The Best Cities to Spend New Year's Eve

 
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Sydney, Australia, knows how to ring in the New Year in style. Held annually over Sydney Harbour, expect astonishing pyrotechnic displays and crowds of people. Growing larger and more meretricious over the years, it is now a full-on spectacle watched by millions worldwide.  
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It’s no shocker that Sin City can put on a party. Head to this desert oasis to ring in the New Year in a way you’ll never forget… or remember.  
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As midnight approaches in Prague, Czech Republic, crowds gather anywhere that has a good view of the Vltava River, namely the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle or on Petrin Hill. If you’re more concerned with the party than the show, head to Old Town Square with the thousands of others who want to raise a glass to the New Year.  
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Hong Kong’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are the most prominent over Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbor. Many locals vie for a spot on a boat to watch the fireworks above their head reflecting in the water.  
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In Scotland, New Year’s is called Hogmanay, and no one celebrates it better than the city of Edinburgh. Celebrations typically begin on December 29, with The Torchlight Procession. This Viking-led walk through town carrying wax-based torches, eventually ending atop Calton Hill, is the kick-off the four-day celebration.  
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Home to the famous ball drop, New York City has been thrilling guests since 1904 when the first New Year’s Eve celebrations occurred in Times Square. Now-a-days the festivities are much larger, watched by billions on TV. The famous ball has grown in size as well, now weighing in over 11,000 pounds.  
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Rio always knows how to party, but their New Year’s Eve celebrations are kicked into overdrive with the help of Copacabana Beach.  
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For something a bit different than the usual fireworks display, head to Niagara Falls for a spectacular show over the more than 150,000 gallons of water that cascade over per second.  
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