If the thought of ringing in the New Year sitting on your couch is giving you anxiety, not to worry. We've rounded up the 10 best places to spend New Year's Eve around the world. Fireworks and booze-fueled revelry awaits from Madrid to Montreal. Don’t feel like flying? We’ve also included a few domestic destinations that might even be within driving distance.
Bangkok is famed for its nightlife, so it’s no surprise that Thailand’s capital is the place to be for NYE. We’re talking rooftop lounges, rowdy river cruises, and mega clubs. Of course, you can always forgo DJ sets in lieu of a street food tour. Expect stir-fried squid eggs and papaya salad. Yum!
Snow-covered Montreal offers a mashup of PG- and X-rated fun. Want to unleash your wild side? Buy a ticket to Carnavalesque, a super sexy bash featuring circus, burlesque, and fetish performances. Prefer a tamer experience? Head to Old Port for fireworks, outdoor concerts, and dancing. With temps dipping to 12 degrees, just be sure to bundle up.
For romance and conviviality, nowhere holds a candle to Paris. True to form, the City of Light puts on some pretty captivating pyrotechnics. The Champs Elysées shuts down to cars as thousands gather to pop champagne and exchange smooches. And we can’t imagine a more magical way to ring in the new year than on a boat ride along the Seine.
South Lake Tahoe
Whether you trend towards downhill action, dance parties, or slot machines, South Lake Tahoe won’t disappoint. This Sierra Nevada paradise boasts powdery slopes and après-ski merriment. For EDM fans there’s SnowGlobe Music Festival with headliners like Diplo and Eric Prydz. Feeling lucky? Wager your bets at the casinos in neighboring Stateline.
New York City
You can’t talk about NYE without mentioning the Big Apple. Let’s start with the legendary Times Square countdown and ball drop, which draws over one million merrymakers. If standing outside in the cold isn’t your idea of a good time, why not welcome the new year with a club crawl or a swanky rooftop shindig?
Ready to party 'til the sun comes up? Berlin hosts the biggest celebration in all of Germany with spectacular fireworks, dazzling laser shows, live entertainment, and more than one million revelers. The best part? It’s free. That’s not all. You’ll also find all sorts of fantastic events, from glittering galas to classical recitals.
Madrid spoils travelers with tons of tempting choices. Join in the excitement at Puerta del Sol or keep it low-key with a late dinner. Regardless of whether you end up doing something raucous or relaxed, partaking in the tradition of eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight will usher in a stellar year.
It’s impossible to have anything short of a blast in Buenos Aires. New Year’s Eve is a great opportunity to experience Argentine culture. Porteños are known for warm hospitality, so pack your bags and ring in the new year in the southern hemisphere. You can spend the evening savoring a home-cooked feast and plenty of Malbec with a local family, or hit up the vibrant fiestas in La Boca.
Seeking a warm-weather escape? Cabo promises photogenic beaches, ritzy resorts, and epic parties. Shake your groove thing alongside famous DJs at Blue Marlin Ibiza Los Cabos or mark the occasion by tossing back tequila shots and watching bright bursts of color erupt over Playa El Médano.
Between the waterfront fireworks, harbor cruises, and annual soirée at the USS Hornet, there’s no shortage of festivities in San Francisco. Want to impress your bae? Book the midnight seating at Epic Steak. A champagne toast, decadent five-course meal, and front-row seat to the spectacle are included in the price tag.