh‘s claim to New Year’s Eve fame? Three straight days of partying before the Dec. 31 finale and the world’s loudest rendition of Auld Lang Syne (by Scottish poet Robert Burns) in the Scottish capital to mark the start of the new year, along with an hourly firework display.

Every year, Chile’s third largest city, Valparaiso, hosts one of Latin America’s biggest New Years Eve parties. Following a destructive fire earlier this year that destroyed over 500 homes, the citizens of Valparaiso will have much to celebrate and be thankful for as they enter 2015.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second-largest city, is known for its Carnival crowds, but millions of people also show up for its massive New Year’s Eve (or Réveillon) beach party at Copacabana beach every December 31. The festivities starts at 8 p.m., when Brazilians—dressed in white for good luck—start dancing to live music shows.

 

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