New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. Whether you are in the desert of Arizona or on the coast of Santorini in Greece, there are always amazing things to do when the ball drops and the new year begins.
Where will you be this year when the ball drops? Here are some of the top places to celebrate the turn of the new year in 2020.
From the harbor side to the dance floor, there are plenty of places to spend New Year’s Eve throughout Sydney, Australia. There are several cruises that take you out onto the water and give you a front row seat to the fireworks. One of the most ancient and traditional customs among the Aboriginal Australians involves the smoking ceremony. This involves smoldering native plants to produce a smoke which they believe to cleanse and ward off bad spirits as they bring in the new year.
In 2007, Valparaiso, Chile was enlisted in the Guinness Book of World Records for setting off 16,000 shots of fireworks into the air for their celebration of the New Year. Every year, millions of people from all over the world come to witness the pyrotechnic display. The city suggests booking your trip early as it becomes extremely busy this time of year.
Miami, Florida, USA
When you think of Miami, you probably think of beaches and parties. You couldn’t be more right, especially during the turn of the new year. This year, big stars like Snoop Dogg and Pitbull will be performing over-the-top concerts with more than 150,000 people in attendance. Looking for something a little more low key? Dine in at Jim and Neesie with a four-course meal, a bottle of Prosecco, a screening of The Great Gatsby, followed by live music by the Keith Johns Trio.
Between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column, you will find 1.8 km filled with about one million people ready to celebrate the new year. Among the beautiful city, you will find fireworks, music, dancing, food, and magic shows that are fun for everyone. If you aren’t looking to go to a dance party, you can take a more romantic approach with a dinner for two or a walk through Viktoria Park and the waterfall.
You can always find the classic fireworks and late-night parties in Tokyo, Japan. However, there is something special that happens here you will not want to miss. The monks create a unique experience with the ringing of the temple bells. Monks of the temple will ring bells 108 times as it is believed that you are cleansed by those bells as you enter into the new year.
No matter where in the world you will be, Up with People wishes you a happy, safe, and fun New Year.
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