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New Year’s Eve Around the World

by Angelique Platas

Dec 30, 2017

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Ring in the New Year in Edinburgh, Scotland, during Hogmanay. The epic celebration lasts for four days, kicking off with thousands taking to the streets of Edinburgh, torches in hand, while locals play pipes and drums. Join in the massive street party on Princes Street, culminating in a fireworks finale. The Hogmanay street party is one for the books, bringing visitors from all over to enjoy live music and dancing, outdoor bars, DJs and endless entertainment.

Scotland New Year's Day

Scotland New Year’s Day. Photo: Fintastique | Dreamstime


Watch fireworks over Edinburgh Castle at midnight and sing “Auld Lang Syne” — the largest rendition in the world. Join in the Dookers Parade the next morning and march through High Street. Join adventurous locals by dressing in costume and plunge in the freezing waters of the Forth.


Reykjavik, Iceland

Check out the local party scene in Reykjavik, Iceland, this New Year’s Eve. Join in community bonfires symbolizing the end of the old year and celebrate the new with an incredible fireworks display. The citywide celebration rages long into the night and early morning while locals continue drinking, dancing and partying — all before topping off the night with a dip in the hot spring.


London, England

London’s festive decorations and incredible displays glitter through the New Year, adding a touch of holiday magic to the celebration. Join more than 250,000 participants in the extravagant celebration along the River Thames. Enjoy thousands of performers, fireworks and festivities leading up to the grand chiming of Big Ben at midnight.

St. Petersburg, Russia

Drink Champagne and watch paper lanterns float up to the sky during New Year’s Eve in St. Petersburg, Russia. The vast streets and incredible buildings magnificently reflect holiday lights and fireworks off snow-covered surfaces. Check out the incredible city decked out in Father Frost and Christmas decorations, as the holiday falls in the middle of the Russian holiday season.

St. Petersburg, Russia, NYE

St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Sergey Uryadnikov | Dreamstime

Vienna, Austria

Warm up with mulled wine and brace the crowds on New Year’s Eve in Vienna, Austria. The old-world city boasts unending charm and luxury during evening celebrations including a black-tie dinner on the Majestic Imperator train. Watch the fireworks display on the Danube Bridge at midnight, or head to City Hall, Rathaus and watch the New Year ring in with a concert and dancing.


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