Seven Places to Be on New Year's Eve

With a new year comes new resolutions and we think your first one should be to celebrate the stroke of midnight by traveling to one of these unique locales identified by expert travel writers as some of the best places in the world to celebrate the holiday.
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New Year's Eve fireworks over the New York City skyline
New Year's Eve fireworks over the New York City skyline  (iStockphoto)

In our search for the best destinations to spend celebrating the New Year, we surveyed seven expert travel writers from Frommer’s to see what suggestions they had for a killer (or, perhaps, quiet) New Year’s Eve celebration. Here are their highly personal, and a bit biased, suggestions for the best places to find yourself on New Year’s Eve.

New York City, New York
Bundle up and bring your New Year’s Eve picnic basket to New York’s Brooklyn Bridge at around 11:30 p.m. on December 31—It is one of the most memorable spots to absorb the wild energy of the city that never sleeps. In the middle of this famous span is a central and landmarked location for viewing the harbor fireworks and the Statue of Liberty, meeting random urban revelers, and catching the Times Square light show pop above the midtown skyscrapers. Of course, drinking in public still isn’t legal so yiou’ll have to skip the midnight toast but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic New York spot  to ring in the New Year. Just don’t forget your gloves, scarf, and hat! -Kelsy Chauvin

Waikiki, Hawaii
The pungent smell of saltwater wafts on the warm breeze and the night sky glitters with stars as you cruise the serene waters off Waikiki Beach on the annual Star of Honolulu New Year’s Eve Cruise. Onboard it’s smooth sailing because the 232-foot boat is equipped with an innovative stabilizer system which guarantees a calm ride as a five-course French dinner is served and the Hawaiian show begins. Just before midnight, a jazz band takes over, and the boat moves into perfect position to watch the fireworks bursting over Honolulu. When the clock strikes midnight, the crowd raises a champagne toast and shouts “Hauoli Makahiki Hou!” -Jeanette Foster

Boston, Massachusetts
Last New Year’s Eve in Boston my partner and I had an unforgettable evening, rocking in our seats during an R&B, soul, and gospel concert performed by Mavis Staples, stopping at the Old State House on the Freedom Trail to hear Revolutionary War stories, viewing creative ice sculptures, and watching a lively parade with giant puppets. The cost is $15 each for a First Night button, which includes admission to dozens of museums, events, and performances. Boston's First Night celebration is the oldest and largest in the country. By the time we capped our evening with fireworks at midnight, we had barely scratched the surface. -Fran Golden

Published: 14 Dec 2012 | Last Updated: 17 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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