The countdown has started. Not to the beginning of the new year, but to the New Year’s Eve party we’re attending. That glamorous, stylish and possibly beautifully decadent party where we leave 2017 to rest and hope for a successful 2018. In order for that to happen, Best Design Guides compiled you a list of the best destinations for the New Year’s Eve 2017.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio’s Copacabana Beach plays host each New Year’s Eve to Reveillon, the world’s largest and wildest New Year’s celebration. More than 2 million Cariocas (Rio natives) congregate on the beach wearing stark white attire and filling a 2 1/2-mile stretch of sand. Blending African rituals and local culture, Brazilians pay homage to Iemanja, the goddess of the sea. In addition to the customary white garb, red (symbolizing romance), green (for good health), and yellow and gold (for prosperity) accessories highlight the landscape. Just be sure to leave your black attire at home: Brazilian lore considers it an evil omen.
Orlando’s theme parks ring in the New Year with flair. Disney’s the Magical Kingdom is home to the Jingle Jungle Parade, while Epcot puts on the impressive light and laser show, ‘IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,’ presented just before midnight strikes. MGM Studios’ Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights puts on a “symphony of the senses,” as artificial snow begins to fall and thousands of lights twinkle amidst a backdrop of heavenly angels and spinning carousels.
New Year’s Eve in London sees an abundance of activity centred around the Thames River. The towering London Eye, a gigantic Ferris wheel, draws thousands of visitors for a spin, while the midnight fireworks show is launched from the actual London Eye. People congregate on Tower, Westminster, London and Blackfriars bridges to witness the spectacles.
Sydney is home to the world’s second-largest New Year’s celebration (and first place in the world to ring in the new year, time-wise). It also happens to boast the world’s largest fireworks display: The display typically involves 6 barges along a 3 1/2-mile expanse of water, and the use of 30,000 pyrotechnic effects, for a lengthy 12 minutes.
Times Square’s inaugural New Year’s hullabaloo debuted in 1904 to celebrate the opening of The New York Times headquarters; today hundreds of thousands of people descend upon the city’s bustling axis each Dec. 31 to hold a party unlike any other in New York City.
Thousands of jubilant and, er, drunk, Scots — as well as scores of foreign visitors — crowd the streets of downtown Edinburgh for the annual Hogmanay (meaning “last day of the year”) celebration. World-renowned musical acts take the stage all throughout the city centre, as traditional ceilidh dancing brightens up the atmosphere of Princes Street Gardens.
Parisians definitely get New Year’s right: For a solid month, they exchange bises (small, platonic kisses), greet each other with Bonne Annee! (Happy New Year!), and send cards and gifts through the first of February. On New Year’s Eve, Paris’ epicentre is the thriving Champs-Elysees, where visitors can glimpse the Eiffel Tower, as well as the bursts of light it emits, as midnight creeps over France. Trek up to the more relaxed Montmartre, a popular New Year’s spot for apartment soirees, or venture into nearby Pigalle, the red-light district and catch a cabaret at the racy Moulin Rouge.